July 7, 2009

Harlequin NASCAR romance novels



  1. Andrew Simone on July 7th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Holy fuck, they are real.

  2. India on July 7th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Of course they are real, you doof. Harlequin ain’t idiots.

  3. India on July 7th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    You can download one for free at eHarlequin.com. You know y’all want to.

    Speed Dating
    by Nancy Warren

    Dylan Hargreave thinks I’m an actress paid to pose as his girlfriend at a North Carolina society wedding. How did this happen to me, of all people? Kendall Clarke, award-winning actuary, the veritable shining star of number crunchers who, just hours ago, learned her responsible fiancé (sorry, ex-fiancé) called off our wedding because he’d gotten one of my colleagues pregnant. What are the odds?

    Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of Dylan Hargreave. Celebrity NASCAR driver? People magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year? Those eyes. That smile…

    Forget sensible! I’ve assessed the risk…and I’m taking it! I usually keep the brakes on, but as of now I’m taking a vacation. From me.

    Did I mention that I took a course on romance novels, as part of my Women’s Studies minor in college?

  4. Sheila Ryan on July 7th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I betcha I can find a place within five miles of where I am right now where I can buy me one I can hold and everything.

    I dunno if they have a book section at the Rural King, but I’m gonna look.

    I love the Rural King. Seriously.

    Every man a king at the Rural King.

  5. Joe D on July 7th, 2009 at 1:06 pm
  6. India on July 7th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Oh, those are fine.

  7. Coop on July 7th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Like Andrew I had to be sure if this was real or satire:


  8. walt on July 9th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    …worse: Harlequin is a Canadian company, here in my hometown of Toronto.

    I feel dirty and ashamed. Sorry, America.

  9. India on July 9th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    From the Times article:

    Speed dating is actually a misnomer for what happens in the Nascar novels, where the course of love is bumpy, and it typically takes an entire Nextel Cup season for a couple to commit to each other. In these books there is also a good deal more engine-revving, so to speak, than actual clutch-popping or rubber-burning. “Nascar is a family sport,” said Ms. Warren, the author of “Speed Dating,” and so the writers have to abide by certain rules: no crashes, no drugs or alcohol, no sex.

  10. Sheila Ryan on July 10th, 2009 at 5:50 am

    No drugs or alcohol. That’s good, considering the origins of NASCAR in bootleg liquor-running up in the mountains.

  11. India on July 10th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    And no sex is good, considering the origins of absolutely everyone in their parents’ getting it on.

    Shouldn’t they be encouraging sex, as a way to increase their fan base?

  12. Sheila Ryan on July 10th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    India, the parents of Harlequin readers did not ‘get it on’.