Taking Pole by Catherine L Byrne ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Taking-PoleTitle: Taking Pole

Author: Catherine L Byrne

Publisher: eXtasy

Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/15/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


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.

My View:

I didn’t expect to like this story. I read it directly after another book form this author that I thought could use some improvement. However, I had already decided to review it, and I needed another novella length story to pass some time, so I went for it.

The Enemies-to-Lovers trope always intrigues me. It can go very wrong, or it can go very right. There is rarely a middle ground with this trope. The problem is that you are setting up the reader to either love or hate your characters together. It all depends on why the couple is enemies to begin with and if the reader can believe the turnaround.

Catherine L Byrne managed to get it right in <em>Taking Pole</em>, her Super GP rivals turned lovers story. I am not a huge motorcycle racing fan. There was a time I was an F1 and Indy car fan, but not so much of late. However, the adrenaline and rivalry found in all motorsports can not be denied and makes for interesting interactions. In the isolating and us vs them mentality of Super GP, there needed to be a huge incident to cause two riders from rival teams and life-long opponents to turn to each other.

There are two inciting incidents. As the blurb led us to believe, there was a tragic crash. In fact, there is more than just that needed to bring these two together. However, out of tragedy comes love, acceptance, and so much more. The conclusion of the story was a bit quick for my liking. All the bows are tied up, for better or worse. I would like there to have been a little more explanation of some of the bows, however.

Byrne is certainly an author I will be checking out in the future.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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