Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Fiction
Horses were his passion, until he laid eyes on his boss.
Eighteen months ago, tragedy struck Bywater Farm when a riding accident killed Clay Hunter’s lover and traumatized his prize horse, King of Hearts. Clay and King lingered in limbo, surviving but not really living, until a breath of fresh air in the form of Luke Davis, a new groom in the stud barn, revives them both.
When a fall from King’s back sends Luke to the emergency room, Clay watches the shaky foundation of their budding relationship tumble down. Can Clay really love a jockey again, or will his fear of losing another man he loves keep them apart for good?
This was a great comfort/healing story from Ariel Tachna where not just one of the MC’s needed some TLC to aid in his recovery but also a beautiful horse named King who played a pivotal role in first friendship then romance.
Clay Hunter owns a successful stable and had everything he wanted until he lost his business partner and lover in a terrible accident involving their favourite horse eighteen months ago. Now Clay and King are going through the motions but are nowhere near recovered or finished grieving. King hasn’t been ridden since that day in fact there are only a couple of people that he will tolerate anywhere near him so when Clay spots a young stable hand offering King comfort and more importantly King accepting it things at the stable begin to change.
Luke Davis has worked at the stables for the past six months and has kept his head down determined to stay out of trouble. He has debts to pay off so his social life is non-existent but the job is more important to him than anything else and he has a real affinity with the horses. When he’s called into the office by the boss, the very handsome but oh so intimidating boss, his life changes for the better but becomes infinitely more complicated at the same time.
I loved the tentative move to friendship first between these two. Luke had already proved he had an almost magic personality when it came to calming King but he seems to have the same effect on a skittish Clay. I liked the slow build too and whilst Luke was young and inexperienced he was very clear on what he wanted from a relationship and wasn’t afraid to wait until he got it. There are a few bumps along the way – when Luke falls off King Clay’s emotions spiral out of control once again – but Luke is there to steady him, they really do work well together.
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