Historical and Contemporary Romance Author

Holeshot by Jackie Barbosa


Book 1 of the Motocrossed Series

I can have any girl I want. Except her.

I’m good at exactly two things: motocross racing and casual sex. Or I was good at the second one until I met Lucy Salcido. She’s a reporter for MotoRacer magazine, and she’s been “embedded” with my team ever since I came out of nowhere to lead the championship series this year. Having her around all the time has definitely put a crimp in my style. It’s tough to pick up a new girl after every race when Lucy’s there, watching me. Judging me. And it doesn’t help that she’s the girl I really want: all sexy brown skin, big eyes, soft curves, and the kind of smart that should make a guy like me—who barely graduated high school—quake in his dirt bike boots but just makes me hot and hard.

But I don’t do relationships. I can’t. Not when I’m on the road all the time. Not when I’ve got no prospects for being anywhere else. A girl like Lucy doesn’t want a guy like me. Or does she?


He’s everything I don’t like in a guy. So why do I want him so hard?

When my editor assigned me to Owen Lenart’s racing team, I knew I was going to dislike him before I even met him. Not only is he the kind of cocky bastard you’d expect a crazy dirt biker to be, he’s also got a rep for loving and leaving them. Still, he’s the hottest racer on the motocross circuit right now, in more ways than one. I am not going to deny that he’s easy on the eyes and hard on the circulatory system. He does things to me without even touching me. Not that I think he’s interested.

I don’t want to be another one of Owen’s conquests. Not a little bit. I want it a lot.

Book Details:

Series: Motocrossed #1
Release Date: February 26th, 2019


Chapter One

“I was so scared when you went for the holeshot. I didn’t think you were going to make it.” The blonde presses up against me, her tank top with its spindly straps riding dangerously low. No bra, for sure, because I can see her nipples poking through the stretchy material. She’s trying to make herself heard over the background noise in the Red Rocks Bar and Grill, which is bursting at the seams—kinda like her shirt—with track patrons like me, but she’s also trying to get in my pants.

Two weeks ago, she wouldn’t’ve had to work at it. I’d’ve thrown back the rest of my Johnnie Walker Gold on the rocks and taken her back to my hotel room without a second thought.

There are only two things that get me out of my own head: motocross racing and fucking. When I’m doing them, I’m not thinking a mile a minute because my whole brain and body are occupied. It’s the closest I get to peace when I’m awake, and I’m damn good at both.

I’ve always known I was good at motocross, but now I have the proof. It’s my first season on the Prime Piston motocross circuit, and just four races in, I’m leading the championship with three wins and a third-place finish. The press are calling me a phenomenon and a juggernaut and shit like that. It’d be embarrassing if it weren’t true.

As for fucking, well, I figure if I weren’t good at that, girls like this one wouldn’t keep coming around. I mean, sooner or later, the word that I’m a bad lay would get around, right? I’ve been from one side of the country to the other and back again since I went pro. It’s been seven years, and I haven’t spent a lot of nights alone. So yeah, I think I’m good in bed. And when I’ve got my face or my cock between a pretty girl’s legs, I’m a happy man.

Then why am I hesitating about taking this blonde back to my room and getting naked?

The answer is sitting at a table in the main part of the restaurant, plucking French fries from a platter and popping them between her plump, pink lips while she scribbles stuff down on a notepad. Every once in a while, I catch her looking up at me. When I do, she looks away and scribbles down more shit in that notebook.

Her name’s Lucy Salcido. She’s a reporter for MotoRacer magazine and after I jumped to the top of the championship standings by winning the first two races “out of nowhere”—and “out of nowhere,” my ass; I’ve been busting tail since I was teenager in this sport and I’ve earned my goddamn dues—my agent called to tell me she’d be “embedded” with my team for the rest of the season. “Embedded,” like motocross is a war zone and me and my crew of three are some kind of military task force.

Though, thinking about it, maybe it’s not that far off.

Anyway, I don’t know much about her except that she not only graduated from high school—which I barely did—but got high enough grades to go to fucking UCLA, where she got a degree in journalism, and that she writes articles about me that have a lot of words in them that I’ve never even heard. In the first one she wrote, she referred me an “ineluctable force” on the track, which I found out by looking it up on my phone means unavoidable or inescapable, and why couldn’t she just use one of those words instead? I also know she’s three years older than me, because I Googled her and she’s got a website. She’s written a lot of articles, not just about motocross but about other things, mostly having to do with the arts and entertainment scene in East L.A. But even though she’s obviously crazy smart, she listens to me when I tell her stories about my wild ride from local amateur races to the NMA like I actually have something interesting and intelligent to say. Which is just wild to me, but then, I suppose it’s also her job.

And she is great at her job, at least when it comes to covering motocross. I’m not saying her other articles aren’t good, too; I just don’t know enough about the topics to have an opinion about the content. But when it comes to motocross, Lucy knows her stuff. I wondered how she came to be an expert observer, and it turns out she grew up in San Bernardino, not far from Glen Helen Raceway. Of course, not everyone who grows up near a motocross track becomes a fan of motocross, let alone an authority on it, but apparently two of her brothers raced for several years and so she spent a lot of time at the track, watching and learning and falling in love with the sport.

The other thing about Lucy is…she’s gorgeous. Not pretty the way this girl who’s rubbing herself up against me like she’s a cat and I’m a cat tree is pretty, but in this sexy, steamy way that makes me forget other women exist. I can’t pin down the attraction to one thing or even five things. It’s the whole package, from her brown skin that looks like it’d feel like velvet to her tons of long, curly hair that’s almost black and her big brown eyes with these thick and—as far as I can tell—natural eyelashes that would make a Kardashian cry with envy. Plus, she’s got a body that won’t quit. Not just tits, but ass and hips and waist and…

Holy shit, I’m getting hard just thinking about her, and that’s giving my motohothe wrong idea. She’s sliding into the space between my legs, and her hand is working its way down to my crotch.

“Sorry, Candy,” I say, grabbing her wrist before she can grab my junk, “but I’m beat tonight. Maybe some other time.”

She blinks in confusion before sticking out her lower lip in a pout that, I gotta be honest, is not attractive. “It’s Mandy,” she says. She doesn’t say, “you dumbass,” but it’s there in her tone. “I heard you were good for a good time, Goin’ Owen, but I guess I heard wrong.”

Then she pushes away from me and flounces off while I wince at that nickname. I got it when I started BMX racing when I was twelve, and it wasn’t so bad back then, but now it’s got extra meanings attached to it that I get ribbed about a lot. Just because those extra meanings are fair doesn’t mean I like hearing other people talking about my sex life all the damn time.

Mandyis making a beeline for Tyler now. He was behind on the track this weekend, too, poor bastard. She’ll probably be fun, though, and Tyler deserves a little fun. He’s been having a less-than-successful season thanks to me, and that can’t make him happy.

I turn back toward the bar, pick up my drink, and bring it to my lips. This is my second shot, and I never drink more than two while I’m on the circuit because the last thing I need is a hangover, so I only take a small sip and swish it around in my mouth, savoring the harsh burn and smoky flavor before swallowing.

When I look back toward the restaurant, Lucy’s not at her table anymore, and I feel a little thread of panic in my chest. She never leaves before I do. She’s always there—watching me. Writing about me. And, I’m afraid, maybe judging me and finding me lacking. Because I am lacking in everything it would take to convince her to hang out with me if it weren’t her job.

I scan the crowd, searching for her, and then suddenly, she’s right the fuck beside me. It’s all I can do to keep from letting out a very unmanly squeak of surprise.

“Hey, Lucy,” I say, trying to be nonchalant. This is another word I learned from reading one of her articles. “Need a drink?”

She fixes me with those big, brown eyes and shakes her head. “Why didn’t you leave with her?” she asks.

Because I want to leave with you is what I don’t say.

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