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Published by Simon and Schuster on December 16th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Source: NetGalley, Simon & Schuster
THROWN is a lighthearted yet steamy contemporary romance by Golden Heart finalist Colette Auclair, featuring a young woman who must choose between capturing a gold medal and the man who’s captured her heart.
In THROWN, professional trainer Amanda Vogel dreams of riding jumpers in the Olympics, but after seeing her best friend die in a riding accident, she’s so traumatized she can’t show. Broke and desperate, she takes a summer job in Aspen teaching some big-shot widowed movie star’s spoiled daughters to ride—even though she hates teaching kids. She braces herself for three miserable months. But by Labor Day, she has to choose between capturing a gold medal…and the man who has captured her heart.
THROWN was a 2012 Golden Heart finalist in the single-title contemporary romance category. It also won the 2011 Winter Rose Contest (Yellow Rose Romance Writers) and finaled in the 2011 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest (North East Ohio Romance Writers Association).
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BOOK REVIEW: 3.5 stars
This book has me a bit emotionaly confused. Despite the fact that I really liked the plot and its development, there was something that bothered me.
But let me first concentrate on the things that made me liked it.
First of all, it isn’t possible to write a review about this book without mention the phenomenon character of this story. And who am I talking about? But of course Harris! Any word is too small and not enough to describe his personality and explain fully why he is the best gay book characters EVER! I just fell instantly head over heels in love with him and I had a serious blast reading him. I just couldn’t stop laughing because of his lines and his attitude.
But this story belongs to Grandy and Amanda so let’s get back to these lovely lovebirds……
Grandy is a famous movie star and Amanda is a riding instructor. He hires her for the 3 months of summer to teach his two little daughters how to ride, since she is the most wanted instructor. From their very first meeting – which by the way is one of my favorites scenes in the whole book because is just amazing – the sparks of the attraction for each other are strong. Amanda, except from the fact that she has to tolerate the 2 a-bit-spoiled kids, has to also fight against her attraction and feelings that are developing for their dad.
Each one of these characters, is a complicated personality and with issues since they have have been through some very difficult and traumatic situations. But, in the end, they get over them because they have each other. Both of them, many times during the story, they are called to make some very difficult decisions whose results can’t be predicted.
As for what didn’t click to me, was the way the story was written. The fact that i got to read each other thoughts through the author, it bothered me quite a bit. It just couldn’t bring me closer to the characters so i can feel what they felt and thought deeper in me. But, although this way wasn’t getting along with my tastes, I have to say that Auclair did a very good job and didn’t make it difficult for me to read and enjoy the whole story.
Auclair gave me the chance to go to an emotionaly wonderful journey and I want to thank her for that. She wrote a very sweet love story that really captivated me and characters who are very unique. Her writing skills are trully great and I loved that I got to read that story as my first one of hers.
But now it’s time for me to experience the second book of Aspen Valley series, so au revoir for now. 😉