"the opportunity of a lifetime…"
When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it's the opportunity of a lifetime and she'll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do – she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world – The Tour de France.
The reality, though, isn't exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.
And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…
|Publisher:||Lilac Tree Books|
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About the Author
Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer
She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun...
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I can add this enjoyable book to my list of great summer reads!!!! I got to travel to France and watch a great couple fall in love...that was a win-win situation for me! Molly is a physiotherapist who is very talented in what she does. When new patient, Alex, walks in, she has no idea how much he will change her life. He offers her a dream job she can’t refuse. She will get the opportunity to travel the world as part of Alex’s professional cycling team. Her first stop is The Tour de France! Molly and Alex have no intention of falling in love. Molly has her career and life back home. Alex doesn’t have time for a relationship. He needs to focus all of his attention on cycling. Yet, the two manage to do what they said they wouldn’t...fall in love. The road to happiness won’t be easy, especially when others intervene. This is just a great romance. Yes, it happens over a shorter amount of time, yet it feels so right. They don’t rush into anything physical, but they connect in such a deep way that just made my heart melt. Molly and Alex are both such great characters. Each of them have their own careers and independence yet they respect each other, and I loved the friendship that developed between them as well. It was a great foundation to a great romance. If you are looking for a great summer read, you can’t go wrong with this one!!!!
not sure what to expect when I requested this book. It sounded like a fun romance with a few challenges, but it was a lot more. Physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job working on a team competing in the Tour de France. The job offer comes from a patient, who she has been working with to get him in shape to compete after breaking his wrist. This is the chance of a lifetime getting paid twice what she earns now and getting to travel and see France. Why not? It's only a few weeks out of her life and she will still have her job to come to, how can she turn it down. The bonus is spending some time with handsome Alexander Duvall. I really enjoyed this story. I know it is billed as a romance and the author said she took allowances with the information she shared about The Tour de France, but I learned a lot about the world of professional cycling. I enjoyed the commentators' banter about the race, and the information about the various members of the team, the racing tactics and even the danger and risks the riders take. I was actually cheering for Alex and Tim as they worked together to shave time off their total, then Alex when he was in the hunt. Having said that, I also enjoyed the romance and the relationships that develop when working and living together with the team. Molly is the only female traveling with the BeSpoke team and at first was a bit uncomfortable, but the way the others treated her and welcomed her was wonderful. The closeness between the riders and their soigneur was almost like a marriage. As Molly and Alex got to know each other better, they developed a friendship first that changed into romance, albeit relatively quickly. Both of them had never had a romantic relationship, so they were a bit awkward, yet so loveable. As I stated earlier, this story was a wonderful surprise and I read it in one day. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy romance as well as those who like to learn a little something when they read fiction. I received a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
My Rating: 3.5 My Review: While I’m not unhappy with the book, it just wasn’t what I had anticipated. This was a slowly developing story featuring an English cyclist in the Tour de France bike race, while I was expecting a romance. There was a working relationship between the pair and a quiet and largely unspoken attraction involving the cyclist and a staff member that consisted of eyeballing and preoccupations and finally a little bit of kissing, but a romance was forbidden due to their working relationship. I learned a lot about the French countryside as well as professional cycling as I had no idea this was a team event rather than an individual sport. The writing style was pleasant and easy to follow although the elements of the storylines began to feel overly familiar and repetitious as Molly repeatedly debated her issues of attraction for a man she couldn’t engage due to the rules of her employment. The characters were likable and their relationship was sweet, respectful, and chaste enough for my elderly mother’s book club. I did glean a few interesting additions to my Brit word and idioms list with dunny – which could be excrement or a toilet, strewth – a mild oath of surprise, sold a pup – swindled or tricked into buying, and damp squib – an anticlimactic event that did not live up to expectations.
What a brilliant read this book proved to be - I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Physiotherapist Molly Matthews had a surprising new patient, Alexander Duvall. He's in need of help as he's recovering from a broken wrist and is desperate to get fit enough to participate in the Tour de France cycle race. Molly has no idea what being a professional cyclist and taking part in the race entails but, after she's been treating him, he offers her the role of the BeSpoke team physiotherapist, travelling with them as they participate in the Tour de France and, eventually, she agrees. However, it isn't quite as easy as it seems with eight cyclists to treat, long journeys, rules and regulations, treatments to give - and nowhere near as many sightseeing opportunities as she'd imagined! Whilst the author acknowledges that she has taken some liberties regarding the actual race, it is a great read as she still brings the tension, camaraderie and team politics to life in this action packed story. I found the explanations given to Molly regarding the race itself were enlightening, I learned a lot about the behind the scenes aspects of the race and what happens in the teams participating. The different stages, the beautiful scenery, the drama of the races are all brought vividly to life in this delightful story. I found myself anxious about just how Tim and Alex were performing in the races. The romance is believable in its development and the whole story is an enthralling read - I didn't want to put it down until I'd finished it. And that ending - wow, I'll just say it was definitely arresting! I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending it. I really hope this is the start of a series and there will be future books based on members of the BeSpoke team in future, maybe on some of the other Tours that are mentioned in this book - please! I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.