GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Veterinarian Holly Nicholson longs to put down roots. And with a growing practice and pending nuptials to a handsome doctor, her dream future is finally within reach. But when her NASCAR racing high-school steady rolls into town, Holly’s heart takes an off-track excursion.
Curtis “CC” Clark burned out from life in the fast lane. Switching gears, he moves to a small town in search of some cosmic signpost to reveal his destiny and crosses paths with the only girl he’s ever loved. But he’s worried fate sent him into the pits when he finds out she’s engaged.
Between working at the same animal shelter and her engagement crumbling, Holly can feel old desires stirring. But before they can pick up speed, CC gets his big chance for a high-profile comeback. And returning to the road may mean giving up his beloved forever.
Can CC and Holly find common ground and take their love across the finish line?
Restart in Bristol is the third standalone novel in the Racing Hearts in Serenity contemporary romance series. If you like bad boys with a heart of gold, strong women, and a touch of new age spirituality, then you’ll adore Sedona Hutton’s fun, sexy romance.
Holly rolled to her side, plucked a daisy, and pulled off the first white petal. “He loves me,” she said in a sing-song tone. “He loves me not.” She slid to his side as she tossed the next petal over her shoulder. As she continued, he mentally counted ahead of her and was pleased that the game ended in his favor.
But she put the daisy down when there were three petals left and picked up her glass. What the hell?
“Hey,” he protested, narrowing his eyes. “You didn’t finish.”
She shrugged. “It’s all fun and games.”
He didn’t know why it mattered so much, but it did. Even though he knew it was silly, he couldn’t let it go.
“You can’t stop in the middle.” He took her glass and put it on the ground.
She gave him a playful nudge. “Who are you—the game cop?”
He caught her wrist and rolled on top of her. “Maybe I am,” he said, his voice low and husky. “Maybe it matters.”
She pushed him off her and reversed their positions so she was on top. “I’ll give you something that matters.”
He liked where this was going. Grinning, he lifted his palms. “I’m at your beck and call.”
She let out a low laugh. The soft, sexy sound reverberated through his insides, making him feel playful and nostalgic, and with Holly stretched on top of him, a little randy, too.
“Whatever I want?” she asked, her breath hot against his cheek.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Author Sedona Hutton finds inspiration in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and curly-coated retriever. In addition to writing, she’s a Reiki Master and a certified Chopra Center Meditation instructor. She enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, and experiencing the great outdoors on boats, motorcycles, and Jeeps. Sedona pens a “Peace, Love, & Joy” blog on her website. Visit her at www.SedonaHutton.com, on Twitter & Instagram @SedonaHutton, and Facebook @SedonaHuttonAuthor.
Sedona’s novel, Cloud Whispers, was a Finalist in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Contest, an Official Selection in the 2018 Summer eBook Awards for New Apple Literary, Shortlisted for the Books Go Social Best Indie Book of 2018, and a Bronze winner in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Nora’s Promise was awarded the Bronze medal in the 2019 Reader’s Favorite Contemporary Romance category and was a Finalist in the 2019 NIEA contest. The Perfect Lap was the 2019 Reader’s Favorite Contemporary Romance Finalist.
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3.75 out of 5 stars
Restart in Bristol by Sedona Hutton is part of the ‘A Racing Hearts in Serenity Romance’ series. Curtis (C.C.) Bristol has lost his position as a NASCAR truck driver and is in Serenity evaluating his life. His childhood sweetheart, Holly Nicholson, has achieved her dream of becoming a large-animal veterinarian and is engaged to another man, while his future is uncertain. All of Curtis’ friends have found their loves and are content, but when he visualizes his goals, they seem impossible to achieve. The Law of Attraction just isn’t going to work for him…or is it?
This contemporary romance has nice elements, including a glimpse behind the scenes of the NASCAR racing world, and a heartwarming view of the synergy achieved by rescuing animals and allowing them to heal and in return helping humans to heal. I like the dual threads of Holly and her cousin Skye working their way through relationship troubles and finding men to love, although it was a little disconcerting to have the extra points of view thrown in occasionally.
The author did a nice job of evoking the excitement of race days and I was particularly entertained to get a glimpse of a venue that I actually had the pleasure of visiting once.
There are nice cameos of the stars of the previous books in the series and it was lovely to see the progression of their relationships.
I felt that the story dragged in places and seemed a bit repetitive, especially since the past seems to repeat itself as the main relationship blows hot and cold. Holly frustrated me by being wishy-washy, which seems at odds with the determination one would need to become a veterinarian. Her inability to communicate with many of the pivotal people in her life and the unexpected (to her) revelations that take place seem a little forced at times, but fortunately this is a romance and she (finally) gets her happy ever after.
There are lots of inspirational elements in the story and I love the supportive interactions from friends and family. This is a group of folks who would be great to have in one’s corner and I think that those who are racing fans or who like second chance romances should enjoy this story.
A copy was provided for review