Title: LANCE (Roughnecks, #3)
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Structure, dedication, and determination are the traits that Candace Jones has survived and thrived on. When no one cares at home, it takes her self-drive to push and work her way through college. Life is funny while you’re growing up, and adulthood isn’t any easier than childhood. Little girl dreams are often destroyed before they can even begin.
Lance ‘Rush’ Miller works hard and plays even harder. He lives life from one adrenaline rush to the next, from working as a roughneck to trick riding his street bike. He has it made and knows it.
What happens when firm resolve crashes into wild abandon? Two complete opposites are thrown together when Candace finds herself in need of a quick escape that Lance is all too willing to give her.
MAVERICK (Roughnecks Short, #1)
HEATH (Roughnecks Short, #2)
LANCE (Roughnecks Short, #3)
First of all, I love a good short series that I can quickly read, and that pulls me in and keeps me wanting.
Secondly, this series, while short yes... they each carry their own. Lance's book touches on the image of a woman. How she perceives herself through the eyes of her parents, her friends, the public, and yes... men. There is a lot of reference to "Barbie" type women. You know the ones I'm talking about. There's a lot of reference to men who want a woman with curves.
Lance - aka Rush - is one of those men. A man who wants a woman with curves. That's why no other relationship has developed. He just hasn't met the one he wanted to fall with. Lance got the name Rush because he lives for it. He lives for the rush of his job, his passion, and for the rush of falling. And convincing the right one that the time has come to fall is difficult.
Candace is one of those girls. She's been constantly battling life and weight since she was a little girl. With a "Barbie" mother, she never made it through one day without listening to it. So when she meets Rush, she's instantly on the defensive. Why would a gorgeous man like him want anything to do with her? She doesn't understand. Determined to show him just how "ugly" she is, she keeps him at arms length and holds her ground that he's playing with her. It's only when he faces the ultimate task that she finds she's the one who has been playing games.
I'm finding that this short story speaks to me. As a woman who has battled weight her entire life, I felt like I was in Candace's shoes. As I'm sure a lot of other women who read this will find it as well. I still struggle daily when I'm complimented by a handsome man. It still shocks me when I get hit on. Finding a way to love yourself and be comfortable with yourself is something we all struggle with. Chelsea takes this battle and hits it head on. And she did an amazing job with it. So the next time you get a sly smile from an unexpected person, give one right back, you never know what could happen. ;)
Self esteem. Weight issues. Self image. Food consumption. These are all things a parent should not degrade their own children about. Society does enough of that. Candace aka "Ace" is not a size 6 young woman. She loves to eat and yet she also has some self esteem issues with her own body from past experiences with boys and scrutiny she has lived under from her own parents. Rush comes in just in time to show her just how a real woman should be treated. No matter her size. A woman who can handle him and he not have to worry about breaking in half. But to get Ace to realize that there are truly men out there who like women who aren't stick figure barbie doll size takes a bit to work up to. This fast paced read has all the feels to keep you right on the edge and make you want to grab a hold of men and parents who only want to live up to an image of what society feels women should look like. Fake or not.
Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream. She realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.
Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspire the Love and Repair and Hellions Ride series.
When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the
back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.