Title: Racing Hearts
Author: Bailey Bradford, Morticia Knight, Helena Maeve, L.M. Somerton, Ethan Stone, Molly Ann Wishlade
Genre: Comedy and Humour, Contemporary, Crime and Mystery, Erotic Romance, Historic, Thriller And Suspense
Length: 294 pages (77,150 words)
Publisher: Pride Publishing (Dec8th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: ‘The Lonely Ones’ by Bailey Bradford
Marshall’s all city, and Rex is all cowboy, so it’s no wonder sparks fly when they meet.
Marshall Evans never wanted to inherit his grandfather’s Thoroughbred horse ranch. He doesn’t know much about raising and training racehorses, and he knows even less about the man who left him what he sees as a burden. His grandfather wasn’t a nice man at all, and he left the ranch to Marshall more as a fuck you to the one person who did want the ranch, who had tried to buy it, and had put up with years of verbal and at times, physical abuse, only to have his home yanked out from under his feet. Rex Martinez had only ever had one home, and that was the ranch. Now he was about to lose it.
Marshall arrives in the small town of Erring, NM, only to be confronted by this silently furious man, and together, they’re going to have to work out what to do. The will stipulates that Marshall can’t sell the ranch to Rex, because Allen found out Rex was gay. Rex didn’t know he knew, but the old man had no idea about Marshall since Marshall hadn’t been raised anywhere near him.
It’s not as simple as selling the ranch, either. Marshall thinks it will be, but no. He can’t put Rex out of a home so easily.
‘Racing for Home’ by Morticia Knight
Groom Charlie loves the Piedmont Farms horses—but not nearly as much as the man he can never have, Edward Piedmont.
At the age of twenty-two, Charlie has lived at Piedmont Farms—the largest race horse breeding facility on the east coast—for eight years. For five of those years, he’s been desperately in love with Albert Piedmont’s oldest son, Edward. At one time, he believed Edward’s declarations that they’d be together forever. It was a brutal slap in the face when Edward married a local heiress and moved away to live with her on her family estate. Only his love of the horses, including one in particular, has kept him from complete despair.
Edward knows that horse groom Charlie must hate him after being abandoned when Edward married Alice, but he’d thought he was doing the right thing at the time. After three years of a sham of a marriage, Alice has found someone who she really wants to marry, and Edward is free to divorce her. Edward moves back to Piedmont, desperate to get Charlie back, even if they would still have to hide their love.
Charlie wants to believe that Edward still loves him and that he can believe in him once again. But love between two men in 1912 America is even worse than love between someone of a higher and lower station. Charlie fears that it would never be possible for them to truly have a life together.
Edward’s father, Albert Piedmont, is also hiding. However, his secrets pertain to the possible loss of his once wildly successful horse breeding farm. When everything begins to rapidly crumble, Edward has to make a desperate move to secure a future for him and Charlie before it’s too late.
‘The Secret of Delville Wood’ by Helena Maeve
A handsome, naked man in his bed is the kind of surprise Silas lives for. The dead body hanging outside his window, not so much.
In the shadow of the Great War, three soldiers made a fortune on racetracks either side of the North Sea. Their families thrived with the clandestine passions of youth, wanting for nothing while whole nations suffered the scarcities of peace. By their grace and generosity, Axel, a young man once forced to sell his body, became a champion.
Yet the lure of fast money hides many dark deeds and Pia Eckdahl’s manor on Lake Sågträsk is no exception. Hired to cleanse the Swedish socialite’s house of evil spirits, Nigerian-born Silas doesn’t care much for horses, racing or the affectations of the nouveau-riche. But he does care for Axel. Caught between peddling his heritage for an extortionate sum and investigating a suspicious suicide, Silas soon finds himself delving into a decade-old family secret that could well destroy his lover’s racing future.
‘Keeping the Luck In’ by L.M. Somerton
Since when was a squirrel crossing your path bad luck?
Like his father before him, Rory Ironstone was born and bred to be a blacksmith. Standing six feet five in his socked feet, he’s built like a barn door. He loves his job at Camworth Racecourse forge, tending to the beautiful racehorses and creating ironwork art in his spare time.
Pip Ryder is a summer stable hand and newly qualified vet who longs for someone to love him as much as they do his four-legged charges. He admires Rory from afar, but is too shy to admit his interest goes beyond the anvil.
When the horseshoe above the forge door is knocked off, Rory believes his luck has fallen out. Pip comes to the rescue but when Rory shows more than a platonic interest, he bolts.
Rory is convinced that the only way to re-fill his horseshoe with luck is to get Pip back and keep him.
‘Just my Luck’ by Ethan Stone
Appearances can be deceiving.
Kieran Jones is as used to short jokes as Sam Shaw is to being teased for his height. When they meet at a nightclub there’s an instant attraction, and not just because of the stark difference in their bodies.
After a passionate night, Sam sneaks out, positive he won’t see the hot guy again. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because he’s in town to do a job and he doesn’t need a distraction. He never imagined that growing up on a farm and knowing all about horses would help with his career, but it has and he can’t let anything get in the way.
However, jockey Kieran is connected to Sam’s mission and Sam has a tough choice to make—use Kieran to get it done or walk away. It could spell the end of the relationship before it’s even begun, but a life or death situation makes Sam realize just exactly how much he cares for Kieran and how much he wants a future with him.
‘Horses and Harleys’ by Molly Ann Wishlade
Life’s not just about horses and Harleys, but sometimes you have to get back in the saddle if you want to go along for the ride.
Henry Lockhart is a rich, successful businessman but life at the top can be lonely, especially as he vowed never to fall in love again after a painful bereavement.
Alex Castillo grew up in a small town where small minds made his life a misery. A disastrous love affair with a married man and the recent death of his mother led him to flee his hometown in search of a better life.
When their worlds collide after Alex takes a job as a groom at Henry’s stables, they both know that life will never be the same again.
But they’ve both been hurt, they’ve both suffered loss, shame and regret.
Can they find a way to be together, or will they both ride off into the sunset alone?
Publishers note: Royalties from the publisher will be donated to Cancer Research UK and Prospect Hospice in memory of Peter Laybourn, husband of Pride Publishing editor, Sue.
Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/racing-hearts
Review: Racing Hearts is a great assortment of stories by some very talented authors. Here are stories in many genres from contemporary, historical, cowboys, mystery and at different heat levels…you name it you should find something you like.
The Lonely Ones’ by Bailey Bradford ♥♥♥♥ 4 hearts –explicit.
Marshall is a graphic designer from the city. Rex has lived on the ranch for five years and had nowhere else to go. Marshall isn’t sure why his grandfather left him the old farm and wanted nothing to do with it but when he finds out he can’t sell it to Rex he doesn’t want the cowboy losing his home even if they didn’t start out on the right footing.
This story showed a lot of premise. Both characters were very well developed and complex, and the story seemed to have a lot going on with the lawyer wanting to buy out Marshall. Then it went to Mashall and Rex. Lots of heated sex and the story became very rushed, suddenly ended with a very rushed epilogue, leaving me with lots of questions. I would love to see this in a full-length story.
Racing for Home’ by Morticia Knight ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts low heat
Charlie is now a groomsman after living on the Piedmont Farms since he was 14. He fell in love with Edward soon after. Edward had promised him forever but married Alice under his parents persuasion as was accustomed back then to blend two wealthy families. Three years later, Edward is coming home, hoping he can mend fences with Charlie. They find Edwards father has reason to want him to be married I not a wealthy family and isn’t letting up on him.
This story was awesome. The characters were so believable. I fell in love with both Charlie and Edward even though I had to work my way into falling for Edward as the story progressed and we find out why he did what he did and how he redeems himself. The storyline is charming, intriguing, drew me in and held me, and made me wish for more!
If you like a good historical romance, you will love this one.
‘The Secret of Delville Wood’ by Helena Maeve ♥♥♥♥ 4 hearts – explicit
Silas is a guest at the home of a wealthy woman at her request and under the guise of being an investor in her racehorse. After an evening of entertaining Silas has gone down to fetch a nightcap for him and his bed partner. When he returns, Axel is sitting staring out the window. They find one of the owners of the famous champion race horse hanging outside the window.
This story reminded me of a game of clue. It’s a who-did-it type mystery with a relatively good storyline. I had issues with characters just appearing at first and not knowing where they came from or why they were suddenly there in the room with the body. Then everyone began pulling the body in and stuff like that was a bit odd since the police would have issues with all of that.
As the story unfolds, it gets better, though at times it’s still hard to follow who is who. I did like the characters. There are many, and each intriguing in their own right. I did like the relationship with Axel and Silas. The sex was hot. I liked the contrast of Silas being a larger black man and Axel a small, white jock. I also liked the fact that Axel was the more in charge one in their sexual endeavors.
This is a complicated story, and you have to pay careful attention, but I did like the end.
If you like an interracial mystery, this one is for you.
Keeping the Luck In’ by L.M. Somerton ♥♥♥♥ 4 hearts- explicit
Pip has just finished vet school and has a job coming up after summer. He has been working at the racetrack to help pay his school and to save up for a car. He hasn’t had time to worry about dating or even hookups with work and studies. Now that he is done with classes he can think about indulging his needs, if only he could find someone that interests him. Then he sees Rory the Ironsmith and farrier.
This is a very fun, sweet and cute story. I loved both characters; the storyline is fast-paced with a touch of humor and the love scenes are hot.
If you like a contemporary romance with a touch of humor, you will like this one.
Just my Luck’ by Ethan Stone home for the night. ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts explicit
Sam is in a club trying to see if he can find a man to take home for the night. It is the day before his new job, and he wants to unwind. Sam spots a small, graceful, sexy man dancing and makes his move. He finds he likes Kieran and his straightforwardness. The next day Sam meets Kieran again when he is scouting out the prospect of his job. When he finds out who Kieran is, he realizes he has unknowingly compromised his job.
I loved this story. It is full of surprises, action, and hot sex. From the first page, it exudes sex appeal. Both characters are well developed; the story is exciting, sexy and I loved the way Sam and Kieren’s relationship develops.
If ou like a hot and erotic romance full of surprises and suspense this is definitely for you.
Horses and Harleys’ by Molly Ann Wishlade ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 heart
Henry is a wealthy business person, but the epitome of money cannot buy happiness. He is in morning from the loss of his last love and uses his status to hook up with airy, celebrities and other men that are not his type so that he doesn’t get hurt again. Then he meets Alex a new employee,
Alex has sworn off men, especially the wealthy sexy ones that exude power. Then he meets Henry and can’t get him off his mind.
This is a beautifully written story of two broken men, from very different worlds.The characters are likable, the story is interesting, the sex is hot. I liked how Sam did not rush things with Alex, and their relationship seems to be destined. There is a twist that had me holding my breath.
If you like a charming romance, broken men, a bit of suspense and a happy ending, this is for you.
To sum it up. All of these stories are good. A few better than the others but all worth the reading and the book is for a good cause.