Monday 8 April 2013

Review: Back on Track - Donna Cummings

What’s a little lie between strangers?

A Strangers on a Train story.

Allie Whittaker is in a dating slump, too busy getting her fledgling marketing company off the ground to have a personal life. All that could change, though, if she can get baseball superstar Matt Kearns on the cover of a charity calendar. Except Matt won’t even talk to her.

Matt is in a slump, worried his career might be over. A Napa Valley wine tour isn’t enough to take his mind off his troubles—until sexy, funny Allie plops into the adjacent seat and tells him three things about herself. One of them, she says, is a lie.

Matt can’t resist playing along, and soon the afternoon getaway becomes an interlude with lies, truths, and desire flowing as fast as the wine. Then Allie lets slip one truth too many…and they both realize they’re playing for keeps.

Warning: A handsome hunk, a determined lady and a few glasses of wine. Throw in a little on-the-run action, and what more do you need to while away an afternoon?

Strangers on a Train Series:
Ticket Home - Serena Bell
Big Boy - Ruthie Knox
Thank You for Riding - Meg Maguire
Back on Track - Donna Cummings
Tight Quarters - Samantha Hunter

Visit Donna Cummings' website for more information.

Allie has been working too hard at building her new marketing company to have much of a social life but if she can make a success of the charity calendar she is working on then her business will be secure. She just has one more name to sign up for the calendar but baseball star Matt Kearns won't even listen to her pitch. When her friend drags her out for a Napa Valley wine tour the last person she expects to bump into is Matt but now she's found him how can she resist the opportunity to make her pitch? Yet as she gets to know him she starts to realise why he doesn't want to draw more public attention to himself and as her attraction towards him grows she starts to regret the lies she told him when they first met. Is it possible to build a lasting relationship on such a rocky start?

Back on Track is one of the five stories in the Strangers on a Train series published by Samhain, each of the stories has been written by a different author (the authors involved in the collaboration are Ruthie Knox, Meg Maguire, Serena Bell, Donna Cummings & Samantha Hunter) and is currently available as an ebook but I believe there will be a print bind up containing the whole series published sometime next year. These stories can be read in any order, they are linked only by the common theme that each couple start out as strangers who meet each other on a train, so there is no cross over of characters or story lines.

This was such a fun novella to read and I was amused by Allie's approach to Matt - she tells him three things about herself and he has to guess which one of them is a lie. They both have so much fun making up half truths and lies to tell each other but they end up getting themselves into a real mess as they try to figure out what is fact and what is fiction. As this is a fairly short story (around 60 pages) you have to be prepared for their relationship to develop quite quickly but if you're looking for a story that you can read in less than an hour that includes some fun flirtation, great chemistry and a satisfying ending then I'm sure you won't be disappointed with Back on Track. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from Donna Cummings in the future.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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