Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Racing for the Sun
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Heroes: Jasper “Ace” Atchison/Sonny Daye
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 8 hrs, 32 min
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 23, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: “I’ll do anything.” Staff Sergeant Jasper “Ace” Atchison takes one look at Private Sonny Daye and knows that every word on paper about him is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But Sonny is desperate, and although Ace isn’t going to take him up on his offer of “anything”, that doesn’t mean he isn’t tempted.
Instead, Ace takes Sonny under his wing, protecting him when they’re in the service and making plans with him when they get out. Together, they’re going to own a garage and build race cars and make their fortune hurtling faster than light across the desert. Together, they’re going to rewrite the past, make Sonny Daye a whole and happy person, and put the ghosts in Ace’s heart to rest.
But not even Sonny can build a car fast enough to escape the ghosts of the past. When Sonny’s ghosts drive them down and run their plans off the road, Ace finds out exactly what he’s made of. Maybe Sonny was the one to promise Ace anything, but there is nothing under the sun Ace won’t do to keep Sonny safe from harm.
Sonny comes to the Army looking to escape a horrible nightmare of a life and almost finds more trouble than he can handle until Ace takes him under his wing. His “I’ll do anything” earns him a permanent place in Ace’s life and later in his heart.
After the Army, Ace builds Sonny his dream garage and when Sonny joins him the two work together – using drag racing to supplement their income – to carve out a life in the desert of southern California. Before they can find their HEA the two have to face some pretty hard-core parts of their pasts and it gets really rough before it gets good.
Amy Lane is not called the Queen of Angst for nothing. This book is filled with angst. At every turn. Beautiful, heart-wrenching angst, on the level with The Locker Room and Chase in Shadows. These two boys barely know how to communicate but they manage to find enough words to tear your heart out. They love each other so hard, it is sometimes painful, but so wondrous and sweet, too.
I love how the book opens in the desert in Afghanistan and then transitions to the desert of California. The hardships these boys face are similar, no matter the location. Ace is an amazing, soft-hearted, open-souled guy who manages to hang on to his sweetness despite being ignored by his family and being told living life as a gay man is almost not worth living at all. Sonny’s life really can’t get much tougher, yet he manages to survive, despite all odds, and still retain a part of him that just screams innocence and vulnerability that makes you want to wrap him in a quilt and feed him marshmallows all day. Ace needs to be needed and Sonny needs Ace.
In the end, they manage to slay the dragon and keep each other safe and the result is a story so touching you’ll need at least one full box of Kleenex to finish.
The narration by Nick J Russo is spot on perfect. His vaguely country twang for Ace is just how I imagined it in my head when I read the book. It made me think Ace was a real guy Amy met at a bar one day and this was the story she recorded for us, as the two shared some beers.
He does a great job with Sonny too, perfectly depicting him as an ADHD perfectionist full of neuroses but also full of heart.
Though his other characters are less believable – Mr Go-Bear could use some work- Jai is awesome and even Alba and Mrs Atchinson are well done.
I can’t recommend this enough – it is an amazing book and the audio version does it justice times ten.
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*