Heart of the Raceby Mary Calmes
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Varro Dacien spends his life riding toward the next adventure. Brian Christie, his best friend and touchstone, the one person who�s always truly seen him, plays sidekick on these madcap adventures and subsequent trips to the hospital until he can�t take it anymore. While Brian can see Varro, Varro has never caught on that he�s breaking his best friend�s heart.
Without Varro, Brian builds himself a life that�s all about just getting by, doing his best to ignore the hole in his heart and his life. Without Brian to balance him, Varro pushes harder and takes more risks to reach that ultimate high. His job racing high-octane bikes on suicide-level courses makes it easy to get that rush� until it�s no longer enough and Varro realizes it�s not the race, but who�s waiting at the finish line that truly matters. Now he just has to convince Brian to be there.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".
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3.5 Stars Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog I don’t know what it is about a Mary Calmes book but I just can’t seem to hate anything she’s written. This time I decided switch things up and try one of the audiobooks. Thus far, I’ve only read Calmes’ books so this was going to be a new experience for me and it turned out, I really like her books in audio as well. Sometimes I love reading a series but when I try to listen to the audio, something just puts me off it. While the narrator pronounced some words weirdly, I felt like I could overlook that because the story was just so fun. HEART OF THE RACE is definitely one of the more angtsy stories that Calmes has written. This is a romance between two best friends. Brian Christie was taken in a home when he was younger after being pushed around in the system. He grew up with Varro Dacien and his family, learning what it meant to be loved. However, as he grew older, he realized that he was falling in love with his best friend. Ever since he realized how destructive his feelings could be to their relationship, Brian has been pulling away. Now older, Varro has established a nice career for himself riding motorcycles and when he gets into a serious accident, only Brian is able to wake him up. The thing about Varro is that he is completely clueless. He doesn’t know how much Brian burns for him or that he cares about him more than his own family so the distance that they both have to travel emotionally is very far. Neither of them are good at communicating and as one pushes, the other pulls. It gets quite complicated but Calmes is just so good at writing romance that you can’t help but root for them. There’s no roadmap for to get to where they want to go so Varro and Brian must figure out how to get there on their own. There’s plenty of ups and downs, many frustrating moments too but I think it’s all worth it in the end because you get a very well-done romance filled with angst. While it may not be my favorite Mary Calmes book, it’s still worth the read I think.
She did it again. Mary is gifted when telling stories. This book is worth your time and money.