Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words
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Tormented by guilt, Jezebel came to Redemption Ranch to escape the past. When her mother pushes her into riding lessons with local veterinarian Matthias Saunders, Jezebel balks. Sure, the doctor is gorgeous, but he's completely obnoxious and knows how to push every one of her buttons. Her deep connection with The Reverend, a gentle stallion who guards her darkest secrets, has her agreeing to spend time with Dr. Saunders. Surely, a city girl can handle one country vet, even one with disturbingly blue eyes.
To start, I loved the cover of this book. The Reverend is truly the heart of this story. The way this stallion accepts Jezzy, as broken and unlikeable as she is, makes this a good read. I never connected to Jezebel; I understood she was emotionally abused in her relationship with Jeffery early on in the story, but it seemed to take forever to get to the true heart of the matter. I never understood her thought process, so not ‘getting’ or ‘liking’ this book is probably my own failing. I really liked Jezzy’s mother Bernice, she was so patient with her daughter (I am not sure I could have been). I also liked how she pushed Jezzy into riding lessons with Matthias. He was a wonderful character that had no idea what he was getting himself into with Jezzy, but he knew how to handle her cantankerous attitude. So if you like romances with a beast for a heroine and a swoon worthy hero this story may be for you, plus you get a wonderful story about a horse.
This book contains adult language and situations that may be offensive to some.
I found no significant proofing issues.
Rating: *** Three stars