Alex's Destiny (Racing to Love #4)
by: Amy Gregory
4 Stars ★★★★
Blurb ~ Her destiny was written for her, long before she was ever born. She embraced it, wanting nothing more than to give everything within her back to the sport in which she was considered royalty. Her family’s legacy would live on, revered by all. And she thrived on the long work days she spent teaching at the academy her blood was tied to. Alexandra Sterling needed that dirt track as much as she needed her next breath.
That same track was the one that drew in a young student years before. Alex had given her heart away the day they met, knowing that he belonged to only her. For years she’d waited, knowing without a single doubt that he’d make her his when the time was right.
But…she’d never asked Dallas if he felt the same way.
Her hurt leaves her vulnerable, her days dark and her instincts dulled. After one night of hell, Alex is lost. Her world is crumbling around her, and without her lifeline and best friend beside her anymore, there’s nothing to keep her from sinking with it.
Dallas Hunter is a pro rider on the motocross circuit, following in the footsteps of his father Eli. For Dallas, it’s always been Alex, but he’s kept his feelings locked away out of fear, his love for their family, his biggest obstacle.
One short and chilling phone call to her puts him on high alert. Knowing something is terribly wrong sends him racing across the country, back home, back to her. But what he finds almost kills him.
Now he’s watching her slip away right before his very eyes. Figuring out how to help Alex before it’s too late, might turn out to be harder than any race he’s ever ridden. And he has to do it with his team and sponsors screaming at him from the other side, trying to pull him back to the world he’s dedicated his entire life to.
Dallas knows he has to help his best friend, the woman he loves…and do it without tearing his family apart.
Title: Alex’s Destiny (Racing to Love #4)
Author: Amy Gregory
Expected Publish Date: 11-1-13
Genre: Contemporary Romance
4 Stars ★★★★
ARC provided by Author for Honest Review
Having not read any of the other books in this series I must say I’m impressed. Racing to Love works as a stand-alone though other characters from previous books are present, it will not ruin any surprises for you if you are to go back and read like I plan to. I will definitely be going back and reading about many of the main characters family members as they discover their own loving relationship.
Racing to Love was a beautiful story of friends who’ve known and loved each other since they were children. Growing up leads to many fears, at least from Dallas’s side considering he’s part of the family and seven years older than Alex. After his mother married into the family Dallas finally finds his place and true happiness. From the first moment Alex grabs Dallas’s hand, he belongs to her, little does she know.
Both Alex and Dallas are passionate about racing. Alex works as a teacher at her families’ school and Dallas competes as a professional racer though it’s wearing on him. Dallas and Alex share an extremely close relationship and barely go a few hours without speaking to each other no matter how far away from each other they are. Alex has always harbored strong feelings of love for Dallas and hopes as she gets older he’ll finally pay her some attention and return her feelings. Dallas is afraid, plain and simple. Not only of disappointing their family but also because Alex will always be young in his eyes. After paying a visit home between races Dallas inadvertently breaks Alex’s heart and the two equally suffer the aftermath. However, given time and a desire to works things out will hopefully pave the way for their new relationship.
Most of the book these two are not together which works with the dynamics of the story. However I was a bit disappointed once they finally ‘hook up’ because as the blurb states Alex is recovering from an attack. Obviously she’s not in the best mind frame for a relationship and has a lot of inner work to do. Dallas is there every step of the way and he couldn’t be a sweeter or more genuine guy, trust me, he’ll steel your heart as well. I felt overall that we didn’t get to see much of their relationship once their together and that makes me sad more or less. Considering the lifelong friendship and connection between these two I was really expecting sparks to fly when the clothes are finally shed, but there’s not even a sex scene here. (It wasn't as sad as you'd expect either so don't worry. The passion between these two is still off the charts.)
In fact the ending goes by so quick, you blink and suddenly you’re staring at the end. I was more sad than annoyed and though I enjoyed the book immensely the ending leads to a star decrease from 5 to 4.5.
Overall I really loved this book and can’t wait to go back and read more of the series. Even the side characters such as Levi and her family were welcome additions, not only were the fun but you can almost feel the intense bond between them all. Each one has their own passion for a side of racing and though that’s a part of the book it’s not overshadowed by the relationship or plot at all.
When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.
She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!