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Stormi's Review: Making the Running (Aspen Valley #4) by Hannah Hooton


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Publisher: Aspen Valley Books

Released: February 18, 2015

Genre: Sports Romance

Length: 316 pages

Format: ebook , paperback

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On the surface of things, life for stable lass, Kate Creswell, looks rosy. Wealthy boyfriend, Nicholas, is a text-book example of the perfect partner, and her ambition to lead up at Cheltenham Festival is set to come true with her favourite horse, d'Artagnan. But dig a little deeper and things aren’t quite so blissful... ***WARNING*** Some characters in this novel use colourful language and engage in activities of a sexual nature which some readers might find offensive. On the surface of things, life for stable lass, Kate Creswell, looks rosy. Wealthy boyfriend, Nicholas, is a text-book example of the perfect partner, and her ambition to lead up at Cheltenham Festival is set to come true with her favourite horse, d'Artagnan. But dig a little deeper and thing aren’t quite so blissful. There’s the small task of keeping her mother's alcoholism a secret from Nicholas's well-to-do family. What about Nicholas’s dislike of d’Artagnan’s jockey, Ben de Jager? Could there be something more sinister to Ben's ability to be a good loser, and could their Gold Cup bid be in jeopardy? A lot of things can change between flag fall and finish line. Nothing is a certainty. Not in life, not in racing, and not in love.

Five Boundless Stars

The book follows Kate, a worker at Aspen Valley. She ends up meeting brothers, Ben and Nicholas, who own some of the horses she cares for. I saw Making the Running as a toss-up as to who Kate really liked. It was hard to really know. While she was dating Nicholas, she seemed to be falling for the charms of Ben as well. I didn't really know what was going to happen. I feel badly for Kate. While she loves her job, she has a really hard family life. Her mother is an alcoholic and her younger brother is getting into trouble at school. Her sister also works at Aspen Valley as the secretary and she has something up her sleeve that could potentially hurt both hers and Katie’s jobs. So throughout this book it’s hard not to feel for her and all she has on her plate. Along with that her love life between Ben and Nicholas has her confused and hurting more than feeling loved. Kate's story is a sad one but, through all the pain she suffers, I have to admire her love and dedication to the horses. She wants so much for them and you can feel the love she has for them just from reading the story. I loved this book, it was wonderful. It's a little more sorrowful and personal and that made it hard to put down. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.


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