Book & Author Details:
Jockeying for You by Stacy Hoff
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: September 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Jake Carter is on a mission—to prove his family wrong. He may have bought a troubled horse, but he’s hired Ryder Hannon, a “horse whisperer,” to get his horse back on track. She’s more than just a trainer to him, she’s the woman he’s been looking for.
Ryder Hannon, a thoroughbred horse trainer, has a big problem—fighting her fear of racing again. Her emotional scars run deeper than her physical ones. But her romantic feelings toward handsome, uber-rich, stable owner Jake Carter is a bigger problem. Is Jake truly in love with her or is he using her to get back at his smug family?
When Jake’s jockey gets injured, he wants Ryder to race. He knows deep down she wants to live up to her family’s legacy. So why does she keep fighting him—and her destiny?
This is not a bad book by any means. The writing is decent, and I didn’t feel lost by the jargon specific to this sport. And, on the whole, the characters are both likeable and relatable.
The part of the story I struggled with a bit was the instalove. It felt a little bit hard to believe, especially when read from Jake’s POV. Added to that, Ryder was so quick to believe the worst, but without any real cause. I think that particular pressure point to the relationship could (for my taste) have had a bit more build up or reasoning behind it.
Put together however, those points were just speed bumps in what was otherwise a sweet, if a little predictable, read.
I voluntarily reviewed a Review copy of this book.
Stacy Hoff is a writer, as well as an attorney. She has practiced law for almost two decades, specializing in contracts. Romance novels have always been her secret passion. She writes her romantic stories until the wee hours of the night. Stacy lives in New England with her husband and two boys.