Rating: 3 Cups
Daniel Leroux is a French rally racer who has been having a bad season. When a mishap on his co-driver’s part causes him to drop out of the race, he knows he is done for the season.
Frank Dufour is French Canadian and has just been let go from his position as co-driver on another team due to the fact that he is gay.
When Daniel’s co-driver seriously screws up and costs him the season, he gets his manager to fire the man. Knowing that the season is a loss for him, he and his manager begin talking about finding a new co-driver. When Frank’s name comes up and the reason he was fired from his last team, Daniel could care less. After all, he is bi-sexual, so the man being gay is certainly no problem for him. However, his manager warns him away from having a sexual relationship with the man with the admonition “cars and sex do not mix.” Initially that is fine with Daniel, but as he and Frank get to know one another and become friends, the initial attraction on both sides turns into something deeper. Despite their deepening feelings for each other, the two remain close friends without the relationship going any further. Until one night when they return from a night of drinking and carousing. The two begin kissing, and kissing begins to lead to something more, that is until Frank regains his senses and goes back to his own room because he does not want their first time together to be when they are both drunk. Unfortunately, things do not go according to either man’s plan, and a family emergency pulls Frank away before the two men can resolve the issues with their relationship.
First let me say that I am a HUGE Ariel Tachna fan, I absolutely love her books and will read anything with her name on it. She clearly did a great deal of research on the sport of rally racing and this knowledge shined through the story giving it added depth and symmetry. While I enjoyed reading this story very much, it was difficult for me to get into it. It starts off very slowly and takes almost a hundred pages before it begins gathering any speed or momentum. I also felt that the relationship between Daniel and Frank took a little too long to really get going. Just when I would think, “Okay, finally, here it is, they’re going to take it up a notch” it didn’t happen. I suspect that what happened was that Ms. Tachna was focusing more on writing the details of rally racing accurately, rather than focusing on the developing relationship between Daniel and Frank. Still if you enjoy learning about new things, and or are interested in racing mixed with your m/m romance, then you should definitely pick this book up as it will be right up your alley!
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More