Title: Heart of the Race
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 31, 2013
Page Count: 86
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
This is a novella that is a comfort-Calmes read for me. I’ve read it no less than five times, and it’s there for me when I need a quick, feel-good, low angst, story to make me smile.
Varro and Brian became foster brothers at age 9 and were inseparable until they left the house. Brian has put some distance between them since becoming an adult, the only way his heart can take it since Varro is not only straight, but quite the man whore.
Now in their late twenties, Varro is tired of Brian’s distance and wants some answers. In the middle of an argument, Brian finally tells him the truth. And the results are quite satisfying!