One of my favorite Het YA books is all about the horse world though it focuses on jumpers, I have had a level of fascination with horses of all kinds for quite a while. I have never owned one but have ridden a few in my time. Out of the Gate by EM Lynley appealed to that girl in me that has long since longed to own a horse.
Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
British actor Wesley Tremayne thinks he’s close to hitting the big time—a film career—with his role as a hunky explorer on a popular American TV show. Success should be just around the corner, as long as he keeps his sexual orientation a secret. Wes’s best friend and beard, Julia Compton, forms the other half of a glamorous Hollywood couple that’s merely a façade.
Evan Taylor left his acting career behind five years ago without looking back. He’s always been more comfortable around horses than people—especially Hollywood types. His new life training racehorses is a dream come true, but increasing financial problems and an abusive boyfriend have him doubting himself and his choices.
Then Wes and his friends buy a third-rate racehorse—partially for publicity—and send him to Evan’s stable. Wes’s friendship with Evan soon develops into an overpowering attraction he can’t act on. He’s never met a man like Evan, but if there’s any chance for a future together, Wes must choose between a career he loves and the man he adores.
Out of the Gate is the tale of two people that don’t want to find each other being thrown together and succumbing to their incredible chemistry. That is not to say it is an easy road for closeted British actor, Wes, and actor turned racehorse trainer, Evan. It is far from easy in fact. First of all Evan is in a 5 year relationship, not that said relationship is healthy. Secondly, Wes is in the public eye and under the impression that he has to be straight to maintain his career. Third, Evan has some secrets of his own in his past that undermine his self-confidence and his ability to believe in Wes. Finally, there is something sinister going on that is trying to ruin Evan. Many subplots packed into these 90,000 words.
I enjoyed the love story, because I loved Wes and Evan as characters, but I felt the sub-plots left something to be desired. There was a serious lack of communication leading to hurt feelings and unnecessary secrets. For the most part, however, those secrets and hurt feelings did not lead to any strife for the characters. They were almost TOO good for each other, if that is possible. I do not want to give too much away, but I felt the subplot of the boyfriend and his mistakes could have been enhanced quite a bit. It almost seemed as an afterthought for manufacturing angst.
All that being said; I could not stop reading this book. When I first started it, I was not entirely sure I would be able to finish it, but once Evan and Wes started to click, it just had me wanting to read a little more, and then a little more… and then.. well you get the idea.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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