In and Out|
(Jumping) Show jumper aspires to the World Equestrian Games
In & Out is a horse tale like no other. A sprawling narrative filled with romance, intrigue, and excitement, it also provides a clear-eyed and wholly realistic view of the equestrian world, offering the kind of authentic details about horses, riding techniques, and business practices that only an insider could provide. At the center of the story stands Jericho Brandeis, an ambitious yet untamed man who seeks glory on his own terms. An intriguing cast of characters surrounds him, including the wealthy patron Bob Marx, the only man who can help Jericho realize his dreams; Marx’s sexy young wife Darien, whose illicit love could become Jericho’s downfall; U.S. Chef d’Equip Chuck Frankel, the closest thing to a father figure Jericho has ever known; hunk photographer Trevor Braeden, Jericho’s friend and rival; and the indomitable stallion Chasseur de Lion, an alluring yet potentially fatal challenge to Jericho’s considerable horsemanship. Jericho must maneuver his way through a hazardous maze of violence, corruption, and seduction if he is to fulfill his aspirations at the World Equestrian Games. The adventures of Jericho Brandeis, full of passion, promise, and turmoil, will thrill all lovers of horses and of adventure and romance.
|Great book--can't wait for year two!, by lovestoread on August 23, 2006|
|I loved this book. It's characters are staying with me, and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. It is very horsey, and accurate, with a complex plot and subplots. It did take me a few pages to like the main character, and there was too much sex in it for my taste, but I'm glad I overlooked that and just kept reading. It is a compelling, detailed picture of today's horsey world, complete with fascinating horses and people. The horses themselves become unique characters--love it! If you like horses, you've got to read this book. |
|Close, but not quite the whole cigar, by Beezer on January 30, 2006|
|I'm not sure I would call this book a "romance"; yes, sex plays a starring and graphic role, but there is not a whole lot of the traditional romance genre in it. (If you are put off by detailed sex scenes, this may not be the book for you.) Also, the author tends to stray into a few implausible plot twists and a few hot-button social issues, some of which stretch the limits of credibility, so be prepared for some "huh?" and "oh, please!" moments.|
It took me a couple of chapters to warm up to the characters and the author's writing style, but there were rewards for sticking with it. The author gets enough of the "horse stuff" right -- although not all -- and her characters are well fleshed out. It's not the best horse book out there, but it's also far from the worst.
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