Hi everyone! Please enjoy all the information and the review I’ve written for Mia Hoddell’s newest book, Chameleon Soul!
Chameleon Soul: Chequered Flag, Book 1 by Mia Hoddell
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release date: February 2nd, 2016
After one fateful night, Raine Wilkins’ life has never been the same…
Two years into a relationship with Formula 1 driver Teo Coates, Raine walks out of his life without offering an explanation. To shield him from horrifying events that are best kept secret, Raine breaks her own heart and the heart of the man she loves. And left with no choice, Teo is forced to abandon Raine to finish his race season.
However, Teo always wins, and losing Raine’s heart has only made him more determined to reclaim it…
Now, a year later, he’s back, and she’s his only goal. But Raine is no longer the same girl he left behind; she’s broken by the past and struggling to cope with each day. Unbearable memories have her nights plagued with fear, while her days are spent deliberately hiding away to avoid triggering full-blown panic attacks. Therefore, when Teo returns as England’s favourite driver, and demands answers, all of Raine’s careful planning is destroyed.
She is thrown into the one place she never wants to be—the spotlight.
Her newfound fame as Teo’s public girlfriend raises old dangers, and exposes her to a group who will stop at nothing to tear them apart. If Raine and Teo are to be together, they must confront their past. However, only Raine knows the truth behind what happened during that sinister night, and revealing her secrets may cause Teo to leave for good.
The first time I read a book by Mia Hoddell was two years ago and I’m so pleased to be bringing you yet another review for one of her awesome books! All the other books I have previously read by Mia were in the YA genre, so it was quite exciting to dive into the NA genre with this series, and I have to say I couldn’t be more impressed!
A lot of my issues with the NA genre stems from the stories feeling very…fake. And too sickly sweet and overloaded with romance and steamy bedroom scenes. Chameleon Soul, though, has just the right amount of romance while also tackling real life issues that made me feel as if I were also overcoming some challenges, right along with the main characters.
Raine, our main protagonist, was so authentic and awesome. A lot of NA romance characters are seen as these perfect women, but Raine has flaws and struggles that create a more three dimensional person that you can relate to on a much deeper level. Teo, our main hunk, also is not just another guy in the romance genre, he stands out and has awesome qualities (like being a Formula 1 driver? Hello, awesome!). I really liked the way that Mia built up their relationship and melded the two together without it coming off as sappy and cheesy.
This will be the perfect book to pick up just in time for Valentine’s Day and you’ll blow through it so quickly with the fast-paced writing and plot! I finished it in under a couple hours and now I’m aching for the next one! Hopefully we won’t be kept waiting too long 🙂
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About the Author
#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
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Footsteps thundered behind me, forcing me to run faster as my vision began tunnelling. Bouncing off the walls as I rounded corners, I attempted to trace my steps back to the exit through the labyrinth of hallways.
I could hear the footsteps growing louder, as if Nadine was right on my heels, but I couldn’t look without losing my rhythm.
Abruptly, I was jerked to a stop by a hand on my wrist. I spun at the touch, flinging my back against the wall with a scream. My movements were too fast to take anything in.
“What the f*** are you doing here?” The voice that snarled the words was not Nadine’s. Even full of malice I could never forget his tone. Despite that, my brain was no longer thinking logically.
I raised my hands instinctively to shield my face, the line between reality and my memories blurring. The brightly lit corridor was too tight and darkness encroached from every corner.
I was back in the alley. The rough bricks bit into my spine as I cowered into the building praying I could make myself invisible.
“No, not again,” I whimpered, my hands shaking. “Please, not again.”
In my mind they were coming at me, closing the distance.
No matter how tiny I made myself they could still see me.
“Don’t hurt me. Let me go!” White-hot panic rose in my chest, consuming me and fuelling the memory. Everything felt so similar, I wasn’t even seeing what was really in front of me.