Trinity Calhoun is a name everyone knows on the race circuit, but her days in the hot seat are numbered. She’s tired of the limelight, meaningless relationships and long hours behind the wheel. When her father calls her and her sister home, she’s ready. She slips right back into the family business, finishing off the custom car projects her father has lined up. But racing is in her blood and she’s lured back to risking her life on the hot rod drag strips outside of town. It’s there she meets paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Reece Balmain, who has her re-thinking the road her life is taking.
Reece Balmain arrives in Big Fork a broken man. He’s lived and breathed through horror accidents, haunted by the faces of the people he’s cut from vehicles. He knows one thing–speed kills. He’s hoping not to see too much of it in small-town Montana until he hears about the drag races taking place outside of town. He knows Trinity Calhoun. He’s watched her race, seen her win, held his breath when her car somersaulted into barriers in Daytona Beach. He doesn’t like what she does, but he can’t stay away from the woman who’s claiming his heart.
Title: Montana Daughter (formerly Fast Lan
Series: The Calhouns of Montana #2 (previously titled Calhoun Customs Garage #2
Author: Juanita Kees
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 23, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
It’s ironic, isn’t it, how fate often seems to be putting two people together time and time again until they finally “get it”. Trinity and Reece had a very public “just for fun and I survived” kiss after she wrecked (and they argued) on the track. Now they are both back in Big Fork, perhaps under different circumstances but that connection is still there – even if they will both fight it for far different reasons.
Montana Daughter takes us back to The Calhouns of Montana series with another Calhoun sibling’s story, this time Trinity. As a NASCAR fan for the majority of my life, this series gives me just a touch of an inside look at the other side of the races – and I loved the newfound knowledge it has given me, and more respect for those who design and work on those amazing machines.
As a female NASCAR driver, Trinity has pretty much seen it all, the good, the bad and the totally ugly. She was ready to head home when the call came, and while she’ll always love the thrill of racing, the speed, and control, she’s also not sorry to leave behind other unpleasant parts of that career either. She never imagined that doing some racing outside of town would put her right back in time to that famous track kiss or the man who delivered it. Unfortunately, she and Reece are on opposite sides on speed and racing. She loves it, it has been her life for so long – but he’s seen, and lived daily with the results of speed and racing so Reece’s displeasure at her drag racing is very apparent. But that doesn’t stop the attraction between them that is almost out of control. How can two opposites find an agreeable middle ground?
I enjoyed not only the sizzle between Trinity and Reece but the differences, the compromises needed as well. Reece’s reasons are very real and Trinity understood that from the beginning, yet she knows her own abilities. Convincing Reece to take a chance on their attraction felt like a slow burn because his reasons are so deeply a part of him now. Watching them work through the issues, develop a respect for each other aside from the growing attraction is what had me flipping pages throughout Montana Daughter.
I always enjoy visiting with old friends again and meeting more secondary characters. I got a better feel for the family dynamics in this story, fell a bit more in love with them all, and simply had a blast with this one. If you’re in the mood for a good romance, a bit of a slow burn, intriguing people to meet and realistic issues to be dealt with then you’re going to enjoy this one.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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