To the outside world, Mav Ryan is living the dream. With a high profile and successful FMX career, it’s something Mav knows a million guys would kill to have. But not him. He yearns for something different, something more.
Aubrey James has had enough of bad boys to last a lifetime. When her brother, Josh, brings home the heavily tattooed definition of a bad boy, Mav, she wants nothing to do with him. It’s not until a shadow from Aubrey’s past threatens her future, that to her surprise, Mav steps in.
But can he fight her demons as well as his own? Or will Mav realise that sometimes breaking away can lead to finding your home?
I knew there was something about these Ryan boys when Reed first started talking to me. I had intended Breaking the Cycle to be a standalone, the only book in a series, although it can’t really be called a series then can it? Then, I had an idea for No Place to Hide and that’s when Rocking Racers really took off. All of a sudden I had five other Ryans talking at me, clamouring for me to tell their story.
Mav, the subject of Breaking Away, was the loudest, the most persistent. I wrote his book the fastest of any book I’ve written. Okay, so that’s only four, but just go with me here! Mav just kept talking and talking. For the one I dubbed the “mysterious” Ryan, I thought that was impressive. Mav surprised me at every turn, but what was most surprising was how he totally and utterly captured my heart. I hope he has similarly captured yours.
I never gave much thought to who Mav was in BTC. He had such a small part there was no need. But in No Place, that’s where he really came out of his shell. I had no idea about any of it! I didn’t plan it that way, I had no thought of things turning out like they did, it was all what Mav wanted. I know I sound a little crazy, but that’s how it happened.
So what is it about Mav that stole my heart?
The fact that he feels like he has to shoulder all this responsibility for his family, his sense of loyalty to them, the wy he’d do almost anything to avoid disappointing them. In that way, I guess he’s a lot like me. But with Mav, he wants to take the whole world on his shoulders and he tries to do that. He’s a gentle soul in the midst of a very testosterone dominated family. I think he thinks that makes him weak, but I beg to differ. What Mav did (and I’m not going into that here, if you want to find out, you’ll have to read his story!) takes a tremendous amount of courage and I think that, more than anything shows how incredibly strong he is.
I love writing strong characters but who also have their flaws, their doubts. Mav is no exception but because his doubts are so heavy on his mind I think it makes him so much more human, more lovable.
Mav’s not perfect, in fact, there might be times when you want to smack him over the head, but none of us are.
I absolutely loved writing Mav’s story, and there is more to come for him and Aubrey, as well as the rest of the Ryans.
I hope you enjoy Breaking Away and if you do, please consider leaving a review!
It’s a cliché, but as I walk out of the ballroom the gala is being
held in, I feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. The
sounds of the party quickly fade as I leave it and my family behind. I know
this is a shitty way of doing things, but I couldn’t think of another way.
Besides, it’s not like I had this planned. It was only when Reed gave his toast
that I realised I had no idea what I was waiting for. It’s not like my family
are going to give me a permission slip to leave. I don’t even know if they know
I’m not happy. Nope, this is all up to me.
I quickly drive through our moderately sized home town to the
house Jax and I share. Looking out my bedroom window, I can see the house I
grew up in, the lights all on. My pa and pop are in there looking after Avery
and Chris. I know I should go over there and tell them what I’m doing, where
I’m going, but I’m scared shitless of their reaction. It’s not that I think
they’ll be pissed; it’s the disappointment I know I’ll see in their eyes that
stops me. I might be the strong, silent type, but I don’t know if I’m strong
enough to withstand that. With all my shit packed, I quickly scribble a note.
I’m sorry I left this way, but it was the only way I thought I
could. I don’t mean to upset anyone, but I can’t live like this anymore, it’s
too much. Please let me go. I’ll be okay and get in touch when I’m ready. I’m
sorry. I love you all, Mav.
I’m an hour outside Booker when the calls start. First Bria, then
Reed and Jax. Just as I reach the New South Wales border, a final text message
comes through, this one from Park.
Park: Do what you need to, be safe, we love you.
I turn off my phone and toss it onto the passenger seat. The road
stretches out in front of me, and for the first time in a long time I feel like
I can breathe.
Megan Lowe is a lost journalism graduate who after many painful years searching for a job in that field, decided if she couldn’t write news stories, she would start listening to the characters whispering stories to her and decided to write them down. She writes primarily New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories with Sport and Music themes. She is based on the Gold Coast but her heart belongs to New York City. When she’s not writing she’s either curled up with a good book, travelling or screaming at the TV willing her sporting teams to pull out the win.
Nadene's addiction to reading began at an early age, when a family friend gifted her a copy of Wuthering Heights. From that moment she was never without a book.She will read anything as long the material is compelling enough to hold her attention. She gained many experiences through the pages of the books she had the opportunity to read.She created this blog to share her love of books with like minded individuals hopes that in sharing reviews of the books read visitors to the blog will discover their next addictive read. When not reading, Nadene enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching television.
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What a great guest post. I love that the characters talk to her.
Oh sounds interesting. I love a standalone, but I also love it when a good book is made into a series… so that sounds good to me. 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway. It is always interesting to learn how a book or series came to be.
Oh sounds so good. I haven’t read any book by this author. I think I need to give her a try. Thanks for sharing. ?❤️??
Mav sounds like an adorable character! No doubt no human is perfect! ❤
oh this book does sound very wonderful here! I want to grab it up NOW hehe
Ohh, this one sounds really good Nadene. And did I say I love bad boys? hehe
This sounds so good! I haven’t hear of this series before but it needs to be added to my GR stash asap! Thank for sharing an excerpt from the book. 🙂
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I think it is great when a series kind of happens on accident. It really speaks to the strength of the characters. Great post!
now I’m quite curious about the characters!
Mav sounds like an amazing romantic lead. I always love a loyal guy who is all about family.
They do need flaws to make them real 🙂
I hadn’t heard about this one before but this sounds like a really good read.