High Heels & Bicycle Wheels by Jane Linfoot

"The times when we're vulnerable can be when we learn most." 

Title - High Heels & Bicycle Wheels
Author - Jane Linfoot
Publisher - HarperCollins UK, HarperImpulse
Publication Date - July 17th 2014
Format - Kindle Edition
Pages - 306

The blurb

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 double 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!

Becca's thoughts

High Heels & Bicycle Wheels by Jane Linfoot was so bloody steamy, I wouldn't have been surprised if my Kindle had started smoking.  

Huge thank you to the fabulous author Jane Linfoot, and of course, her publishers HarperImpulse for providing me with a copy of High Wheels & Bicycle Wheels via Net Galley. After reading The Right Side of Mr Wrong, I was completely smitten with Jane's writing style. Her fun, exciting characters, her hot and sexy love sessions and her exhilarating plots make for one fabulous read that you just can't stop enjoying!

In High Heels & Bicycle Wheels, Jane introduces us to Bryony Marshall and Jackson Gale, two incredible forces of nature managing to collide into each other at just the right moment. The entire plot is written in a third person narrative giving us a taste of what both Bryony and Jackson are thinking which I freaking loved. There's just something thrilling about getting into a guy's mind! 

Bryony Marshall was pure brilliance. I loved her right from the get-go. She was smart, determined, fierce, and a whirlwind of high wheels and precision. Bryony was a little bit of a control freak, which really got on Jackson's nerves, and she definitely didn't stand for any crap off anybody. After a heart-breaking past of losing two men in her life that she wasn't ready to lose, Bryony is completely against the idea of getting serious with any man. She doesn't do relationships, she doesn't get close enough for her emotions to become all tangled up and she definitely doesn't do rude, arrogant, cocky men who drive her to the brink of insanity, which basically just defined Jane's main male character, the deliciously confident Mr Jackson Gale. 

Urgh. Well, the first time you meet Mr Gale is when Bryony stumbles upon him stripping off and slipping into some tight, revealing Lycra. Jane captures Bryony's reaction perfectly. Bryony wants to look away, but she just can't... and I mean, who can blame her? Would YOU have been able to look away? 

"This guy was ripped enough to double as a super human - one hell of a toned back, broad shoulders bursting with muscles under that slippery Lycra top he was finally dragging on."

Yeah. No. I didn't think so. Jackson is the definition of frustrating. His cocky devilish arrogance is something that Bryony can't stand yet it's also everything that she loves. His smirk, the amusement that is almost always evident in his eyes, and that body? Jackson has ridden bikes all of his life and it's something that he loves. He loves to win, he loves to push his body to it's limits and he doesn't eat ice-cream. Ever. But after an accident that left his knee in dreadful condition, Jackson's biking fate is hanging in the balance, and he's not sure what he's going to do with himself if his biking career comes crashing to an end. He is driven, sure of himself and has the reputation of a dirty, filthy bad-boy. When it comes the ladies, Jackson has one rule.He never goes in for seconds. Ever. What would be the point? The whole marriage and children thing is definitely not for him and he doubts it ever will be. He doesn't want to be tied down to a needy woman who wants his attention 24/7. That is of course, until he clocks Bryony Marshall all wrapped up like a Christmas present in hot pink Lycra approaching him to take the place of the woman who would have been riding on the back of the tandem with him, if that woman hadn't been sent home sick. Jackson can't take his eyes off her, and Bryony finds herself in the exact same position, although she's not stupid enough to admit it. Being this close to him whilst they pedal together isn't what she had in my mind. In fact, what she had in mind was to stay as far away from this bad boy as possible. 

From the moment Bryony joins Jackson on the tandem, she knows she's in trouble. Jane forces her two main characters together, and then let's the magic between them unfold. There's passion, there's intense attraction and there's throwing caution to the wind and hoping and praying that when tomorrow comes around, any feelings between them will have disappeared and they can forget all about each other. Unfortunately for them, Jane had other plans.... ;)

Jane is absolutely incredible at creating passion and zipping chemistry. She does so with such detail and emotion and excitement! I love the need, the want, the tense yet buzzing atmospheres that she so easily creates. I also adore the way her characters are yanked together as if Jane is saying, "You're going to like each other and there's not a single damn thing that either of you can do about it." I found Bryony and Jackson to be made of the same thread. They were both full of determination and failure isn't an option, and so between them, there's just way too much stubbornness for them to ever get along. They argue, they insult each other, and they can't stand each other's need to have the last word. But of course where there's a flame, there's bound to be a fire, and between me and you readers, this isn't just a fire, this is an explosion. 

Another thing that I just want to touch upon is that if you have read The Right Side of Mr Wrong by Jane, you'll get to see Brando and Shea again! WAHOO! I loved this! I loved catching up with her previous characters and seeing them settled into their new lives. It's magical, and makes them seem so much more real and a million times less fictional. 

Becca's Books is rating High Heels & Bicycle Wheels by Jane Linfoot with FIVE delicious cupcakes. I loved it from back to front. I was completely bowled over by the chemistry and the characters and their impulsive desires for each other. It was incredible, and again, Jane has SUCH a talent when it comes to writing. It was a perfect flirty, fun read and I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. Not only will you fall hard for Jackson Gale and his cheeky arrogance but you'll be wishing that you were Bryony Marshall on the receiving end of it. It was exciting, addictive and EVERYTHING that defines Jane writing style. MASSIVE congratulations from me, Jane! I absolutely bloody loved it!


1 comment :

  1. Thank you Becca - my first review for High Heels, and it's made me cry. Thank you SO much for getting it, and loving it so much, and for the most FABULOUS review ever XXX