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Fast Lane

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This was okay. The writing wasn't bad, but there wasn't a whole lot to this story either. With the way Trinity and Reece meet, I thought it was going to be fast paced. It wasn't. Reece and Trinity don't even really decide to be a couple until the end of the story. While I understand all the things going on in Reece's life that would have an impact on their decision, it still was too slow going for me. I haven't read the first book in this series, but that didn't keep me from understanding this one. While this book wasn't for me, I would give this author another read. 
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.
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Fast Lane by Juanita Kees
Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 23 Jul 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Format: ebook and print
Length: 151 pages
RRP: $4.99 (ebook); $25.99 (print)
She is all about speed. He sees the impact of what happens at high speed.
Trinity Calhoun is a NASCAR driver. In her last race she was pushed off the track but was not injured. Reece Balmain was the paramedic on duty, and he saw to her medical needs. And they had a kiss. On the track.
Trinity goes home to think about her future as she is not sure she wants to race at that level anymore. Her family is preparing for another racing venture and Trinity wants to be part of it. Her family is close after the death of her younger brother in a car accident. But that hasn’t stopped her racing.
Reece’s best friends died in an accident and their only child was severely injured. Reece is Tyler’s guardian, but Tyler is still angry about losing his parents, and his injuries. Reece is struggling with how to deal with Tyler, and his attraction to Trinity.
We get to see different members of the Calhoun family who, I’m sure several will have their own story, and how they are dealing with the death of their brother. This is a common thread and connection for Reece and Trinity, loss of loved ones.
This is a good story as you get to see a little behind the scenes of NASCAR and the racing fraternity. I also liked that Reece was the complete opposite of Trinity in just about everything, thinking about speed, and family connectedness. The characters in this story are ones you will like and cheer for.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.
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This book was provided by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I am perplexed by this book.  The first few chapters were so rushed and insta-love, then followed by the most drawn out chapters with not much happening or story development. 

The characters, Trinity and Reece, were very likeable and drawn together by a sense of tragedy and sorrow.  Her passion, NASCAR driving, was Reece's demise.  

This was a sweet romance with the potential of being a great series.  This is the second book, so I will go back and read the first book.
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I love how the couple met I love the main character I love the racing and fast paste of the story I love the romance
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Trinity has speed in her blood that Reece can not stay away from.  This book is about passion and pasts.  This book takes you on a whirlwind journey of fast paced proportions.
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i was so excited to get to read Trinity's book! I read a wee bit about her in the first book in this series and knew that she was going to be one kick 'em women and she did not let me down. For one thing I love to watch  race cars, I mean who in the south doesn't and here is a women who dives the cars! Yes she is ending her rein  to come home to Montana to help her daddy... another reason to love this gal.
Then we have one hottie of an EMT "Angel" who is also a good guy himself, who she meets at her last race. BUT Fate steps in and she gets to spend time with Reece again back home in Montana far away from the racetrack in Florida. This book touched me in all the places i needed to be touched my heart and in my soul.
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Really enjoyed this book. It's different from previous romances I've read. I really liked Trinity from the start and her and Reece are so cute together. I love their chemistry and how they met. Tons of emotions and love in this book.

Thank you Netgalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Reece meets Trinity when he pulls her from a wreck during her last race. She calls him Angel and kisses him on live TV to celebrate not being injured in the crash. She is headed home to help out at the  garage because of her father's health. Her father being sick has made her take a closer look at her own life and what she wants. When tragedy strikes Reece ends up in Trinity's home town working as an EMT. When they meet again the attraction and playful banter is still there. Both characters have a strong sense of family. Reece knows that speed kills. He has seen and helped on many crashes. Trinity is not ready to put racing behind her permanently. Can Reece over come his fear of speed when Trinity can't live without it? Great story!
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This was a quick read and the characters are explained pretty much within the first chapter. Trinity Calhoun is racing her last race and will be heading home to Montana. Before that, she is taken out by another driver, crashes and when she comes to she calls the medic angel. He is Reece Balmain, after going through all of her checks he takes off her helmet and to let the crowd know she is okay she kisses him. Later that night Reece gets a call that changes his life and has to head home to Montana as well. Once there they run into each other and as much as Trinity wants to make something happen Reece puts everything on hold except for the kisses. She is the one that pushes him for the relationship and for the way to help the boy that he will be raising since his friends died. I found this to be a nice story and I am glad Trinity and her family really made this story work.
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From a romance that will have you swooning, hilarious banter and a story really makes you feel like your really there with the characters, this book had everything I needed to get swept away with this amazing story. Happy reading!!
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Good emotional story with interesting, likable main characters. Both Trinity and Reece were highly skilled people with major pain in their lives. Both having suffered incredibly painful losses and are still healing from. And they both have still more to go through separately. Of course, their attraction to each other is so strong that it keeps pulling them back to each other.
Trinity had such a wonderfully close family who were there for each other as much as each family member would allow. Trinity's father is the glue that has held everyone together for years but now he has a disease that is stripping him of strength. Chase is Trinity's oldest brother who has also been the glue to the family right alongside their father. I liked that his nickname that he earned from his siblings is "Mother".
This story was charming and had many good points but I also feel like it didn't quite fulfill all of it's potential. For me, maybe it's because it felt like it kept going over and over several things. I know it needed to establish the challenges the main characters were facing.
It had a H.E.A. that I liked and one that seemed realistic and hopeful.  I also really liked the eBook cover. 

“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
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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.

FAST LANE takes us back to the Calhoun Customs Garage 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 FAST LANE.

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 FAST LANE. 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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Fast Lane by Juanita Kees
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.
this is Trinity Calhoun and Reece Balmain's story.
Trinity rolled her shoulders, eased the stiffness in her neck, and stretched her spine against the restraint of the body harness. Gloved hands tight on the wheel, legs braced, she lined up in fifth position behind the pace car and brushed aside the nagging feeling in the pit of her stomach. Pre-race nerves mixed with adrenaline. Standard.
Her earpiece crackled, and Paige’s voice sounded in her ear. “You’ve got this, Calhoun. Last race. And you’ve got more power under that hood than you need with your skills. Think Montana, baby. You’re going home with a trophy in your hands.”
Paige Drew—her pit mechanic, rock in a storm, and best friend since kindergarten. If things hadn’t gone south between Paige and Mason, they might have been sisters-in-law. “Roger that. I wish you were coming home with me. Like old times.”
“Reece.” That’s a nice name. Finish your checks, then let me out of here, because I won’t go down in history as leaving my last race on a stretcher. My brothers would never let me live it down.”
Reece silently cursed Trinity Calhoun’s stubbornness and called the chief over, giving him a rundown on the situation. The chief muttered something about not expecting anything less from a Calhoun before performing his own assessment, making her wiggle her fingers, move her legs and arms, and follow the pinpoint of his flashlight with her eyes as she gave him sass.
“Help her out,” he said to Reece. To Trinity, he said, “If you feel any dizziness, difficulty breathing, or anything remotely painful anywhere once you’re out of the car, you let Balmain here know, okay? Don’t argue with him. He’s the highest-level paramedic on the response team tonight, and he knows what’s best for you. Don’t be a hero, Ms. Calhoun. Your father will have my ass in a blender if you don’t make it home in one piece.”
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Fast Lane by Juanita Kees is a 4  star book.
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Fast Lane is the second book in Juanita Kees’ Calhoun Custom Garage series, which is set in Bigfork Montana. I’ve enjoyed both this story and book one and love to read series in the correct order. Having said that, if you’ve stumbled on this book and like the look of it, read away because it works just fine as a stand alone story.
Fast Lane pairs Trinity Calhoun, youngest daughter of the family and NASCAR driver extraordinaire with paramedic Reece Balmain, the man who pulls her from her crashed car and who hates speed with a passion. Despite their opposing views on racing, these two spark on impact. I loved them both and I loved the way they worked to reconcile their viewpoints and build a life together. 
Family is a strong point in this book. For Trinity that means supporting and being supported by her father and brothers. For Reece it means honouring the wishes of his closest friends and caring for their injured son as he comes to grips with his ravaged body and the loss of his parents.
This was an emotionally satisfying story, well structured, well paced and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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This is the first book I've read from Juanita Kees. It's the second book in the Calhoun Customs Garage. This wasn't the worst book I ever read, but it also wasn't anywhere near the best. This book is about a NASCAR heroine. There is a lot of racing and techniques mentioned throughout the book, which is why I requested the ARC. I'm a longtime NASCAR fan. Add in a love story and to me that's perfection. However, I did find the technical aspect brought up too much and those that aren't racing fans could potentially find this boring. I personally liked the racing parts of the book. It was more fun. Also, I didn't connect with the insta-love between Trinity and Reece. They both had the same sounding POV and the out-loud POV was bringing up things that were 'thought' not spoken. I didn't care for that at all. I did like that this has a HEA, no cheating and no cliffhanger. While I just didn't mesh with the author's writing style, I think that you shouldn't base your opinion about this book on my review because there are a lot of good reviews for this book.
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Just didn't work for me. The insta love seemed forced and somewhat cringe worthy, I mean, regardless of age most women don't act that way in front of,their brothers and fathers. And while it was short, and rushed feeling, it was also repetitive. Lastly I found the voices of all the characters to be too similar.
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4.5 ******

I really enjoyed Overdrive: book 1 in Calhoun Customs Garage series when I read it last year, but I loved Fast Lane: book 2 even more.

There's plenty of adrenaline-packed action and chemistry to be had in this book as well as some more serious issues.

Trinity Calhoun is a world-class race car driver and she's just about to retire and return to Bigfork to be with her dad who is struggling with Parkinson's. A freak accident in her last race has her meeting gorgeous paramedic Reece, better known as Angel. 

Racing is a dangerous sport and a tragedy has touched Reece and he is now guardian for 9-year-old Tyler. This tragedy has also brought him to Bigfork.

I really enjoyed returning to the town and to the Calhoun family. 

Trinity's love of speed and Reece's dislike of the dangers of speed and cars mean that these two getting together have them needing to overcome some obstacles. I really enjoyed the growing relationship between these two, something that started out as a fun kiss turns into so much more. I liked the way they discussed things and tried to work out what they both wanted.

One character I hope we get to hear more from was Tyler, he has survived a tragic accident, but has definitely not come out of it unscathed and it will take a lot to make him feel whole again. Having Reece and Trinity in his corner will definitely help his healing and I really want to know how he goes after this book. 

I also look forward to seeing how the other Calhoun siblings go with finding their HEAs, it was great to see how Chase and Charlie were going from book 1. 

I hope I don't have to wait 12 months for the next instalment of the Calhoun Customs Garage. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Tule Publishing for a digital copy of this novel in return for an honest review.
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Fast Lane is Juanita Kees’ second story in the Calhoun Customs Garage Series. The first was the oldest brother’s story and now it is the youngest sister’s story, the bookends of the family as we say where I live. While the book is a stand-alone, the contrast between Chase and Trinity is so realistic. He became the mother hen after their mother’s death, as youngest Trinity is the thrill seeker aka racecar driver. However, she falls for someone more like Chase, Reece Balamin, a paramedic and volunteer firefighter.

Both of these characters have seen sorrow and are dealing with new ones during this book. Trinity is a strong, woman even with all the older brothers and father watching over her. The safety needed for racing is really emphasized in this book, which was interesting and unknown to me, even though I live in NASCAR Country. However, I could also understand Reece’s concerns too, especially in light of what had happened to those he loved.

While this is a romance story from the very beginning with the hot attraction between Trinity and Reece, it is also a story of family, loyalty and making the best out of a terrible situation. The characters are engaging and quite likable, as well as the story keeping me interested. Reece and Trinity may have had an instant attraction but I especially liked how they did not rush the relationship but getting to know each other too.
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Trinity and Reece were attention grabbing characters. Their antics kept my attention to the pages throughout the story, and the Calhoun family are an unstoppable force throughout the narrative. Their protectiveness throughout the read was heartwarming. Fast Lane by author Juanita Kees bowled this reader over, I could not walk away from the story, I had to keep reading. :)
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An emotional story about love, family and starting over.  

This was a fast-paced story about a NASCAR driver and a paramedic who helps her from her car after a wreck on the track.  Little did they know they would soon meet again.  Trinity was headed home to Montana to help take care of her father and Reece was also headed back to Montana to raise his godson, Tyler, who was left severely injured after a car accident that took both of his parents.

Trinity and Reece fall in love while helping each other overcome some of their fears of lost loved ones and starting over, along with helping Tyler overcome his grief.  

I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t help but get emotional through parts of it.  Trinity and Reece had so much loss in their young lives.  I enjoyed how they worked together to help each other.  When Trinity decides to face her fears of commitment and decides to be there for Reece and Tyler, it warmed my heart.  I just wish there was a little more to this book.  I wanted more of Reece and Trinity’s romance and to see how Tyler adjusted to life after leaving the hospital.  I’m sure this story will continue in the next book.  I’m just a bit impatient when I really like a  book and end up having to wait for the next one to come out for the conclusion of the story.
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