Review: Racing To You

Racing to You Book Cover Racing to You
Racing Love
Robin Lovett
Romance, New Adult
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
July 2016
Purchased through Kobo

Love—the one roadblock they never expected.

Racing Love, Book 1

Aurelia is living her dream, teaching for a year in the south of France. Except it’s all going wrong. The carefree culture is challenging her academic goals, and her students are so difficult that she wants the unthinkable: to give up and go home.

Meeting Terrence doesn’t help. When he’s not training for the Tour de France, the cocky pro cyclist is flirting with Aurelia, but she didn’t cross an ocean to hook up with an American jock, even if he does have killer dimples and looks hot in spandex.

Until the jock sets out to prove he’s more than mere muscle. He wants to teach her what having fun really means, which could be as dangerous to her structured life as it is to her heart.

As life hits unexpected roadblocks, they turn to one another for support, and flirtation becomes game-changing love. But Terrence is chasing his dream of being the fastest man on two wheels, and she isn’t sure how far he’ll go to win…or how far she’s willing to follow.

Warnings: Includes a hopelessly romantic hero, a guilt-free sex proposition, a lot of orgasms and, of course, croissants.

Racing to You, Robin Lovett’s debut romance, is the story of a young bookworm and an ambitious competitive cyclist who meet in France at a stressful point in both their lives. Aurelia is intent on immersing herself in French culture while Terrence is working his way up to the Tour de France. Their worlds almost literally collide when Terrence’s cycling team makes a stop at Aurelia’s favourite cafe.

I’m just going to put this out there – I’m a good twenty years older than our heroine, and I had to keep asking myself “was I like this at that age?” Somehow, I’m not sure that my two years of college in Toronto really compares to Aurelia’s working visit to France. For that reason, I’m not sure that I’m this book’s demographic. I think my 20-something niece might get a little more out of it than I did.

That said, the book is written in such a way as to allow you to directly experience the main character’s life, which made a huge difference for me. I blasted through the book in a very comfortable two days (for me, that indicates a solid engagement in what I’m reading). I could relate to a story about a shy bookworm. My spouse has a tendency to collect bicycles if you leave him unattended for too long. If I didn’t find the book fun and entertaining, I’d have to have my head examined.

Best of all, I’m glad to find out that this adventure is only the beginning. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next!

(this review was also posted to Goodreads. Just in case you want to, you know, see what everyone else said. In the words of LeVar Burton, you don’t have to take my word for it.)