Once again I’m thrilled to be supporting Brook Cottage Books in spotlighting a smashing book. This time it is Before You by Kathryn Freeman and I have my review below. A contemporary romance, Before You was published by Choc Lit on 7th June 2016 and is available for purchase on Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Kathryn recently featured on Linda’s Book Bag with a guest post all about how writing what you know isn’t always easy and you can read that post here.
When life in the fast lane threatens to implode …
Melanie Hunt’s job working for the Delta racing team means she is constantly rubbing shoulders with Formula One superstars in glamorous locations like Monte Carlo. But she has already learned that keeping a professional distance is crucial if she doesn’t want to get hurt.
New Delta team driver Aiden Foster lives his life like he drives his cars – fast and hard. But, no matter how successful he is, it seems he always falls short of his championship-winning father’s legacy. If he could just stay focused, he could finally make that win.
Resolve begins to slip as Melanie and Aiden find themselves drawn to each other –with nowhere to hide as racing season begins. But when a troubled young boy goes missing, everything is thrown into turmoil, including Aiden’s championship dream.
My Review of Before You
Having previously had her heart broken by one racing driver, press officer Mel has no intention of getting involved with playboy Aiden as he joins the Delta team.
Before You is a smashing romantic read. The glamorous world of F1 motor racing makes for an interesting and engaging backdrop for the romance and I have a much greater understanding of how that world works as a result of reading this story.
The characters of Mel and Aiden in particular are really well drawn and even the more minor participants like Frank are realistic and lifelike. The backstories have been well thought out so that readers get a real sense of who they are and how they have become the people presented in the story. Kathryn Freeman has a lovely touch when describing sexual moments so that there is an eroticism and sensuality without the language being overly explicit or saccharine. She also writes completely natural and engaging dialogue.
I found the plot raced along as the love interest between Mel and Aiden developed and was challenged by others and circumstances. I was never entirely certain what the outcome might be, which led to a greater satisfaction in the reading.
The only minor complaint I have is that I would have liked a little more detail about the exotic locations of the races as, even though they are not essential to the narrative, they do add to the picture of the F1 world and I love travel and finding out about new locations.
Before You is an ideal read to escape the mundanity of life into the glamorous arena of motor racing where drivers are flawed, handsome and sexy. I really enjoyed it.
About Kathryn Freeman
Kathryn was born in Wallingford, England but has spent most of her life living in a village near Windsor. After studying pharmacy in Brighton she began her working life as a retail pharmacist. She quickly realised that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for her and left to join the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications. In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self-employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.
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