Hello you lucky minions, today we have M.A. Ford joining us with their Daily Dose The Way Things Turn Out and M.A. even stuck around long enough for me to interview, so enjoy our post and read my review 🙂 . Don’t forget to leave a comment to win your own copy of The Way Things Turn Out and click that Rafflecopter link for a chance to win the entire Dreamspinner Press Daily Dose Mended collection! <3 ~Pixie~
Life comes with a bit of hurt, but luckily for these men, it also comes with the right amount of comfort to mend their breaks, both of the body and the heart. From facing deranged exes to economic trials, the men in these tales have faced trial by fire–or in some cases water–for the right to love and live. Step into their shoes as they rebuild their family after a gutting betrayal or traverse the stars with an unexpected partner. The Mended Daily Dose package delivers stories about all kinds of second chances built on love.
Blurb: Freelance journalist Will Turner is struggling both financially and emotionally since being dumped by his boyfriend. While his sports car obsessed roommate, Niki, is busy leaving notes for the female owner of a Lamborghini Gallardo parked in their area, Will takes a last-minute assignment to interview a sportsman. The attraction between Will and racing driver Tim Johnson is instant, but Tim is unwilling to risk his career by coming out. Niki has big plans for Valentine’s Day, but it will take a near miracle for any of them to find happiness.
A part of the “A Valentine Rainbow” set of 14 holiday stories. Get all 14 stories on Feb. 1 when you purchase the set.
Review: This first in a 14-story holiday collection was downright great. It held pretty strong throughout the whole thing. There was excellent characterization. Plenty of support from back characters. And the two characters were very combustible. Perfectly matched for each other.
The plot was dynamite. There’s nothing like putting a journalist and a NASCAR driver together. It shows that just about anyone could find interest in another. I found this story to be dynamite amazing. There was nothing the author could have done to make it better. It was as though the author remained in tune with the characters, understood everything about them and made magic happen.
I felt like this story was just amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes to read about car racing and falling in love.
As the opening race in the Global GT Challenge approaches, lead driver Mark Hunter struggles to regain his confidence after Randolph Racing’s last disastrous season. Mark hesitates when owner Randy says he’s found the perfect replacement for their arrogant previous teammate, Brad Wilkins. Former single-seater star Jordan Matthews is excited to join the crew and ready to put past troubles behind him.
Trust builds as Mark and Jordan become a fine-tuned team for the number 17 Saleen, earning a podium in Abu Dhabi at the season opener. Their friendship develops into more as they continue to earn prestige for Randolph Racing. But their success sparks jealousy, and people from their pasts threaten vengeance. Jordan is reluctant to ruin his fresh start in racing by exposing the secrets that almost cost him his career ten years ago. If he can’t take the risk, he’ll never realize his dream of kissing Mark on the winner’s podium.
Review: So unlike many romance books set within a specific industry, this is not a love story set within the motorsports world, this is motorsports story that happens to feature two men who fall in love with each other. So in essence, it’s a sports story. This is the kind of book that I’d give a straight guy to introduce him to m/m romance. The feelings between the men start out as more friendly and then morph into something else. The romance sneaks up on the reader with good cues of course, but it’s buried within the masculinity of the motorsports world
The good thing? I learned more about racing that I could ever possibly want to know. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t boring in the least. Reading about the trials these men endure and the friendships and rivalries that are formed in this sport was a good read. Mark and Jordan’s relationship develop and like all men in sports, they must determine if they plan to be in or out the closet. As with all dramas, their hand is forced and they are outed. The men must now handle the fallout in the machismo world of motorsports.
The book does not boast any heat at all, as there are no love scenes, although there’s lots of affection between the men; and, the discussions between Mark and Jordan as their relationship develops gives the reader insight into their relationship and why the two men work so well as a couple.
If you are a motorsports enthusiast, you will love this book because the story is really about the men who work in the sport. Tangential to the Randolph Racing team and their trials are the two members who fall in love and bring some glory to the racing team they work for.