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Published by Port Campbell Press on April 3rd 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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Fresh on the heels of Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win, comes a blockbuster Australian story about a Queensland girl and the ‘race that stops a nation’ . . .
Tully Athens has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her hero Michelle Payne. Of living up to the Athens name and becoming the third generation of women from her family to rule the track. But Tully’s never been sure she’s got the nerve, and when her mother is killed in a racing accident, her whole world is shattered.
Six months later, in the heat of a Queensland summer, sixteen-year-old Tully is ready to face her fears. But getting back in the saddle leads to a whole lot more than she bargained for, with an out of control crush on the boy from their rival thoroughbred farm – the gorgeous but cocky larrikin Brandon Weston – and a forgotten filly with stardom in her eyes . . .
When faced with the most difficult decision of her life, will Tully choose to train and race her new filly in Melbourne? Or will she sacrifice it all to fight for love on the land that feeds her soul?
It’s only when tragedy rips everything from her that Tully finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of passion, adventure and determination.
RACE GIRL is the highly anticipated third book in The Go Girls Chronicles – bestselling stories of gutsy girls in action sports, by Leigh Hutton!
*A PORTION OF EVERY #RaceGirl book sold goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and to horse-welfare charity, Equine Action Qld*
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Tully laughed at the way his drenched hair hung into his eyes. She flipped wet strands of her own away from her face as drops ran freezing cold down her face and neck.
Brandon pulled her down into his lap, her body cradled between his drenched torso and the steering wheel, his arms securing themselves around her body, holding her close.
‘I’ve thought about you constantly,’ Brandon whispered. He ran his thumb down her cheek. Leaned forward, kissing away a stream of water from the nape of her neck, along her jawline, to her lips.
Lightening spliced the sky, lighting up his face, and Tully felt the fireworks all over again, her whole body coursing with the passion and the sensual elation of being wrapped in his warmth. ‘I’m never gonna let you go again,’ he said.
‘You’d better not,’ Tully said, her hands running up the back of his neck, reaching into his coarse hair, pulling him closer.
‘Be my girlfriend, Tully,’ Brandon said. ‘Sorry if that sounds lame, but I just want it to be clear. I’m not gonna to stuff anything up this time.’
‘Well, I’m sure you’ll try your best.’ She pulled free, nipping him playfully on the ear. Brandon’s whole body tensed, his arms locking around her. Tully reached her face to his, slowly, painfully slowly – after all, she had promised herself she’d be doing some teasing tonight. She took his bottom lip between her teeth and held him there, ran her tongue over his and fixed him with a lingering kiss she hoped he wouldn’t forget in a hurry.
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