Sunday, June 24, 2012

Keeping Secrets

Maggie Dane's Keeping Secrets is one of the best books I've read! The realistic setting and characters had me hooked from page one. I, too, rode my bike as a teen to find a stable that would give me a job!

When Kate McGregor lands the job to be a companion for a teen in a wheelchair, she is thrilled. She is less than  thrilled to find out the girl, Holly, and her mother spend most of their time at the stable.

Due to a horse's death at her last barn, Kate had sworn off horses for good. She tries to keep her riding skills a secret until an emergency has her mount up. Another rider at the barn watches her jump the gate and tries to blackmail her.

The descriptive equine scenes, the well-rounded characters and the believable dialog kept this book a page-turner!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ringer by Cheryl Rhodes

Cheryl Rhodes' romance novel, Ringer, is an exciting read for female horse lovers. It features a brave protagonist named Holly helping a handsome horse trainer named Matt solve the mystery of his missing Standardbred. The settings include racetracks in Canada and California as well as an Oregon horse farm. The backstretch details are vivid and the racing scenes are realistic. And then there's the sexy hot tub scene!

Holly, with her horse in her trailer, is on her way to a new job on a drill team when she rescues Matt from drowning in a track fountain after he was beat up. He persuades her to take him and his mare across the Canadian border to his Oregon farm. But that's just the beginning of their adventure together as they try to figure out the who and why of the horse theft. Along the way, they fall in love despite Holly's misgivings of loving a track man who most likely will break her heart.

Loved the realistic horse scenes, the suspense and the conflicts, but I felt the romantic ending was a little unbelievable. 

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