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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2011
This book, Fillies and Females is the third book I've read, written by Bev Pettersen. As I read through the novels in her appealing `track' series, I found that with each new book my favourite changed. And while reading, I loved them all. First it was Jockeys and Jewels, then Color My Horse, and now this marvel. Bev's writing style with its snappy dialogue and appealing characters keeps grabbing my heart to ensure a connection grows there, that my time as a reader has been spent well and is satisfying. Like a retreat.
Now I'm feeling bereft, as if I've become addicted to horses and race tracks - though I have never set foot on either. Becky and Dino move through an appealing story that addresses the danger we face when we allow the `quick fixes' or desire for `monetary gains' to control our lives. It reminds us we must listen to our hearts. Heed out own wisdom.
Bev's characters always are empowered to remain who they are, at the core, and by being themselves, to set things right. In this novel, by doing the right things, Becky and Dino both win. Becky finds a real home and her wildest dreams become reality. Her world and the larger world become better places. And Dino sheds his anger and stops dreaming of a return to the past. Only then can he recognize and accept what he has, and live a new and more fulfilling dream, with Becky. I loved Fillies and Females and can hardly wait to see what Bev Pettersen releases next.
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107 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2012
This novel has interesting, well-drawn characters placed in a vivid contemporary ranch/horse racing setting. As a reader, having been drawn into the story, I was then bombarded with far too much gratuitous, sensual activity, not in keeping with a shy heroine afraid even to be noticed. After a few drinks and a makeover, this deeply repressed prude was in heat for her cowboy-hero!
Fillies and Females is an example of a 'formula' romance written to the publisher's guidelines, which ruins the building of narrative and plot. I deleted it from my device before I found out what terrible event in the heroine's past so frightened her of men and her own feelings.She was so skitzo,I was worn out- so disappointed, I didn't care. Cheap.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2013
Becky was a very caring nurse. She worked in home health care taking care of Martha who owned a race horse ranch. Martha had had a heart attack and needed full time care with little or no turmoil and/or upset. When even going to the race track became too much for her, Martha delegated Becky to take her place, represent her and keep her filled in on how things were going.
Becky was forced to deal with Dino, the trainer, almost daily. An attraction grew between them, helped along by Martha. Becky had been in foster care most of her life and had a bad experience with her last foster home. She wore dowdy clothes and kept her body covered. A quiet little mouse. She recoiled in fear at the touch of a man.Things started happening, bum legs on the horses, horses too tired to race, sabotage, and positive drug tests on one horse. All this time, the nephew kept trying to get Martha to let him sell everything, lock stock and barrel and put her in a nice care facility. But Becky had overheard and seen things that were pointing at Slim, the manager.
Dino needed the wins from the races to buy back the ranch that he lost in his divorce from his wife. Nothing was going right. Did he give the drugs to the horse to get that final win he needed to get his money?
This was a good story from beginning to end. Kept you guessing with all the little side roads it traveled. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. A good mystery Romance.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
Enjoyable read, easily relatable characters, a perfect blend of romance, mystery, intrigue and horses!

Becky awkward and a product of foster care has finally found a home with old Mrs Conrad, life gets interesting when she is called upon to take a more active role in the households horse racing business.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2012
From the opening line of Bev Pettersen's new novel Fillies and Females I was hooked. I feel in love with Martha, the senior citizen who knows how to play up her aging to get her way, and Becky her nurse who is forced to go to the track to keep an eye on Martha's horses. And when Becky has to interact with sexy horse trainer, Dino, I totally sympathized with her. Dino's sense of loyalty to Martha's departed husband made me immediately like this smooth talker who has his own goals and passions in life. Becky's harsh childhood make her interactions with men awkward but I loved how Pettersen developed her and Dino's relationship--it was real, friendly and loving. And honestly know one writes about horses like the way Pettersen does. When one of the horses got loose I felt I couldn't breathe, and all those track scenes, the jostling of the horses in the starter gates--you just know Pettersen spent lots of time with race horses. This was like reading romance and mystery all tied together with horses also as characters. I honestly couldn't put this book down and the paced kept picking up until I was the one who felt like I'd been in a horse race. This book is a page turner!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
I almost never don't finish a book I have started. Couldn't finish this one.
I'm pretty sure the author knows a horse from a cow, but that seems to be where her expertise stops.
She seemed unaware that there are obvious differences between a male and female horse that most people are aware of. Her heroine was able to tell the male horse and female horse had been swapped because of the different way the two horses ate their carrots.....which no one else had noticed.
Of course the plot hinged on being able to swap horses at the race track.....where no one will notice the sex change of the listed entry.
That's where I quit.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2012
This is the second Bev Pettersen book I've read, and I'm definitely getting hooked on her style of writing! It's the perfect blend of horses, romance, and intrigue!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
This is my first book by Bev Petterson. I recieved a free e-book copy
from the author after entering a goodreads contest. I was very excited
about a new horse book, specially one on a more adult level.

It was a solid romance with Becky and Dino both being flawed. I have
to say the horse stuff is always my favorite part and Bev Petterson
actually knows horses. I have read so many books where I'd just roll
my eyes over how the author wrote about horses and it was clear they'd
never been around them, not Bev Petterson.

The suspense kept the romance plot from being boring and kept the pages turning for me.

Thanks for a very enjoyable romance filled with horses. :)
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2013
I could not even finish this book, I was so disgusted by the heroine's actions. She is supposedly an intelligent person, however even though she notices several incidents of foul play and mistreatment of the horses, she neglects mentioning her findings to the lead trainer. In my mind this is unforgivable. Animal abuse is not to be tolerated or over-looked, and I am disappointed in the author for expecting us to sympathize with a character who will tolerate such willful mistreatment of the horses!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 9, 2011
Fillies is about Becky. Becky is an extremely shy and self conscious woman who hides behind her hair and rarely speaks up. Not my kind of heroine, right? Wrong. There's a very good reason why Becky is the way she is and with the right amount of coddling and some hot sex with the right man, namely a sexy trainer named Dino, she blossoms. She transforms from a woman hiding behind her hair to a woman who focuses on people's foreheads so she can at least pretend to look them in the eye to a woman who DOES look them in the eye.

So.. she's a nurse and she's taking care of Martha.. What a character, Martha!! I absolutely loved how she tricked Becky into a makeover with the purple haired lady. Genius! And this quote from Martha about men:

"Of course they care for you. But men are like stallions. At breeding time, the mare standing in front of them is the most important thing in the world."

Martha has a bad heart, however, and her nephew seems to be standing by eagerly waiting for her to die. He wants nothing more than to see her racing ranch fail, force her to sell or have a heart attack. It's no wonder things start happening to the horses, causing them to fail their races... I'm not going to get into much detail here cause though the story line was at times easy to predict, there was still enough surprises to raise my eyebrows and I don't want to prevent anyone else's eyebrows from dancing around. :)

There's scandal, haunting pasts, mystery (we know whodunit but don't know all the why or how), sex, shampoo (cute and I won't explain that!), and a heroine that will melt the hardest of hearts. Did I mention I laughed a few times?

Five stars. Probably my favorite in the series because I so enjoyed watching a timid, beaten down girl become a woman to be reckoned with.
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