Today I’m welcoming back the lovely Kirsty with her guest review of Cox by Kate Lace. Kirsty has caught the book blogging bug since doing some guest reviews for One More Page this summer and has now set up her own blog, I Heart Books! Please do stop by and say hi to her over there as well Welcome back Kirsty!
Dan - dark and brooding, he has to work day and night to achieve his dream of rowing in the London Olympics.
Rollo - rich and arrogant, when he’s not rowing he spends his time seducing women and spending money.
Amy - a brilliant cox who catches the eye of both Dan and Rollo.
In a boat Dan and Rollo row perfectly together, but on land they despise each other. So with the addition of Amy to the mix, sporting behaviour is the last thing on their mind.
May the best man win? Not a chance.
From Henley Regatta to the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, and finally to the biggest race of their lives, their determination to settle old scores threatens to capsize everyone’s plans.
I started reading this book not having any idea what coxing was and along the way I learned so much about the world of rowing and all the different races that we have for the sport.
The book mainly focused on the three characters mentioned above and their love triangle, although if you throw Tanya, who is Rollo’s fiancé into the mix, you get a twisted love square!
I thought Dan and Amy were great characters; they weren’t quite sure of their own skills and popularity amongst the others. As for Rollo, well, I despised him! He really is a character that you find yourself mentally screaming at and I will leave you guessing as to if you will learn any redeemable qualities about him.
I enjoyed the fact that even though the story focused mainly on these three characters there are other sub-stories that you learn about, for example Maddy and Seb and I can honestly say that at points it was waiting to learn what would happen with these two that kept me reading.
I read this book on my journey to and from work and when asked what I was reading I soon learned that it was easier to show the cover than say the name of the book! Perhaps it’s how I say COX with my accent, but I did get some funny looks at times!
This novel has has perfect timing with the Olympics now in full swing and I would recommend it as a hot summer read. The highs for me were when the rivalry really got underway; the dynamics of Rollo and Tanya’s relationship and Chuck, I think he was the one character that saw everyone for who they were.
We have had the Euros, Wimbledon and now we have the Olympics so add COX to your list and let the sporty summer continue!
Thanks Kirsty – this sounds like a great read for the beach
Cox is out now and I’d like to thank Arrow for sending us a review copy.
You can find out more about Kate Lace and her books at: http://katelace.co.uk/