by Mia Hoddell
Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 5th 2016
My name is Zeke Lawson, but you probably know that already because everyone’s heard of me. I’m the bad boy of Formula One. The player. The heartbreaker. At least that’s what I allow people to believe.
The truth is too precious to be tarnished by reporters, and no matter what my fans think, they don’t deserve access to every detail of my life. It’s just a shame Nadine Hadley doesn’t see it that way.
Did I forget to mention someone is trying to kill me?*Each book in the Chequered Flag series can be read as a standalone and is complete with a HEA.*
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Stan stood as I moved to sit down and held out his hand.“I’m afraid I have to head off, but you have my number if you need to discuss anything.”I shook his hand and, with a final pointed look at Zeke, Stan left.
“Are you going too?” I prayed he’d say yes so I could head home early. I needed to regroup after the shock he posed to my system.
“Yep, but you’re coming with me.” Zeke signalled for the bill while I remained standing, dumbfounded. He paid, and only when he started to slide out of the booth did I find my voice.
“Why would I do that?”
“Because you like your job and wouldn’t want me making a complaint to your boss.”
I planted a hand on my hip. “You wouldn’t.”
“Sure I would.”
“Really? You’re blackmailing me?”
Zeke stepped out of the booth, forcing me to wobble back on my heels. “I prefer to think of it as gentle persuasion. After all, your boss wanted personal, didn’t he? For that you’re going to need to be my shadow. If you’re not, you aren’t doing your job.”
“You’re unbelievable. Where the hell do you even need to go?”
“First we’re going to get you some new shoes, then I need to meet up with some triathlon buddies.”
I picked up my file and followed him from the restaurant, irritated. “You do triathlons?”
“See, I’m being helpful. You wouldn’t have known that if it hadn’t been for me.”
“I can think of a few things you are, and helpful isn’t one of them.”
Zeke chuckled. “One of them is sexy, isn’t it?”
I grumbled in response, choosing to change the subject so we didn’t stroll into dangerous territory. “Why are we getting me new shoes?”
“Because the ones you’re wearing are too big. You’ll slow me down or break your neck trying to keep up with me.”
“I’m fine, you worry about yourself.”
“You’re getting new shoes, princess. Deal with it.”
As if to prove his point, I tripped over the kerb as we crossed the road. This time I was sure I’d hit the concrete, but Zeke’s arms locked around me and pulled me upright. He didn’t need to say I told you so, his expression said it for him, and I resisted the urge to slap the smirk off his mouth.
“See? Why are you wearing these death traps anyway? I’ve never seen you look so … not put together.”
I huffed. “Mine broke on the way to work and these were the only ones someone could lend me.”
Zeke set me safely back on my feet and took my hand. I glanced down at it then up at him. The gesture felt unfamiliar and personal, not something I associated with Zeke. As if reading my thoughts, he explained, “In case you fall again.”
“Sure, because the only thing you’re interested in is my safety.”
He had the power to break my heart, only I knew he wouldn’t because he was a good guy. Despite everything he showed the media, deep down he cared and loved with all of his heart. It now made sense as to why he reacted so badly when I even considered writing an article on the man beneath the helmet. He hadn’t been worried about ruining his image, he just didn’t want his love with Josie tarnished by media stories and gossip. It was admirable. Very few people in Zeke’s position kept things to themselves anymore. They lapped up all of the publicity they could, riding the media wave while they had their moment in the limelight to eke out every last penny. But not Zeke. He treasured her memory enough to keep it to himself and I respected him for his loyalty. It was clear from the emotion in his voice how much he thought of her.
Death comes to all at some time or another, but the concept is never truly understood. What is the deciding factor to who leaves this earth and at what time? Some die young, some die old. Hoddell captivates her readers with a heartfelt second chance romance. This story is insightful, compassionate and emotionally heart-wrenching. By reading the words that Hoddell writes in this third installment of the Chequered Flag Series, readers are able to comprehend the weaknesses and strengths through unimaginable love and loss.
What starts out as a one-night stand, quickly becomes more for Zeke and Nadine. Nadine, the beautiful sports reporter. Zeke, the famous professional racer in Formula One. Nadine has been assigned to shadow Zeke for a story on the man behind the helmet—but when Zeke lets her in and shares his past with her, can she keep it out of the paper? Both individuals find solace in each other’s company, but neither one of them realizes that they are falling until it is too late. After winning second place in a race, Zeke comes back to his and Nadine’s hotel to find an article on her laptop that lays everything out about what he has been trying so hard to keep hidden from the press about his past. Could Nadine really betray him? When she tries to explain herself, he shuts down. Everything fades away and all he knows is that Nadine is first and foremost a reporter. He gave his heart out and she broke him. Was it all just a lie to get a story?
Again, Hoddell seems to fluently understand the psychological aspect of her characters in this third installment. It is apparent that a great deal of research has been completed in order to make these characters credible or plausible in a balanced fashion. Zeke has made a reputation of being a lady’s man, bringing a different grid girl to his hotel room every night. It is unfathomable that he would have anything to hide until Nadine shows him that he can be challenged. The emotions that cultivate with this relationship come from a deep pain from his past, an understanding forms that was never there before. The author is very descriptive in her wording, allowing her characters to become extremely convincing. It would not be difficult to find sympathy for several of these characters along the way.
Not only does the author succeed in character development and originality, she has created an understanding for her readers of what an emotional breakdown and reconstruction consists of. It’s not easy! A loss so tragic is what binds both individuals together, but strength can prevail if you are willing. Due to the psychological insights and intensity of the story—Hoddell has a mesmerizing novel that will shed some light on what it takes to remember that love conquers all…and can be the strength to move forward in the darkest of days. If you are a reader of new adult and college as well as psychological fiction, this may interest you.
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ABOUT THE SERIES
I have it all: my dream career as a Formula 1 driver, more money than I can spend, crowds who cheer my name “Teo Coates,” and an endless supply of beautiful women to warm my bed as I travel the world.
I should be happy. I should love my life.
But none of it means anything without her.
One year ago, the love of my life broke off our two-year relationship via a phone call. No explanation, no apology, and no sign it was coming. She shattered me…ripped out my heart. And the worst part is that I couldn’t stay to fight for her without losing my career.
However, now the racing season’s over, I’m back, and I intend to reclaim my girl’s heart.
There’s just one problem.
The girl I left behind no longer exists. Plagued by fear, something has broken Raine Wilkins to the point where she’s struggling to cope with each day. It’s going to take all of my skill to gather the explanation I was denied a year ago and persuade her to reveal her secrets. But if there’s one thing I can guarantee, it’s I never lose. I returned to the UK with one goal: win back the girl I love, and nothing and no one will get in my way.
Twisted Mind (Chequered Flag #2)
She’s toxic. Everyone tells me to leave her—that she’s going to destroy me. But things aren’t that simple.
Elora’s pregnant with my child and I endure her twisted games of manipulation and violence to protect my unborn baby. I never predicted she would do the unthinkable or that she was cruel enough to kill.
Yet she did, and now everything’s spiralling out of control.
The light-hearted jokester on the race track isn’t a part I can play anymore. The Dustin Coates everyone loved is no longer me. I’m merely a grief-stricken man who’s barely able to function.
At least until Tazia Nixon moves in next door.
She soothes my aching heart and helps me forget. With every second I’m around her, I can feel myself being revived.
However, beneath her eternal optimism is a distressing past, and the lies are starting to unravel around me. I should have protected my fragile heart from her when I had the chance because now it’s too late. Someone out there wants to destroy me, and the odds are stacking up against us. They know Tazia can break me beyond repair, and they aren’t afraid to use her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.
Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me.
Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs and is the organiser of Virtually There Book Fest.
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