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“…the opportunity of a lifetime.”
When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she’ll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do – she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world – The Tour de France.
The reality, though, isn’t exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.
And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…
What a brilliant read this book proved to be – I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
Physiotherapist Molly Matthews had a surprising new patient, Alexander Duvall. He’s in need of help as he’s recovering from a broken wrist and is desperate to get fit enough to participate in the Tour de France cycle race. Molly has no idea what being a professional cyclist and taking part in the race entails but, after she’s been treating him, he offers her the role of the BeSpoke team physiotherapist, travelling with them as they participate in the Tour de France and, eventually, she agrees. However, it isn’t quite as easy as it seems with eight cyclists to treat, long journeys, rules and regulations, treatments to give – and nowhere near as many sightseeing opportunities as she’d imagined!
Whilst the author acknowledges that she has taken some liberties regarding the actual race, it is a great read as she still brings the tension, camaraderie and team politics to life in this action packed story. I found the explanations given to Molly regarding the race itself were enlightening, I learned a lot about the behind the scenes aspects of the race and what happens in the teams participating. The different stages, the beautiful scenery, the drama of the races are all brought vividly to life in this delightful story. I found myself anxious about just how Tim and Alex were performing in the races. The romance is believable in its development and the whole story is an enthralling read – I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished it. And that ending – wow, I’ll just say it was definitely arresting!
I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending it. I really hope this is the start of a series and there will be future books based on members of the BeSpoke team in future, maybe on some of the other Tours that are mentioned in this book – please!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!
She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…
When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book.