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A stallion to die for (The Stallion Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Judith Stanton
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Book Description

Top equestrian Lexy Imbriani comes to America to keep her fading Olympic hopes alive. Hamp Gambrell, the one man who matches her passion in the saddle as well as off, finds her a position in Southern Pines, North Carolina, historic home to many upper-level horses and riders in three-day eventing — the grueling Triathlon for horses.

At her wit's end, she hopes to make a go of it with Bo, Hawks Nest Farm’s brilliant but troubled stallion. But then come the threats, accidents and escalating violence, putting her dream at even greater risk.

How to find out who’s trying to sabotage her — boarders? staff? family? Hamp? Digging deep into that death-defying courage she honed riding dangerous cross-country courses, Lexy must protect herself and her magnificent stallion and stop the killer who threatens to end their competing days forever.

This suspenseful Southern family saga belongs on your bookshelf along with the best of Dick Frances' mysteries, Jilly Cooper's RIDERS and JUMP, Jane Smiley's HORSE HEAVEN, and Rita Mae Brown’s Sister Jane Foxhunting series. Horsemen and women will revel in Stanton’s authentically realized horses and action, and anyone else ever dreamed of having a horse will be fascinated by this insider's look at loving and training these amazing athletes to compete fearlessly and fiercely at the highest level of Olympic three-day eventing.


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About the Author

Author of four historical novels and RITA finalist, Judith Stanton first imagined equestrian triumphs on her granddaddy’s persnickety black Shetland and balky donkey, her daddy’s mule, even the milk cows. At nine, riding bareback with only a halter, she taught her pinto Blaze to jump hay bales. During a career as a scholar, professor, technical writer and fiction editor, she kept fit riding three-day eventers. She now celebrates her favorite sport in fiction, doing her most daring riding ever on the page. Judith lives in North Carolina, where she and her husband tend to her elderly equine friends and a steady stream of rescued cats. She’s a proud owner of Satisfaction (“Simon”), a fancy young eventing prospect ridden by Nate Chambers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938756010
  • Publisher: Cat Crossing Press; 1 edition (September 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KWM2DM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Suspense October 30, 2012
By Calsea
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If you like suspense and good writing, this is a must read. I know little about horses or eventing, but Stanton seamlessly provided all the information I needed to understand what was happening. While the suspense lies primarily in "Who wants Lexy to fail?", there is a lot suspense in the eventing and other riding scenes: "Will Lexy and Bo make it?" The characters -- Lexy, Hamp, Colonel, Parker, Jordan and others -- are interesting, real, likeable (well, except for the villain). I know they will stay with me for a long time. This is an original and fresh book. I was sorry that it ended and am looking forward the next book in the series. Needless to say, I'm be recommending it to all my reading friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Judith Stanton, a knowledgeable horsewoman, has written a such an exciting suspense novel about the world and people of three day eventing that some of the scenes actually made my muscles tighten and my heart beat faster. Lexy is a gutsy, smart character, and totally believable. As she makes a place for herself in one of North Carolina's grand old families of eventing she runs up against a wonderfully drawn dysfunctional Southern family. Each one of them is depicted in all their eccentricities, vulerabilities and strengths. And one of them is deadly.
I recommend this book enthusiastically for any reader who loves a good suspense, but horsepeople will get extra enjoyment because this isn't just a book where horses are part of the background or furniture. Lexy's work to form a bond with the troubled stallion Bo and the thrilling scenes where she and Bo compete are among the most memorable fiction about horses and horsemanship I have ever read.
I will read this more than once and I can't wait for the next in Stanton's series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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If you love horses, the Olympics, romance, and suspense, you must read A Stallion to Die For by Judith Stanton. Lexy Imbriani is a top rider recently arrived to the US from England who has a gift for healing a troubled stallion's heart. But can she heal her own? Still in mourning over the loss of her mother, her staunchest supporter, and kicked out of her home and family wealth by a father who is no longer a father, Lexy finds in Bo (the horse) another wounded spirit straining at the bit to prove himself, and in Hamp (a sexy rider with an old soul) a partner who can meet her move for move, both on the course and in the bed.

But danger lurks around the stables where Lexy works to bring Bo up to speed and prove her worth to the Southern family who has given her work and a home. In repeated attacks that endanger both her and her horse, Lexy must work to uncover who would stop them from gaining their spot on the Olympic team before her dreams are forever ended.

Judith Stanton has crafted a masterful story rich with details of the exiting world of eventing. I became thoroughly immersed in a world I knew little about, which was delightful, and the suspense of the story kept me reading until the end. I'm very much looking forward to the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book September 12, 2013
By janda
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This is a great book especially for horse lovers. But, for those who enjoy mysteries also. It gives great insight into those who compete in Olympics and how they sacrifice to attain their goals. Enjoyed every page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant suspense novel with a valiant stallion. December 17, 2012
By Gayle
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I loved immersing myself in the fascinating world of three day eventing that Judith Stanton depicts so vividly. Riding through the eventing challenges with the gutsy, sympathetic heroine, Lexy Imbriani is exciting, but equally fascinating are the horse-speak scenes, the training rituals and hurdles of the rehabilitation efforts. This is a wonderful world on which to build a series, and an entertaining suspense novel into the bargain. The various characters are vividly drawn, starting with Lexy and including her dynamic stallion, Bo. Of the secondary characters, I especially liked the feisty old Colonel. This is a wonderful book for anyone who ever had a thing for horses, loves Southern settings, or likes books with tie-ins to the Olympics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome!! July 7, 2014
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this book is amazing and Equestrians RULE!!! I really had fun reading this book, I could really feel the energy
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just terrible June 11, 2014
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Plainly, awfully, terrible. Yes she knows horses. No, she cannot write.I need more words to complete this awful review done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Stallion to die for March 10, 2014
By Barb
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Even though, I, myself am a horse person, I found ‘A Stallion to Die For’ rather disappointing. The details of the horse business were accurate but the story itself was a cross between ‘My Friend Flica’ and a dime store romance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book!
Light fun reading, but I loved it. Just the summer read I was looking for- with horses and riding involved!!
Published 10 months ago by Vic
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
I am in love with this book. I cant wait for number two! It is supremley awesome!!! I wish that all tthe kids in my english class liked horses, because then I could reccomend this... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Isabel Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned and Entertained
This book was a gift to me for my vacation. Loved the story and learned so much about "eventing." It makes me want to ride my horses more and more. Read more
Published 16 months ago by V Mann
4.0 out of 5 stars No Horsing Around In This Mystery
If you love horses with a dash of family saga, "A Stallion to Die For" is a 5-star read. I'm not a horse person. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Carrie J. Bylina
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!! Want more like it!!!
Absolutely loved this book!!! it's rare to find ones centered around eventing and especially by an author who knows their stuff and did their research. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Horses, mystery, and romance -- all good,
True to the sport, which is unusual. Interesting characters around the heroine, providing a fully fleshed out life. When will the next one be available??
Published 19 months ago by apracticalperson
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, Judith Stanton gave me exactly what I want in a book:...
I'm a fan of historical romance and have Ms. Stanton's four books in that genre. It is easy to understand why she is a Rita finalist. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Peggy Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun horsey novel!
Not only is this well written, but the writer knows her stuff! Very enjoyable story and I look forward to more !! Thanks!
Published 20 months ago by Dianna R. Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Find Out What Bo Knows....
In this suspense about a young rider named Lexy and a horse Bo with behavior management issues, the horse emerges as the main character whose development is the surprising... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mary Barnard
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Author of four historical novels and RITA finalist, Judith Stanton first imagined equestrian triumphs on her granddaddy's persnickety black Shetland pony and balky donkey, her daddy's mule, even the milk cows. At nine, riding bareback with only a halter, she taught her pinto Blaze to jump hay bales. During a career as a scholar, professor, technical writer and fiction editor, she kept fit riding three-day eventers. She now celebrates her favorite sport in fiction, doing her most daring riding ever on the page. Judith lives in North Carolina, where she and her husband tend to her elderly equine friends and a steady stream of rescued cats. She's a proud owner of Satisfaction ("Simon"), a fancy young eventing prospect ridden by Nate Chambers.

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