[Book Review] Racing To You by Robin Lovett

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Title:  Racing To You
Author:  Robin Lovett
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Genre/s: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary 
Number of Pages:  210 [Ebook]
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Love—the one roadblock they never expected.

Aurelia is living her dream, teaching for a year in the south of France. Except it’s all going wrong. The carefree culture is challenging her academic goals, and her students are so difficult that she wants the unthinkable: to give up and go home.

Meeting Terrence doesn’t help. When he’s not training for the Tour de France, the cocky pro cyclist is flirting with Aurelia, but she didn’t cross an ocean to hook up with an American jock, even if he does have killer dimples and looks hot in spandex.

Until the jock sets out to prove he’s more than mere muscle. He wants to teach her what having fun really means, which could be as dangerous to her structured life as it is to her heart.

As life hits unexpected roadblocks, they turn to one another for support, and flirtation becomes game-changing love. But Terrence is chasing his dream of being the fastest man on two wheels, and she isn’t sure how far he’ll go to win…or how far she’s willing to follow.

Warnings: Includes a hopelessly romantic hero, a guilt-free sex proposition, a lot of orgasms and, of course, croissants.

My Thoughts:

Late review omg sorry but here it is! Thank you to the author, Ms. Lovett, for a free copy. I loveeeette. :))❤

Racing To You is one hot and fast-paced read as it takes us to the world of Paris and cycling where we are educated more about men with their huge bikes, ehem. Despite this unique part of the story, RTY also has the usual elements you’d usually see and perhaps like in a New Adult novel – the hot guy, the girl-who-doesnt-know-she’s-pretty-and-personality-for-that-matter, and the drama, so you won’t be disappointed in the whole romance part of the story.

My main issue with this novel, however, is the protagonist and how she deals with racism. You see, in this novel, our dear protagonist, Aurelia, is American, but her parents are Filipino, aaand she’s staying in Paris to immerse herself with the French language and culture because she’s a ~French Scholar~ as she claims, for she also plans to take up a Ph.D. in French.

This is actually why I was game to read this book in the first place. Because one, I’m a Filipino, who has experienced -subtle- discrimination in foreign countries, as well, and two, I’m also a country specialist -a Japan scholar, for reference- so I feel like I can relate to Aurelia before reading the book.

Moving on, so our girl is in Paris and sidelines as an English tutor to French high school kids who cannot fathom why they have an American teacher who doesn’t have white skin. NOW my issue is that Aurelia, who is the TEACHER is not doing something about the kids’ racist remarks. Instead she gives this flimsy explanation that she’s still American despite having Filipino ethnicity without even bothering to bring up the Jus Soli policy of America and possibly you know, globalization. IDK why she’s so afraid of her students, and doesn’t even have the brains and balls to explain the history/roots of racism to enlighten these kids. She’s a French scholar is she not? She could have given a quick background of France’s history, particularly in the colonial period, in which the genesis of racism is very much tied to. And I also cannot take in the fact that it took a guy for her to she decide to discuss racism in class and face her students head on. I still wasn’t impressed tho?? She could’ve put more depth so that her students will be enlightened individuals lol idk. Maybe these discussions are too big for these kids, STILL though, she could’ve said or done anything to deal with the kids’s racist remarks.

Also, she mentioned that she’s not ashamed of her heritage but when a random dude asked her if she’s a Filipina, SHE FLINCHED AND ASKED, “How did you know???” Like, girl???

Still, though, overall, RTY is a good summer read. 3/5 stars!

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