Romance isn't for the faint of heart. It is the ultimate risk. We jump without knowing all the details and hope that we will meet in the middle with the one we love. Today I noticed a message on FB about a friend. Her marriage is over. They are good and ready to see where life takes them. I know the decision couldn't of been easy. I've been in the same place. Whether or not, she will take another chance on love, I don't know... but I did. I took a risk with more than my heart.
I love Jennifer Safrey's new book, AGAINST ALL OBSTACLES. It's about a more than teen or college heroine, not the young girl just starting out, but Rachel has some ideas about love from her past relationships. She doesn't just jump into bed without looking, especially since it could cost her a boatload of money. After all, it wouldn't be the first time that a man has used love to win.
AGAINST ALL OBSTACLES is also about not giving up. Rachel doesn't pull any punches once she becomes emotionally entangled with Evan. She still sets out to win and get the prize money for herself. This isn't a story about a guy dominating a woman but about a woman who is empowered AND in love!
AGAINST ALL OBSTACLES is available now.
The Golden Crucible race is secretive, unusual, and—some say—crazy.
It will test your endurance.
It will test your strength.
It will test … your heart.
When winning is everything … can two competitors walk away from the real prize?
At 45, Rachel’s given up on love. Competition ended all her relationships, and she’s fine running her race alone.
At 38, Evan’s given up on love. He’s just not the commitment type, and he’s declared himself retired from trying.
When Rachel, a teacher and obstacle-course racer, and Evan, a former English soccer star, meet as competitors in The Golden Crucible endurance race, winning is the only thing on their minds. She needs the prize money for her students; he needs the publicity to boost his reputation.
But pushing physical and mental limits side by side with your rival for hours--for days—means getting to know that person, inside and out, really damn well.
Well enough to start feeling. To start caring. To start questioning everything.
And to start wondering if love is worth fighting for, after all.
AGAINST ALL OBSTACLES is “The Amazing Race” romance you’ve been dreaming of. With compelling characters who aren’t afraid to go head-to-head right to the finish line, AGAINST ALL OBSTACLES will have you tying your own laces and hitting the trail! For fans of NYT bestseller Lucy Score and Janice Whiteaker’s romances, author Jennifer Safrey’s AGAINST ALL OBSTACLES will be your new favorite read! Pick up your copy today!
A female reporter said, “Rachel, how do you feel about this race?”
“I feel the same way I feel about every race,” she said, her voice steady. “I feel that if I put in my best race, I’ll win.”
“It was only last year that the first woman finished The Golden Crucible,” another reporter said. “Though she didn’t win. How do you feel about that?”
Rachel hadn’t actually known that. “She was obviously amazing, and I plan to be amazing too.”
“Do you feel like your age is a disadvantage?” called out a young male reporter.
Evan winced. A sudden hush fell over the room.
“My age?” Rachel repeated, her expression neutral.
“Yes,” the reporter said. “According to my deep Google research”—he held up his phone—“you’re forty-five. Do you feel like your age puts you at a disadvantage?”
Rachel waited a beat. “How old are you?”
The reporter hesitated, and Rachel added, “Come on. You told this whole room my age. Fair is fair. How old are you?”
“Twenty-six,” Rachel repeated. “Tell you what. Why don’t you come up here and arm wrestle me? See for yourself if my age is a disadvantage.”
“Oooooooo,” all the people in the room chorused. The reporter’s face flushed pink. Evan tried not to laugh.
“No?” Rachel asked. “Anyone else want to make an issue out of my age? Or anyone else’s age? Certainly I’m not the oldest person in this race. Yet I’m the one asked. I can’t imagine why.”