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- Print Length: 238 pages
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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!
This author's knowledge of the sport is spot on. She shows the reality of daily workouts, the constant reinforcement of training, and the often times personal sacrifices riders make.
This love story is between Jake and Rich. But it is also between man and horse. That it had a HEA for Jake and Rich and their future was heartwarming.
I highly recommend this engrossing story. It is well written and will go into my tbr again list. You won't be disappointed. Kudos to Sarah Madison.
I loved both of these characters, and was rooting for their HEA in the face of all the obstacles they had to clear. Well-written, tender, yet hot love scenes, characters to root for, and horses ... a great summer read.