Book Reviews

Racing for the Sun by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 17-June-2017

Book Blurb

"I'll do anything."

Staff Sergeant Jasper "Ace" Atchison takes one look at Private Sonny Daye and knows that every word on paper about him is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But Sonny is desperate, and although Ace isn't going to take him up on his offer of "anything," that doesn't mean he isn't tempted.

Instead, Ace takes Sonny under his wing, protecting him when they're in the service and making plans with him when they get out. Together, they're going to own a garage and build race cars and make their fortune hurtling faster than light across the desert. Together, they're going to rewrite the past, make Sonny Daye a whole and happy person, and put the ghosts in Ace's heart to rest.

But not even Sonny can build a car fast enough to escape the ghosts of the past. When Sonny's ghosts drive them down and run their plans off the road, Ace finds out exactly what he's made of. Maybe Sonny was the one to promise Ace anything, but there is nothing under the sun Ace won't do to keep Sonny safe from harm.


Book Review

I have read every single book/story that Amy Lane has written. I'm pretty sure I've even begged her to read stuff she's just jotted down on napkins, scratch pads, etc. (C'mon Ms. Lane, you know you're tempted.) With that said it should come as absolutely no surprise that I loved ‘Racing for the Sun’. However, make no mistake about it, I may have a little girl crush on Ms. Lane, but I am still perfectly capable of reading her books with a discerning eye.

‘Racing for the Sun’ made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me thank my lucky stars I grew up in a family that loved me. It made me even more grateful for my loving mother. It made me think. And, yeah, it made me a little sweaty *grins*. Jasper "Ace" Atchison and Sonny Daye meet on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Pretty much from the moment Ace lays eyes on Sonny he knows that this kid isn't who he says he is and all of his paperwork is a lie. He figures something must have been pretty bad to lie to the US government. No matter. Ace takes him under his wing, protects him, shows him how to stand up and not be a victim. And Ace promises that when they're out, they'll work on Sonny's dream of owning a garage, building a street racer and living their dream, together.

Ace is a simple guy. He's got a strong streak of honor and loyalty but he's a pretty basic man. Grew up the youngest of six kids in a blue-collar family where both parents worked. For obvious reasons that gave the kids a lot of time to get into trouble. There is such a core of honesty and decency in Ace. The book is told in his point of view and it's a pretty powerful perspective. This is a guy who doesn't say what he doesn't mean. He doesn't make false promises. And he has a habit of bringing home strays (or so Sonny accuses).

Sonny Daye isn't so simple. He's a vulnerable little pissant. But he knows what he wants. And he wants Ace. From the moment they meet and Sonny says "I'll do anything" he knows that all he ever wants is Ace. Sonny is not book and school smart. But unfortunately for him he's the bad side of life smart. Sonny broke my heart. I wanted to wrap him up and protect him from all the bad things in this world. And in fact that's exactly how Ace feels.

These two men together are beautiful and sad and touching and heartbreaking. Sonny desperately needs someone to want him, to own him, to love him. Ace desperately needs to be needed, to be wanted, to be loved. When an emergency happens and the threat of one being without the other occurs, it was enough to make me sob.

Take the trip with these two. I think that you won't regret it. If you’re anything like me, the scenery along the way will linger in your heart and mind long after you reach your destination.

"I want to be yours, and you're letting me. What's more to a dream than that, Ace? Tell me. Tell me what's more to a dream than that?”





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 260 pages/81080 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-April-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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