Review and Giveaway: Taking Pole by Catherine L. Byrne

Two bitter racing rivals have fought since their teenage years to beat each other to the 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.

This story was a mixed bag for me. Parts I liked and parts that just didn’t work. When Glen and Javier are rivals on the motorcycle racing circuit, you can tell how much they dislike each other. You can also feel the tension between the two of them to win at all costs. But at the same time, Javier’s drive to win isn’t his own and it shows. Then the tragedy happens and the story gets all kinds of strange for a few chapters. They go back and forth between blaming each other, blaming themselves, telling each other they’re not to blame, and then finally hooking up. It was just too awkward to make me really feel like they wanted to be together. Then the scene where they’re outed is so obvious. You can see it coming and then wonder why they’re surprised. Then there’s a tiny bit of homophobia they experience, but it’s handled too well. No pro sports stars are going to have that few of obstacles to coming out. No matter the sport. Glen and Javier end up nicely together at the end, but they still have a long way to go before I’d call it a happy ending.

“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?”

“Oh—er—no reason.”

“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?”

About Catherine:
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.

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