Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Losing Track by Trisha Wolfe

Losing Track by Trisha Wolfe
Sometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.
The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times.
A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain. But she never saw herself as a junkie. Party as hard as you ride. That’s her motto…until a tragic night steals her soul. Then she’s forced to delve below the surface, to where her demons rage.
When she meets recovered drug addict Boone Randall, she’s more likely to deck him than kiss his dimple-adorable face. She doesn’t want his help; doesn’t want to own up to her part in that night. She just wants to do her time and keep her promise to her friend. Yet Boone challenges Mel, and soon she doesn’t mind sharing the road. Only when Boone’s own secret demons threaten their newfound, fragile security, Mel’s course becomes rocky, and she must decide if letting her well-worn track marks fade is worth finding a new path.
Told from Dual point of view from Melody and Boone, this is a New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers seventeen years of age and older.


Publishes in US: October 15th 2014
Genre: NA contemp
Source: Author
Series? Living Heartwood #2
my review of #1 The Darkest Part

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NEW ADULT: Triggers for drug use. 

   I wanted to read Losing Track because I enjoyed the first in the series (see link to review above). I have also thoroughly enjoyed everything of Trisha's writings that I've had the pleasure to see. Losing Track doesn't disappoint. It draws me into the dark world of Melody and it immerses me into her love hate relationship with drugs and attempts to stop. But a tragic night causes her to take more seriously how her life has been going and if she wants to keep on the way she's going. 

   Melody is a tough girl and she love to ride her motorcycle and to party hard. I know there is more beneath the surface and it was a hard journey to read about her transformation and realization that there is balance in life. 

   There was undeniable chemistry between the two, and the lust was immediate, but the deeper feelings cultivated as their walls came down bit by bit with each other. Both Melody and Boone are determined to keep private and do what they need to do. Boone is pretty straight edged, and at first that put Mel off a little, but as she realizes why he is so tough on himself and doesn't let himself enjoy things, you can't help to feel for him. And once his past is revealed and his history with Hunter is out, I got goosebumps and wanted to hug him. 

    The romance was great in my opinion. I loved watching the trust between the two build and what they learn from each other. Their secrets and different lifestyles but the places where it meets was amazing to read and see how they are so different yet so apart. 

    It was hard to see Mel when she just wants to get out of rehab and get back to her lifestyle. But as the desire to actually get clean and when she sees how her life was skewed from the drugs, and she considers the dominoes that fell into place--not fault, but the healthy realization of the situation... That she can make better choices, and maybe that will come back around to those that she cares about. 

    The storyline with Jesse added another element to the story. As an intiate into a MC (motorcyle club) he and Mel were close for a while. But they just crossed too many lines, and as Mel realizes she can't let others form her future if she starts to desire something else. But Mel is accepted by the MC even if she can't be a full member since they don't accept girls. Her and Darla had their own things like the pink bandannas that showed them as a sisterhood to each other and lovers of partying hard and riding. 

   Mel's grief over losing Darla was so complete. They'd been friends for so long and they were closer than anyone else in Mel's family since her dad passed. She tried to just not think of it, and live as best as she can, but the memories refuse to be repressed. She had to realize that her memories can honor Darla and even help Mel heal if she doesn't let it become all consuming,

    The ending is amazing, and it really brings everything together for Boone and Mel. Nothing is solved the easy way and it shows that hard work to get or stay sober, but love and someone having your back certainly helps along the way. I liked too that it was realistic with Mel and just because she was with Boone, she could do it on her own, but she needed medical help, and she had to want it. With the tragedy both characters faced, it was good to see their hopeful start at a HEA. 

Bottom Line: Loved this dark and deeply emotional story with a steamy and addictive romance.

(pun intended, lol)

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever been on a bike?


  1. Sounds very different! And I loved your review!
    In a country like India, where the majority of the population owns a bike, I have to say yes :D

  2. In two minds about this one, so much of this book appeals to me and yet there is something, possibly the romance, that is putting me off. Great review, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  3. I don't think it would be for me (I tend to stay away from drug addicted stories, but steamy and addicted romance? Yay! :) I've been on a normal bike, not a motorbike, haha.

  4. This review makes me really happy. I want to read this book now. I hate when NA glosses over serious issues and uses love to solve things and it seems that the author got it right. Yay!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  5. Losing Track sounds like a very good and emotional read, Brandi. I love stories that are both emotional, but also contains some romance. The characters sound like they are believable, and I think I'd enjoy this one, too.

    I've been on the back of a bike... my husband has one, and I really want to get my license so that I can drive it, too :)
    Great review! I'm adding this one to my TBR.

  6. Hmmm... this sounds really good! I haven't read this author yet but have been wanting to.

  7. This sounds like it is so much more than I expect! I'm going to have to read this one even though I'm sure it will make me cry! Will check out the giveaway!

  8. THe romance sounds terrific and the drug use is an important issue to address. Sounds like an intense read.

  9. Ooh wow, this sounds like an amazing book that you truly loved! The cover kind of put me off - I am not so fond of tattoos after all; but the idea of such a lovely and trust related romance building up interests me! By way of the question, if you mean a motorbike, then no. I don't think I want to ^^

  10. I've encountered drug addicted heroines in the past, and have struggled to connect with them. However, after reading your review, I think that Melody might end up changing my tune. I have been on a bike, my dad actually drove me to the beginning on the aisle on his Harley a few months ago when I got hitched. It was awesome!

  11. Yay, can't wait to hear what you think

  12. Melody really pulled on my emotions

  13. Lol, yes, motorcycle is context here

  14. It was so good. It is realistic and I found easy to connect even though I never had a connection with drugs

  15. I love Trisha. She is so sweet, and such a good writer

  16. Hope you enjoy when you get a chance, she is def worth it

  17. They are very realistic. I have ridden but never drove a bike

  18. That was an aspect that she was very realistic about and I appreciated it

  19. Yes, steamy and addictive.
    But if drugs are a trigger or hard, its realistic

  20. I can sense some stereotypes and I can also tell that she added some glitter and made it a really compelling read. Drug addiction is a fascinating trope to explore, the disease runs deep.

  21. I tend to stay away from books dealing with drugs; I just don't have the heart and the guts for it. You're a brave one!

  22. I have not tried this series, but your review has me adding it. So happy this was such a winner for you!

  23. This is a series I really want to get started on and I love the sound of this one. The cover is gorgeous too!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  24. Oh you so have me wanting to give this one a try. Loving that cover too. What an eye catcher.

  25. Beautiful review Brandi! You captured all the elements perfectly! Glad you loved it too!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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