Format: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Published:17th July 2014
Pages: 306 Pages
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!
Thank you to the author Jane for sending me a copy to read and review.
Meet Bryony and Jackson, two people with two very different passions – Bryony who loves her shoes and Jackson who loves his cycling. When the pair are made to ride a tandem together you’d think it would be easy, for them? Not so much! There’s many obstacles in their way and a few emotions thrown in there, too.
As with all of Jane’s novels you find yourself wanting a very cold shower after reading, and with High Heels and Bicycle Wheels it didn’t disappoint. There was heaps of saucy exchanges between the characters and it’s very rarely that it is written in the right way. I like Jane’s writing style, so when you read the scenes they appear natural and not unrealistic. Sex isn’t always going to be 50 Shades of Grey style so don’t write like it is.
To me, Bryony’s character was refreshing and original. I’m so used to the male lead being dominant and controlling that when I read about a take no poo attitude from a woman, I shout ‘you go girl’. I sometimes find it awfully frustrating when the female lead is always portrayed as a vulnerable person and their lives are, or have been, dramatic and terrible. I wish some people didn’t think being a powerful woman without a partner is a bad thing, it’s not.
One thing I did feel was that it needed just that little bit extra. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the novel and would recommend it, but on a few occasions I felt a little bit bored and wanted something more to happen. Maybe it was the fact that Jackson’s back story was described in more detail that Bryony’s and i think I’d quite like to know about her life, too.