Triple Fault (Canterwood Crest Series #4)

Triple Fault (Canterwood Crest Series #4)

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by Jessica Burkhart

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In Chasing Blue, Sasha and her horse, Charm, have proven that they’re worthy competitors for the elite Canterwood Crest equestrian team. Things are definitely looking up . . . until Sasha finds out who her riding partner for the semester is: her archnemesis, Queen Bee Heather. Not. Good. And when Heather starts spending a little too much QT with…  See more details below


In Chasing Blue, Sasha and her horse, Charm, have proven that they’re worthy competitors for the elite Canterwood Crest equestrian team. Things are definitely looking up . . . until Sasha finds out who her riding partner for the semester is: her archnemesis, Queen Bee Heather. Not. Good. And when Heather starts spending a little too much QT with Sasha’s almost-boyfriend, Jacob, the partnership is put to the ultimate test. The tension builds in Behind the Bit when Sasha and her team are accepted to a prestigious horse clinic. Can Sasha and Callie work together when it counts?

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Publication date:
Canterwood Crest Series, #4
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Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.78(d)
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Triple Fault



JUST SAY IT, I TOLD myself. answer him. I shifted on the tack trunk outside Charm’s stall. You’re supposed to reply when someone asks if they can kiss you. But with Eric just inches from my face, staring at me expectantly, I could barely think, let alone formulate a whole sentence.

My horse, Charm, snorted as he looked down at us like he too was waiting to hear my answer. And the truth was, right now I wasn’t thinking about how my ex–best friend Callie and my almost-boyfriend Jacob had betrayed me. Or how I’d almost blown my chance in front of the Youth Equestrian National Team scouts. I knew for sure what my answer was—I wanted to kiss Eric.

And by the ecstatic look on his face, it was clear that he knew what I was thinking.

His black hair fell over one eye as he leaned closer to me. I ignored the whooshing sound in my ears and the nerves making my stomach swirl. Eric’s lips were about to touch mine. My eyes fluttered shut.



“Eric?” someone called.

Our heads jerked up.

“Eric?” the man’s voice called again.

Mr. Conner! Our riding instructor’s boots thudded down the aisle.

“Omigod!” I whispered, jumping up off the tack trunk. I stumbled sideways and Eric stood up to grab me—keeping me upright. I tried to will the flush out of my cheeks.

“Just be cool,” Eric whispered, laughing.

“Gee, thanks!” I hissed, my cheeks still hot.

Mr. Conner walked up to us. He stopped and his dark eyes zeroed in on me!

“Wewerejusttalkingaboutthedemo,” I rambled.

Eric shot me an it’s-cute-when-you-dork-out look and I mushed my lips closed.

“Okay,” Mr. Conner said, staring at me for a second.

I squirmed. Did I have an I-almost-kissed-a-boy look on my face?

I draped one arm over Charm’s stall door and leaned against it, trying to look casual.

“Eric, I need your help finding some paperwork for the scouts before they leave,” Mr. Conner said.

“Sure,” Eric agreed.

“See you around,” I said to Eric. “Or not. I mean, I’m not going to look for you or anything. You know. If I see you—great. If not, that’s fine too.”

Stop talking! I yelled to myself.

Mr. Conner looked at me again, shaking his head slightly, before walking back down the aisle.

Eric began to follow him, but then turned back to look at me. “Very cool,” he mouthed.

I rolled my eyes, but I couldn’t help grinning. When Mr. Conner and Eric were gone, I slumped against Charm’s stall door. Life as a famous actress was not in my future.

“Hey,” Paige Parker, my friend and roommate, said as she walked up to me. “Ready to go back to the room?”

Earlier in the afternoon, Paige had come to the stable to watch me ride in the demonstration for the YENT scouts, but she had no idea how much drama had gone down behind the scenes.

“I’ll meet you there,” I said. “I just need a few minutes with Charm.” And to wait for Eric.

Paige nodded. “Okay.” She paused, almost like she suspected something was wrong, but I gave her a bright smile before she left.

I slipped into Charm’s stall and hugged his neck. He blinked sleepily as I rubbed his blaze and reached up to straighten his chestnut mane. I almost had to stand on my tiptoes to reach up by his ears. Even for a Thoroughbred/Belgian mix, he was tall.

“I almost kissed Eric!” I whispered giddily to Charm. Not even the awful things that had happened today could erase my this-close-to-kissing excitement.

“Look,” I told Charm, “I know our ride got messed up because I was upset about Jacob, but the scouts said that they thought I was just nervous—so that’s good.”

There were still up to three open YENT seats for the five of us on the Canterwood advanced team. If Charm and I wowed the scouts at the upcoming June tryouts, we had a chance. If not, our YENT dreams were over.


I flipped open my phone. It was Eric.

Stuck w Mr. C for an hr or more. Sry. Txt u ltr?

Sigh. No prob. TTYL.

I wanted to see Eric now. But wait. Then we might actually . . . kiss. And now that I’d had time to think about it, I was starting to wonder if I was prepared enough. I had no clue how to kiss a boy—what if I was horrible? Now I was glad Mr. Conner had interrupted us. I needed kissing tips stat.

I gave Charm a final pat. “Bye, boy.”

As I headed for the exit, horses and riders began trickling into the aisle from the arena. Visiting students had armfuls of blankets, tail wraps, and leg bandages to prepare their horses for the trip home. I ducked my head, suddenly wishing I was invisible—there were too many people I didn’t want to run into. But as I skirted around a blue roan mare in crossties, I turned a sharp corner and almost slammed right into Callie and Jacob.

I held back a groan. Jacob’s eyes flicked from me to the ground.

“Sasha, please,” Callie said. Her voice sounded wobbly and her pink eyes told me that she’d definitely been crying. “Can’t we just—”

I turned away. “I have to go,” I said.

“Sash,” Jacob pleaded. His gray-green eyes finally connected with mine. He really did look sorry, but I didn’t care.

It killed me to see them standing next to each other—so familiar and easy. The worst part was that they had been going behind my back this whole time. Callie had even been mad at me because she thought I’d been interested in Eric. Which, at the time, I wasn’t. At the time, all I could think about was Jacob. And I guess all Jacob was thinking about was Callie.

I shook my head and, sidestepping Callie, walked out the door. I shivered in the chilly March air and wrapped my arms across my chest. The campus was eerily quiet. Most of the Canterwood students wouldn’t be back from midwinter break until tomorrow. The sun, which had been bright during testing, had slipped behind a fat gray cloud. I kicked a patch of dry brown grass with my boot. I didn’t know how to feel. One second I was giddy from my almost kiss with Eric. And the next I wanted to curl up in a ball because of what Callie and Jacob had done.

For the first time in a while, I wished I were home. Mom would bring me raspberry tea in bed and Dad would sing embarrassing old-people songs and play air guitar to make me laugh. But now it was too late to go home—classes started on Monday.

I didn’t want to think about sitting through English class with Callie. Some best friend. If only I had a class with Eric instead. Just thinking about him made me smile. I’d been all about Jacob for months—so much that I’d missed noticing what a cute, smart, and amazing guy Eric was. Until today, I’d only thought of Jacob in that way. Ugh. Did not want to think about Jacob.

I yanked open the door of Winchester Hall and stepped into the warm hallway. The cheery yellow walls didn’t make me feel any better. I just wanted to hide in my room.

Trudging past the common room, I stopped when a girl’s voice pierced the stillness of the hallway.

“Do NOT drag my Coach luggage! And hurry up. I’d like to be moved in before the semester is over.”

Ohhhhh, no.

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Meet the Author

Jessica Burkhart is twenty-one years old and a full-time freelance writer. She was a competitive rider when she was younger but had to stop riding due to debilitating scoliosis. Thankfully, she has made a complete recovery. Although she is no longer able to ride horses, Jessica enjoys living vicariously and experiencing riding again through Sasha. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Visit her at

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Triple Fault (Canterwood Crest Series #4) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Sasha's still reeling from the Callie/Jacob news. She's hurt beyond belief and she can't deal with looking at them, let alone talking to them. Plus, she's still not able to ride thanks to the stunt the Belle's pulled on their team. With nothing left to do, she's been groom Charm like crazy and paying attention to her school work so she won't fall behind again. A bonus to hanging around the stable -seeing Eric. When he confesses that he wants to date her, she's over the moon. But she's unwilling to take their relationship public after what happened with Jacob and the Trio. But the Trio have their hands full with newcomer Jas. Jas has pulled too many tricks on them to bury the hatchet and no one on the team trusts her. Does she have another trick up her sleeve? Once riding starts up again, Sasha's pulled in all directions - Callie wants to patch things up, Eric wants to take her out on a date, and Paige's TV debut is just weeks away. Can Sasha juggle everything and keep everyone happy? Two days ago I went to 2 area bookstores looking for this book. I didn't find it at either, but the next day at work it came in. I asked nicely if it could be processed right away and luckily for me, it was. I devoured it the next day. The covers rock - so fresh and fun and featuring cute riding gear. The books always make me want to go riding. I adore these books - an incredibly sweet and perfect blend of friendship, horses, drama, and romance.
canterwoodcrestfan More than 1 year ago
I finished it in 1 day i love it!!!! Jessica is an very good and awesome auther! I would recommend to read the series. Lets all canterwood crest lovers hope for a tv movie!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Jessica's books they are mostly about 5girls,1school, and some seriouse attutude.Anyhow this is the best series ever. Icant what until iread the next book. Iknow for a fact that this book sereis is appropriet for kids 9 and up........ :o) haha I hope u lik this book as much as i did!!!!!!!!!!:) :P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must get, Jesica Burkhart is a GREAT WRITOR Sasha is ready for more i mean im 11 and im totally in love with reading, math, and sciense so horses,books,canterwood,school and thats hypothosis would be greatest book in the history of books, must get and by the way the outcom would be greatest book in the history of books!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book eva!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Could not even put it down !!!!!!!!totally a must read
CharleneS More than 1 year ago
My 10 year old daughter adores these books. She reads, reads, and re-reads them. Ms. Burkhart cannot write fast enough!!! Keep up the great work. I never worry about the content when my daughter reads one of these books. If anyone is looking for a gift for a young horse-lover, these books are PERFECT!!! Keep them coming --- PLEASE!!!
hayhunterjumper More than 1 year ago
Wow, there really is never a disappointment in these books! They always have me hooked from the beginning. Any horse lover or non horse lover would LOVE these books. Triple fault was just another one of those CANT WAIT TILL THE NEXT BOOK COMES OUT kind of book! I feel like i`m Sasha while im reading, feeling the dislike of Heather, and another new girl who is worst than heather..
ChelCM More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book, really absorbing, I finished it the same day I got it. This was definitely my favorite book in this series so far, and I bet that the next one will change that! Can't wait until Best Enemies comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep on writing Jessica Burkhart, you're an awesome author!!!!!
Iman-a More than 1 year ago
i truly love this book! It just has so much drama! I don't want to give the story away so ill keep it short . . . i think this book is truly amazing! If u love books about horses and drama totally get this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it u'll love we'll all love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I would like to have a bf like Eric! Plus i would like to be Sasha. Ses so pretty. But she tes to long to tell people that her abd Eric are dating. Maybe its jus me! Im only on book #4 because mother wont buy me anymore. What is the book um, the one tha say special series? Please tell me (desperate!) And how many books are in this series?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book it has horses so it should be but it has soooo much drama & at the end of the book it totally leaves u hanging its still an awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is this book about? My nook is kinda having problems so i have no idea what this book is about. Do sasha and eric kiss? Respond to Juilett
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sasha is awesome when Erik kissed Sash I thought it was so cute. Do you? Like Sasha was like "WHAT IF THIS KISS COMES OUT BAD!!!!!!!" I thought it was funny also. It was also my sister she said it was gross but it's not it's for LOVE. Thats awesome though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, i will say it: this series is addicting. I mean, addicting. So far I have read all the way through Jealousy (#17, I believe). What is fnny is that I have reread each of Sasha's books multiple times but the later books with Lauren I have reread maybe once or rwice. What does that mean? I love the first books bc i find Sasha to be more relateble and diwn to earth than Lauren. There is 1 HUGE flaw w/ this series. As a reviewer for one of the previous books said, they act as if they are16 yr. olds and not 12 yr olds. The xharacters go around kissing and having secret boyfriends not anything a 12 yr old shiuld be doing. I do not know any twelve year olds who go around doing that. 3.75/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books im in middle school and they are a fun enjoyable and easy to readbooks i totally recomend these books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are my favorite series ever. I love love love I recommend for ages 12+. I really hope that Jessica Burkharts keep writing these books and one day make a tv show based on these books. MUST READ. Def worth every penny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey i live for canterwood crest and am like laur except im not uguly or bratty . I have a horse i named whisper bc of jessie burk so i 'd like to no if u wanna chat ! Merci, darlings! Posted by L.T.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So.... I guess I'll start at the part where Eric says "Is this okay?" Sasha doees end up kissing him eventually, but so does Jacob. Lucky Jacob, he gets to kiss Callie AND Sasha. So, Sasha gets with Eric and they're all cozy except for the fact that Callie and Sasha are going back to back, totally not friends for a little while. Well.... they make up. THEN JACOB GIVES THE STORY A HUGE CURVEBALL!!!! Jacob actually WANTS SASHA BACK AND KISSES HER AND ERIC SEES THEM AND IS TOTALLY MAD AT SASHA BECAUSE HE THINKS SASHA WANTS JACOB BACK BUT SHE DOESN'T. She wants Eric. And she feels horrible about letting him see her with Jacob the Jerk. Sasha should have just stuck with her "lip gloss addiction" and left it at just that. But I guess she just HAD to set her sights on Jacob the Jerk. I think Jacob should just crawl back to Callie and let Sasha have Eric. On a lighter note, I've done some reviews on some other Canterwood Crest books so if u like thus one, u might like the other reviews I made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an equestrienne (and book lover!) Myself and I love the Canterwood Crest series. Its perfect for ages 10-15 and taught me a lot about riding!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw that some people said this book was good for 12+ but i started readinb when i was 8 and now im 11. But i love tge serious so much!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the canterwoodcrest books are amazing and i cant wait to read the next book!