by Ryan Jo Summers4 out of 5
Set against the exciting backdrop in the chase for the Triple Crown and filled with mystical surprises. Season is not a witch, but she can make a horse run and Ty’s heart race.
Season Moriarty is part fey and part druid. She can see the future and alter it. She welds control over the natural elements of earth, wind, fire, and water as well as manipulating life and death. She is an accomplished racehorse trainer, able to get any horse to run like the wind. Now Season has landed the dream job that will test all of her skills and abilities.
Ty Masters runs his horse racing business with an iron fist. No one dares to question him. He hires Season based on her reputation. Then they meet. Immediately, she questions him, challenges him, infuriates him, intrigues him, captivates him, and even intimidates him. Then she spellbinds him. But can she make a Triple Crown winner out of his willful colt?
Mysterious threats to Ty’s racehorses bring him and Season together in a race against the clock. As the stakes for the Triple Crown rise, and the mystery of who wants to destroy Ty deepens, so does the undeniable interest and fiery sparks between them.
Season has proven her skills as a racehorse trainer, and is about to start a job at the mysterious Ty Masters' yard. And domineering Ty... doesn't know what he's in for.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book.
As I am, first and foremost, a horsey person (albeit in the dressage world, not racing), I would like to say how much I liked the horsey side of this story. The facts were all correct, and the author made me believe that her characters (both two-legged and four-legged) were real and absolute pros.
I loved the story of Black Warrior and his progeny, as much as the romance. Following Sky Hunter on his journey into racing history was a real, fully-formed plot, not just a device for Season and Ty to bond. I was cheering for the horses as much as anything.
OK, onto the mere humans.
I really liked our heroine, Season. She's out to prove that she can train horses with the best of them. She has worked hard to get where she is, and puts the horses' welfare above all else.
Season also happens to have 'a touch of the fae' around her, being descended from druids. I liked how it's just a fact of her background, and her use of magic is subtly woven into what she does. Season is very strict on what she can and cannot do, and would never abuse her gift.
Ty Masters is a suitable love interest, and foil for Season. He is used to being feared and obeyed by his staff, and he is often clashing with his new trainer, as she fails to back down to his demands.
Underneath it all, he has a good heart, and is very fond of his horses. Ty only wants the best for them, but is used to being the Master amongst humans.
As often happens in romance books, the story falls flat when they finally fall into a relationship. Or at least, flat compared to the flare that went before it, with the sexual tension.
As Season and Ty are technically together from half-way, it changes the tone of the book.
The horsey-plot was all good, except towards the end. There's a mystery as to who might want to hurt the racehorses, or prevent them from running. It was a good mystery, but I felt the result was a bit of a Scooby-doo villain. Oh hey, it's this person nobody knows existed, and is shoved in to play a part.
Overall, this was a very good book, and I would recommend checking it out!