March 1, 2017 by Evelyn Summers
When horse racing and football collide, Hunter McCoy, star tight end of the Seattle Steelheads and neophyte horse owner, finds himself in a battle of wills with a sexy horsewoman and a stubborn, champion Thoroughbred.
In order to save the farm and fulfill her dying mother’s wish, Kate Vanderhof-Carrigan’s Thoroughbred has to beat Hunter’s horse in the Derby, an easy enough feat until her heart entered the race.
Lilli McCoy, Hunter’s sister, has been burned by men before, but she’d believed her last boyfriend was The One. He wasn’t. He couldn’t deal with Lilli’s disability and used her blindness as tool to cheat on her. Reeling from the betrayal, Lilli returns home to lick her wounds. She hadn’t factored in the instant attraction she’d feel for her brother’s playboy teammate, Cameron Swift. One playboy in her life should’ve been enough.
Review by Sheena
This book was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads…this is an absorbing romantic sports story…the two main characters, Hunter and Kate, come from very different backgrounds and are both stubborn, opinionated individuals with a common goal to train a thoroughbred horse to win the Kentucky Derby…everything rides ( no pun intended) on the outcome of the race.. the added bonus in this book is that there are two love stories; things are hotting up between Hunter’s sister and his team mate Cam…but not everyone is happy with the situation..
Over the course of this series the author has created a group of great characters all interconnected through sport, family and friendship….their relationships are all plausible full of humour, teasing, loyalty and love…and this seventh book in the series benefits from their ad hoc appearances throughout adding another level of humour and interest … I particularly loved the sweet relationship between Hunter, the overprotective brother and Lilli, his totally capable and lively sister … as for him and Kate there is a whole lot of sexual tension ; how resistant can two people be to each others charms … in fact a couple of times I felt like banging their heads together to knock some sense into them…particularly Hunter whose belief systems play havoc with his ability to choose the perfect woman for him…
What is evident from the detail that the author includes in the scenes relating to horses and racing is that she really knows her subject and this makes the story so much more realistic and meaningful…This is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read with plenty of surprises and revelations along the way……..not to mention two great love stories….