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The Finish Line

Narrated by: Giselle Lumas
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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Another night at the races is more than burnt rubber with a hit of nitrous. For one young woman, it's navigating trauma, love, and loss in the stifling Texas heat under the watchful gaze of her brother’s best friend and reigning King of the Streets, Jordan Slater. Home in Arkadia again, Raelynn Casey starts to heal from a terrible incident at college. She finds love in Jordan, a member of her brother’s circle of racing buddies. When another in the racing circle, the guy who took her to her high school prom, exposes his feelings for Raelynn, tragedy erupts like a tank of race fuel. Guilt, remorse, and pain must be overcome before Raelynn and Jordan can race to The Finish Line.

©2017 Leslie Scott (P)2018 Leslie Scott

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Emotionally rich street racing romance!

Jordan and Raelynn's story is rich with detail, street racing, street justice, history, trauma, family and love. Raelynn returns home to the illegal street racing community she has always been a part of, the man she has always loved ( but who rejected her), and to her family. Unfortunately she returns as a changed woman. She has emotional baggage and a visceral reaction to intimacy.

Turns out relationships between various characters aren't quite what they seen, including Raelynn and Jordan. As the air between them clears and lines are drawn, Raelynn and Jordan may have a chance to get together. Of course their union doesn't come without incident.

I didn't know much about the street racing culture and found this part of the story very interesting. Leslie Scott has also included a lot of emotional detail in the plot. Despite the incidents in this story taking place over only a few months, it is heavily influenced by the characters' shared pasts and has ramifications into their futures.

Overall the story was rich with detail and wonderfully romantic. It is really quite enjoyable.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 15-07-19

Friends Since Childhood...Being In Love Isn’t Always Returned

Raelynn returns to her home town after college (although she didn’t finish, she was driven away, just like from her home town). Drag racing is autos are her families fun and career...as are Realynn’s oldest brother...Raelynn has been in love with Jorden always, but he drove her away when she declared her love for him before college...things may have changed....and another old friend may have loved her forever as well.
The dynamics of family, friends, thinking you’re doing what’s right for someone without their input...the value of communicating, loyalty and love.
A story with suspense, angst, and love and romance..sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
The narrator did a good job of distinctive and variety of voices..but I wish she would have paced the story, not sounded like she was forgoing to run out of breath or seeming to not put as much change as she did in the dialogue in tone as with the descriptive parts of the story.
A well written story that with a bit of critique it would have been high tier than a 3.5 star audiobook.

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  • Angela
  • 10-09-18

Wanted to like it

I wanted to like this story but the narration was lacking and the story would not hold my interest even though I tried multiple times.

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 23-08-18

GREAT STORY :)

Like the love/racing theme, I thought this was a really great book - lots of feelings all around, very intense with a lot of emotion. Will Raelynn & Jordan's love survive the turmoils ahead? Read and find out, it's a fantastic ride! I really enjoyed it, I liked the writing and the narration, thought all around a very good job. Would definitely listen to more from both author and narrator. If you like action and romance, you'll like this! :)
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  • Shannon G
  • 19-08-18

Didn't Hold My Interest

The blurb for this story sounded good but unfortunately, the story itself didn't hold up. I thought the story was a bit on the immature side of things. I don't mind second chance romances or racing (having grown up around it) but I just couldn't connect with this story trying to combine both. The racing scenes were good but the romance was lacking. Also, the narration fell really short for me. Giselle Lumas' pace was a bit fast for my tastes and I just don't feel like she was a good fit for this story. Overall, I just really had a hard time finishing this book.

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  • Erin B
  • 14-08-18

Racing and Love mix well

All in all the story was good. I thought there were some really intense scenes in the book. Some were sad, some were happy and some were just plain intense. You’ll experience a lot of feelings while listening to this book but that’s not always a bad thing. There is good amount of background provided about the main characters and it’s sweet that Raelynn and Jordan have loved each other for so long. Of course there is some angst in the book when someone tries to come between the main characters but they find a way through it and make out together. The narration was ok, not the best I’ve heard but defiantly not the worst. The racing scenes were enjoyable and very well described. If you like love stories and racing I’m sure you’ll like this one.
I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for my honest and unbiased review.

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  • Believer50
  • 04-08-18

Entertaining

I got this book via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This story was entertaining from the beginning. The narrator was not to my liking but the story was good. I was sad about the death of one of the drivers. The romance was a little strange. She had been in love with him since she was a preteen and he was much older but she maintained that love and they finally got together after she grew up. He knew she was the one but waited for her to grow up. The races were described in great detail and fit right in. The whole story was entertaining even though there were some trite moments.

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  • DRS
  • 03-08-18

Finish Line Review...

Decent story and narration. Intense, sad, joyful. Narration okay - got used to her twang; but the the quality of narration production is not consistent first 2/3 of the book - seemed muffled at times. I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com

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  • BookLover
  • 02-08-18

I Could Not Finish to Get to The Finish Line

I have listened up until chapter 6 and simply cannot listen anymore to this book. I feel that with the right narrator, that this books could be awesome, however, the narration is less than desirable with mispronounced words, background noise, the in and outs of the voice that simply do not match the volume and the tinny sound make this book unbearable

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  • Jessica Butler-Squires
  • 31-07-18

Fantastic Story Telling

I wasn't sure what to expect when I read the blurb on this but it sounded intriguing. Am I glad I read this! Its intense in so many fantastic ways. Sometimes you will want to scream in frustration and others whoop in joy. This will make you feel ALL THE FEELS. The story is well paced and isn't just sex. It builds up all the characters and really lets you fall in love with each of them. You feel like you are on the streets with them. My dad used to Street Race and this brought back the thrill of what I'm sure he felt! I was just a wee baby when he ran his last few races and was un-defeatable in this area. This book is full of action, romance, secrets and thrills. I couldn't get enough of this story. I actually hope she does one from his perspective one day. This is a fabulous story and I would gladly read another perspective on it!! First book I've read by Leslie Scott and I'm in love with how she weaves a story. Giselle Lumas did an amazing job narrating this story!

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 30-07-18

a great great surprise

this book was a nice and well-written surprised it was interesting and deep and everything I could have not expected from this book I loved it the characters were amazing and everything was extremely interesting
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