10 Electrifying Romance Novels for Car Lovers
Sometimes, you’re in the mood for romance; other times, you’re interested in exciting car races. When you’re in the mood for both, pick up one of these entertaining romantic novels that blend automotive allure with combustible chemistry.
Are You Driving a Dirty Car? Polishing it up is a breeze with these cleaning hacks
10 High-Octane Romance Novels to Rev Your Engine
- The Perils of Paulie
- Living the Charade
- The Takeover Bid
- The Champion
- Driving Her Crazy
- The Fine Line
- Supercharged Love
- The Chase
The Perils of Paulie (2017) by Katie MacAlister
A light-hearted, playful rollick about Paulina Rostakova, a sassy woman who enters a reality show reenacting an historic 1908 car race across multiple countries. While many other romance books focus on muscle or stock cars, The Perils of Paulie is chock full of classic cars and old-fashioned chemistry.
Living the Charade (2013) by Michelle Conder
Filled with fast, clever dialogue that blends talk about cars with talk about romance, Living the Charade is a steamy story about a hard-working business woman who resorts to staging a fake romance with a maverick race car driver.
The Takeover Bid (2004) by Leigh Michaels
A lovably unique heroine headlines this story: Melanie, an owner and manager of an antique car restoration company. She’s wise, well-meaning, and shows that women are just at home in the garage as men are. She’ll have to hold her own when an overconfident but dashing man enters her life to take over her business.
The Champion (2012) by Shey Stahl
The last book of the of the reader-loved “Racing on the Edge” series is packed with suspense, tragedy, and real-life commitment as you follow 20 years of race car driver Jameson Riley’s life. Each victory and defeat on the racetrack is nail-biting, balanced with genuinely heart-felt drama with his wife and children at home.
Driving Her Crazy (2013) by Amy Andrews
It’s a basic set-up: a journalist and a photographer drive across the Outback to collaborate on a story for work and wind up getting into escapades in the wild that lead to them falling in love. it takes its time building the chemistry and in the process is a fun road trip rom-com with all the classic tropes.
The Fine Line (2013) by Alicia Kobishop
This addictive, fast-paced drama takes places in the world of street racing. Car restorer and mechanic Logan illegally races cars for money at night and finds that he can’t lose a race when Liv, the heroine, is the flag girl. The story is a tad over-dramatic, but if you like your angst at 100 mph, this one doesn’t slow down.
Supercharged Love (2016)/Quarter Mile Hearts (2015) by Jenny Siegel
Essentially the same story told from two different perspectives, these two novels cleverly develop the tension and chemistry between driver Max and mechanic Leigh. The automotive content is basic car racing stuff, but the unique narrative take and motor-savvy heroine make for a rewarding dual read.
High Octane: Ignited (2014) by Rachel Cross
While most romantic racing stories focus on stock car racing, the first entry in the “High Octane” series deals with British Formula One driver Ronan Hawes and his relationship with Cassidy Miller, a former EMS helicopter pilot who’s gotten involved with her father’s F1 team.
The Chase (2011) by Erin McCarthy
Motorsports racing isn’t just for men; protagonist Kenall Holbrook is out to prove herself in the male-dominated racing circuit as she reunites with her former lover and now-rival Evan Monroe.
Yes, a decade ago, NASCAR officially partnered with publisher Harlequin to release an ongoing collection of NASCAR-themed novels, with some even involving “guest appearances” by real driver celebrities like Carl Edwards. Entries come from a variety of authors and include titles like Teaming Up, One Track Mind, Slingshot Moves, and Speed Dating.
Oldie But a Goodie: Spotlight on the timeless ’68 Shelby Cobra