Book review: Lilac Mills, Le Tour de Love

Le Tour de Love.

View of vector evening paris from the cafe

Le Tour de Love

“…the opportunity of a lifetime.”

When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she’ll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do – she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world – The Tour de France.

The reality, though, isn’t exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.

And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…

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Ok, so this isn’t historical fiction, but being somebody who fell in love with the Tour back when I was just a tot, and an absolute Francophile, I HAD to be part of this blog tour, especially since Cat by Freya North is my annual read during this crazy ride around France!

We meet Molly as she meets Alexander, who, as with so many pro cyclists, is obsessed with the Tour, the greatest of the major races for anyone connected with the sport. Being in recovery from a broken bone means he needs to get fit fast. Really fast. And this is where Molly comes in. Taking the chance in a million, she flies off to France, and soon finds herself part of the circus, rolling into town after town, and seeing, actually very little of the country itself.

Being an outsider, and no particular fan of the sport, we see the development of the race through Molly’s eyes, learning the lingo (all very well explained, but never patronising, thankfully), and the ins and outs of how the race works, all the while, the handsome Alexander is also growing more appealing…

This is a fun, light-hearted romance, which skips along at a great pace, stage after stage, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I suppose I am mentally comparing it to Cat, being a romance set during the Tour, but it stands up well against tough competition. The supporting cast of characters are well-rounded, and interesting, but don’t get in the way of the central romance, and the descriptions of the racing itself were addictive (I hate a downhill!), making me want to follow Molly and Alexander’s story, as well as finding out who wins the coveted Yellow Jersey. I’ll definitely be re-reading this next July, as I watch the real thing on TV!

Author Bio

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Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.

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