Arkadia Fast #2
by Leslie Scott
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2019
Starting a new life isn’t easy when the skeletons locked in her closet are the notorious town drunk for a father and a haunted past. But, Hadley Morgan isn’t one to shy away from second chances or giving them either.
When a young, single father wrapped up in an octane fueled package takes particular interest in her, she begins to dream. But well-known drag racer Aiden Casey is also her boss, making her hesitate to grab at her chance at happiness.
Will her secrets shatter their chance at love or will his past come back to destroy both of them?
Before anyone could question Aiden’s sudden appearance, he grinned at Jordan. I jogged behind Breanna as she edged closer. “So, how about a hot lap, Slater?”
Jordan’s brow furrowed beneath the brim of his dark ball-cap. The affable excitement of the moment replaced by an almost suffocating tension.
I leaned to whisper in Breanna’s ear. “What’s a hot lap?”
“Turning the car around, making another run right now without a real cool down period on the engine.” She chomped hard on the candy in her mouth, it gave with an audible crack.
“In what?” The answering engine rumble fired behind me. My head swiveled in time to see Hunter inside the Camaro, rolling off the back of the trailer.
Chills skittered across my skin.
“Aiden—” The happiness and color had drained from Raelynn’s face.
Her brother’s rebellious lift of his shoulders spoke volumes.
“You didn’t tell me it was ready.” Jordan hitched his chin at the car then leveled a hard stare at Aiden.
Everyone there would have flinched, but he smiled brighter in dimple winking challenge. “If ya scared, say ya scared, Slater.”
Jordan’s upper lip curled, and he took one step away from Raelynn and closer to Aiden. “Boy,” he drawled out the one word. “When have I ever been scared of you?”
Breanna and I were members of the small circle that seemed to surround them now. No one outside heard Aiden’s quiet reply. “You need this as much as I do, brother.”
“Let’s do it.” Jordan never looked away as he pulled his and Raelynn’s joined hands to his lips and kissed her knuckles.
The crowd dispersed like a colony of disturbed ants. Everyone shooting off in different directions.
“Isaac,” Vic shouted and tossed the flashlight to his little brother. “You flag it, this one I gotta roll with my boy.”
When Vic jogged over to the Malibu, Aiden clutched at his chest as if he was wounded.
He turned and looked at me for the first time that night. “Which lane are you riding with, Hadley?”
Leslie spends most days attempting to wrangle the voices in her head and often wishes she could clone herself so that their stories get told faster. She loves words, romance, and characters that feel like family and spends almost all of her free time with her own family; including a boisterous eleven year old that she homeschools and an assorted cast of rescue pets. She lives her own happily ever after with her soul mate and best friend in the northern part of Alabama and hopes you enjoy reading her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.
Hey there, innernets! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Leslie Scott I’d like to share a little about the my hero and heroine of my newest release with you.
Hot Lap is the second novel from my Arkadia Fast series (the first being The Finish Line). The series follows the story of a group of street racers in the small Texas town of Arkadia. In the course of writing the first novel, that core group of characters became a family for me—and for my readers. I’ve had readers and reviewers tell me all sorts of things about that first book, but they all agree about one thing: that the characters felt like family.
That theme is important to me with this series, especially where the heroine of The Finish Line was concerned. So, it was natural to think of giving her brother (who goes through the ringer in that story) a bit of a second chance.
Aiden Casey is a young, single father who has just gone through a messy divorce well before his twenty-fifth birthday. He’s not looking for love, for another wife, but what he finds is a friend he’s incredibly attracted to, that treats his kids like her own, and by the end of the novel—will sacrifice everything for the family they have created.
And her name… is Hadley Morgan. In The Finish Line, Hadley is a sort of sounding board for my heroine. She’s an outsider who craves acceptance, all the while trying to shove the skeletons back into her closet. All Hadley’s hardships, though, give her a steely strength to take on a love and a family that doesn’t come easily.
Writing Hot Lap was a different animal for me. As with this New Adult Romance I threw in a bunch of adult hardships and forced these young people to handle them and still manage to find love. It’s a sexy, fast paced novel and I hope you enjoy it!
And let me know if they feel like they could be your friends—or even like family to you.
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