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Naked Paddock (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 416
 
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Offers an inside look at the often sordid life on the racing circuit.

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Tries to do too much, leaving lots unfinished.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Naked Paddock is a book about love, life, and racing. While it often suffers from a lack of resolution that leaves readers wondering about everything from the passage of time to what the heck happened with the ending, it should appeal to fans of racing with its insider look at what goes on behind the checkered flag.

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Posted October 28, 2013 by

 
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Real life racing wife M.K Ducote brings a fast paced novel portraying life and love with an up and coming racer.

Naked Paddock is certainly a book that comes from a rather unique point of view. The author, M.K. Ducote, is the wife of professional racer Chapman Ducote, and so brings an inside view of what the globe trotting life on the racing circuit is really life. In the case of Naked Paddock, this inside knowledge is used to chronicle the romance between an increasingly successful racer and his emergency room physician girlfriend as they navigate the infidelities, money problems, and ever present fame that mark the lives of celebrities of all sorts.

It’s a really cool concept. After all, who wouldn’t want a peek inside at what life is really like for the rich and famous? Unfortunately, Naked Paddock doesn’t ever truly live up to its potential, suffering instead from perhaps trying to do too much. The book is about Coleton and Camilla, and how they handle their burgeoning relationship in an environment that isn’t exactly conducive to happily ever after. But, it’s also about several other racers, many of whom suffer from some sort of cataclysmic event in their lives that is thoroughly discussed but then completely dropped without much resolution, even insomuch as it affects Camilla and Coleton.

Actually, that’s the thing that really bothered me most about Naked Paddock – there is so much crammed into its 416 pages, and nearly all of it seems left unfinished. From Coleton’s dubious relationship with his family, to Camilla’s life as an e.r. doctor that inexplicably allows her to jetset around the world at the drop of a hat, straight on through to the WTF? ending that seems completely unsuited to the rest of the book. It felt a bit like reading a soap opera, where very episode ended on an unlikely cliffhanger that provides just as much in the way of frustration as it does excitement.

There are things to like about Naked Paddock, though. For one thing, there is tons of racing knowledge crammed into the book. The on the track portions get just as much time as the romance and character development do, which should please the racing junkies out there. There is also a lot of variety in supporting characters, which offer a look inside the many kinds of people present on the circuit. While they also often felt unfinished, they did provide interest and a nice foil for the developing relationship.

Naked Paddock is a book about love, life, and racing. While it often suffers from a lack of resolution that leaves readers wondering about everything from the passage of time to what the heck happened with the ending, it should appeal to fans of racing with its insider look at what goes on behind the checkered flag.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)