A city-girl-gone-country, a handsome cowboy and a horse meet by fate on a southern farm. She's looking for a fresh start and unexpectedly falls for the mysterious cowboy. But can a man with a deeply guarded secret open himself up to the wannabe cowgirl in the saddle next to him? Deeply romantic and suspenseful, In The Reins captures the struggle between letting life move forward and shying away from taking the reins. Passionate, captivating, and full of equine epiphanies, this is a love story sure to touch your inner cowgirl.
From the Back Cover:
McKennon Kelly. McKennon Kelly. McKennon Kelly.
Cowboy McKennon Kelly was the last thing Devon Brooke wanted to focus on after finding herself suddenly single. Looking for a fresh start to life, city girl and journalist Devon just wanted to go back to her country roots and focus on building a relationship with her newly acquired equine partner Faith.
Devon finds companionship in handsome bull riding ranch hand JD and delicate Green Briar horse farm owner Sophia, both who advise Devon to keep her distance from McKennon and "mind her p's and q's" around the quiet and eerily peaceful stables. Devon thinks it shouldn't be too difficult to avoid the Adonis cowboy, but after noticing his skills and expert ways with training horses, she figures it couldn't hurt to get to know him a little bit ... right?
Devon follows the guarded cowboy to a horse show, where she is unprepared to learn she may not be the cowgirl she thought she was. After a near-tragic incident, Devon begins to realize that the more time she spends with McKennon, the less she really knows about him (or horses, for that matter), and his mystery just keeps getting bigger. Who is he really, what is it that everyone doesn't want her to know, and why is this tight-shirted, spur-jingling, weather-eyed cowboy all she can think about now?
|Publisher:||Carly Kade Creative|
|Series:||In The Reins Series , #1|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||3 MB|
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This was a great read! I cannot wait until the next book in the series comes out.
While there is a treasure-trove of horse books for the teen audience, finding a good horse read for adults, where the horse action is realistic, the dialogue spot on and the romance is hot can be a difficult task. In The Reins was a book that satisfied all those requirements and was a good, all-around enjoyable read to boot. Devon Brooke is a young woman who seems a bit lost. She's just broken up with her fiancé, a man she realized, almost at the last minute, she didn't truly love. She has also realized that city life is not for her and so she packs up her few belongings and hits the road. Devon doesn't know where she's going, but as she's driving, and thinking, she remembers how having a horse in her youth made her happy and fulfilled. Devon heads south and eventually finds what she feels will be a good place to live. Along the way she finds a promising three-year-old mare, Faith, that she buys, and then starts the search for a boarding stable. She settles on Green Briar, a little piece of heaven owned by a sweet elderly woman by the name of Sophia Matilda Washington-Clark. While her name may imply a wealthy background (and it does), Sophia soon becomes one of Devon's closest friends and confidantes. Devon also meets JD at the farm, a ranch hand who is good looking and kind. While JD would be happy to start a romance with Devon, she thinks of him as a friend, not a romantic interest. Devon and Faith quickly settle into life at Green Briar and all is going well until Devon meets McKennon Kelly, a part-owner of Green Briar. To say that McKennon is a hunk would be an understatement, but he's also mysterious and is a fantastic trainer too. McKennon has the ability to bring out the best in any horse, and while the last thing Devon wants is a relationship, the fact that McKennon might be able to help her with training Faith brings Devon to him. While Devon is drawn to McKennon, there's something in his background that is keeping him from sharing his own feelings, and keeps him running away, time after time. What is it and will it destroy any chance the two have at happiness? Debut author Carly Kade has done a wonderful job of bringing the horse world to life in In The Reins. She aptly captures the essence of a training barn, with the highlights and frustrations of training a young horse. The descriptions of the beautiful fields, the smell of horses, and all that goes with life around the farm bring the story to life. Of course the relationship that develops between Devon and McKennon is the focal point of the story and the author developed this with believable dialogue and by incorporating the ups and downs that all relationships go through. There was always the mystery of McKennon's background and why he kept disappearing for weeks at a time to keep readers curious and turning the pages. In The Reins is a book that any adult horse lover is sure to enjoy. Quill says: 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.
Carly Kade is another author that I so happily found through Instagram. She is a fellow equestrian and when I saw that she wrote a horse book I knew I wanted to read it. Horses and swoon worthy cowboys? Um, yes please! The main character and I also have the same name just different spellings, I'd say that me being introduced to this book was fate! 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 [...] To read the rest of my review check it out on my blog! http://booking-around.weebly.com/home/book-review-7
Loved this book!! Couldn't put down...looking forward to more!
I could not put this book down. This is such a great romance novel and was beautifully written. In The Reins is a must read for horse lovers, cowgirls (and cowboys), or for anyone in need of a new read who really looks forward to getting lost in a great story.