She can’t stand them.
Refuses to be one.
Tessa Brooks is strong-willed, sassy, and determined, on the brink of dominating in the testosterone-fueled sport of horse racing. She’s spent her life avoiding the norm, staying true to herself to achieve her ultimate goals.
Her relationship with Jace Hitchen, her brother’s best friend, just might be the biggest cliche of all. Over the years, he’s been her protector, her annoyance, her confidante, her crush. But giving in to what she’s really wanted for the last ten years could be the very thing that destroys everything she’s worked for and wanted. Can Tessa achieve her dreams for the future, but still hold on to the past?
This book isn’t one of my normal reads. To be honest… Anything that has to do with horses…. I try to say away from. (Just not my thing)
But I took a chance on this book because I really liked how this book was described in the blurb.
I’m so glad I took the chance!
I saw a documentary on HBO a while ago about the life of a Jockey. And after reading this book. This author pretty much just nailed it. All the struggles a Jockey goes through trying to make a name for themselves. And the 2 real problems that Jockeys face everyday. The struggle with their weight. And what all that entails trying to maintain weight.
It was heartbreaking reading it.
This book I felt had the perfect balance. It wasn’t all about the horses (which I thought would play a big role). It was about a girl trying to prove herself in this profession.
And really… Trying to find a balance with everything…. Work, Family, friends, food, and a relationship.
And her struggle to stay on top. She made, many sacrifices to get to where she was in her career. Making everything else fall to the waist side.
Tessa was the youngest of six kids. She was the wild child. She knew what she wanted it seemed right from the beginning.
Her character I had mixed feelings. She was kind of cold. It was her way or no way. And everyone had to just deal with it….
Jace was the best friend of Tessa’s older brother Lawrence. Jace was an only child and spent lots of his time over at Lawrence’s house. So he was considered an honorary member of their family.
They pretty much looked after Tessa since birth.
The relationship between Tessa and Jace took some time… But I felt once they got things started… Tessa kind of freaked out about it all and just overall felt overwhelmed with it.
That’s when I felt the book plateaued for me.
I was hoping for a little more from them… But in the end it all seemed to work out. I was really happy with how it ended.
All of Tessa family members I loved. They brought a lot to the book but didn’t over take it. All the horse lingo wasn’t over the top in this book. It actually made want to go to a race track to check out a race!..lol
I could just kick myself for having never been to a race before! I use to live not that far from the Santa Anita race track. And not once did I ever go to a race!
Now I live close to the Del Mar Race Track… I think I’m going to have to make a trip & check it all out!
Overall… This was a good read! I loved how the book just flowed for me. I will definitely check out other books by this author.