by Logan Chance
“Danger” is one of those stories about which you should avoid all spoilers as much as possible, because some of the unexpected twists in the book are just so good that you shouldn’t let anybody ruin them for you. I can honestly say that I’ve never read a book by Logan Chance that I didn’t enjoy, so he’s a ‘1-click’ author for me. I had never read any of the books in the “Driven” world, and I’m not very knowledgeable about racing … but I got this book immediately because of my confidence in the author, and he definitely doesn’t disappoint!
Danger Hudson seems to be a typical bad boy hero. He’s got good looks, swagger, attitude, confidence, and a superior skill set at what he does professionally, which is race cars. His infamous bad-boy behavior finally gets him in trouble one too many times, and the owner of his racing team had to figure out how to deal with the bad press. He devises the idea to simultaneously get better control over Danger’s behavior and rehabilitate the driver’s image by setting up a fake engagement between the wild young man and the team owner’s own daughter, Monterey.
Monterey has already suffered a real broken engagement to a different race car driver, so she’s less than enthusiastic about her father’s idea. However, as a smart businesswoman and second-in-command of the racing team, she recognizes that there is some merit to the idea. Monterey, as the heir to the family racing empire, is also anxious to make sure her father knows how intensely committed she is to the team. She agrees to go along with the wild idea provided they set ground rules so she can protect her own heart and her own image, also which were already trounced in the media by her previous cheating fiance and broken engagement.
This is a romance novel, so it doesn’t take a genius to realize that the fake engagement is going to start to feel very real and cause a lot of issues for the lead characters. It’s the talent of the author that makes the characters come alive in ways that makes a reader anxious to turn the page and see what happens next. As more and more about Danger’s past is revealed, he becomes increasingly compelling. There is so much more to him than what he shows the world. Danger and Monterey as individuals grow, change and evolve with increasing depth, and do does their relationship as the story races to the finish line. I thought this book was excellent entertainment with high-octane intensity.