Le Tour de Love by Lilac Mills

​Published March 31, 2019 

Synopsis: “…the opportunity of a lifetime.”

When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she’ll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do – she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world – The Tour de France.

The reality, though, isn’t exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.

And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…

5 Romantic Stars:

I was not sure what to expect when I requested this book. It sounded like a fun romance with a few challenges, but it was a lot more. Physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job working on a team competing in the Tour de France. The job offer comes from a patient, who she has been working with to get him in shape to compete after breaking his wrist. This is the chance of a lifetime getting paid twice what she earns now and getting to travel and see France. Why not? It’s only a few weeks out of her life and she will still have her job to come to, how can she turn it down. The bonus is spending some time with handsome Alexander Duvall.

I really enjoyed this story. I know it is billed as a romance and the author said she took allowances with the information she shared about The Tour de France, but I learned a lot about the world of professional cycling. I enjoyed the commentators’ banter about the race, and the information about the various members of the team, the racing tactics and even the danger and risks the riders take. I was actually cheering for Alex and Tim as they worked together to shave time off their total, then Alex when he was in the hunt. Having said that, I also enjoyed the romance and the relationships that develop when working and living together with the team. Molly is the only female traveling with the BeSpoke team and at first was a bit uncomfortable, but the way the others treated her and welcomed her was wonderful. The closeness between the riders and their soigneur was almost like a marriage. As Molly and Alex got to know each other better, they developed a friendship first that changed into romance, albeit relatively quickly. Both of them had never had a romantic relationship, so they were a bit awkward, yet so loveable. As I stated earlier, this story was a wonderful surprise and I read it in one day. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy romance as well as those who like to learn a little something when they read fiction. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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About the Author

Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.

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