Scoring Points, Lights Out by H.L. Day

Competitors as teenagers and now seventeen years later Gio and Kurt are going head to head as team principals in the Formula 1 racing business. Their connection started years ago and even being apart for so long has not lessened the strong feelings they have for each other. If they can stop and realize that their anger may be covering up a special kind of love perhaps they can cross the finish line to forever together. Scoring Points is another book in the Lights Out multi-author series.

From the blurb:

Can two warring team principals in the cutthroat world of F1 ever admit that there’s more to life than scoring points?

On the surface, Kurt Whitford has everything. A successful business. Good looks. Money. A famous popstar girlfriend hanging off his arm. And as the icing on the cake, he’s just been announced as Nebula’s new team principal. The downside? The opposition. It's seventeen years since Kurt has seen the infuriating and irresistible Gio Rossi, but the man hasn't changed a bit.

Whatever Kurt Whitford has, Giovanni Rossi can surpass. Well, except for the girlfriend. Despite needing to keep his sexuality on the down low, he’s not that far in the closet. And if Kurt thinks that Gio’s ready to let bygones be bygones, he couldn’t be more wrong. Gio hasn’t forgiven. Or forgotten.

As a long-rooted rivalry kicks off once more and sparks fly both on and off the track, can Gio and Kurt go head-to-head without the media getting wind of their true feelings? Or is their undeniable sexual chemistry about to prove their downfall?

This MM romance from H.L Day features enemies to lovers, opposing teams, secrets that go way back, and suppressed feelings. Set in the high-octane world of Formula 1, it features fast cars, spectacular crashes, heated rivalries, and of course, a HEA.

Each book in the Lights Out collection is a standalone story, and the books can be read in any order.

SNik's Review:

Part of a multi-author series (Lights Out) but all are standalone stories. Enemies to lovers. Second chance. Dual POV. 

Everyone knows that Gio Rossi and Kurt Whitford don’t get along, they were rivals as teenage racers and now are both Formula 1 team principals competing against each other. The attraction has always been there since they first met, Kurt usually punching Gio in the face instead of kissing him, but now they are back in each other’s lives and the love/hate relationship is too passionate to resist. 

There are so many underlying feelings between them, even though Kurt has hurt Gio badly in the past, but Gio is just as invested in Kurt now as he was seventeen years ago and neither man has forgotten the other. 

Plenty of banter, anger, yearning, and some steamy hookups lead both Gio and Kurt to realize that perhaps they finally are mature enough to communicate their feelings and risk everything for a chance to be together. 

I would have loved to spend more time with them as an official couple and enjoyed every moment that they interacted.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I love a good second chance romance trope and this one was very good!  It shows just how close emotions run - whether it's love or 'hate', they're the product of passion and these two have a lot of passion!

Gio embraces his gayness, even if he can't come out publicly, but Kurt does the opposite, hiding behind a public relationship with a pop star and punching Gio whenever emotions get high...

I also love the social media commentary that starts every chapter - interspersing racing and relationship tweets about the F1 season and the state of things...

This book has so much going for it - angst, steam, intrigue, snark and more!  I wasn't ready for this story to be done - I wanted to get more glimpses of their relationship as a true couple, but besides that it was a fabulous read!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Scoring Points is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.