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
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.
(pun intended, lol)
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever been on a bike?