A Sprint to His Heart by Lyla Bardan
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: July 2016
An ordinary young woman with a dream to be a professional cyclist falls for an extraordinary young man who thinks she’s anything but ordinary.
Bailey Meyers doesn’t have time for distractions, much less a boyfriend, so why does she agree to date the drop-dead sexy Fae artist who loves to watch her race? Because for once, she’d like to take a risk off the racecourse, even after her coach’s reminder of his no dating policy. A policy that puts her racing career in jeopardy when she’s kicked off the team, as if a concussion from a crash and an accusation of doping with dark Fae blood wasn’t enough.
She can’t stay away from the enchanting Piran of Sava…until she discovers he’s not who she thought he was. Can their love stay on course when Bailey joins a cycling team a thousand miles away and Piran is promised to a Fae princess?
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Bailey wants to be a professional cyclist. She’s quite good at what she does, but in no means the best; and that is something she wants to change. Fae artist, Piran, is a distraction she can do without; but he’s also what makes her happy…
A Sprint to his Heart gave me mixed feelings when I was done reading it. There are parts of it that I really enjoyed, and parts of it that just made me cringe. I did read the book twice: the first time, I thought it was okay; but the second time, I found more things that I wasn’t into.
I like the fact that Bailey and Piran had a connection right from the beginning. Their romance seems pretty “real”, and the author managed not to make it read as forced. I also like the focus on cycling. I rarely find books that have stories built around the sport, so it was nice to read about Bailey’s attempts to break into the world of professional cycling.
I like the idea of Fae co-existing somewhat peacefully with humans, but the actual execution of that idea was not up to par (for me). Little things like Bailey’s fellow cyclists doping with Fae blood, and Piran being part of a Fae royal family were portrayed quite well. On the other hand, the gruesome Fae “sports” and Piran’s evil betrothed were just unnecessary additions to an otherwise straightforward story.
In a nutshell, A Sprint to his Heart certainly has great potential, but it didn’t quite do much for me. It does have a pretty good plot, but most of it just turned out awkward. 😦