- File Size: 548 KB
- Print Length: 71 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D4KM6EQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Heart of the Race Kindle Edition
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A great story of love between two individuals who have trouble communicating what they are actually feeling! My only problem is that its too short, I would pay more just to have more pages of this incredible love story.
Brian, realising that his love will always be unrequited walks away from his foster family, leaving Varro to follow his own path. He avoids family get togethers so he doesn't have to explain why he stays away until Varro's first bad accident, then unable to resist a guilt inducing plea from his foster mother to keep Varro safe Brian joins Varro's team on the motor cycle circuit to watch over him. Being near Varro, but not with Varro, is torture and eventually Brian walks away for good, has to walk away for his sanity. Finally Varro realises what he's lost, and what he's been running from the whole time, but can he convince Brian to give him a chance, give them a chance?
Heart of the Race is a short story, part of Dreamspinner's Daily Dose stories, but you would never know it. Mary Calmes packs so much detail and backstory into the pages that the reader feels immersed in Brian's life. I also loved all the description we get of the world of motor racing, which I found fascinating. Mrs Condit Recommends photo mrscrecommends2_zps98e844fe.jpg
The story is told mainly from Brian's POV but he was an easy narrator to follow. The story of his love for Varro and how it almost destroyed him is eloquently told and at first it seems that Varro is the only one to do wrong but that's not the case, Brian eventually realises he has to take responsibility for his own feelings, and how be decides to deal with them, and that's when he walks away. Its only when he's given up on any future with Varro that Varro turns up ready to declare his own intentions. The angst is believable as are the conversations they eventually have, and the ending is immensely satisfying. For such a short story Mary Calmes has given us a beginning, a middle and an end, not an easy task in under 19000 words.
I highly recommend Heart of the Race. Read it, you won't be disappointed,
Originally reviewed at Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books.
Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog
I don’t know what it is about a Mary Calmes book but I just can’t seem to hate anything she’s written. This time I decided switch things up and try one of the audiobooks. Thus far, I’ve only read Calmes’ books so this was going to be a new experience for me and it turned out, I really like her books in audio as well. Sometimes I love reading a series but when I try to listen to the audio, something just puts me off it. While the narrator pronounced some words weirdly, I felt like I could overlook that because the story was just so fun.
HEART OF THE RACE is definitely one of the more angtsy stories that Calmes has written. This is a romance between two best friends. Brian Christie was taken in a home when he was younger after being pushed around in the system. He grew up with Varro Dacien and his family, learning what it meant to be loved. However, as he grew older, he realized that he was falling in love with his best friend. Ever since he realized how destructive his feelings could be to their relationship, Brian has been pulling away.
Now older, Varro has established a nice career for himself riding motorcycles and when he gets into a serious accident, only Brian is able to wake him up. The thing about Varro is that he is completely clueless. He doesn’t know how much Brian burns for him or that he cares about him more than his own family so the distance that they both have to travel emotionally is very far. Neither of them are good at communicating and as one pushes, the other pulls. It gets quite complicated but Calmes is just so good at writing romance that you can’t help but root for them. There’s no roadmap for to get to where they want to go so Varro and Brian must figure out how to get there on their own. There’s plenty of ups and downs, many frustrating moments too but I think it’s all worth it in the end because you get a very well-done romance filled with angst. While it may not be my favorite Mary Calmes book, it’s still worth the read I think.
I really hope Mary gives us another book, continuing their story!
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