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Publisher's Summary

Everyone thinks A.J. Sutherland is crazy to buy a rogue stallion that no rider or trainer has been able to tame. But if anybody has the hustle to make something out of that hell-raiser, it’s her. She can’t do it alone, however, and goes after the great Devlin McCloud, an equestrian legend with a bad leg - and a worse attitude.

Devlin recognizes a fighter when he sees one - and that horse isn’t a wallflower, either. Before he knows it, he’s got a wild stallion in his empty stable and a hot-headed, heavenly-bodied rider sleeping on his couch. But can he get all three of them through the championship in one piece?

This passion he’s found with his rider is compromising training - and at this level of competition, any distraction is not just unprofessional, but downright deadly…

©2012 J. R. Ward (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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“Fans of Nora Roberts...will savor every well-written page.” ( Booklist)
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Light easy listen equestrian based romance

Firstly, let me say I'm a huge JRW fan, anything that gets written by her is an automatic download for me - especially after Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels Series however, be warned this is nothing like them and that this 'new release' is deceiving in that it was actually her FIRST published book.

This is a 'turn your brain off and just listen' type book, it's an enjoyable lighthearted sweet romance about A.J. the daughter of a rich stable owner who buys a thoroughbred horse named Sabbath in the hope of training him for Show Jumping and takes on more than she bargains for. Devlin's, a mentally and physically tormented ex Show Jumping Champion who becomes involved and is forced to help her and their attraction is immediate. Their relationship is developed and established early on in the book so you are left with a lot of equestrian dialogue merging with a few white lies and bad decisions made by them that has disasterous effects on their relationship.

Worth a credit? No, I was expecting more from the writer of the BDB (not realising it was her first) but if you like the sound of the above then spend your $ rather than a credit 'cause it's cheap enough.

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Surprise, I liked it!

I bought this book more than 6 months ago, glad I finally listened to it! I am not a horse person, it's fair to say I am ANTI horse...and had I known at the time that is what this book was about it wouldn't have made it into my cart, even for the $5 I got it for, which is a shame because I would have missed out!

This is the first book JR Ward ever wrote, there is an awesome foreword on here from her too, which makes the book really special! This book is about a spoiled rich girl who is somehow salt of the earth. She doesn't think twice about spending 30k on a horse, but she will be the first to brush and care for it, many contradictions in that but in this story it works! The female lead is strong and smart, and the male lead is damaged but salvageable, and the two of them just work!

The best news about this story is that the drama was believable and the reactions were appropriate to the issues....I love it when an author gets that right!

I wouldn't have been sad if I had paid full price, used a credit or gotten it on sale! It was sweet, nice, dramatic, and you get to feel two people fall in love over time, not in a day, and isn't THAT a nice change....the one draw back is the hot scenes weren't actually there, one bad point to me, but others out there may be thrilled to have a romance without an ounce of erotica, so to those people, ENJOY!

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Good solid entertainment

I've always enjoyed J.R. Ward's Brotherhood series, and took a chance on this book. Excellent! It was an enjoyable listen, well thought out and spot on about her horses! I was impressed by her story telling and development of the characters. Well done!!

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Slow moving story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. Story was decent but predictable and didn't really have a cliffhanger moment..
I read a lot of JR Ward books and I know this is her first book so I take that into consideration.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Give it more depth.

What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s voice?

Annoying
Lack of good male voice portrayal

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Not sure...

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Not JR Ward's best

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Facts were confusing. As a barn mom I was very confused were they show jumping? Or eventing? For a horse person it was very distracting the mixing of eventing and show jumping terms. Also who would spend all day working a horse???? I Love JR Ward other stories but this one was lacking facts.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing I thought the narration was great!

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Not the most painful, but still pretty bad.

Definitely struggled to finish this one.

The voice actor is okay, but the accent for the 80 year old farm hand went from American grandpa, to Irish gypsy with a swing of Louisiana creole. It was probably bad directing, but it was so noticeably bad.

Warning of spoilers for the story below.

The female lead is annoying, and she doesn't get better. I guess you could say she got some character development by realizing she's a reckless little rich girl. But I don't really see the change from when she started realizing that.

She still kept being reckless and when she didn't get what she wanted in the end, she basically threw a temper tantrum and was like "Fine then, I quit and it's all your fault for breaking up with me."

Literally the thing she said she loved most in the world, that was important enough to break away from her family for, became moot because her boyfriend broke up with her. All because she was lying to him and it made her feel bad that he wasn't going to take any of her bullshit.

But you know how romance books go, he just "can't live with out her", they all make half assed apologies and they get married the next day (forget rebuilding trust, that's for losers that want healthy relationships.) and ride off into the sunset.

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Horses and heat!

Very well written and surprisingly detailed equestrian story line. Great decision to use just a few relatable characters - kept the story close-knit. Loved this book!

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Wonderful Love Story

I’ve been a JR Ward fan for several years and just found that she got her start with a series of 4 independent novels. She is a masterful writer and really showed her capability to write a story full of interesting characters built on a solid plot and full of emotions.

Loved this book and am purchasing the other three Jessica Bird books.

Kate Rudd as a narrator gave a good performance and I would also recommend her as a quality narrator

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A little childish

I was so excited to have a horse story of a jumper.. I thought it would bring back the memories of my yesterday's when I rode and jumped.. The sad part is over all I found this to be childish I fast forward most of it to get to the good parts of the horse.. Even the reader sounded childish to me.. I'm disappointed I wouldn't waste the money or credit on it..

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Boring

This was a long drawn out out listen. I skipped most of the book. I expected more from JR Ward.