Friday, February 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Racing to Love - Jesse's Soul by Amy Gregory

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Racing to Love - Jesse's Soul, book two in the Racing to Love series by Amy Gregory.  The tour is hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.  You can check out the other stops on the tour here.  

Racing to Love - Jesse's Soul
(Racing to Love Series Book 2)
by Amy Gregory
Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  1/3/2013

Jesse Frost lived the life most men would kill for. Fast bikes, fame, money, and looks. He hadn’t thought much about those things throughout his career. He was just an easy-going guy from Texas who always worked hard for everything he got in life. He’d been the shy guy in school, so when the prom queen found him years later, he thought he had finally made it. Her mirage, however, left him empty and certain there was no one that wanted him just for the man inside.

Emery Kincaid has a last name that is revered in their world. A woman in a man’s world and succeeding, Irish through and through, she has the temper and sass to boot and a reputation that precedes her. She has remained strong because she’s had no other choice. The pain she masks runs deep and hiding it is the only way she can survive. 

Thrown together and forced to be in each other’s space day in and day out, sparks start to fly—from chemistry and the brakes she tries desperately to throw on. Without a doubt, Jesse thinks he’s found her, but the girl that stole his heart has a stubborn streak a country mile wide. 

What Jesse doesn’t know could break his heart. Hiding her true feelings for him is the only way for Emery to protect him and in turn—herself. She barely made it out the first time. If she let Jesse in and he walked away…well, that’s a risk her heart can’t take.

My Thoughts:  I first met Jesse in Racing to Love - Carter's Treasure, the first book in this series, and  was so glad to find out that he was getting his own story.  Book one is Molly and Carter's story, and I really enjoyed it.  Jesse is one of Carter's best friends, and both are motor cycle riders on the professional racing circuit.  I really liked him in the first book, but fell in love with him in Jesse's soul.  He is "sexy as sin," as Emery would say, has a killer smile and eyes that look straight through you, causing you to melt into a wanton pile of desire.  When the main mechanic leaves, Reid Kincaid, the boss and owner, brings in a new head mechanic who just happens to be his daughter Emery.  She is the best in the business, something that she has really had to work hard for, being a woman in a man's sport.  When Jesse sees her, he is overwhelmed by her beauty and immediately attracted to her, but also a little concerned about the fact that she is a woman, and she very quickly puts him in his place.  From that moment on he is 100% behind her, and she quickly earns the respect of the other mechanics on her team, as well as the riders.  She knows what she is doing and she runs a tight ship.  She has an Irish temper, is sassy, feisty, and doesn't take anything off anybody.  Emery has secrets though, really big secrets.  

Jesse is determined to make her his, but Emery has been terribly hurt in a  past relationship, which has caused her to build a brick wall around her heart that is almost impenetrable.  She also has another big secret regarding her health, one that she doesn't want others to know about.  This has has left her emotionally wounded and physically drained, and is the mortar that holds the brick walls around her heart in place.  Jesse isn't one to give, up, and determined to break though.  He is very patient and very persistent, but when he finds out her secrets, will he still feel the same way, or will he run away?  

Jesse's soul is a really beautiful contemporary romance that will grip your heart as you experience Jesse and Emery's romantic journey, which is filled with desire, pain, humor, loss, acceptance, and love.  I really liked both of these characters and enjoyed watching their relationship grow.  There are also quite a few steamy scenes, which were really good.  The secondary characters were great and played important roles in the story, and were also all easy to connect to and get to know.  I enjoyed finding out what the characters that were in the first book were doing, as well as being introduced to new characters.  The plot was good and kept my attention.  The only thing I didn't like was that I felt it was a little too drawn out regarding Emery's  back and forth between "I love you and then I can't be with you because you deserve better issues."  That wasn't enough to keep me from enjoying the book though.  Overall, this is a good contemporary romance and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.  

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“You think you’re just so smart, huh?”

Jesse moved toward the trailer doors and held his hand out for hers. “Yep.” He winked. “I am. Come on, honey, let’s go get your work done.”

She stood still, looking him in the eye for several seconds. She glanced down at the hand he held out, then back to his eyes, and drew in a deep breath. Her eyes darted between the two, hesitation lingered because she knew his gesture was nowhere near as simple as it appeared. Jesse didn’t even bother to hide the s**t-eating grin that came across his face.  That *ss.  It was one of those he knew she knew situations. Emery wasn’t born yesterday, and Jesse was easy to read. The man was as transparent as glass. He was in on her internal war, and it was obvious he could tell she was really struggling to keep some distance between them. Twenty-four hours ago, she would have rolled her eyes by now and walked past him, probably smarting off to him on the way, or telling him no, that’s personal. But now, judging by his smile, he could tell she was starting to cave, just an inch, and maybe even starting to like him, just a little.

He leaned against the door frame and kept one hand, outstretched and waiting. “Come on, Em,” he teased, the lopsided cocky grin making him all the more appealing, “it won’t kill you to hold my hand.”
The man was so sexy it should have been illegal to look like that. She couldn’t think straight. She wasn’t sure how much of that was from exhaustion and how much was from the sin in riding pants baiting her.

Emery cringed when she heard her dad’s laughter in the background, her cheeks instantaneously flamed.

“You butt.” She walked past his outstretched hand toward the doors, throwing an elbow at his hand on the way. “Sorry, buddy, you just blew it.”

“That’s all right. I got your smile instead. Dimples and all.” He wiggled his eyebrows in an apparent victory in his mind.  Damn dimples.

She rolled her eyes and pursed her lips as she tried to make her smile disappear, well aware that her scrunched up face made her look like an unrepentant kindergartener. Jesse finding humor at her expense made her want to smack him, but him being able to find her brand of humor funny made her want to take that hand he was still holding out and pull him close and never let go.

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 

Publisher Author Page
Twitter - @AmyGregory548

Buy Links:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble

You can see my review of Racing to Love - Carter's Treasure (Book 1) here.


  1. Oh goodness, I don't know how this one made it under my radar but I intend to remedy that!
    Great review!!

    1. Thank you so much! I've got a cast of truly loving but crazy characters! Jesse's Soul is the second in the Racing to Love series, plus I have two short stories on my site that follow along. Thanks so much for your kindness and I hope to win you over!

  2. I am always looking for a good Contemp romance. I've never read about bike racers before. And I'm wondering what Emery's secret is. I'm glad you liked this, Ellen. Thanks for the review!

    1. Ah Emery...she's my girl! She's a hard worker, but she needs a man like Jesse, that's for sure. Like I said above, Jesse's Soul is the 2nd book in the Racing to Love series, and I do have two short stories on my site that follow along.
      It's great to meet you and hope to hear your thoughts!

  3. I don't read a lot of contemp romances but between you and Andrea I have definitely been more tempted. I may have to check the first book out one of these days.

    1. That's quite a compliment! I don't read outside of my favored genres either usually. So it means a lot that you'd spend your time with me. My gang is crazy, ornery, full of love, and will fight with all their might to protect each other. I will be the first to say my smartass attitude carries through and my sex scenes seem to be getting steamier and steamier with each book! I'll be anxious to hear what you think! If you have a quick minute, I've got two short stories on my site that go with the series. Saving Molly is the back story, a little more subdued due to the content, and there is a link to Smashwords for a FREE download to Brody's Love. It's a quick read that is a good glimpse into my style if you've got time.
      thanks so much,

  4. Thank you so much for letting me visit your blog today! I'm so excited to find new readers that might fall in love with Molly, Carter, Jesse, Emery, Eli and the rest of the crazy band of characters I call mine! I am truly humbled by your kind words and your support. I hope to visit you again with Eli in July if that is okay :D

    1. I am so excited, and I can't wait for you to visit with Eli in July, and I definitely will be checking out your short stories to.


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