- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 26 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Sarah Madison Fiction
- Audible.com Release Date: September 4, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0758J9QHK
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Fool's Gold Audiobook – Unabridged
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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!
Plot wise this book was a joy to read! I love learning new things and well-built and researched books and reading Fools Gold truly hit all those spot on. And despite the amount of details regarding competitive horse riding in there is no point where it feels too much. This book is well put together it was impossible to put it down. There are many great Gay Romance books around but this one was also a great book on its own without relying on the sexy or relationship of the characters to lead it.
I loved Jack's tenacity, hardworking persona and his dedication. I also liked that the "villain" that at first glance appears to be a cliché of the M/M book genre has more depth and is given a chance to realize the error of his ways. Rich was an amazing guy, strong and unapologetic, not wallowing in his bruised ego or what happened in the past between him and Jack.
The best thing about this book to me was how real the pain and injuries were described. I distinctly remember reading about Jack having headaches after a hard day and totally feeling like the author described my own daily pain. That just brought it home to me, they are not super humans, they cannot do things the way they did before the injury and they needed to find new ways to operate and use their bodies. That was also unique in the m/m genre as many books with characters who suffered a life changing injury can still have sex marathons with little effect of their debilitating injured body. This too was that extra touch of realness I loved so much about this book that allowed me to relate to it as much as I did.
*** I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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This was a great story. I appreciated the romance (past and present) of Jake and Rich, and I loved their snark and sarcasm as much as...Read more