I’m quite torn about how many stars to give for Racer by Katy Evans. To be honest, I had high expectations considering she’s a world-wide bestseller and has good rating, but I also have to admit that I was a little disappointed. The cover definitely deserves five shining stars (this man is simply gorgeous and absolutely fitting for the main character). But I can’t give the story more than 3 stars.
The books started out really great. I liked that Katy writes about an F1 racer, this is definitely unique. But then, the story gets lost in the middle. Everything between 20-70% of the book is a little chaotic. First, there were too many chapters, some of them barely two pages long. I don’t like that because it disrupts the flow, but this is really just my personal preference. Second, most chapters have 20% story and 80% sex. Yes, I know it’s an erotic romance, but the story needs to stay in focus. I also found the relationship between the two started too early (ok, I admit I prefer the prolong-it-until-the-inevitable-happens trope). There was no continuous buildup. Third, the character creation didn’t convince me at times. Racer is great but Lana is a little too generic. He falls in love with her right at the beginning (and knows he wants to marry her a few days later?), but what is it that he likes so much about her? What makes him love her? What makes her different than the others?
And then there’s the writing style which only gets 2 stars from me. I’m brutal, I know, and I’m really sorry. I don’t have anything against keeping it simple, but this style is not for me, I’m afraid. Too many repetitions, too much senseless dialogue, too many sentences starting with He/She. Where Katy tried to use some beautiful words, they felt as if she forced them into the sentence.
BUT I’m giving the story 4 stars because I did enjoy it in general and got hooked up with Racer pretty quickly.