Thursday, July 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Racing To Love by Amy Gregory





Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Racing To Love by Amy Gregory, sponsored by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.  In addition to a review, there is an excerpt and giveaway, which you can check out below.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.  Thanks for stopping by!


Racing to Love
by Amy Gregory
Date Published: 6/7/2012


Synopsis: 

From the outside, Molly West had everything, beauty, brains, and a career she’d retired from not once, but twice.  Being in the limelight and in a sport that was male driven, she was often surrounded by men.  She ignored first the boys, and as she got older, the men.  Her cold shoulder and patented not a chance in hell look were usually enough to get her point across.  Molly had no plans in changing what was a perfectly good system. That is until she walked into the pits.  

Carter Sterling had traveled the racing circuit since he was a boy.  He’d heard all the old standbys, She’s out there somewhere, love comes along when you least expect it.  Good things come to those that… Yeah, he’d heard them all.  The last place he expected to meet the love of his life was on a pro track.  All she did was smile, and he knew, looking into her sapphire blue eyes, Molly West was his.  Forever.  If it was only that easy.  From the moment he laid eyes on her, he had a gripping feeling in him.  An overwhelming need to protect her—a girl he’d just met.  Carter had learned a long time ago that gut feelings are almost never wrong.  Molly now held his heart in her hands, but it was going to take a lot more than just love to protect her from the past she thought she’d buried a long time ago.


My Thoughts:  Molly West is a female in her 20's who has excelled in a sport dominated by males.  She holds quite a few titles, and has come out of retirement for a 4-month contract as a motocross trick rider.  Escorted and coached by her brother Brody and his girlfriend Erin, she thinks this is just another gig, that is until she looks into the eyes of Carter Sterling, and suddenly her world turns upside down.  When Carter sees Molly, he knows there is something about her that is different, something that he desperately wants.  There is only one thing standing in his way, Molly's brother Brody Noland.  Brody has already warned all the guys at the track that Molly is off limits, but Carter's not about to let that stop him.  He knows that Brody is a little "exaggerated" in his need to protect Molly, but what he doesn't yet know is that Molly has a painful and horrid past, and that despite her outer beauty, her past has left her deeply scarred inside.  Sheltered for years by her family, Molly knows that there is something about Carter that she can trust, and in spite of her fears and reservations, she is ready to take a chance on love.  Despite the obstacles, Carter and Molly are determined to be together, but then danger comes back into her life and she and Carter have to face something a lot more threatening than Brody ever thought about being.


I really liked this book.  It is a really sweet love story, with the added element of drama and mystery.  Carter Sterling is perfect.  I want a Carter for myself.  He is super hot, dreamy, sexy, thoughtful, determined, caring and would do anything for Molly.  I liked Molly to, and I felt bad for her and all she had to go through in her life.   I enjoyed not only seeing the supportive family she had, but the way Carter loved her and was so patient with her.  Brody was kind of a jerk, but I understood where he was coming from, even though he carried it too far.  There are some really funny secondary characters that were all well written and fun to get to know.  Molly and Carter's relationship is one of those love at first sight types with sparks flying and chemistry through the roof from the first glance.  They have some emotional moments, and some very sexy and steamy ones also.  The book was fast paced and I read it in one sitting.  The racing theme was also fun and entertaining and that, combined with the suspense, drama, and some sexy romance, proved this book to be quite an enjoyable read.   



Excerpt

They continued to walk back toward the pits, but he stopped when they were in the darkened hallway, just before they would have rounded the corner and been seen.
Molly’s heart sped.
He was still holding her hand, but turned to face her as he placed his other hand on her waist. She sucked in a breath when he stepped forward. Her first instinct was to be anxious, to cower back, but something in those ice blue eyes told her she didn’t have to be afraid.
When he had leaned in to kiss her when they were sitting on the track, she’d panicked. And then when he had started to move away, she’d panicked again—for a different reason entirely.
Those flip-flopping emotions were about to drive her crazy.
Now, in the dimmed corridor, Molly closed her eyes to catch her breath and to search for a decision. He’d been rubbing his thumb on her waist, but his movements stopped when her eyes dropped closed. The soothing strokes didn’t continue until she finally reopened her eyes and dragged her attention up his chest and past his Adam’s apple. She continued up until she locked her gaze with his. When she offered him a hesitant smile, he began stroking her again with a warm smile on his lips.
Staring down at her, he let go of her hand and skimmed the back of his over her cheek. She felt her heart thundering, her pulse racing when she ran her hands up his chest, feeling each and every rippled muscle. She’d never purposely touched a man like this before. Sure, she’d felt Brody’s muscles when she’d smacked him for one reason or another. Or when trying to push him off of her after he’d wrestled her to the ground being an ornery brother and all. But this? This was foreign.
Her eyes were back on her own fingers, taking everything in. She stopped at his heart and could feel it pounding hard beneath the soft cotton t-shirt.
“Just so you know…” he started in his slow, sexy voice.
She could tell he was waiting for eye contact again before continuing. “Yeah?” she whispered.
“I’m going to fall in love with you.”



Author Bio
Amy Gregory leads an incredibly active lifestyle in Kansas City with her husband and their three fantastic kids who keep them running in three very different directions.  When she’s not rushing her oldest daughter to tumbling, her youngest daughter to music lessons, or sitting track-side watching her son practice motocross, she’s taking the few minutes in between to scribble the next pages in her Racing to Love series. 
When asked, “When do you have time to write?” Amy Gregory giggles.  “In bits and pieces,” she says.  
Amy is known for her snarky, off the cuff sense of humor, which you’ll find shining through in the characters she’s created.  Her debut novel, Racing to Love, Carter’s Treasure, is set for release June 7, 2012.
I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and now I’ve finally found it. – Amy Gregory 




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5 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for hosting me on your site! Have a fabulous weekend!!! :)
    Hugs,
    A

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  2. Wow, a read in a single sitting--that must be amazing. I can't wait to read this book, and this review has made me even more curious. Fabulous blog spot, love the excerpt and congrats to Amy on such a great review. :-)

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