Author: A.J. Marcus and Nicole Godfrey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/12/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Paranormal
After a run of bad luck, gifted horse trainer Cole Frasier thinks he’s lost his touch. When he’s offered three times his normal rate to gentle a stallion, he needs the money badly enough he jumps at the opportunity, even if his boss is of questionable morality.
Once he meets Midnight Blood, he knows there’s something special about the horse, but he doesn’t know how special until he begins sharing dreams with the magnificent steed.
Derek Dancing Hawk is a horse shifter trapped in his horse form due to guilt over losing the wild herd he was guarding. When he meets Cole, as Midnight Blood, he wants to find a way to be human again. During a fight between Cole and the ranch foreman, he manages to shift and save Cole, but his transformation from horse to human is captured on camera. This not only gives Cole’s boss blackmail material, but also creates the need to warn the horse shifter council of the threat to their anonymity. The existence of shifters is a closely guarded secret, one they will go to great lengths to keep.
I love horses, so when I saw Hoofbeats come up, complete with a sexy horse shifter, I had to grab it! I am so glad I did. It had great pacing, interesting backstories, likable main characters and suitably villainous bad guys.
I loved Derek as a horse as well as a man; there was enough animal in his thoughts to make it interesting and show him as more than either of his parts. I also loved Cole and his care and love of horses. It made for a strong relationship between the two.
The villainy part of the story was a little melodramatic at times, but it was entertaining. The world of the made up horse show was unique and I would have liked to see such pageantry in real life. Despite some murder, sabotage, blackmail and mayhem, in the end we get our Happily-Ever-After.
If you are a lover of horses and are looking for a different kind of shifter book, this may just be what you want!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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