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The odds were against them from their first meeting. She’s twenty-eight and he’s fifty. Neither family is happy about the fact that Crystal Hayes and Larry Grosso are seeing one another privately.
Crystal Hayes is a young widow who lives from paycheck to paycheck. Her father runs a machine shop and she works for him by making deliveries. In her spare time she writes articles and uses that money to supplement her meager income. She lives in the apartment over her father’s business.
One morning as she drives toward the Grosso NASCAR garage to make a delivery, she spies an ad for her favorite ice cream place. Does she spend the money for a cone of her favorite treat or does she save her pennies for that pizza she wants for dinner? The treat wins and in the process,
When she arrives at the Grosso garage and begins to unload the box, a voice behind her offers to help. The guys in the shop tease him and he apologizes to her for their rudeness. She insists that it’s her job to get the box out of the truck and finish the delivery.
Larry Grosso, a mathematics professor, isn’t involved in the day-to-day operation of the family’s race team. He lost his wife some years before and hasn’t been too interested in dating until he meets
Their budding relationship seems to run into one obstacle after another. The biggest problem is
There are forces at work that will make what they want pale in comparison to what they’re called on to do. A call from
The lives of the secondary characters add a further depth to the story. At times it’s like a comedy of errors at work to keep Larry and Crystal apart. Sometimes these interruptions are very funny but more often than not, they’ll pull at your heart strings. A variety of unexpected events pop up when least expected that keep the story alive and the reader guessing what’ll happen next.
Barbara Dunlop’s OVERHEATED is a book that you cannot put down – literally. Once I began, I couldn’t lay it aside until the last page. I laughed, I had tears in my eye and I cheered on a budding relationship that very few wanted to see happen other than the two involved. Ms. Dunlop does a beautiful job of telling this story. It’s believable. The sensualness of Crystal and Larry’s relationship is implied rather than detailed. The visuals are fantastic.
Oh, remember Rufus?
Whether or not you’re a NASCAR fan, you do not want to by-pass this book. It’s recommended and it deserves a place on the Keeper Shelf.
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