A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Anne Jolin for giving me the opportunity to read and review her novel, Change Rein.
London Daniels was injured on her horse on national television while competing for the gold in the Summer Olympics. Depressed and out of commission due to her injury, she becomes snarky and rude during an interview and becomes a national disgrace when the article is published. She seeks solace in her family and home at Willow Bay stables. But her father is having trouble keeping the stables afloat and the family needs money for it to survive, and fast. Luckily the wealthy tycoon Branson Tucker needs a somewhere to board his horses after they were displaced by a fire on his property
London is likeable, driven, snarky and spunky. She is realistically disheartened after her injury and public failure at the Olympics. She has walls and can protect herself from all the naysayers even though she has a protective brother and sister. Her love for her family is as equally strong and compelling as her love for her horses.
Branson is driven, smart, rich, and just a bit spoiled and sure of himself. Strangely, he’s still a very attractive and interesting character despite his flaws. He also has a huge crush on London ever since he first saw her compete. While boarding his horses at her stables, he plans to make her his, and his alone. He plans to make her his wife.
This was a very short novel to read. It was very romantic; but I liked how the romance wasn’t rushed and slower to begin on a physical level. It made the book that much more romantic for me as the reader.
I am eager to read more in this series.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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Author: Anne Jolin
Series: Willow Bay Stables #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance & Sports Equestrian Romance
~ SYNOPSIS ~
London Daniels is returning home to Willow Bay, Alberta, on the heels of a televised loss. She blew her shot at the Summer Olympics and cost Canada the gold medal in dressage.
During her years of training abroad, her family’s stable has fallen on hard times, and thus, they’ve accepted an offer to board the racehorses of Branson Tucker, the infamous tycoon, for the winter.
London lacks conviction after her ill-fated fall. And as if returning to her hometown to watch her epic failure replay on everyone’s big screen isn’t torture enough, she’s expected to cater to a man with an ego bigger than her hundred-acre farm just to earn a dime.
Is London saddling up for another ride that will leave both her heart and her ass in the dirt? Or could the handsome, unwanted guest at Willow Bay Stables be her second chance to go for gold?
~ PURCHASE ~
~ PLAYLIST ~
If It Ain’t Too Much To Ask – Jackson Young
Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
My Heart Skips a Beat – Dwight Yoakam
Angels Fall Sometimes – Josh Turner
Love on Me – Brent Cobb
Ride (feat. Macy Maloy) – Chase Rice
Cowboys and Angels – Dustin Lynch
A Soft Place to Fall – Allison Moorer
Sober Me Up – Frankie Ballard
How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls – George Straight
Real Good Man – Tim McGraw
Why God Made Love Songs – Joel Crouse
On to Something Good – Ashley Monroe
Kiss by Kiss – Brett Young
Smoke – A Thousand Horses
Georgia Rain – Trisha Yearwood
Cowgirl – Tyler Farr
Shut Me Up – Old Dominion
Little Bitty Dreams – Will Hoge
She’s Got This Thing About Her – Chris Young
Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
~ EXCERPT ~
After helping her up onto the tailgate, I grab the wine and two glasses. When I join her in the bed of the truck, I pour us each a cup and then lift my glass up to hers for a toast.
“Here’s to first dates.”
After clinking her cup with mine, she takes a delicate sip, and the rumble in my chest comes unexpectedly as she swallows the wine.
As if on cue, the radio changes, and the first twangs of Jackson Young’s “If It Ain’t Too Much To Ask” drift out across the lake.
After we set our cups down on the edge of the truck bed, her arms wrap around my neck. My palm splays over her lower back as I tuck the sweetness of her body against mine.
“You makin’ it a habit of wooing me with your dancin’ skills, cowboy?” She laughs, and the way it mixes with the song has to be the most heavenly thing I’ve ever heard.
My cheek brushes hers as we dance closer. “That depends.”
“On?” Her breath whispers against my ear.
“If it’s working or not.”
She laughs again, and with God as my witness, I’m a lucky bastard to be holding her right now. “It might be,” she teases.
Her body was made for mine. Pressed together, we’re even more perfect. Strawberry wine dousing our inhibitions in wild desire.
The chorus to the song is coming up, and knowing I don’t suck at least half as much as she does, I sing softly into her ear, albeit still out of tune. She joins me, singing adorably off tune into my ear. “I know it ain’t an easy life, people can tell you that”—She hums along, folding her body closer around mine—“but to ask for a little bit, just a little bit back, If it ain’t too much to ask..”
“If it ain’t too much to ask,” her voice sings adorably off tune into my ear.
I chuckle, and she reaches down to elbow me in the side before her eyes find mine once again.
“If it ain’t too much to ask, cowboy…I could really go for that kiss right about now.” She tries to sing along with the song, but by adding her own words, she fails miserably.
But it’s the thought that counts.
Do I hate that she felt she had to ask for it? Bet your ass I do. Will it stop me from giving her what she wants? Not a chance in hell.
Tipping my invisible cowboy hat towards her with one hand, I put the other in the hair at the base of her neck. “Nothing you ask will ever be too much, London.” With that, I give in to the greatest temptation I’ve ever had and every desire I’ve ever dreamed of.
It’s only with unique restraint that I’m able to keep my lips from fully crashing down onto hers. Instead, I take her softly, certain I’ve died and gone to heaven at the first taste of her. When she whimpers, the greed in me takes the opportunity to slip my tongue into her mouth, claiming all she’ll give me. Her hands pull at the base of my neck, desperate to have me closer as the heat in our kiss grows deeper as the song comes to a close.
After breaking apart, I rest my forehead on hers, running my thumb across her bottom lip. Then I sing the very last line, holding her close.
I kissed the prettiest girl I’ve every laid eyes on while dancing on the tailgate of my truck in the middle of nowhere, and it was the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
~ BOOK TRAILER ~
~ TEASERS ~
~ OTHER BOOKS BY ANNE JOLIN ~
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~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR – ANNE JOLIN ~
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks.
I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.
Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that?
If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.
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