Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Crossing The Line by Toni James

Runner Rachel Ryder’s intense training has paid off. She’s never been in better shape and she’s one of the favorites to win the British Mountain Championships. Except that now she’s had an accident and broken her arm. The accident in turn is the cause of a great distraction. She meets a beautiful and alluring doctor, Alison.

Rachel and Ali both feel an immediate attraction between them. But both women have been badly hurt in the past. Plus, Ali can’t ethically date a patient. Rachel can’t afford to focus on anything other than her running either. She has a race to win and a broken arm or an attractive doctor can’t be allowed to interfere. So, starting anything with Ali is out of the question. The two women agree to be friends, which proves very hard and a cat and mouse game begins.

Unfortunately right at this time, Rachel’s conniving, cheating ex girlfriend, Helen, returns to the scene. She wants Rachel back and will stop at nothing to get her own way.

What will Rachel do? Will she relent and choose Helen? Will she choose Ali? Or will she push aside both women and pour all her energies in to winning her race?

This book is a page turner from the first page right through to the last page. There are so many twists and turns along the way, it’s like being on a roller coaster.

The actual story is three stories rolled into one. First we read about Rachel and her racing. Although I’m not a sports fan, I really enjoyed all the excitement and thrill of the race. I found myself cheering Rachel on and shared in her triumphs and disappointments. Second we have the up and down, on and off romance. Which is both frustrating and humorous in parts. Last but by no means least, there is Rachel’s work environment and her friendship with her work colleague, Mel. Her extremely amusing best friend. All three stories are brought together seamlessly and ensure an excellent and laugh out loud read.

The characters are quirky and loveable and they all interact together so well, as friends should. These characters are just everyday friends that a lot of us can relate to.

The scenic descriptions of The Lake District are wonderful, refreshing and accurate. I’ve been there and I felt as though I was actually back there.

This is the second book I’ve read by Toni James. Like her first book, I read it in one sitting, unable to tear myself away. I hope to read more from this author very soon. Another for my re-read shelf.

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