Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: The Race Is On (How the Light Gets In #2) by Lily Velden

The Race Is On (How the Light Gets In, #2)The Race Is On (How the Light Gets In #2)

by Lily Velden
Published August 9th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: .epub, .mobi, html, pdf

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Book Two: How the Light Gets In

Hollywood heartthrob Jaxon Moncrieff and Liam Lassiter are finally on the same page: committed and in it for the long haul. Now they just have to prepare for the inevitable fallout when they reveal their relationship. Between Jaxon’s career and Liam’s need to prepare for a life in the limelight, they decide to wait until filming of Jaxon’s latest project has wrapped. 

Unbeknownst to them, the relentless paparazzi photographer Rafael Cacciatore, aka the Hunter, notices a change in Jaxon and is determined to be the first to break the story of who has captured Jaxon Moncrieff’s heart. In the meantime, Liam and Jaxon have enough on their plate working out the not-so-little issue of how and when Jaxon will come out to his family. The paparazzi aren’t even on their radar. The race to out Jaxon is on, and Liam and Jaxon don’t even know it.

The Race is On. This is the sequel to Jaxon's and Liam's incredible love story.  All those who had read them curiously got to experience and live the love of these two men. Here, the 'race' is the race done by a paparrazzi  by the name of Rafael Cacciatore (the Hunter) who is only waiting for that money shot to out his prey who just happens to be Jaxon. This book does not just have the points of views of the two main characters but of Rafael's, too, and this made it even more interesting.

This book cannot be read without first reading How The Light Gets In: Same Page, it is impossible. The way I read it, author Lily Velden had finished this as one book but due to its length and depth, it was quite necessary to split this into two installments. This is just fitting, in my opinion, as what I thought was a lengthy book in that first one, this second one is double its length. It was so lenghty I had to rest in between chapters for the developments going on were quite extensive and intensive.

I have to be honest, it was quite exhausting reading this book, much more so compared to the first one. There were times when I found myself hyperventilating a bit for the imagery of the erotic scenes were VERY descriptive and at the turn of the page, the gamut of emotions pouring out from the text was quite a cold shower after all that erotica. If I had cried over Duchess in the first book, I found myself crying over the intensity of emotions Velden managed to wring out of me when reading. So yes, it took me two days to finish this, I who usually am a very speedy reader, found myself resting not my eyes but my emotions. 

I have to complain a bit, what review would be without some ranting on my part, right? Thing is, the erotic scenes were a bit much at times. Don't take this wrong, the scenes were actually very necessary to the development of the plot and the characters (weirdly Velden was quite talented on this front) so I was quite IMPATIENT to get the plot going and at the same time refusing to get off the scenes. Then there was the Christmas chapter. When reading that, I actually wished this book had been published Christmas instead of now, but then again, once that chapter was done, I forgot about that wish.  And how about the stalking? Paparazzi stalking was quite detailed in this book and it takes readers deep into the heart of what makes these photogs tick. The logic was so illogical it was sick and that was a fantastic read. Fast forward to the life threatening event. Oh wow, Ms. Velden, I finished TWO FREAKING BOXES! of tissues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, it was an emotional rollercoaster and I absolutely loved it.

I may rant, I may rave, I may be confused at times when reading this, but man oh man, this book just about took my breath away for two whole days. Yes, it was a lengthy, very lengthy read, but it was time well spent and money well invested. My hyperventilating and crying should not be the basis for rating this book, but I have to rate this a 5, complaints, ranting and ruined tear ducts aside.

Great, great, great read. But remember!!!!!! Read the first book, How Light Gets In: Same Page first then read this one. 

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