GP2 race car driver Dustin Coates has been made irrelevant…
For the past year, Dustin helped his best friend, Raine Wilkins. It was a good diversion from his twisted life. Now she’s settling down with his brother, and without the distraction from his own toxic relationship, Dustin is rapidly spiralling out of control.
Everyone warned him to leave his girlfriend, Elora, yet they knew nothing about the baby…
It’s up to Dustin to protect the innocent life hanging in the balance, and to do that he must endure Elora’s twisted games of manipulation and violence. However, when she does the unthinkable, Dustin finally snaps. Leaving her, the light-hearted jokester people have come to love is replaced with a grief-stricken man intent on one thing—earning a Formula One contract.
Everything changes when Tazia Nixon moves in next door…
Dustin clings to the Latin beauty who soothes his aching heart and helps him forget. But beneath her eternal optimism is a distressing past she refuses to share. Dustin must decide if he can risk his fragile heart a second time. She might ease his pain, but she could also break him like no one else.
Will Dustin be able to overlook the deceit to find his forever with Tazia, or will he see nothing more than a Twisted Mind?
This is the second book in the Chequered Flag Series, while it can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the first book in the series Chameleon Soul, so you know what’s happening with other characters in the book.
After getting a glimpse of what was going to happen in Dustin’s book at the end of Chameleon Soul I couldn’t wait to finally be able to read Dustin’s story!
Dustin Coates has been in an extremely toxic relationship with his ex Elora for so long that he finds it hard to open up to anyone and be able to trust them.
Tazia Nixon has just moved in next door to Dustin when his life is turned on its axis. With Dustin shutting everyone out,even his own family, the one person her seems to be able to talk to is the beauty next door.
Tazia has got her own heartache that she is dealing with and feels that if she opens up to what it is, Dustin will never speak to her again.
This book is full of heartache for both Dustin and Tazia, my heart felt like it was being ripped open for both of them! This book has something different about it given that it’s Dustin who has been in an abusive relationship. You don’t see that in many books and this made it for a great read. With some plot twist along the way that I wasn’t expecting I truly enjoyed reading Dustin’s story. I have loved reading this series so far and getting to see each of the groups characters starting to get there happily ever after! I especially enjoyed seeing Raine and Teo in parts of this book as well. Another great read from Mia and I look forward to the next book in the chequered flag series to come!
I leaned in, desperate to feel him.
Finally, his lips grazed mine in barely a whisper of a touch.
A moan of protest slipped from my lips when he parted and the musical sound of Dustin’s husky laugh caused me to shiver.
“We shouldn’t be doing this,” he murmured, shocking me when his lips scraped my ear.
Dustin cupped my jaw, his thumb swiping over my cheekbone. The touch drew my eyes to his.
I rested my head further into his palm and covered the back of his hand with my own to keep him there. Turning, I pressed my lips to his palm. “What’s the worst that could happen?”
I nipped at the tip of his finger when he trailed it over my bottom lip. “Aren’t we both already broken?”
“You could shatter me like no one else, Taz.” Rather than meet my eyes he stared off into the distance over my shoulder. “You could destroy me.”
I reached up, taking his jaw between my fingers and forcing his attention back to me. “I don’t want to.”
“That doesn’t mean you won’t.”
“No, but it means I’ll do everything in my power to try not to.”
The resolve in his eyes wavered. He couldn’t meet my gaze for long. He exhaled heavily, and his jaw kept tensing beneath my palm.
“Dustin,” I said, drawing his focus back to me. “It’s only a kiss.”
It wasn’t. We both knew I was lying and if we started down this road it would lead to more.
Regardless, Dustin pulled me into him. Pressing on the small of my back, he didn’t stop until I was flush against his chest. With his other hand he swiped back a lock of hair to slide it behind my ear.
He lowered his head, dipping until his forehead rested against mine. “I’m trusting you, Taz.”
I responded in a whisper, “Me too. You’re not the only one who stands to lose, Dust.”
Finally, he closed the gap between us and his lips met mine slowly, but forcefully. He claimed and possessed me, marking me as his with his mouth.
Every ounce of pain and fear was shared through our kiss.
When I parted my lips Dustin’s tongue immediately swept into me. I moaned, raising my arms to encircle him. I ran my fingers through the shaggy locks of hair at the back of his neck, pulling on them until he grunted against me.
Even though no space remained between us, Dustin forced me against him harder then dropped his head to my shoulder. He placed a tender kiss directly over the pulse point in my neck and mumbled against my skin, “Please don’t break me, Taz.”
#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.
Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me.
Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs.