Title: Losing Track
Series: Living Heartwood #2
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: Oct 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Sometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.
The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times.
A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain. But she never saw herself as a junkie. Party as hard as you ride. That’s her motto…until a tragic night steals her soul. Then she’s forced to delve below the surface, to where her demons rage.
When she meets recovered drug addict Boone Randall, she’s more likely to deck him than kiss his dimple-adorable face. She doesn’t want his help; doesn’t want to own up to her part in that night. She just wants to do her time and keep her promise to her friend. Yet Boone challenges Mel, and soon she doesn’t mind sharing the road. Only when Boone’s own secret demons threaten their newfound, fragile security, Mel’s course becomes rocky, and she must decide if letting her well-worn track marks fade is worth finding a new path.
Told from Dual point of view from Melody and Boone, this is a New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers seventeen years of age and older.
I have to tell you I initially struggled with Losing Track, not because it isn’t a good story BUT because I have my own issues with reading about addiction. Having an alcoholic ex-husband has left me much less sympathetic to characters battling addiction. It is human nature to project your own experiences onto characters, also proving my point that reading is subjective However, I will say that with the help of Trisha’s beautiful writing style and Melody’s depth of character I was able to put aside my own issues and connect with Melody in a way I would not have thought possible at the beginning of the book.
I also have to mention the deep and meaningful quotes placed at the chapter headings, pay special attention to these as they take on a much more profound meaning than I anticipated
Both Melody and Boone are far broader characters than initial observation would suggest. While the story is told in dual narrative I did feel as if we gained more perspective on Melody than we did on Boone; Melody’s background was more filled out than Boone’s enabling that deeper connection.
Melody appears rough around the edges and fiercely independent, until you dig below the surface. Having a MC member for a father she has been immersed in the lifestyle since birth, never shielded from the brutality of this lifestyle. Drugs were an everyday occurrence, socially acceptable even a requirement in a way. It was frightening to think of a 13-year-old Melody scoring drugs and it being accepted by her family it makes you wonder just how many children of addicts become addicts themselves, having seen that behaviour as normal. While I can understand the need to escape reality there has to be a line; sometimes that line gets blurred due to the growing addiction BUT when a tragic wake-up call comes it needs to be heard.
Trish doesn’t sugar coat addiction, the reality is that once an addict, it will be a life long battle to remain clean. The learned habitual behaviour was well portrayed – certain situations acting as triggers for the cravings, I am sure it is something everyone can relate to whether an addict or not.
Losing Track shows that all actions have a consequence, each single decision along the way has a repercussion. Trish’s writing style flows effortlessly drawing you in while connection you to the characters (however reluctantly)
Melody really grows on you, she is very charismatic, a real people person although she has tended to keep people at arm’s length apart from her friend Darla. She is a wonderful friend to have, loyal and trust-worthy, full of compassion, and always there when she is needed without judgement or accusation. As she moves forward she realises that to be truly happy she has to let people in. Boone is her equal, they fit together with ease, the passion also helps
Losing Track is one of those books that help build empathy within the reader. Perfect for fans of gritty, realistic romance dealing with contemporary issues.