Title: Taking Pole
Author Name & Publisher: Catherine L. Byrnes
Publication Date & Length: August 15, 2015 – 32, 000 Words
Two bitter racing rivals have fought since their teenage years to beat each other to the motorcycling championship title. When they are both caught up in a serious accident, however, their plans and conflicts fall apart. Thrown together to make sense of what happened, the aftermath forces them to wonder what they are actually fighting for.
Glen and Javier were quite the pair. This story was about more than just the love of a sport. This story was about letting people in who will allow you to be more. I loved the dynamic that was created between Glen and Javier. While they were enemies for the longest time, once they truly started to get to know each other, they were able to see past the racer persona.
Then when a tragedy strikes, they pull together even more. In their new found comfort level, they discover that they can have it all.
I really liked how this story was about hope, sticking together and separating job from personal life. The other racers were so supportive, the race league was committed. I enjoyed this story a lot.
“The sofa pulls out into a bed—I—I mean—you could sit with your leg up on it so you are comfortable,” said Javier.
“Oh, okay.” Glen nodded.
They arranged the sofa into a bed and switched the television on. Glen wondered what the other rooms were like. One door obviously led to the kitchen because it was half open and he could see the oven, the others must be the bathroom and bedroom. Would Javier sleep like a king in a vast four poster bed with curtains? How would he sleep? Curled up? On his front? On his back? Glen sniggered. Javier lying on his back. Now there’s a thought. I must stop fantasising.
“Why do you laugh?”
“What would you like to drink and eat? I have my family’s own wine.”
“You make wine?”
Javier drew himself up and puffed out his chest. “Si! For centuries now, the Diaz family has been important players in the wine business. My father, and his father before him, and his father—we have all been connoisseurs of wine and producers of our own finest vintage, House of Diaz. When I give up racing—”
“Give up racing?” Glen’s stomach dropped. “So you decided to give up after all? After all we talked about the accident not being your fault?”
“No—listen—I meant after I win the championship, I can give up and continue my wine making.”
“But—but—who would I race against?”
Catherine L Byrne writes stories about relationships which push buttons and provoke reactions from readers. She writes about both gay and straight relationships, depending on which characters in her books shout the loudest to have their stories told.
An inquisitive author, she prefers writing about different situations in each book rather than writing a series about the same one—her stories range from 10th century Viking Britain, to modern educational settings and from mystery to romance.
As she was born and bred in England and lives there with her family, this infuses her books with a distinctly English tone. She has been writing since as long as she can remember and Extasy Books have published her novels since 2014.