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Run for the Roses based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
fourstars In Kentucky’s horse country, murder and intrigue surround the horses, riders and owners preparing for the Derby. IT technician Val and jockey Janelle are best friends working on a horse farm. When Janelle is badly injured, Val and Janelle’s father Wyatt must uncover the truth behind her accident. But Val just can’t help his attraction to the older man… This is an exciting, whirlwind tour of the horseracing industry. The author has researched the racing world carefully for this suspenseful murder-mystery story. Her Kentucky farmland is an eerily idylic setting for the gruesome goings on. Val’s isolated cottage is way too spooky late at night! All three characters are well drawn. Val’s relationships with his dogs and his horse were brilliant, Val and Janelle’s relationship was very sweet, and the back stories for all three characters are carefully constructed. This is ultimately Val’s story and he is revealed to us very slowly as the story progresses. I like Wyatt as a character, but I’m not sure I love the inter-generational romance, especially as Janelle is like a sister to Val. I also struggled to believe in Wyatt and Janelle’s relationship. Ultimately, this is a great suspense story. There are romantic moments, but this is a mystery. The plot is complex and I found myself flipping back through the book to pick up tiny details I missed on the first read. I’d recommend it for horse lovers and suspense readers who enjoy a little bit of m/m romance. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. ~Sarah
I was really worried when I started reading this book because I’m not a horse race person. At all. And when I realized that’s what the book was about, I was so worried that I was going to be lost and left scratching my head while reading it. I was SO HAPPY when I realized that Ms. Nobel did such a great job explaining the horse racing, the behind the scenes, and everything else, to where I was able to completely understand what was going on and didn’t feel lost at all. Even adding in the insane amount of drama and suspense that was taking place in this book, I just couldn’t put it down. I had to find out more about what was going to happen, and what was happening between Val and Wyatt. The pages couldn’t turn quick enough! I do have to say that this is the first book by Ms. Nobel that I have read, and it most certainly won’t be the last! I can’t wait to dive into book 2 right away! Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*