Friday, August 10, 2012

Tour Stop, Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: Racing to Love

Title: Racing To Love
Goodreads 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.


Molly West has had such a traumatic childhood before she was taken in by James and Karen. There she blossomed under their care, alongside their overprotective son Brody. That change of pace is what made her life so much better, she finally had a family who cared a lot about her and would do anything in their power to ensure she's safe. The problem with James and Brody was, their idea of 'safe' usually involved not allowing guys to get close enough to her. Ever. Not that she hasn't been around guys at all, in her line of work as a talented young racer, she has met many guys. She wasn't bad looking either so she was used to unwanted attention, and sleazy guys hitting on her. However, the men in her family had taught her to ward off those advances, and frankly she was never interested in any guy so she didn't mind Brody and Jame's interferences. That is, until she met Carter Sterling. Carter Sterling had been searching for the right woman in order to settle, maybe start a family as well? So when he saw Molly and found himself falling hopelessly in love, he wasn't going to miss his chance with her, so he did all that's in his power to get close to her. But it's all threatened when Molly's past comes out to haunt her again.

I guess, starting with the usual, the cover... it was alright, though the story holds much more appeal than the cover gives it credit for. The title was intriguing and fit well with the setting and plot of the story, so I liked that as well. This was such an adorable romantic comedy. I enjoyed the sibling banter between Brody and Molly. How she was all blasé with the guys she meets - except Dylan, who was typical to all the guys she chose to avoid. She was confident at times, yet insecure in others, showing a depth in her character and her background that I enjoyed. I also liked seeing it all from the opposite points of view, one time from Carter's , the other time from Molly's. So I guess It's not really plausible the way he'd act on his reaction so soon, like randomly playing with her hair when they only just met, and how she was alright with it even though she'd just been upset with Dylan a moment before, but it was still cute. How they reacted to eachother and whatnot.

I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick and fun read.

Rating: 4/5

Now to some words from the author!
Guest Post:

My 10 Favorite Authors & Why …
This is going to be so difficult! I started reading young adult romances when I was probably younger than I should have been. The Sweet Dreams series hooked me and I’ve been a fan of the romance genre ever since.
In my early teens I found Danielle Steel. Again, probably younger than I should’ve been, but I devoured her books faster than they were published, re-reading several of them multiple times.
A few years ago I picked up a Nora Roberts book, Irish Dreams. Instantly I was drawn to her. I can’t read or watch anything suspenseful at all, so I shy away from her JD Robb books, but the others…I’ve read them all. I’m drawn to books involving dance or Ireland and she has both. Those books on my shelf are so worn, I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve read them.
Then I found Susan Mallery and Carly Phillips and my world was rocked again. Their writing styles are similar to my own. I love how Nora, Susan and Carly write in a series. I always feel like when the last page is turned, I’m a little let down because the story is so good I want to know more. I’ve become attached to the characters and I want their stories to continue, you can do that in a series. I love hot romance combined with great dialogue. These women have that and more.
My best friend is an avid reader as well, she raved about this author she had found. Following her advice I fell in love with Something Borrowed and its sequel Something Blue by Emily Griffin. I think I’ve now read them both roughly five times a piece!
When I began my journey into the writing industry I knew no one, had no contacts, and basically had no idea of what to do next after the stories were written. With the help of the Twitter world, I became friends with some ladies who, not only do I adore their work and devour their books the instant they hit the stands, but they’ve become treasured friends. Keri Ford, Renee Vincent, KE Saxon, Mari Carr and Jan Romes—these women are amazing. I think that has made them such special authors in my book. (No pun intended!) I can’t even count the number of times I’ve recommended their names to my friends. Now that I’m an author as well, it seems like even people I don’t know ask me all the time who I’d recommend. Especially in the erotic romance genre. That usually turns into a lengthy conversation as there are so many authors I adore in both the contemporary and erotic genres. I prefer stories that are fun, sassy and in the end the girl gets the guy. With these gals, I know I can trust I’ll be smiling when the last page is turned.
Don’t tell anyone, but I’m going to sneak in an eleventh author to my list. This woman is a very dear friend and has done more for me and my career than I can ever repay her for. A.L. Jackson. On top of being an amazing friend and person, her books are spectacular! Gripping, moving and at times heart-wrenching, and in the end you feel like you’ve ridden a roller-coaster along with the characters.

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  1. I think it's really cool to have guests post to the blog :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. What a lovely blog you have.
    Follow each other?


    1. Oh thanks! And sure, I'm following you now ^^

    2. Thank you, following back, Positive Fountain, that's me following :-)

  3. I think you've hit an important point when you talk about the cover and how it didn't really relay what to expect. I think, as an author, we know what happened in the book before we have to make a cover, but readers don't, and sometimes designers don't either. It's a good point authors should listen to. I think the cover should sort of make a promise to the reader and the book then fulfills that promise.

    Anyway, good point for authors to take from this!

    Thanks for the good review to read too.

    Love and stuff,

    1. Thanks Michelle!

      And yes, I personally think that a book designer should read the book in advance to know what it's about and how to relay it to others. I am a huge fan of covers pretty covers so it would be of great help!