Review: Crossing The Line by Audra North

Posted June 15, 2016 by Shannon in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Crossing The Line by Audra NorthCrossing the Line by Audra North
Series: Hard Driving #3
Published by Swerve on June 14, 2016
Genres: Adult
Pages: 177
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He wanted her the first time he saw her. It didn't matter that he was on stage in front of a room full of reporters, or that his publicist was telling him to move on, or that she was asking him a question about racing. One look at her "just been bedded" hair — completely at odds with her deliciously prim appearance — and Ty Riggs is hooked.
Corrine Bellows is one of the woefully few women in a male profession: sports reporting. In a field where "Hey, sweetheart, can you fetch me a cup of copy" is part of her job description, she's determined to keep things professional. And while interviewing Ty Riggs, the hottest new driver on and off the track, is a major scoop, Corrine knows that she is in major trouble when it becomes clear that Ty wants so much more and is determined to get it. As things heat up between them, Corrine finds herself on shakier ground. Her big secret just may destroy everything.

Crossing the line

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If your looking for something quick and easy to read, Crossing The Line is the book for you! This story takes you on the road with Cori, a junior reporter on her first assignment and Ty, a current leader in the standings of USA’s race car driving world.

I enjoyed and can appreciate how the author used the topic of morals and even moral ambiguity to build this story off of. This isn’t something you see too often and it’s refreshing when you do. It can make the reader think about their own situations, what would they do in Cori’s shoes? In Ty’s? How important is honesty and can you empathize with others and their situations? These are all excellent traits, questions and responses that are delved into.

“Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from you, it’s that you have to fight for what you want. That’s the legacy I want to leave in your heart.”

I have a serious soft spot in my heart for a character taking care of their boyfriend/girlfriend in books when they’re quite sick. Ty and Cori were no exception – this scene/chapter was incredibly cute and found my smile growing bigger and bigger with every page.

My setback with Crossing The Line was that I wasn’t given a great sense of either main character, but I think this has to do with length of the story and lack of depth. What little background or information of descriptive nature we were given, was just repeated over and over with a few words changed around; nothing new. So ultimately I felt like I didn’t know the characters, and in turn didn’t truly care for them.

With this being said, I also didn’t have a solid grasp of the connection between these two. All I noticed was lust at first sight, but beyond that, I have no idea why they were together or how they made the relationship work. Perhaps this was because we didn’t have a lot of insight, but at least personally, I didn’t believe it. Then all of a sudden their relationship had lasted a month and the some, and ‘I Love You’s’ were happening – it got to an extremely insta-love point. I didn’t understand where all the missing time in the middle went. We were told there were phone conversations, but you can’t just skip over weeks of a relationship and then tell me that they’re in a good place and love each other.

Crossing The Line has been my first book by Audra North and it’s the third in the Hard Driving series. It’s a solid, fast paced read that lovers of car racing will definitely enjoy. If you’re looking for something easy, quick and with a touch of angst, check this one out!


*An ARC was received from Barclay Publicity and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.



About Audra North

Audra North is a contemporary romance author of more than twenty romances, including the Stanton Family series from Entangled Publishing, the Hard Driving series from St. Martin’s Press, and the Pushing the Boundaries series from Samhain Publishing. She is the owner and publisher of Pink Kayak Press, which focuses on the publication of diverse romance works. Winter Rain, a Pink Kayak Press anthology, won a gold medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards.

Audra enjoys speaking to writing groups and at industry conferences. She is also an avid jogger and loves running marathons. She has three children and lives with her family outside of Boston.

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