Title: The Goodbye Ride
Author: Lily Malone
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A fresh, funny and poignant romance set in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.
Olivia Murphy is a woman on a mission. The Ducati motorbike that once belonged to her brother has come up for re-sale. Liv wants to buy the precious bike, and she needs the ink dry on the paperwork before the approaching long weekend, when tourists with fat wallets will descend on her hometown of Hahndorf.
Only one person stands in her way; and she’s just tripped and fallen at his feet…
Owen Carson likes rare and beautiful things and he has the Ducati in his sights. Then Liv literally falls into his path, and he finds his heart captured by beauty of a very different kind.
How far will Liv go to make the motorbike hers? Can a viticulturalist fall for a man who prefers beer? And will a long weekend among the grape vines be long enough for Owen to convince Liv he’s interested in more than just a holiday fling?
Source: ARC from Escape Publishing via NetGalley
This short, sweet read takes place over a long weekend and somehow manages to deal with grief and homophobia as well as falling in love. I found it a quick, easy read and even got a little emotional towards the end.
There’s not really a lot to say about it, though. Liv is a determined woman who is still suffering from the loss of her brother three years before. She lives with her parents (for reasons that slowly become apparent), her best friend is her brother’s last boyfriend, she runs her own business (which is doing okay, if not as well as she’d hoped) and all she really wants is to buy her brother’s old bike back and go on a goodbye ride.
Then she meets Owen, who is never quite what she expects him to be. For someone who hates prejudice, Liv certainly jumps to a few swift (and unflattering) conclusions where Owen is concerned, but it was fun to see him overturn them all. He’s a nice guy with issues of his own, and he sees something in Liv worth pursuing.
It’s a quick read and fast romance, but I liked the chemistry between the two of them, even if Liv’s reaction to certain events made me want to roll my eyes. I don’t feel like I got to know any of the characters too well, skimming across their lives rather than delving in too deep, yet it suited the story perfectly. It tackles some serious issues, but in a sweet way, and it left me smiling at the end. Overall I enjoyed this one, and I’ll definitely have to check out more from this author.
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