Spotlight & Giveaway: One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton

Posted June 16th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 71 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jaci Burton to HJ!

Jaci welcome back to HJ!

Thanks for having me here!

Would you please summarize One Sweet Ride for the readers here ….

OSRRace car driver Gray Preston enjoys fast cars and an uncomplicated life, until political aide Evelyn Hill enters the picture and complicates the hell out of it with a request that he help out his estranged father’s political campaign. Racing and politics don’t mix, but Gray and Evelyn’s sexual attraction sizzles like asphalt in August.

Please introduce your character Gray Preston from your novel One Sweet Ride to the readers here

Gray Preston has made his living over the past several years racing cars. He’s recently moved from racing to owning a race team, so now he has the added responsibility of managing the team as well as being a driver. He’s hot, sexy, and sought after, and very very busy trying to build a racing empire.

What does your character do for a living?

He’s a race car driver and owner.

Is your character ruled by emotion or logic?

Mainly logic, with a sprinkle of emotion. But not too much, because Gray feels it gets in the way of business decisions.

Who is your character’s Love interest in the book?

Evelyn Hill is a dynamic, career minded woman who works as an aide and campaign assistant for Senator Mitchell Preston, Gray’s father.

Was it love at first sight for your character? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

It was definitely not love at first sight for Gray. He found Evelyn to be manipulative and thought she was butting into his life. Plus, she works for his father, and he wants nothing to do with his dad.
The pivotal moment of change comes when…well, I think people should read the book to discover it for themselves. Finding out about the characters and their journey is the best part of reading a romance, isn’t it? ☺

If you character could go back in time and change one thing what would it be? Why?

I think Gray would wish he had kept more of an open line of communication with his father over the years, so he wouldn’t have missed out on important milestones.

How has your character evolved from when the novel began to when it ended?

He learns forgiveness.

How did your character spend the week just before the story starts?


What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013?

Coming up in July is the Hot Summer Nights anthology, which introduces readers to my new Hope contemporary romance series with the novella, Hope Smolders. In August is the first single title in the series, Hope Flames. In November, there will be a Play by Play novella where I’ll revisit the Riley family in Holiday Games.

Where can readers get in touch with you?



Giveaway: a print or digital copy of One Sweet Ride

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About the book:

Gray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. Now, with millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides,Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for his upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty.

Evelyn’s number-one goal is politics, which makes working with Gray difficult, because his only passion is fast cars. As she and Gray spend time together, he teaches her about the sport he loves, and she learns a lot about the man behind the wheel. The more she learns, the more she wants him. But any desire that threatens to derail the carefully laid plans for her future is a dangerous one.

With the passion Gray and Evelyn share running hotter than either imagined, one of them is going to have to compromise, or run the risk of losing more than their hearts.

June 4, 2013
Berkley Trade
ISBN-10: 0425253384
ISBN-13: 978-0425253380

71 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton”

  1. Brenda Rumsey

    When I was a teenager, I entered a contest on the radio and won a date (yeah,I know) with a famous drag car racer. He took me to a fabulous restaurant and bought us wine (which I had never had before) and then we went to the races. I was so naive and he was so sweet. I started going to the races a lot after that. I would love to read this book and get lost in the story.

  2. Beth Haney

    I want to read One Sweet Ride because Jaci Burton always gets the sexiest book covers and I know that this book is totally going to be HOT!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  3. Sarah M.

    I love these Play-By-Play books and can’t wait to read One Sweet Ride!! Besides, I can use my handy dandy room key (with the book cover on it) from RT as a bookmark! :0)

  4. Sharlene Wegner

    I have the best reason in the world! Tomorrow ( June 17th) is my birthday! Can’t wait to read the book, either way! Thanks!

  5. Lauren

    I am a huge Jaci Burton fan and her books never disappoint. The enticing cover says “read me”!

  6. robin the book nerd

    I want to read one sweet ride because Race Car drivers are so hot I think that’s only reason why I got into NASCAR with my dad was so I can watch the drivers.

  7. Leanna Hiner

    I need the hot guy on the cover. My library in Texas does not order her books. I have read all the books in this series so far and I hsve to read this book.

  8. Pennie M

    Seriously? This question is easy-peasy… because Jaci Burton rocks! Her books are hot and the stories are great!

  9. Mary Preston

    ……because in my real life, I like to play it calm and safe, but with the books I read I’m all for men who get my motor running and over-heated.

  10. Janice Hougland

    Jaci, I appreciated your comment about Gray’s father in your story blurb on this blog. For way too long have men been told to be unemotional and/or strong & silent. It hinders all of men’s relationships when they do the same thing their fathers did…which perpetuates the strong & silent mode of [non]communication in future generations. I am so glad I got close to my Dad early in life … clear on up to his death. I have good memories and no regrets. I would love to read more of your newest release and am glad of this chance to win it! 🙂

  11. Susan T.

    Great post! I would love to win because Jaci Burton has got the hottest and sexy covers ever!

  12. Lani

    To complete my collection of her books (play by play series) i have from the first..
    it would be great to win her book, Huge fans of Jaci! 😀

  13. Joyce

    If the book is as hot as the cover then I have to read this book. I might be old but I ain’t dead!!!

  14. orchid7

    I’d love to win a copy because I really love this series! And who wouldn’t want to go on One Sweet Ride?

  15. tche1478

    I would like to win a copy of ONE SWEET RIDE because ……. My friend Staci Perkins has told me this author rocks. Plus I love racing. I’d prefer the woman be the driver, but that cover sure is nice to look at!!

  16. Tammy Stoneman Yenalavitch

    I live in Charlotte – The home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. My birthday is this month 6/27. I will read this book and review it on Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I have Hot Summer Nights in my Amazon cart to buy when it’s released. I majored in Political Science and I love Politics. And finally, that is one hot and sexy cover. Wow!!!

  17. roslyngroves

    I would like to win a copy of ONE SWEET RIDE because………….oh, sorry about that, I was distracted by the cover (continues staring at hot half-naked race car driver)……..

  18. Dian Setyarini

    I would like to win a copy of One Sweet Ride because I love every Jaci Burton’s books! One of my favorite authors ever 🙂

  19. Erica

    I would like to win a copy of ONe Sweet Ride because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about her work, but I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of her books yet 🙂

  20. Ellen Thompson

    I would like to win a copy of One Sweet Ride because the books I have read by Jaci Burton are awesome and I don’t have any more book money right now but I really want to read this book. And you know you want to give it to me… 😉

  21. Brenda M.

    I would like to win a copy of ONE SWEET RIDE because I am addicted to Jaci’s Books. I’ve saved One Sweet Ride because I leave for the beach this week and I think it’s going to be the perfect summer vacation read!

  22. Carolyn Valdez

    I would like to win a copy of ONE SWEET RIDE because I have never read any of this Author’s books, and this looks like a good place to start.

  23. jovialvampyre

    I would like to win a copy of One Sweet Ride because I haven’t read a book with race car drivers as the lead yet. Thank you.

  24. Megan Parsons

    I want to win because I enjoy the adrenaline that racing gives you. I love to feel the power and speed!!!

  25. DebraG

    I would like to win a copy because it is the end of the school year. It was a very tough year and I deserve a reward.

  26. Winnie Lim

    Why? Of coz because Jaci Burton’s books are fabulous. Hot, steamy and romantic. That’s how I like ’em.

  27. kp

    This would be my first read of a Jaci Burton book and I have seen so many great reviews of her books!!!

  28. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I love the Play-by-Play books. I have read them all and I am a super fan of Jaci Burton. This book would add nicely to the rest of my collection of Play-by-Play books.

  29. Texas Book Lover

    I will be honest I want to win because Jaci writes the hottest athletes heroes and has the most drool worthy covers ever. This series has my absolute favorite covers of any series ever and I would be in heaven to get my hands one of them!

  30. Amy R

    I would like to win a copy of One Sweet Ride because it is the next book in the series and the cover is AWESOME like all the others.

  31. April

    I would love a copy. Jaci’s covers always pull me in first. I mean come on they are always extremely hot!!! Then the story is always better leaving me wanting more.

  32. beatejano

    I’ve been a huge fan of her Play by Play series since reading The Perfect Play and I’ve just loved her Riley family books, but this new venture towards Garrett’s friends has been just amazing! I absolutely loved One Sweet Ride and am stoked to read more books from Jaci:D

    Bea Tejano(on rafflecopter)

  33. Kimberly Mayberry

    I would like to win “One Sweet Ride” because I am getting married next month, in July, and my Fiance’ and I love to read steamy, hot books to each other when we are in bed. This would be perfect to read on our Honeymoon night, to get the flames ignited, and stroke the fires of passion! I have been a fan of Jaci Burton’s books since almost the beginning of her career, and to tell the truth, she is the author that got me started reading “HOT” books! I love you, Jaci!!

  34. Michelle Harlan

    I would like to win a copy of One Sweet Ride because I have an unhealthy obsession with the covers of J.C. Burton’s books. Seriously…they’re such yummy man candy & the inside of the book always lives up to the hot covers! 🙂

  35. laurie g

    I am a huge Jaci Burton fan and her books never disappoint. The enticing cover says “read me”!

  36. Krysten M

    I love Jaci Burton’s books! The play by play series just keeps getting better and better! I’m super excited for Gray’s story!

  37. Sue G.

    I loved Jaci’s book Thrown By A Curve. I love racing too. I even surprised my hubby with a trip to Las Vegas for his 40th Birthday to go to a NASCAR race. Tony Stewart is my favorite because he is such a bad boy. I am assuming Grey will be another bad boy too! 😉 I would love to picked to win! Thanks!

  38. Shirley Buchanan

    I would to win a copy of this book I think putting characters in such polar opposite fields will create just enough friction and differences!

  39. Jenny

    My husband raced stock cars when he was in high school so I’ve always had a soft spot for race car drivers and I know Jaci can tell a sexy story. I can’t wait to read One Sweet Ride! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Kim

    I’d like to win because I’ve never read Jaci Burton book before and because who doesn’t want to read about a sexy race car driver.

  41. Stacey Masterson

    I’d like to win because I love Jaci Burton books and the cover of the book is hot! Who doesn’t want to read about a hero that looks like that?

  42. Tawnya Bentley

    I would like to win a print copy of One Sweet Ride, because not only am I a HUGE Nascar fan, but when I read my first Jaci Burton book I discovered it was a trilogy about brothers, and went back and bought the other two immediately. That and I’ve discovered unless I happen to get lucky, which I did that time, Burton’s books are hard to come by in my city, which leaves me ordering online and paying S&H which I hate! I feel like they rip you off of any saving you might have received otherwise.

  43. Evelyn

    I would like to win One Sweet Ride because I want to stare at the cover and because it is by one of my favorite authors.

  44. Michelle Fidler

    I’ve never read any of her books and I’ve never read a book featuring a race car driver.

  45. Kai W.

    I would love to win a copy of One Sweet Ride because it would be shocking to me as it was shocking for my co-workers to learn that I follow NASCAR races. They didn’t know I have a wild side. Great book cover and Jaci Burton writes one of the best hot, steamy, sexy, romantic story.

  46. Krista j

    Because these books and this author get you lost in the stories. I also love the happily ever afters in these books

  47. heather

    I would like to win a copy of ONE SWEET RIDE because I want to see how everything plays out with the hot guy on the cover.

  48. Cindy Hamilton

    I would like to win a copy of One Sweet Ride because a hot, sexy racecar driver/owner is hot stuff and combine that with what sounds like a opinionated, strong woman this equals SPARKS! I also REALLY like the cover for this book-HOT!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Marcy Shuler

    I would love to win a copy of One Sweet Ride because I’m sure it would get my engine revving. LOL

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