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Racing Christmas (Henderson Raceway #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  62 reviews
There are only two things Vincent Henderson loves.

Racing and family.

Speeding around on the track has always fueled his insatiable adrenaline appetite. A devastating loss has left Vincent without the Christmas spirit. Now his focus has been turned to fixing his father’s old race car, getting back on the race track, and following in his father’s footsteps where he belongs.
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Published January 22nd 2018 (first published January 21st 2018)
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Bobbi Wagner
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Racing Christmas by JL Baldwin is a racing Christmas story that will warm your heart and heat you up with the romance. This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. Some parts of the book got a little slow for me but for the most part this story is a fast, easy flowing story. I enjoyed this author's attention to details. I felt as if I was right there with the characters and found myself holding my breath a couple of times. The characters are both lovable and connectable, they wi ...more
Fawn Michaels
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg what can I say! This was the best darn story I have ever read! It gets your blood pumping, your motor racing and you can't help but to cheer Vincent and Maybelle on to reach the finish line! Their love is one to be envious of! You can't help but feel it! Its raw, sweet and intense! The way they are capable of saving each other is amazing! Christmas really does bring on miracles! It will make her laugh, cry and everything in between!

I can't wait to read more from the wonderful J.L. Baldwin!
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Racing Christmas by J.L. Baldwin

4 Stars

This is my first book by this author and I will be looking at what else she has available. This will probably be my last Christmas book for this season and it was nice to hold on to it for a bit longer this year.

I've been a racing fan since I was young and enjoyed this story. Vincent and Maybelle were great characters, the only problem I had through most of the book was that I had to keep reminding myself how old they were. A Lot of their personalities had
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are a scrooge around Christmas time like I tend to be, then this is just the story for you, like it was for me, or if you love Christmas, then this is the story for you! I'm a dark & twisty person, and Racing Christmas gave even me, the warm and fuzzies in my deep down gooey places. I will be keeping it to read again when the scrooge hits me again next year. See, Vincent Henderson loves two things, racing and his family. However, a huge loss has left him without the Christmas spirit, whic ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ibbb-year2
Racing Christmas by J.L. Baldwin
Rated 3 stars
This one is tough for me to read and stay focused. This book did not keep my interest. It is very very slow. I was unable to connect with the characters and it was very dry reading. There is a lot of thinking in their heads and not a lot of interaction between characters. I am about half of the way through and the main characters have not even met yet. I’m sure it’s because the author is busy building a backstory for each character. The second half ha
Lucy Berson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Racing Christmas by J.L. Baldwin. This a new new to me author. I fell in love with this book from the very first page.
Vincent Henderson has racing in his blood. He has never backed down from a challenge. With Christmas coming up, he has no desire to celebrate the season since he experienced a devastating loss years previous. All he wants to focus on is racing and winning. That is until he sees the most gorgeous girl he has ever set his eyes upon. Maybelle Tomlinson is your typical southern girl

Sadly, this was a struggle for me to get through, and to be honest I skimmed the last 50% or so. The blurb had my hopes up for an exciting read, unfortunately the book itself didn't live up to expectations. There was definite potential but the execution just didn't work for me.

I didn't engage with the characters and was never really pulled into the story. Throughout the book I had to remind myself what time period it was taking place in- it was supposed to be modern day, but the way the char
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Racing Christmas
By J. L. Baldwin
5 stars!

A book that has finally combined two of my favourite things!! Motor Racing and Christmas!! This was the perfect book for me and I absolutely loved it!! I so wanted to be in this story! I think the author did an amazing job with the descriptive writing! It was like reading a Christmas movie!!
I loved that we got POV chapters from both Vincent and Maybelle. I loved them both! The love between them was just so amazing! It was love in its purest and rawest sen
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Racing Christmas by J.L. BALDWIN
4 Stars

“This is my drug, and I am an addict. As long as I have a breath in me, racing will always be my solitude.”

I believe this is my first read by J.L. Baldwin. This story covered many areas you experience throughout different relationships with friends, families, crushes and love. There are a lot of growing pains and self discovery.

“If you have family in this world, then you have everything you will ever need.”

What do you do when your family has one dream for
Krystal gaston
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Racing Christmas written by JL Baldwin is a nice holiday romance. This is the story of southern belle Maybelle and her secret love of all things racing, including a secret crush on. Local racer Vincent Henderson. The story alternates between Vincent and Maybelles point of view so you see what’s going on in both of their lives past and current to get them to the point where they meet. This was a nice slow read to me it was kinda hard for me to get into right away with all the back story but it he ...more
Britt The Hatters
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So sweet it almost hurts, this is a Christmas romance you’ll read again and again. Cute is definitely the word I’ll probably repeatedly be using in this review because it perfectly describes Vincent and Maybelle’s story. From the very start to the very end these two have the most adorably sweet romance filled with the warm fuzzies. You won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in love with them!

Reading this was like living out all my hallmark Christmas movie dreams. THIS is the book you snuggl
Wendy Livingstone
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have read any of this authors’ work, and my goodness, it will not be the last! Vincent loves his family and racing, and is presently not feeling the Christmas spirit. Maybelle is the typical good girl, who loves Christmas, and a surprise get away puts her in Vincent’s path, and when she finds out what has him so angry, she is determined to bring him into the spirit of things. This is a well written and heart-warming story, which certainly had me in the holiday spirit. Th ...more
Megan Jacob
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is a story of a couple who came to be. Vince has racing in the blood, and he wants to live up to his legacy. Then you have met maybelle who wants to see and live life and has a chance to get to see her Crush on the track. This is a very sweet story which has your bad guy, twists, pain and love. There were a couple spots where I wish the character didn't roll over so easy on what was happening to them, had a bit more backbone. But other than that it was a very lovable and engaging story. Thi ...more
Nancy George
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will hit you in the feels. There is love, heartbreak, danger and miracles. What else could you want in a book? Vincent has racing in his blood as well as winning. But he has lost that Christmas spirit. Maybelle wants to restore the Christmas spirit in the one man she loves. Through it all a old rival tries to derail all the progress they ha e made together. Do not miss what happens.
Sarah Pianettini
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
J.L Does it again! Everyone needs to read this book and then just SWOON over Vincent. J.L is like the queen of giving me the best Book Boyfriends (Yes, back off both Zac and Vincent are mine.) This is just the perfect little Christmas book to get lost in. I was absolutely hooked from the first word to the very last. All I want now is more of these beautiful characters. I can not tell you how often I lose focus in a book because it doesn't live up to my expectations but that never happened once w ...more
Kim Shofner
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a feel good book. Even with the street racing and bar trouble this book is too sweet. This author created an easy flowing story with great attention to detail. The family relationships were heartfelt and totally believable. Who doesn't want to work in their parents bakery? Or drive their dad's pride and joy? I liked how the story started 25 years into the future and showed Vincent's love for Christmas because we all know it wasn't always there. This was such a feel good book. ...more
Nancy Freedman
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I was given an advanced copy and am voluntarily leaving my review. THIS IS A MUST READ AND ONE-CLICK NOW. If you want to read a book where you can watch love grow from the beginning then this is a book for you. I absolutely loved this book.
Sarah Strawinski
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was kinda different from the other books I’ve read of J.L.’s. It’s a cute love story. How love can last through time, trials and good times. My favorite character has to be Vincent. He’s so sweet even when he’s being stupid.
C.J. Fallowfield
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This was my first read by J.L. Baldwin, so I went in blind with no pre-conceptions. Racing Christmas focussed on two MCs and alternated between each of their points of view throughout the story, which is my favourite way to read, as you can usually really get in each characters head and understand their motivations. Vincent is a racing driver, quite a hero in his small home town, but he dreams of making it big on the racing scene, of following in his late father’s footsteps, and fulfilling those ...more
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Star

Racing Christmas  by JL Baldwin






Racing Christmas by J Baldwin is an  amazing story that I had a hard time putting down once I started reading This is my first book by this author and I can honestly say it won't be my last. Get ready for a roller-coaster ride of emotions with this wonderful story with a few twists that had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen next. This story is about Vincent and Maybelle. Vincent is a racer who lost his father a few
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Racing Christmas is a holiday romance by J.L Baldwin. Even though this story is a Christmas romance, it could be enjoyed at any time of the year.
Vincent has lost his Christmas spirit. He’s made a few mistakes in his life that have got him into trouble. He’s also still coming to terms with the loss of his father, and has channeled his grief into restoring his father’s old race car. He isn’t interested in anything else, and has lost his zest for life.
Maybelle is a little ray of sunshine, w
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Racing Christmas
by J.L. Baldwin
4 Stars

This is a first time read for me by this author. I truly enjoyed the story and getting to know the characters. Although the book starts off slow and takes a bit to build the back story, it does end up delivering a well written upbeat story. J.L. Baldwin takes the time and effort to help you understand the storyline and why things are happening the way they are in the book.

We are introduced to Vincent Henderson at the beginning of the book. He is trying to f
Karyn Taylor
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great wholesome Christmas story. Due to tragedies in his life happening at Christmas time, Vincent Henderson just hates Christmas time as it’s full of sad memories for him.
Along comes Maybelle Tomlinson into his life, a girl who LOVES Christmas and she is determined to change Vincent’s view of Christmas. Will Maybelle be able to convince Vincent that Christmas is an amazing time of year where miracles do happen?
The author put a great deal into the back story of the two main characters, howeve
Angela Shirley
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibbb-reviews
Racing Christmas by J.L Baldwin is a great story which is full of passion and chemistry with every turn of the page. This is the first book by this author and was surprised at the great writing and the layers to each of the characters.

Vincent has also enjoyed racing its in his blood, but when his father died near Christmas, he has lost his Christmas spirit. To feel closer to his father he is now repairing his father's old racing car in hope of racing it in the future.

Maybelle's from a normally l
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Racing Christmas by J.L. Baldwin is a story that will warm your heart and steam over your reader with the perfect mix of sweet heat romance. Racing Christmas follows the story of Vincent and Maybelle, the accidental meeting that started a great love affair. Vincent is the bad boy racer who needs to clean up his image for the good of the company, and Maybelle is looking to cut loose a little while on a family vacation in Florida. When these two meet in a bar, the sparks ignite and Vincent is will ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Racing Christmas
By JL Baldwin

Having never read anything by this author I wondered how much I would like the story. While I found this story to be a tad slow in some places, but I am sure others will have different ideas and that’s all good. Personally, I would like to have seen more character growth with the two main characters, would also liked to have them meet sooner than they did. The book is written well but I must say that I am not a great fan of flash back writing, but for this book it s
Jean Martin
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vincent and Maybelle are the perfect combination of bad boy meets good girl in the heart throb book, Racing Christmas by J. L. Baldwin. I love the perspective this story is told from. It is very unique. The idea of telling a Christmas story of love is fun in and of itself, but, J. L. Baldwin has taken this a step further. It adds a whole new and different layer to an already fun book.

Racing Christmas is a feel good story. The characters are really charismatic. They fit together well.. I really
Katie Kearney
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Racing Christmas By J. L. Baldwin is a great story about following dreams and finding love along the way. Vincent has always known he'd follow in his dads footsteps and be a racer. After a bad breakup he doesn't need anything or anyone but his family and racing, that's what he thinks until he meets Maybelle. Maybelle loves racing even if her parents are against it, she knows what she wants in life but she's got some growing up to do, when she comes face to face with Vincent both their lives are ...more
Kerry Baker
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Racing Christmas by J.L.Baldwin is an easy story to sink into and is a heartwarming story all round.

Vincent is all about racing. But when his situation forces him to stop. He turns his focus entirely on to fixing his dad’s old race car, determined to get it back up and running and in racing condition.
And then he meets Maybelle. The quiet, unassuming woman who knows more about racing that he would have thought possible. She starts to break through his walls and turn his life upside down.
When Mayb
Dori cousley
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Racing Christmas by J.L. Baldwin is the first book I have read by this author and will not be my last. Racing Christmas will have your blood pumping and your heart racing. This book has it all from romance to the twists and turns, leaving you wanting more. This is the story of Vincent Henderson and Maybelle Tomlinson. Vincent has two things in his life that are most important racing and his family. Maybelle is definitely a Southern Belle who loves racing and everything Christmas. She is surprise ...more
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Because her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut didn’t pan out (too much math), J.L.Baldwin decided to devote her time to another dream of hers. Becoming an author. That dream became reality in December 2015 when she published her first book!  

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