High Heels and Bicycle Wheels by Jane Linfoot
Release Date: 17th July 2014
Meet Bryony: she’s a fun-loving, very single TV production assistant whose idea of sport is the Jimmy Choo sales scrum.
Meet Jackson: Cycling’s bad boy superstar. Injured and out of a certain race this summer, without his training, he’s looking for another distraction…
Bryony’s facing a triple whammy – her last single friend just named the day, her mother’s offering to have her eggs frozen, and the guy she’s loved from afar, forever, has just got hitched. So she’s more than happy to accept the offer of a totally out of character but seriously steamy one night of no-strings fun. Especially when the guy in question is so attractive he even looks good in Lycra!
Jackson’s on the lookout for a new career but if the opportunity to work on TV means a fortnight with the most uptight woman in the world, he’d rather not bother. He never goes in for seconds – and who in their right mind would head off in a campervan, with a woman who irons her knickers?
Add in a tandem (yes a tandem) and fast forward to double trouble for a summer neither of them will ever forget!
Cycling star Jackson and TV production assistant Bryony don’t get off to the best of starts (in other words she stumbles across him as he’s getting changed in a car park and is then able to confirm that yes, he goes commando, and no he doesn’t shave his backside). After some very awkward introductions Bryony is relieved that she’s done her research on Jackson. Not being the sportiest person in the world, Annie made sure she did her homework before working on the TV programme Sporting Chances and learnt quite a bit about the legendary Jackson, such as how he acquired his nickname of ‘The Howler’ for starters…
So when he seemingly attempts to flirt with Bryony she’s having none of it. She doesn’t go in for the whole ‘flirting at work’ thing. In fact relationships in general are pretty much a no go area, unless you’re talking Matt. Matt as in best-friends-brother-who-just-got-married-Matt.
However Bryony and Jackson end up getting much closer than anticipated when Annie, his tandem partner in the charity cycle race he’s competing in, falls ill leaving Bryony to (reluctantly) take her place. The fact that she hasn’t ridden a bike since she was a child is only a teeny, tiny blip.
Although it would seem that Jackson and Bryony make a winning team…and their chemistry on camera proves extremely popular. In fact, their chemistry off camera is pretty darn hot too and when they meet up after filming one thing leads to another. But that’s ok, Jackson may have a bad-boy image but who’s going to know? Its one night…As for Bryony, well, one night is fine by her; she doesn’t ‘do’ commitment after all. There’s no harm in having a bit of fun, after all, they’re never going to see each other again, right?
Wrong. After proving to be such a hit together on Sporting Chances, Bryony and Jackson are talked into taking part in a feature for the show where they travel round the country in Jackson’s camper-van and film all of the cycling hot spots. Jackson is recovering from an injury and is convinced that this will take his mind off things until his return to competitive cycling and Bryony is forced into the venture after her friend and co-worker, Cressy, convinces her that this could be the boost that Sporting Chances needs and the whole team is counting on her – how can she refuse?
However when the pair set off on their journey it becomes clear that Bryony is going to have a lot more problems than walking through the countryside in heels and where she’s going to iron her knickers…And so the adventure begins!
First things first, I must warn you – this story is pretty darn hot! Needless to say, I loved it. Ahem. Jackson! Don’t get even get me started… At first I wasn’t keen on him, he may have been ‘all gravelly voice and hollow cheeks and stubble’ but he seemed very much the ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ type but then I found out he liked watching Disney films and WHAM! I was in love… The chemistry between him and Bryony is amazing and they are one of the hottest couples I’ve ever read about (and also, at times, one of the most infuriating!) I loved Bryony, a mix between ‘Barbie and Wonder Woman’ she is my kind of girl. She likes her heels and her hair straighteners and there’s nothing wrong with that. She is strong and feisty; however her take on relationships is not the best. After losing her Dad in the way she did I can understand her fear of getting close to anyone. Then there’s Jackson who’s Mum walked out on him and his brothers, leaving him with a fear of commitment too. All in all Bryony and Jackson are so much alike and they both like to be in control which could either be a recipe for disaster or a match made in heaven…
I love Jane Linfoot and I was hugely excited about High Heels and Bicycle Wheels and in no way at all did it disappoint. It was sexy, funny, FULL of passion and totally absorbing. I had to find out if Jackson and Bryony would be together. It’s not predictable as there are a few unexpected twists and turns to events which will keep you guessing what’s going to happen.
I thought that having the story from both Jackson and Bryony’s perspective’s was a great idea, that way you feel as though you bond with both characters and I love always knowing what the other one might be thinking.
I also really enjoyed reading a story about a cyclist; I don’t recall ever reading a novel about anyone with this career before so it was fascinating to find out about Jackson’s lifestyle and his training. Plus he was a ‘Dime’ so of course he was a joy to read about… High Heels and Bicycle Wheels is funny, exciting, smoking hot and all in all a fabulously enjoyable read.
*I would like to thank both Jane Linfoot and HarperImpulse for providing me with a copy of High Heels and Bicycle Wheels to review.
I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines, and lots of heat.
Writing romance is cool, because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I live in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos. Happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.
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