on August 3rd 2016
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I have it all: my dream career as a Formula 1 driver, more money than I can spend, crowds who cheer my name "Teo Coates," and an endless supply of beautiful women to warm my bed as I travel the world.
I should be happy. I should love my life.
But none of it means anything without her.
One year ago, the love of my life broke off our two-year relationship via a phone call. No explanation, no apology, and no sign it was coming. She shattered me...ripped out my heart. And the worst part is that I couldn't stay to fight for her without losing my career.
However, now the racing season's over, I'm back, and I intend to reclaim my girl's heart.
There's just one problem.
The girl I left behind no longer exists. Plagued by fear, something has broken Raine Wilkins to the point where she's struggling to cope with each day. It's going to take all of my skill to gather the explanation I was denied a year ago and persuade her to reveal her secrets. But if there's one thing I can guarantee, it's I never lose. I returned to the UK with one goal: win back the girl I love, and nothing and no one will get in my way.
Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content. Each book in the Chequered Flag series can be read as a standalone and is complete with a HEA. Chequered Flag books are sport romances with elements of suspense, and are written with British spelling and grammar.
This is a story of what happens when you love someone more than you love yourself and youÔÇÖre willing to sacrifice everything for them.┬á ItÔÇÖs a sad storyÔÇªbut a slight spoiler: true love wins.
Even though the synopsis is written from the perspective of Teo, much of the book comes from his girlfriend, Raine. ┬áI found Teo’s story to be tied up in what happens to her. ┬áThere is some trauma in the story┬á(hinted at in the first few pages) and the repercussions of it. ┬áBecause of how the story is constructed, I felt much more bonded to Teo’s brother, who is also her best friend (can’t wait to read his story). ┬áHe is the rock in the aftermath for Raine – after her experience and the loss of Teo. ┬áIn fact, I found myself disliking Teo much of the time because of his choices and behavior. However, this was my own perception of this character. ┬áI’m glad to say he redeemed┬áhimself in the end.
I think the difficult part for me was living through Raine’s experience solely via flashbacks. ┬áI understand the author’s intent, but it did cause a disconnect for me. ┬áI think if I had a bit more insight at the onset, I would Raine better.
Overall, I liked the plot and all of the twists. ┬áIt was a unique storyline and I’m interested to see where the author takes her characters next.
~Review by Loredana