Racing Hearts

Racing Hearts

by Melissa West

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Overview

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn't like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616508265
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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Racing Hearts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable. Lead female whined through out entire book. Book was drawn out with too much "filler", as in reader could skip pages and miss nothing. Would not recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the multi layers of stories that spoke of love, denial, and forgiveness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No shocking moments. When you lose at anything, Accept that and don't try to lay blame and try to make others feel guilty for Your screw up. I had to quit there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed work reading to see what would happen next. The characters were very believable. However, it seems ironic that an author writing about horses and horse racing would consistently misspell the word whoa. That small flaw won't keep me from wanting to read the other books in the trilogy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, this one is a winner.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story. These two went through so much before letting their love bloom to the final passion that we all wanted. Keep up the good work?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sweet story was an easy read, but hard to put down! I loved the strong female lead and am ready for the next story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trip loves Emery, but he left her behind. Emery was injured in a race but she has healed. She loved Trip when she was 17 and he was 20. They made love and Trip left. Her father refused to allow her to train as a jockey, and her overwhelming fear of riding made it a moot point. Emery asks Trip to hire her as a jockey. When he does, she does no tel him about her phobic rection about mounting a horse. The story is ridiculous! I wasted a day wading through this fiasco. In fact, I quit but I had nothing else better to read! If you ride horses, this book will offend you. I know of NO trainers who allows a rider to not ride after a fall! As a trainer with a wnderous reputation, Trip allowed his father too much impact on his training program. I do not recommend this book unless you know nothing about horses, trainih horses, or racing. If you knowzilch there maybe a chance your ignorance will allow you to find the story interesting..
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't my cup of tea. It is a second chance romance about a heroine who is a jockey and her former love who now manages the team of the next great horse. Emery had a bad accident that broke her leg and forced her to stop pursuing her goal of being the first woman jockey to win a major race. Her Ex Trip is managing the team that controls a horse that is predicted to win the triple crown and just happens to be the horse that Emery trained when she was younger. She guilts Trip into allowing her to ride and when things don't work out, she put him in a difficult place and forces him to chose between her and his career. I didn't really enjoy this book because the main characters where flat and hard to connect to. I grew up with horses and missed the personality I thought I would read about in a horse related book. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Racing Hearts,  Melissa West Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, Well, I’m a sucker for anything involving horses and this had some great reviews...sadly having struggled through it – to the point I nearly abandoned it a few times – its not one for me. There’s nothing actually wrong with it, except that it just didn’t move me, I felt indifferent at best to the characters and annoyed at worst. Horses? A book about racing that’s what you’d expect, yes? Except you’d be wrong. There’s one horse, just one, in a few scenes with a mention of a couple of others. No stables scenes  or horse training, of life in a busy top training yard. No evidence of owners, jockeys, yard boys and girls, no horse related issues – nothing. That’s a big disappointment for me, I expected the story to be set around that kind of background, but we see more of the inside of the two town cafe/bakeries that the yard life. The cover should have tipped me off ;- ) Then there’s Emery, and I understood her issues at first when she was just 17 but she’s 25 now – time to stand up to her dad, not keel over and hide like a naughty ten year old. I didn’t really understand the issues stopping her and Trip first time round, why he didn’t tell her at least, why neither tried to contact each othe,r and now eight years on they’re still letting it hold them back. Argghhh, grow a back bone people. Emery had a bad accident – hey its racing it happens all the while. As Him Indoors likes to tell me over and over, horses and accidents go together, but he knows, if they’re in your blood that doesn’t stop you. Jockeys though take it further, hide broken bones so they can race, and get back up with sprains, bruises, concussions as if its nothing. I’m not that tough. Emery boke her leg, I broke my hip ( falling out of a wheelchair, not even on my horse, just moving the electric fence for them) I was advised not to ride for a year, and that it takes 18 months for long bones like legs to heal fully. Emery though, a top jockey, hasn’t even sat on a horse for two years...is still using a walking stick and yet expects Trip and the horses owner to let her ride him? Why? He’s a multi million dollar horse, hard to handle, giving experienced jockeys an issue, and if she doesn’t handle it that could cost them all $$$$$$$$s What makes her think they should even consider the risk? She’s not putting herself out, hasn’t even kept up her fitness, and it takes a lot of stamina to control an animal of that size. That was just so unreal I was eye rolling when she asked, and gobsmacked at the result..... So, the horse side, a let down and unbelievable when it did happen, the romance – they were like pre-schoolers in how they acted, even though the tension and sexuality between them sizzled really well on the page. The final straw for me was the feud between the two ladies and the way the town all rallied or otherwise. Wasn’t there anything more important going on? I know small town politics likes to blow things up – its the same here in UK, but this was just too OTT for me. All in all sadly a book that I had high hopes for was a fail for me, but the high reviews mean its not for others – another example of how we all want different things from our reading, so read the sample, read reviews and make up your own mind.   Stars: Two, a good book potentially that for me just didn’t work. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers  If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please cli
erinlee20 More than 1 year ago
You all know of my love of all the things Melissa West writes so it won’t be a surprise for you to know that I loved the first book of the Racing Hearts series she has written. Now, I don’t tend to read a lot of straight romance books but I jumped at the chance to read this new one because I trust this author to write a fantastic story and build out some well-developed characters. You will not be surprised to know, I loved this one and can’t wait to read more of this series. Emery has grown up in her father’s stables and she has always wanted to win. When something happens that throws her off course, Emery fights her way back only her father is not allowing her to get back on the track while he is in charge. Because of this, Emery knows the only other person who can help her achieve what she wants is the one person she isn’t sure will help her - Trip Hamilton. Trip is the oldest Hamilton brother and runs the family stables. He is also considered the best horse trainer in the world and Emery needs his help. Being a top trainer, Trip is able to work with some of the best horses on the track and when Emery calls him up to ask for a meeting, Trip has mixed feelings. Add to that, when Emery finds out the new colt he has is the same one she had her eye on at the Carlisle stables, she almost forces him to see her because she knows that this horse is the one to get her back on the track. Add to all of this the fact that these two had a prior relationship that didn’t necessarily end the way they wanted, and there is an added layer to this story that makes it more than just about the horse racing. I loved seeing these two make their way back to each other and the banter, the romance, and the horse racing all tie this story together and make it fantastic. There are some bumps along the way – both with Emery trusting herself and getting over her fear and crutch (literally) as well as the rift created with her father when he finds out that she went to Trip behind his back. I really enjoyed the secondary characters West created in this book and as I mentioned, Trip is the oldest brother of three so we get at least two more swoony guys to read about. Nick and Alex are both interesting just based on the glimpses I got of them in Racing Hearts so I will be looking forward to the next books. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Kate, Emery’s best friend. She is a great friend to Kate and I am looking forward to reading more about her. I have said this before and I will say it again, if you haven’t read anything by Melissa West – fix that problem right now. YA, NA, Adult Romance…you can choose almost anything and get a wonderful story, great characters, and definitely some swoony romance. Racing Hearts is the start of a great new series by West and I can’t wait to read more about the Hamiltons!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Racing Hearts by Melissa West is a book that you don't want it to end. I read this book in about 5 hours with one break...I could not put it down. The characters were so well written I felt like I knew them. Emery and Trip had such chemistry throughout this story. Trip is a hot horse trainer with attitude, what more could you ask for in a book boyfriend. Emery such a beautiful horse jockey that is a very strong woman. This story had what I like in my books second chance romance, sweet, fun, happy times, sad times, family drama and love. I would highly recommend this book to all readers, I absolutely loved it. Melissa West has became my favorite author and I can't get enough of her books. I am so excited this series is a trilogy, so there is more to come. I was given an ARC by publisher via NetGalley, for my honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Emery is tough and determined to get back into racing regardless of what her parents think about it. The fact that she hasn't been able to get back on a horse shouldn't be a problem right?? It appears though that the only way to do that is to go to the one man she's ever loved and who had walked away from her when she was 17. Trip has worked hard to earn his sterling reputation, so he never should have said yes to Emery. Unfortunately he had always had a hard time telling her no and it would appear that hasn't changed. Will he be able to help her get past her fears and get her mounted again? I really loved this story. I don't know a thing about horses or the horse racing community yet I found it so interesting reading about both in this book. The characters worked wonderfully together I absolutely can't wait to read more in this series. Those Hamilton brothers are yummy! This is one I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has it all! Humor, romance, crazy families and friendship. You won't be disappointed .
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“Life is never easy. Decisions are never easy, but I’d always rather move forward than stand still. I can correct my mess-ups, but I can’t bring back a lost moment. I can’t ask for the rainbow to reappear, the wish to return. It’s all a gamble. You have to choose whether you want to watch the race…or run it.” Racing Hearts was such a sweet read. This is the type of book that you go into knowing that it’s going to take you for a ride, but leave you with the biggest smile on your face. And let me tell you, I have yet to stop smiling. Racing Hearts is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Emery and Trip. Emery has had a tough few years; finally recovered from a competition injury, she wants nothing more than to get back into the saddle again and do what she’s born to do. Unfortunately, that’s a risk that her father isn’t willing to take. So, Emery sucks up her pride and contacts the one person she hasn’t spoken to in years; hoping he will take a chance and give Emery a piece of her life back….Trip is considered one of the best horse trainers in the world. His main focus is winning and making a name for his business. All is going to plan, until Emery comes back into his life. Seeing and being around Emery again, brings back a lot of old feelings and Trip doesn’t know quite what to do with them. Emery and Trip try to keep things professional, but the chemistry between the two of them refuses to be ignored. Will Emery and Trip give in to what they both want? Will they be able to move on from the past? Will Emery have the chance to prove she is meant to ride? You’ll just have to read for yourself to find out these answers. I have to say that I really loved the idea of this story. It was so refreshing and intriguing. From the moment I met Emery, I had to know more about her. My heart went out to her. I understood her fears and wanted nothing more for her, than for her to get the chance to prove that she belongs in the horse racing world. And Trip…well, he frustrated me, but in the very next breath, could make my heart swoon. With lines like these: “I’ve been a half self. Breathing, but not living. Experiencing, but not caring. I have woken up every single day with one woman’s face in my mind, only to know I couldn’t do anything about it. Don’t sit there and act like you know what’s in my head. You don’t know. You don’t have the first damn clue.” and “God, I love you.” “I feel like I’ve loved you my whole life, like every moment before you was dead and useless, like I wasn’t really living, like I wasn’t breathing. And then you came into my life and showed me all that spunk and fire, and now I can’t seem to function without you. I don’t want care about this race. I don’t care if we win or if we lose. I don’t care if I never have another trophy on my mantel. All I care about is you.” I loved the push and pull between Emery and Trip. You could really feel their connection and I just loved watching these two navigate their way back to each other. Racing Hearts was a quick and enjoyable read for me. I loved everything about this story: from the plot, to the characters, to the romance and to the horse racing. I found this book to be perfectly paced and loved that it was light on the drama. Racing Hearts is a wonderful start to the Hamilton Stables series and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in this series! *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the education on horse racing. Loved the characters. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could use a bit more focus on the horse and racing aspect, but that's just me. The perfect mix of romance and horses. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it. Nice flow. Happy ending. Good read.
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