Review: Amy Lane – Racing for the Sun Audio Edition

racingAuthor: Amy Lane
Reviewer: Sandra
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: M/M Military
ISBN: 9781623806484

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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.
This is hard to review. I sorta liked it… and I sorta didn’t. The audio version was fine. Ace is the narrator and he has a southern accent so that made it fairly easy to distinguish between him and Sonny, who are the two people who talk the most. Pacing, inflection, etc, all good.

The basic story was good, I guess it just seemed overly dramatic at times. I know Sonny was traumatized, but the extremes to his behavior and some of the things that were said (“mark me” etc) just didn’t fit the setting. Also, while I appreciate the use of repetition to get a point across, as well as something people do when they’re fighting, some times it was a bit much. For example:

“Don’t come to me with no pussy on your cock!”
“I ain’t got no pussy on my cock!”
“Don’t come to me with no pussy on your cock!”
“I ain’t got no pussy on my cock!”

You get the idea. I also felt like Sonny was dragging Ace down into crazy-town, instead of the other way around. Of course Ace was good for Sonny, he was dependable and showed him people could be kind. But I wish Sonny could bring more to the relationship, besides just the fact that Ace loved him.

Lastly, a little niggle about the last chapter, it was just unrealistic. And I don’t mean the HEA or anything, I just mean the specifics of what they did after the circumstances that they were in.

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One Comment

  1. I agree. This novel simply was not up to Lane’s standards; I did not care to listen to it a second time. The repetition you mentioned was damned funny in print, but not so in the audiobook.

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