Expected publication: June 30th 2015 by Leap Books, LLC
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See you at the finish line…
With the big race weeks away, eighteen-year-old Jesse Copeland struggles to keep his head in the game and his hands off his smoking hot competition. But when Brooke reveals a secret that could destroy Jesse’s family, it sends him into a tailspin of self-doubt.
Jesse must pull himself together if he hopes to have a shot at the prize money, save his home, and win the heart of the girl he loves.
Can these two competitors overcome the sins of their fathers or will a shadowed history destroy their dreams forever?
NOTE: This is my review of book one and two!
I always admire authors who can make a reader (especially me) emotionally invested even though the story is shorter from what they usually read. Laura Lascarso is just example of that author.
Racing Hearts is just what I’m looking for. Fast read with the right amount of steam and sweetness. The story being in Jesse’s perspective is such a win for me! Like what I said from my previous reviews, male POV’s is really rare for me to read, that’s why I’m ecstatic every time I encounter one… and enjoys it. Jesse is so dreamy I really, REALLY wish he’s real. He’s like the perfect blend of charming and alpha. Plus, he’s one of the most caring (fictional) guy I know. Yep, girls dig Jesse. And Brooke. The right mixture of smart and sexy. See why these two is perfect for each other?
Book one of Racing Hearts left you wanting for more, and Book Two will fill you up with action and steam! I really enjoyed the facts I’ve learned about car racing. Everytime our characters talks about cars, I can really feel their passion towards what they do, and that’s one of the reasons why this book is so believable and readable.
I would totally recommend Racing Hearts for readers looking for books that will sweep them off their feet. Racing Hearts is an adrenaline filled book with the right amount of hotness and heart.
“You’re back.” She smiled and swam toward him, slowing to stand in the shallow end. Her body filled out the thin fabric of her bikini in a way that forced Jesse to shift in his seat. He glanced back over his shoulder to see which Bradley might be spying on them. They appeared to be alone on the patio, for now.
“I had a revelation while you were gone, Jesse.” She reached behind her to squeeze the water out of her long blond hair. Her nipples punctuated the triangles of her bikini top and Jesse was torn between needing to cover her up and wanting to tear the flimsy material away.
He lifted his gaze to meet her eyes. Was this another of Shep’s tests? To see if he could be trusted to be alone with his daughter? Because the answer, most assuredly, was, no.
“Here I was, worried about my dad not liking you, when really I should have been worried about him liking you too much.”
“I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.” He was still rattled from their conversation. He felt like he needed another shower he’d sweat so much.
She tilted her head and gazed at him as if sizing him up. Her brothers and Shep had done the same thing earlier that evening. “So, what did you and my dad talk about?” she asked sweetly.
“Did my name come up?” She narrowed her eyes as if gauging his level of confidence.
“Once or twice.”
She came closer, appearing before him like a lioness about to pounce. Jesse knew they were in dangerous territory.
“Anything that should concern me?” she asked.
“He’s suspicious. But he didn’t ask me outright if you were entering the race and I didn’t offer it up.”
She chewed on her bottom lip, perhaps imagining the flavor of their conversation. “Do you think he knows about the car?”
“He didn’t mention it. He seems to think you’ve retired from racing, at the old age of 17.”
She considered this information. Jesse could see the wheels turning. “So, by your estimation, we’re good?”
Jesse swallowed, questioning again where his loyalties should lie: with Brooke who he knew was being dishonest or with Shep, who seemed to be trying to protect his only daughter?
“For now, it seems we are.”
Laura Lascarso is the author of RACING HEARTS, an e-novella series, which tells the story of two star-crossed lovers set in the world of competitive car racing. Her debut YA novel COUNTING BACKWARDS, which deals with mental illness, won the Florida Book Award gold medal for YA literature in 2012. Laura lives in North Florida with her two children, darling husband and a menagerie of animals. Follow her on Twitter @lauralascarso