Wednesday, January 9, 2013

VBT: Review ~ Jesse's Soul by Amy Gregory


Jesse Frost lived the life most men would have killed for. Fast bikes, fame, money and
looks—from the outside looking in he had all, but the combination nearly broke him. He hadn’t thought much about any of those things throughout his career, he was just an easy-going guy from a speck of a town in Texas that had always worked hard for everything he had gotten in life. He’d been the shy guy in school, so when the prom queen found him years later, he thought he had finally made it, winning her affection was the crown jewel. Her mirage however, left him empty and certain there was no one that wanted him just for the man inside.

Emery Kincaid has a last name that is revered in their world. A woman in a man’s world and succeeding, Irish through and through, she has the temper and sass to boot and a reputation that precedes her. She has remained strong because she’s had no other choice. The pain she masks runs deep and hiding it is the only way she can survive.

Thrown together because of circumstance and forced to be in each other’s space day in and day out, sparks start to fly—from chemistry and the brakes she tries desperately to throw on. Without a doubt in his mind, Jesse thinks he’s found her, but the girl that stole his heart has a stubborn streak a country mile wide. In reality, what Jesse doesn’t know could break his heart. Hiding her true feelings for him is the only way for Emery to protect him and in turn—herself because her secret, her pain is just too big. She barely made it out the first time, if she let Jesse in, only to have him walk away…well, that’s a risk her heart can’t take.

Title: Jesse's Soul

Series: Racing to Love, Bk 2  

Author: Amy Gregory

Contemporary Romance

Sapphire Star Publishing

Date Published: 1/03/2013

Purchase links:
Amazon or B&N

Here's an excerpt:

Jesse had always had a sixth sense when it came to bad news. Anxiety would send a rush of heat from head to toe and his stomach would drop immediately. When he was little, he knew from the moment he hit the bus stop when his ass was in trouble for something. Plus, Jesse knew his manager and friend well enough to know the signals. Gripping the back of his neck like he was right now wasn’t a good sign. Their teasing was done and Reid was serious. Jesse had a feeling he wasn’t going to like what he was about to hear, and he had no doubt in his mind it was regarding Emery.

“Listen, Jess, I’ve always tried to be a man who looks at life like everything happens for a reason. I know it’s affected you with Shawn leaving, but I can’t say I’m all that upset about it. I needed her here. I need her here with me so I can watch over her. And she’s good too, huh?”

He had been right as rain. It was what Reid wasn’t saying that scared the hell out him. Sure, she was a mechanic and this could be a natural place for her to be as any, but she was a grown woman. Reid’s need to watch over her sent a shiver up Jesse’s spine.

“I’ll admit it, she is the best, like you said. I just wish she’d let me in.”

“I know, son.” Reid smiled. “I’ve seen the way you look at her. Give it time, it’ll—“

Cutting their conversation off, Emery came out in just a pair of straight-legged Levi’s and a simple white t-shirt. Still, Jesse’s jaw dropped open. He didn’t mean to stare so openly, especially in front of her father. There was just no way to help it. His brain was stuck on one thing—making sure he didn’t look like an idiot wasn’t it.

She’d been in her uniform all day, and the tight jeans and low-cut v-neck showed off her curves where the boxy polyester team shirt and shorts did nothing to flatter her. The messy bun she’d been wearing was gone. Instead her hair reached her shoulders in loose waves and curls that could only be natural. She had on very little makeup, from what he could tell, maybe just some mascara, but it made her big green eyes pop. She had added lip gloss, but that was it. Simple, not overdone. A classic beauty without even trying.

“Wow, Em. You look really pretty.”

She barely grinned, hiding it under the guise of sleepiness. But she couldn’t control the blushing. Whether it was because of the compliment or because it was said in front of her father, he couldn’t tell. She rolled her eyes—something Jesse was getting used to. An endearing part of her that tugged at his heart.

Sorry, I didn’t pack anything but jeans and t-shirts. I had no intentions of going someplace where I’d need anything but my team shirts or something like this.” She motioned down at her attire.

“I think you look great. And you’ve got some color back in your face.”

She cocked her head to the side. Jesse read the silent warning not to start on her, particularly in front of her dad. He just didn’t care. That part of him that needed to protect her was too strong, too big to ignore, especially after the slip her father just let him in on. Reid may have not intended for it to happen, but after their conversation a moment before, albeit brief, Jesse now had confirmation she had a problem. He was going to help. Emery probably wouldn’t agree, but then again, he wasn’t asking.

There had been an instant attraction upon their introduction—chemical, hormonal, pheromones, whatever science wanted to break it down to. Jesse knew it wasn’t just lust and the fact he hadn’t had sex in way too many months. It wasn’t his d**k, as much as it was his heart, that had taken the lead in this thing between them and he could do nothing but follow.

“What? I’ve been worried, sue me.”

“I just might. You ready?”

She grabbed her fleece-lined jean jacket off the chair. “What?” she questioned as she glanced back over at him.

A true skeptic. Her curled lip and arched eyebrow made it harder than hell not to smile, but Jesse held it in the best he could.

He was playing with fire, but God she was beautiful. The chase she was sending him on was fueling the flame, making her all the more enticing.

With his tongue in his cheek, he answered, “Nothing.”

About the Author: 

Amy Gregory leads an incredibly active lifestyle in Kansas City with her husband and their three fantastic kids who keep them running in three very different directions. When she’s not rushing her oldest daughter to tumbling, her youngest daughter to music lessons, or sitting track-side watching her son practice motocross, she’s taking the few minutes in between to scribble the next pages in her Racing to Love series.

When asked, “When do you have time to write?” Amy Gregory giggles. “In bits and pieces,” she says.

Amy is known for her snarky, off the cuff sense of humor, which you’ll find shining through in the characters she’s created. Her debut novel, Racing to Love, Carter’s Treasure, is set for release June 7, 2012.

I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and now I’ve finally found it. – Amy Gregory

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My Thoughts:

I was eagerly awaiting this book! I thought book one, Racing To Love - Carter's Treasure was wonderful. This book Jesse's Soul was even better!

It was an emotional ride that I didn't want to get off of. Amy Gregory knows how to write a touching romance laced with action.

I have to say when I read book one, I was not expecting to like it nearly as much as I did, being that it is a series about motorbikes and racing. They are subjects that do not interest me in the slightest. It amazes me that an author can take a subject that I don't like and make me crave to read about it. The way it is written, the romance is woven through the chapters and the motor bike action was perfectly executed in a way that kept me engrossed. I tell you this in the hopes that those of you who like romance but not racing, will consider giving this series and book a chance. You really don't want to miss out.

The characters are like a family with each other and they have a way of growing on you. They feel like old family friends that you can't help but care about. The flaws and demons that each character has to overcome is part of what makes this series so endearing.

The plot had action, wonderful characters, romance, and some heart wrenching scenes.  

If you are looking for an awesome romance to read that will make you "feel" many emotions while you read a great story, Jesse's Soul is the book you are looking for!  

I am sooo looking forward to reading the next story in this series.

I received a copy of this book from RABT in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly thought this book was terrific.

So today's question is: 

How do you feel about motor bikes and racing?


Do you ever read books that are out of your comfort zone? 

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. i don't think i have read a book about racing or motor bikes ( but perhaps i will since i've entered a sports romance challenge so i find one ebook ( pdf free ) or a print book really tempting i could try^^

    I've read book out of my comfort zone but i admit it was only because i won them or( sometimes and)because it was needed for a challenge. I was happily surprised sometimes too^^

    Can this book be read as a stand alone or book1 is a necessity first?

    1. It is a stand alone book but I wouldn't want you to miss book one. It was really good too and it sets the stage for book two.

    2. ^^ i've just book 1 and i LOVED it, thank you a lot for having me discovering this series ( will read book 2 soon becaus ei've gotten it too)


    3. I'm so glad that you liked it! :-)

  2. +JMJ+

    I'm making more of an effort these days to read books that are out of my comfort zone. The next book I want to challenge myself with is a novel by Chinese author Mo Yan. I don't think I've read anything set in China before, much less a Historical novel, so it will also be a first for me.

    Motorcycles remain out of my comfort zone as well, despite my reading of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. (LOL--I know!)

    1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? I can't even imagine reading that one. Good for you. You truly are a well rounded reader!:D

  3. Thank you so much for allowing me to visit your blog today! And your kind words brought tears to my eyes, I'm so glad someone appreciates my gang of friends that have bonded together as a make-shift family. To answer Miki's question, yes all the books can stand-alone. I also have two short stories on my blog that intertwine. I have one posted, the other is a link for Smashwords but both are free. Again, they are stand-alones, but the series as a whole will make more sense when everything has been read. With the exception of book #4, it will have enough history in it that will need explaining lol. But that's not until this December, so you have plenty of time! :D Thank you again Brenda, I hope you have an amazing week!

    1. Thank you Amy. It is always a pleasure to read your books and have you here.

      I hope your week is amazing as well. :D

    2. Thank you so much Amy, i just went to take the novella on smashwords and i would be very happy to read it( if i win a gift card there i will perhaps give a try to book 1 first - so happy it existe in pdf)it works with teh challenge i've entered so i'm even more motivated but after seeing how Brenda loves this series i'm really happy to discover it it

      thank you!

    3. That's so wonderful to hear Miki. And check with my blog, I try to do as many blog hops as I can manage. (My technology skills are limited! LOL)

      Brenda, I cannot begin to tell you how you've made my day and my week! I'm sending you big squishy hugs!!

    4. Glad to hear it and thanks for the hugs!

    5. i follow you blog Amy no worries and i will keep my eyes open in case book 1 is offered free one day but in pdf ( i'm really sorry but kindle appl doesn't work on my computer so i really need print or pdf)

  4. Congrats on the great review, Amy! I can't wait to get started on Jesse's soul!

    1. Thank you so much for everything Dana! xxoo

  5. I do sometimes read books out of my comfort zone, it's how you grow as a reader. Sometimes I absolutely hate them, but sometimes I find true gems I would never have discovered if I didn't risk it. J.L. Bowen's Healer was like that for me.