Politics, power, family dynamics and an attraction between two people whose lives don’t even come close to meshing are some of the things that make One Sweet Ride one sweet story. It’s not just about guy meets girl but about how a job can tear apart a family and learning about what is important. Because it is so intertwined with friends and family, this story feels real and has a depth that isn’t always found in romance novels. It actually feels like you are reading about someone’s life! Passion is present and the sex is hot. Expect some almost uncontrollable lust along with a few goofs. It doesn’t seem as if Evelyn and Gray will have anything in common but could this be a case of opposites attract?
I wasn’t sure how One Sweet Ride was going to fit into Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series but it fit wonderfully. The previous books in this series were basically about one family and more traditional sports; baseball, football and hockey. This one, about car racing, brings you into the pits of the track and the real lives of those that follow the races. For someone that doesn’t follow or understand car racing, I thoroughly enjoyed the glimpse into this world as it wasn’t the main focus. I think that is one of the reasons this series is so great is the sports are an element of the story enhancing it but not taking over it. (And, each book can be read independently of the others which means you don’t have to start at the beginning but with which ever book you pick up.)
Gray and his father haven’t gotten along in years, ever since Gray started making his own decisions and they didn’t mesh with his father’s ideas. Since he received his trust fund at 25, Gray has been working hard on developing a racing team and has millions of fans. His father is now involved in a national campaign, and will probably be nominated for vice-president of the USA. He wants Gray to show support for his campaign and sends his staffer, Evelyn to persuade him to help. Evelyn doesn’t understand why Gray wouldn’t want to help his father. She likes his politics and the way he treats everyone. She doesn’t know that the politician she knows isn’t the one Gray grew up with. Can she convince him to support his father? And, can she stay impersonal as she starts to really like Gray. Falling in love with someone like Gray isn’t in her plans for her future and could quickly ruin them.
Gray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. And now that Gray has millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides, Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for the upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty.
Evelyn’s number-one goal is politics, which makes working with Gray difficult, because his only passion is fast cars. As she and Gray spend time together, he teaches her about the sport he loves, and she learns a lot about the man behind the wheel. The more she learns, the more she wants him. But any desire that threatens to derail the carefully laid plans for her future is a dangerous one.
With the passion Gray and Evelyn share running hotter than either imagined, one of them is going to have to compromise, or else run the risk of losing more than their hearts.