Reviewed by Danielle

TITLE: Heart of the Race
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
BLURB: Varro Dacien spends his life riding toward the next adventure. Brian Christie, his best friend and touchstone, the one person who’s always truly seen him, plays sidekick on these madcap adventures and subsequent trips to the hospital until he can’t take it anymore. While Brian can see Varro, Varro has never caught on that he’s breaking his best friend’s heart.

Without Varro, Brian builds himself a life that’s all about just getting by, doing his best to ignore the hole in his heart and his life. Without Brian to balance him, Varro pushes harder and takes more risks to reach that ultimate high. His job racing high-octane bikes on suicide-level courses makes it easy to get that rush… until it’s no longer enough and Varro realizes it’s not the race, but who’s waiting at the finish line that truly matters. Now he just has to convince Brian to be there.


Where you are a bit confused in the beginning, where you wonder what is going on, you understand where it comes from when you get involved in this fabulous story.

You walk the story with Brian – a young man whose life started out as a foster kid getting to live with a real family because of certain circumstances that I don’t want to expose.

You discover the feeling of love that Brian has for his family especially the love he has for his “brother” Varro a motorcycle racer in heart, body and soul. I lived his story about loving from a distance, seeing the love of your life acting playboy, finding the border of dangers and still felt the special bond between them. I am not going to tell you more about how their story goes or how it evolves because it is so worth reading.

If I should enter a personal note, I would mention Miss Mary Calmes is for me the Queen in this genre. But I think that even when you like a writer you need to be objective. For me this story has it all. It has drama, character, hurt and love & bonding.

The only objection I find here is that I would have wished it was a novel instead of a short story for the “Make a Play” anthology for which it was written for. So, in the end you are left with wanting more and expanding on what went on.

Coming to that conclusion I’d give it 4.5 stars and a recommendation to read.

Danielle’s Rating:

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  1. cindyls1969 says:

    this was a wonderful story and I complete agree with your review.

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