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In The Reins (In The Reins Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 10, 2015
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"If you love horse stories and are looking for a book to draw you into its pages and not let go until that last page is read, check out In the Reins - you won't be disappointed."
- Feathered Quill Book Reviews
"In the Reins, by new author Carly Kade, has it all: new beginnings, fun characters, beautiful horses, and plenty of enticing, steamy scenes at the stable!"
- Maryland Equestrian Book Reviews
"... if you're tired of waiting around and hoping for some tall-dark-and-handsome mystery cowboy to jingle his spurs on into your barn (and, believe it or not, that was NOT intended to be a metaphor for anything), go ahead and pick up a copy of In the Reins to live out your fantasy in fiction."
- Eileen Cody, Horse Nation Resident Book Reviewer
"A book that will feel like coming home, complete with a sexy cowboy, a strong female lead, and beautiful horses."
- Heather and Horses Book Reviews (5 out of 5 Horseshoes)
"I ride English and jump and I still loved his western horsey themed novel. I may primarily ride English but I have a cowgirl heart and this book definitely calls to it."
- Booking Around Book Reviews
About the Author
Carly Kade is an award-winning equestrian author from Arizona. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle! She writes fiction about horses, horse shows, western pleasure and a handsome cowboy or two. Her books are for people just like her ... crazy about reading, horses and cute cowboys! Carly's novel inspired by the equestrian lifestyle is an EQUUS Film Festival Literary Award Winner for Best Western Fiction and has earned two Feathered Quill Book Awards in the Romance and Adult Book featuring Animals categories.
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In The Reins takes us on a ride with Devon Brooke, a journalist unhappy living the city life. She wants to start anew and resort back to her country roots. Doing so means welcoming horses back into her life, after searching the web high and low for the perfect companion she finally find a young, green paint mare. As soon as she laid her eyes upon her, Devon knew it was fate calling to her. She finds a quiet secluded barn called Green Briar that's privately owned and only has a few individuals. She deems it the perfect place to begin training and bonding with her new mare, Faith.
Upon arrival, Devon is told to mind her p's and q's but she quickly befriends Sophia, the owner of Green Briar as well as JD one of the barn hands. Then there is McKennon whom seems to be mysteriously untouchable and off limits but she see's how well he does with his horses so it wouldn't hurt to acquire some training tips, would it? Devon spends a lot of time with JD but McKennon always seems to be coming to her rescue. After an accident with her and Faith, Devon begins spending more and more time with McKennon and feelings begin to develop. But every time they get close, McKennon pulls away. Devon wants to badly to get to know him and uncover the mysteries that he guards close to his heart [...]
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I also greatly enjoyed the western world of this book. There aren't many western horse books on the market so I was excited to get lost in a world filled with two hunky cowboys, a sassy (but naive) cowgirl, boots, buckles, horse shows, country bars, and lots of flirting, banter, and swooning. And, I've actually never read a book that specifically revolved around western pleasure. I grew up showing this discipline so it was fun to read about those specific references ... Quarter Horse Congress even plays into this story!
I'd suggest adding In the Reins to your beach bag or throwing it in your trailer to read and unwind after a long day at a horse show! I spent a few evenings on my deck, wrapped up in these characters, and sipping on a glass (or two) of wine. :)
I was looking for a Nicholas Sparks' kind of book and I got it plus a few more things I didn't even know I wanted. It delivered on being easy to get into from the start and a book I didn't want to put down. It also provided a strong, yet human, leading female character. One unexpected piece I got from the book was a new appreciation for horses and the care-taking they require. Carly's descriptions were detailed enough for me to picture but not too much to lose my interest (as someone who doesn't know much about horsemanship).
Secondly, the underlying message is really beautiful. I love a book that leaves me with a perspective on how to live a more whole hearted life. Awesome.
Can't wait until the next book!
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