Lone Star Book Blog Tour: Racing Storms by Sara Russell

Chasing Desire Trilogy #1


  Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance
Publisher: North Loop Books
Date of Publication: April 25, 2017
Number of Pages: 198

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Decoursey dreads the upcoming weekend. A big NASCAR race is taking place at the speedway near her home–and her abusive, murder-threatening ex-husband just so happens to be a member of a NASCAR pit crew. Determined not to let her ex-husband have a decent opportunity to make good on his threat, Decoursey puts an ad online, hoping to find some security in the form of a guy needing a place to crash.

Enter Kennan, a storm chaser looking to get away for a few days. Fresh off a failed storm chase, Kennan doesn’t make the best first impression. But that quickly changes as Decoursey gives Kennan a chance and finds the recently broken heart of a gentleman hidden beneath the surface. As sparks fly, so do hopes that they can dream of romance once again. But when their newfound trust is broken, will Decoursey and Kennan weather the storm to find a love that lasts?

Racing Storms, the exciting debut in Sara Russell’s Chasing Desire trilogy, will get your heart pumping all the way to the finish line.


Praise for Racing Storms:

“In Racing Storms, fresh new voice Sara Russell begins her three-book series with a courageous and adorable hero, a sassy but vulnerable heroine, spicy love scenes and an insider’s view of daredevil storm chasers! What more could you want from a romance?”
—Vicki Lewis Thompson, New York Times bestselling author

Russell’s debut successfully tackles the idea of finding love when you least expect it.”
—RT Reviews

“Austin-area writer Sara Russell’s self-described ‘first foray into fiction’ is a smoothly written, nicely plotted romance novel that will entertain many readers who like books with contemporary Texas settings.”
—Lone Star Literary Life


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In Racing Storms, Decoursey and Kennan embark on a whirlwind courtship set in motion by Decoursey’s need for protection against a dangerous ex husband and Kennan’s need for a place to stay in a fully booked Dallas/Fort Worth because of the NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway.

When these two come together, look out! Instead of simmering or ambling along at a snail’s pace, this budding romance takes off at race-car speed and with tornado intensity. Even though the romance is front and center in Racing Storms, the story does touch on some interesting and serious issues, such as the dangerous and debilitating consequences of concussions and the crippling and often paralyzing effect of not letting go and moving on from failed relationships.

While the overall story is quick paced and fun, I wanted the romantic aspect to slow down a bit to avoid falling into that unrealistic trap. I was already skeptical of a single woman having enough trust to put out an advertisement for a man to stay with her over the weekend (background check notwithstanding) for protection against her dangerous ex husband, so having them behave as if they had been dating for months on the very first night made my head spin. Not that I’m complaining too much, of course.

The good news is that the mushy sweetness and subsequent steaminess of their immediate physical attraction are tempered by three things: Decoursey’s ex husband, the tornado that wreaks havoc at the end of the story, and the Jolly Roger doily that Decoursey is crocheting.

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Sara Russell is a near-native Texan who sees nothing wrong with using “y’all” in formal conversation. She maintains that one can do practically anything in a cute dress and flats, including storm chasing, attending motorsports events, and exploring the endless delights of the Austin area, where she’s lived since childhood. When not writing or hunting and gathering at Whole Foods, Sara spends time with friends and family and enjoys live music and dancing.




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3 Replies to “Lone Star Book Blog Tour: Racing Storms by Sara Russell”

  1. I couldn’t get the link to your fb page to work so I could visit and follow you. I’ve never read a race car based book so this book is very intriguing.

    • The link that I couldn’t get to work was via raffle copter I was able to get to it just from the blog tapping on the fb icon. A new author to try is always a good thing so I hope I win