Title: Heart of the Race
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2013 – 86 pgs
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.
I really enjoyed the plot of this story. I do wish it had been longer and more drawn out so we could see the building of their early/teenage relationship/bond and then when it evolved it seemed to be too quick. I didn’t particularly care how Brian simply dumps a guy (and it goes down a bit harshly too) just cause Varro is back in his life. There was a few points where I was confused where in the timeline we were as to past and present as well.
Overall, I did love the men as they changed a lifelong friendship into something romantic though.
I LOVED the narrator as usual he did an excellent job bringing life to the characters and heat to the sexy scenes when needed as well as emotions to every other scene as needed.
Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.