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- Publication Date: July 28, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JB1WHHW
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This time around there’s more explanation of the sport Jake and Rich are involved with: three day eventing. This mad conglomeration of skills taxes the horses and riders to the utmost, requiring they be good at everything a horse can do short of racing on the flat. Those who pursue it all the way to the top need money.
Jake’s father has a lot of it, enough to indulge every possible horse related whim his son has, short of letting him date a fellow rider. When Rich gets smashed up in an accident that also kills some of their best horses, Donald is right there to make sure things go as he wishes. Too bad about what his son might want.
This is a story of second chances, so when Rich and Jake come together eight years later, with Rich as trainer, they have plenty to get over. Not only do they have to polish Jake and his horses to an Olympic gold glow, they have to work out the events of the past. This unwrapped plenty of secrets, mostly painful. Both of them have to examine their decisions at the time and the things they would rather not think about now.
We get some scenes from the father’s point of view, which gave another person’s journey to this story. I would like to say Donald’s evolution and eventual repair of his relationship with his son made my heart go pittypat. Rich calling BS on Donald was a high point. Cause wow did he need someone to call BS on him.
Rich and Jake have a lot to work out, some because of the wreck and the damage to Rich’s body, and much because of the trust issues. Also, Jake needs a good hard thwack with the reality stick, because he knows his father, he knows Rich, and he never puts these two thoughts together. Not even after eight years, until his nose gets rubbed in it. I wanted to scream at him to THINK!
The horse scenes are vivid, the bond between horse and rider is beautiful, and the riding scenes were definitely written by someone who knows what it’s like to soar over the obstacles. Watching Jake and Rich come back together is sweet, if occasionally difficult. Rich doesn’t shy away from body issues, when Jake was spared and left perfect, and they have to deal with the contrast. There is growth and forgiveness.
The writing is beautiful, the emotions deep, and the settings so real you can feel the reins in your hand. The story leaves off before the Olympics start, but just getting there was their goal all along, and the competition almost another story by itself. Which I would read!
Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Rated: M/M Mature
A new release from author Sara Madison, which was certainly a wonderful well researched story about the event I love to watch during the Olympics and have to stay up till the wee hours to see…Equestrian riding and dressage is an art form which has been lost in the modern world. She has written a wonderful story revolving about this sport, the strength and endurance needed to be part of it, the rider and the horse both to be in sync with each other, a team.
We began with Jake Stanford, son of wealth, who lost his spot going to the Olympics on the US Equestrian Team with a freak accident. Jake, his boyfriend Rich and their driver were in a freak accident driving the rig with the horses back from a meet. The driver killed and both Jake and Rich critically injured.
It gave Jake’s father the moment to sever his son’s immoral relationship. The senior Stanford arrived at Rich’s hospital bed while he was at his lowest. Alone, in pain and on morphine he was overpowered and bribed to leave Jake for money he would need for his hospital bills, rehab and survival.
Eight years later, they would meet again, Jake being ready again to try for the Olympic Team after recovering his health from that terrible accident. Rich is brought in to help his trainer who falls ill. Now can they work together and leave the past in the past? Will secrets be revealed as to what happened all those years ago?
Sarah Madison has written a story that explains the equestrian art that was very interesting to me. Some others might not like all that information, that was not the case for me. It held me into the story even further when you could see how much time, energy and fortitude Jake needed to compete.
As the relationship ended and then renewed, Ms Madison is a master at keeping it real, sexy, humorous and hot…..adding a bit of angst to keep us on our toes till the end….I love her writing and the book was flawless.
Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild