Review by Veronica

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Unable to stop himself, he touches her shoulder, letting his fingertip trail along its length to her nape. She shivered. He tugged her back gently as he scooted forward so his torso was next to hers. He turned her face toward him. “I want to talk.”

“I don’t.” She covered his mouth with her lips so fast he couldn’t protest and somehow managed to maneuver herself around and shove the table back so she was straddling his lap, her hands on his shoulder, her breasts pressed against his chest. She broke the kiss and stared into his eyes. “No talking, Nate remember? That’s not part of the deal.” 

Win Place Show is a sexy romance read with plenty of sassy characters and fabulous fancy hats. 

Start with a perfect spring weekend full of pretty dresses, high heels, fancy hats, horse races, and bourbon. Combine with a friend-from-childhood lover, Nate Hawthorne, whose ongoing misunderstandings have led Lucy Granger to swear she’ll never move back home. Mix in a splash of combined family pressure for Lucy and Nate to be The Golden Couple. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with plenty of hot, secret hookups. What do you get? A funny sort of romance, chock full of dressing up, mint juleps, an axe-throwing bar, and a huge winning bet at the big race

This is my first Liz Crowe book, and I now know who to go to if I am craving a book with plenty of spice. When I was pitched this book, I was instantly drawn to the derby aspect of the story. I have never read or even watched any romance movies centred around a derby, so I was looking forward to reading something that had a different setting. I have to say I loved all the derby elements in this book, the fabulous dresses, hats, high society atmosphere, and all the drama that happens. It was fun to tag along with Lucy as she attended these events.

Lucy’s family is fabulous! They are not perfect and definitely can be a bit dysfunctional at times, but they added a lot of humour and depth to the story. Lucy’s mom was the character that surprised me the most. When I first met her in the book, I thought she would be the stereotypical controlling “bitchy” mother. But she wasn’t. She definitely runs the family, but she loves them, especially her daughters. She supports them but isn’t afraid to tell them when they need to get their shit together. Lord, I laughed and cringed when she talked about Lucy’s sexual relationship with Nate.

Lucy and Nate’s relationship is Messy with a capital M. They have known each other since they were kids, and their friendship has taken a lot of hits throughout the years. The result is, Lucy, hates Nate for all the pain he has put her through, but at the same time, she still loves him, and Nate loves Lucy but doesn’t know how to make up for all the past hurts he has caused her. I did struggle with these two at times. Their inability to properly communicate with each other drove me crazy. It drove most of the other characters in the book crazy too, and thankfully they let these two lovebirds know that they needed to smarten up. Despite the lack of communication between Lucy and Nate, there are plenty of spicy moments in this book. These two are like horny teenagers; they really can’t keep their hands to themselves. If you aren’t into detailed sex scenes, then this book is probably not for you.

If you are looking for a fun, spicy romance, then you should check out Win Place Show by Liz Crowe.