Tuesday 21 June 2016

Review of Before You by Kathryn Freeman - Five **


When life in the fast lane threatens to implode … 
Melanie Hunt’s job working for the Delta racing team means she is constantly rubbing shoulders with Formula One superstars in glamorous locations like Monte Carlo. But she has already learned that keeping a professional distance is crucial if she doesn’t want to get hurt. 

New Delta team driver Aiden Foster lives his life like he drives his cars – fast and hard. But, no matter how successful he is, it seems he always falls short of his championship-winning father’s legacy. If he could just stay focused, he could finally make that win. 

Resolve begins to slip as Melanie and Aiden find themselves drawn to each other –with nowhere to hide as racing season begins. But when a troubled young boy goes missing, everything is thrown into turmoil, including Aiden’s championship dream.


I always jump for joy when a new Choc Lit title appears and, as always, I wasn't disappointed. Kathryn is obviously a lover of F1, as am I, and I loved this book set against a season in the racing calendar.

Poor Melanie is the press officer for Delta Racing and has been hurt by a previous relationship with a driver. But she can't deny her attraction to the handsome and charming Aiden Foster, the new driver with Delta. And fears to get involved because of her past experience.

Aiden is carrying the burden of a father, 5 times F1World Champion, a sad childhood and the resentment that goes with all that. The saying that resentment is like buying poison and then drinking it oneself really applies to him!

But Mel can see through the veneer of his charm and realises he hurts. When he realises this, it in turn attracts Aiden to Mel. They are so tentative around each other, I felt like knocking their heads together! When more problems with Aiden's family rear their ugly heads, Mel is there to help and support. And Tom is one of the best characters I've come across - Kathryn has got him spot on 😊

Throughout the book, Kathryn builds the tension brilliantly. Both on the race track and off. It's a real "Will they, won't they?" And "Will he, won't he?" story!

Lovely main characters that are strong and believable. And a host of friends, team members and relatives that add to the story so well. 

A champion book!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. Yay! Fab review, Kathryn! I must admit I was immediately attracted to this book when I saw the cover (who wouldn't be?). Now I definitely want to get my teeth into it! Not literally, obviously, although it does look delicious! Thanks for sharing, Ann. :) xx

  2. Thank you so much Sheryl - and yes, Ann did me proud with this amazing review. I keep taking a peek at it and grinning :-)