Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Race Girl by Leigh Hutton



Race Girl by Leigh Hutton 
(The Go Girls Chronicles #3) 
Publication date: April 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Fresh on the heels of Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win, comes a blockbuster Australian story about a Queensland girl and the ‘race that stops a nation’ . . .

Tully Athens has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her hero Michelle Payne. Of living up to the Athens name and becoming the third generation of women from her family to rule the track. But Tully’s never been sure she’s got the nerve, and when her mother is killed in a racing accident, her whole world is shattered.

Six months later, in the heat of a Queensland summer, sixteen-year-old Tully is ready to face her fears. But getting back in the saddle leads to a whole lot more than she bargained for, with an out of control crush on the boy from their rival thoroughbred farm – the gorgeous but cocky larrikin Brandon Weston – and a forgotten filly with stardom in her eyes . . .

When faced with the most difficult decision of her life, will Tully choose to train and race her new filly in Melbourne? Or will she sacrifice it all to fight for love on the land that feeds her soul?

It’s only when tragedy rips everything from her that Tully finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of passion, adventure and determination.

RACE GIRL is the highly anticipated third book in The Go Girls Chronicles – bestselling stories of gutsy girls in action sports, by Leigh Hutton!

*A PORTION OF EVERY #RaceGirl book sold goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and to horse-welfare charity, Equine Action Qld*



My Review:

My Rating: Four stars

Race Girl is a sweet, coming-of-age tale about Tully Athens.  She wants to rule the track like her idol, Michelle Payne, and her own mother.  However, she doesn’t quite have the nerve to do it.  When an accident on the track kills her mother, she loses all confidence in herself.  With the help of her new filly and a gorgeous boy, Tully regains her confidence and finds herself again.

Race Girl was a sweet, heartfelt book about a lost and broken girl needing to find herself again.  The characters are well-written, the plot is good and there is just the right amount of conflict to keep it just on this side of angsty.

I have to admit it was a bit slow in the beginning, but it does pick up about a third of the way through and is worth it to stick with the book.  I have seen some reviewers who had difficulty with the differences in language.  Just remember, this author is from Australia, so there will be differences.  I found the Kindle app with the dictionary feature to be helpful for this.

All-in-all, I enjoyed the book.  I think you all with, too.








Leigh Hutton is a former Courier-Mail journalist, dirt bike racer and horse show jumper. Leigh was born in Canada and lives on rural property in southeast Queensland, Australia, with her husband and three young children. When she isn’t writing, managing the relocation and restoration of historic ‘Queenslander’ homes, wrangling the kids or swilling coffee, she loves to read, watch smart TV and movies, ride her motorbike and daydream about gorgeous horses. Her family spell racehorses at their property and making friends with each one is also a favourite pastime of Leigh and her children. Leigh is especially passionate about promoting the growing number of girls and women in all action and equestrian sports, and is thrilled to be drawing on her experiences to bring you the exciting novels of The Go Girls Chronicles . . .

Book one, REV GIRL, OUT NOW!


Book three, RACE GIRL, out April 3rd, 2016!

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5 Stars for Weightless by Kandi Stein (Releasing June 16, 2016)



Author:  Kandi Steiner

Publication Date:  June 16, 2016

Genre:  Coming of Age



I remember the lights.

I remember I wanted to photograph them, the way the red and blue splashed across his cold, emotionless face. But I knew even if my feet could move from the place where they had cemented themselves to the ground and I could run for my camera, I wouldn’t be able to capture that moment.

I had trusted him, I had loved him, and even though my body had changed that summer, he’d made sure to help me hold on to who I was inside, regardless of how the exterior altered.

But then everything changed.

He stole my innocence. He scarred my heart. He took everything I thought I knew about my life and fast-pitched it out the window, shattering the glass that held my world together in the process.

I remember the lights.

The passionate, desperate, hot strikes of red. The harsh, cruel, icy bolts of blue.

They symbolized everything I endured that summer.

And everything I would never face again.


My Review:

Rating:  five stars

I received the ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t even know where to start, that is how good this book is.  It is in my top 3 of 2016!

I am going to be careful not to give anything away because I don’t want to ruin any of the beauty that is this book or take away from your experience of reading Weightless.  It was that good.  Seriously.

I read the synopsis and was immediately intrigued.  I thought for sure I knew what was going on.  I like to think I have this special power that lets me figure out all the twists and turns before they happen.  It’s a blessing and a curse.  I thought right away I knew how this was going to end, which caused me all kinds of anxiety and stress, but I was wrong.  I was so wrong.  I was so wrong, that I couldn’t put the book down until I figured it all out.

Natalie is like all of my insecurities wrapped up in a sweet, well-versed character who portrays those insecurities on the pages of this book in such a perfect way.  The character of Natalie is beyond likeable.  She is every one of us.  Reading her journey of self-discovery was beautiful and satisfying.

Rhodes, the hero, is rough around the edges, gruff, misunderstood and, of course, hot.  But, his rawness is what makes him such a powerful character.

I literally couldn’t put this book down.  I picked it up, started reading and the next thing I knew it was the middle of the night.  I had to keep reading until I found just the right stopping point so I could get some sleep before picking it up the next morning.  You’ve been warned.   😉

Weightless has all the feels, sweet romance, a little steaminess and a dash of mystery and danger that come together to make a perfect recipe of delicious book goodness.

Weightless releases on June 16, 2016 , but you can preorder now for just $0.99 on Amazon .  It will also be available on Kindle Unlimited.

About the Author:



Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.

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Review of The Opening Bell by J. B. Garner

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Opening Bell

Author:  J. B. Garner

Series:  Three Seconds to Legend Book 1

Publication Date:  August 7, 2015

Genre:  Coming of Age



Leilana Ito knew her family had a long history in the wrestling world, but she never knew how much had been kept secret from her. When Leilana wanted to follow in the family footsteps, she was shocked when her father adamantly refused to let her proceed with no reason why.

Leilana couldn’t deny the fighting spirit in her heart. Refusing his prohibition, she had no idea what terrible events her defiance would set into motion!

Now a rookie wrestler in the heart of Oklahoma, Leilana faces ring rivalries, impossible odds, corporate machinations, and threats she could never imagine as she struggles to prove herself. As the truth behind her family’s history becomes clear, the stakes continue to rise. Will Leilana rise to the challenge and win it all or face a final, crushing defeat?

Opening Bell is the first of three books in Three Seconds to Legend.


My Review:

Rating:  4/5 stars

This book is like sports entertainment on a page, only the story is better than the fluff they put on TV.

The story takes the reader into the world of women’s wrestling.  Leilana, the heroine, is a professional wrestler, who comes from a family with a rich history on the wrestling scene.  Leilana’s family is involved in a long feud with another wrestling family.  Along the way, tragedy struck Leilana’s family that ended the careers of her father and grandfather.  Leilana works hard at her career, despite her family’s concerns for her.  She enjoys being the heel.  She works hard and basks in the glory.  In the end, Leilana and her family get justice.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The writing flows with ease.  The author doesn’t hold back with the fights and matches.

An enjoyable, no holds barred read.


About the Author

  1. B. Garner was born in Baltimore, MD on December 1, 1976, the youngest of three children. While still young, the family moved to Peachtree City, GA. His parents always encouraged his creative side and J. B. began writing and drawing from an early age. Though considered talented by his teachers, he never fully applied himself and bounced through high school and into college at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his freshman year, his father died suddenly.

    Grief and lack of purpose caused J. B. to drop out of school. If not for a few close friends, he might have dropped out of life as well. Taken in by his friends and given a second chance, J. B. matured, applied himself, and finally, after over a decade of hard work, is now back to doing what he loves the most: writing.


New release review: Last Wish by Erin Butler

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Title:  Last Wish

Series:  Book 2 in the Remembering Kyle series

Author: Erin Butler

Publisher: Entangled: Embrace

Publication Date: 12/28/2015

Genre:  New adult romance, Coming of Age romance

Pages:  151 pages


Rating:  5/5 stars


Where to buy:  Amazon    Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: A new adult romance from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

Some things can never be fixed…

Nothing feels right. Not since my best friend died and I screwed up the one promise he asked me to make. The past follows me everywhere, tangling me up like weeds, reminding me that my life is empty. So goddamn empty.

Then she walks into the bar, all bright beauty and sweet lips made for kissing.

Em Stewart is a complication…one I need to avoid. She’s got heavy secrets of her own, ones she hides from her friends—and lies about to herself.

No matter how hard I try, I can’t resist her, and our unexpected road trip sure as hell isn’t helping my cause. But I’ll be damned if I screw up my first chance at something real…



I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Review:   This book…I mean really.  This book is full of feels, I kind of ran the gamut of emotions.  A great coming of age romance.


Em and Ronan are both a little broken.  Em is in a bad relationship with a real douche bag.  She knows it’s not healthy, but she can’t let it go.  Ronan is broken up over the death of his best friend and can’t let it go.  They run into each other at the local bar one night after not seeing each other for quite some time.  They give each other pep talks and a shoulder to lean on, but go their separate ways.  Em makes a rash decision that ends poorly and she has no choice but to ask Ronan for help.  Ronan comes to the rescue and things heat up from there.


There is a lot going on in this book and while it can be read as a standalone, it is the second book in the series, and I kind of wish I had read book one before I read this.  I say this because I was a bit confused at the beginning not understanding what the conflict was that was causing Ronan’s issues.  That being said, it is explained later in the book, so that helps.


This is a great friends-to-lovers romance with a sweet but sexy hero and a heroine you can’t help but love.

Last Wish takes you on journey of second chances, forgiveness, self-redemption and ultimately finding love in the people that have been there all along.. This is Em and Ronan’s story.


Review:Boys Like You by Juliana Stone


Synopsis: Monroe and Nathan are both lost, broken souls. Both have experienced a tragedy that they feel responsible for. They meet by chance one summer and its changes their lives forever.

Oh my goodness, I was a blubbering mess reading this book! Like, tissues in hands, tears streaming and my kids giggling because mom is crying over a book kind of mess! I literally just finished this one and couldn’t wait to write my review!

I could not put this book down. If life wouldn’t get in the way of my reading addiction, I would have finished this in one sitting. It was just that good. I had never read anything by Juliana Stone before but now I want to get my hands on every book she’s ever written. This woman can seriously write. The emotion in this book rolled off in waves.

Monroe and Nathan are both such palpable characters. Even though they are teenagers, they are written with such depth. Honestly, the book surprised me. The blurb on the back didn’t give much away at all and I just wasn’t expecting what I got from this book. Every character has depth, even the minor ones. It’s not a typical, fluffy YA coming-of-age romance. It is but it isn’t. There is just so much more to this story. There is heartache and hurting and love and healing all wrapped up in this deeply affecting story.

I want to write so much more, but I don’t want to risk giving away anything because the reader deserves to discover every morsel of this book on their own.

Even if you are not typically into YA books, give this one a read. You won’t regret it.

My rating: 5/5 stars