Saturday, October 6, 2012

Worth Winning by Tricia Johnson

Title: Worth Winning
Author: Tricia Johnson
My Rating: A-




Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: -
Main Characters: Sarah and Drew
Release Date: April 2012
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
ISBN: e-book

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Sexual Intensity: mild


Story Overview:
Equestrian Sarah Ames can't believe her sexy silent partner has found his voice. After two years of being in the background as part owner of her Grand Prix dressage prospect, Drew Davenport has put down his foot--he wants a foal from a gorgeous Andalusian stallion, Festivo, and Sarah's mare will be the perfect dam. But when he uses her long denied feelings to sway her to his cause, will she fight for her dream or will she find that both could lead to a prize worth winning?

Contains: Lots of conflict for a short story, a hot kiss, a boob grope and a happy ending.


My Review:
Aww, friends to lovers...it is my favorite trope and this was an excellent example of how to do it well. 

Sarah and her brother train horses on the family farm. Their parents died suddenly when Sarah was a teenager. She didn't handle it well and her brother Todd was overwhelmed trying to suddenly take over the family farm. In stepped Drew, who basically took over and reined the out of control Sarah in from her self-destruction. She's had a thing for him ever since, but he's dated a long string of model-types who fit in with his Manhattan lifestyle.

Even though they were all close friends, Drew has never been an active part of the farm/ranch, although he did become a silent partner with Sarah on a horse, Prima, a couple of years ago. Now that horse has been hurt and Drew has shown up, trying to pressure Sarah into breeding Prima, although Sarah still has high hopes that the horse can fully recover. Sarah feels trapped by the pressure Drew is putting on her, especially since he is acting strangely and she just isn't sure how to read him since he showed up.

The book is very short and is told entirely from Sarah's point of view. She's extremely confused by Drew and his actions. As she swings from anger to confusion to hope, you swing right along with her. And even though the book is from Sarah's point of view, you get a good feeling for the emotional upheaval in Drew's world too. This author knows how to write emotion!!

Like I said, this is a short book (under 20,000 words I think). I read it on a Sunday afternoon while I folded my laundry. It provides just enough to give you that happy zing from reading a really good romance.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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