Physical therapist Dana VanAlstyne’s dreams of a family were lost in the dust of a motocross racecourse. Although she’s filled her life with her work and church activities, it hasn’t filled the empty space inside her. Nor has it eased the heartache of being abandoned by a man who wasn’t ready for a wife and children. Now her dream is to open her own private practice. All she needs is the capital to make that happen.
Anton, “Mac,” Macachek may be the top professional motocross racer in the country but he still has one race that matters more to him: winning a championship at Unadilla Raceway and showing the hometown folks the bad boy did amount to something. But when a horrific accident sidelines those plans, he makes a deal with the woman he once loved with all his heart. A woman who abandoned him. If Dana will get him back in racing shape, he’ll fund her new practice.
Then an even more dangerous risk is revealed. If Mac races again, he could die. Does Dana have enough faith to risk her heart again? She loved Mac once, but feared he loved motocross racing more than he loved her. If she helps him mend his broken body, will it also mend her broken heart? Or will it all be lost again in the dust and danger of a motocross racetrack?
TEAM MACACHEK: Meet the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, MENDING THE MOTOCROSS CHAMPION is a contemporary romance with a theme I hadn't seen before. Motocross! One could almost smell the fuel and the dust from the bike trails as they read the pages of this book, and the roar of motorbikes filled the air.
I don't follow the motocross circuit so I don't know about facts, but mostly it is set around Anton (Mac) Macachek as he's recovering from a car accident that could sideline his career. He's advised to retire now, at the top of his career and take a job coaching, but he has one more race to win and one more heart to claim--make that reclaim.
Dana is quite hostile toward Mac, and apparently their marriage that went south is (in her mind) more his fault than hers. So when he wants to hire her as his therapist, he has to literally force her to agree. Money talks, you know. But will Mac race again? And whether he does or not, will he win Dana's heart?
Some of the book is circumstantial -- divorced for about ten years (give or take) and he carries her phone number in his wallet, and its current? Other things, too. But overall, it's a sweet read, a cute story, and motocross fans would be sure to approve. Don't miss MENDING THE MOTOCROSS CHAMPION for a racing story you'll be sure to enjoy. There is an excerpt for her holiday novella for this series included in the back (Holiday Escape).