Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

HeartoftheRaceAUDLGTitle: Heart of the Race

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 07/06/2015

Length: 02 hours 05 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Varro Dacien spends his life riding toward the next adventure. Brian Christie, his best friend and touchstone, the one person who’s always truly seen him, plays sidekick on these madcap adventures and subsequent trips to the hospital until he can’t take it anymore. While Brian can see Varro, Varro has never caught on that he’s breaking his best friend’s heart.

Without Varro, Brian builds himself a life that’s all about just getting by, doing his best to ignore the hole in his heart and his life. Without Brian to balance him, Varro pushes harder and takes more risks to reach that ultimate high. His job racing high-octane bikes on suicide-level courses makes it easy to get that rush… until it’s no longer enough and Varro realizes it’s not the race, but who’s waiting at the finish line that truly matters. Now he just has to convince Brian to be there.

Story Review:

I have read Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes three times. This is my first time listening to the audio, however.

Much like other Mary Calmes titles, Heart of the Race is a comfort read for me. It is a title I can pick up any time I need a pick me up. Actually, I love her most of her novellas (Steamroller, Again, Still, and the Mangrove stories) for just this purpose. I also have favorite series from her for when I need something a bit longer.

Heart of the Race is not a deep story. It is, however, a well told and complete story. I have said many times that writing a novella is an artform. Some authors can do it; Some can’t. Mary Calmes is a mistress of the novella. She is also the mistress of the first person PoV. It is challenging to love and care about the love interest in a story told entirely from the first-person PoV of one-half of a pairing. While we will never know everything that is in Varro’s head, we still manage to understand and appreciate his motivations.

Brian and Varro grew up as best friends. Brian was taken is by Varro’s parents as a foster child and stayed with them. However, he long knew of his love for his straight brother/friend. He, however, tries to move on. This isn’t a case of “if he would just see me, he would turn.” He takes the mature path. He makes the hard decision not to put himself in the awkward position of being in Varro’s orbit while in love with him. he makes the decision to break his heart so Varro can live his dream.

It is Varro that has to make their pairing work. It is Varro that has to want it more than anything else. It is Varro whose life will have to change. It is Varro who has to make the first move.

This audiobook isn’t long. It won’t be for everyone. However, it is well worth the couple of hours it takes to listen.

Narration Review:

Greg Tremblay hasn’t failed me yet, and his streak continues with Heart of the Race. While I could listen to the man read the phonebook, this performance was much more entertaining than the phonebook. While that doesn’t seem like high praise, it is. I am running out of ways to say if you like audiobooks, you will not be disappointed in a Greg Tremblay narration.


Heart of the Race on Goodreads
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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