Dressage Dreaming by Kimberly Beckett
Date Read: April 4th 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Michael Stafford was on top of the world. A proud member of the British Olympic Dressage Team and Olympic gold medalist, his life was perfect. Then, he lost his mount, his fiancée left him for another man, and now his brother has been arrested for manslaughter. He believes his luck has turned when he learns that a beautiful and talented stallion is available in Germany, just in time to compete in the next World Cup competition. The horse’s name is Tempest.
Jessica Warren is an up and coming American dressage prodigy with a brilliant future. Orphaned at the age of 21 when her parents were tragically killed in a car accident and the legal guardian of her younger sister, Jessica has lost her competition mount to injury and needs a new horse if she wants to compete in next year’s World Cup. She learns of a spectacular horse available in Germany named Tempest, but when Jessica arrives in Germany with her trainer, she discovers she will have to compete with the extremely handsome and talented Michael Stafford for the right to ride Tempest. Jessica has nothing but respect for Michael, but sparks fly when they’re thrown together in a competition that both must win. Who will win Tempest? Will Michael be able to trust another woman with his heart? Will Jessica allow herself to be loved, or will her personal demons keep them apart?
Series: Horses Heal Hearts #1
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Overall Rating: 5.00
Michael Stafford won gold medals in dressage with the British Olympic Team and as an individual. He was on top of the world with a beautiful fiancée, Emma, and a new farm of his own. A year later, his fiancé has dumped him and the owner of the stallion he rode has decided to put the horse out to stud. His friend and fellow rider, Lionel, has learned that the owner of a German stallion, Tempest, is looking for a new rider to show Tempest.
In the U.S., Jessica Warren is a dressage rider needing a sponsor. She also takes care of her younger sister who is in a wheelchair. Her dressage trainer, Liz, is trying to find her a horse who could compete internationally. Liz knows a wealthy man connected to the U.S. Dressage Federation who is willing to sponsor her on the U.S. Equestrian Team by buying an international class horse to ride. His sister, Liz and Jessica travel to Germany to try out Tempest.
As both Michael and Jessica seem to handle Tempest well, the owner decides to send his horse to Michael’s farm in England for 60 days. He will accompany Jessica to Michael’s farm and after the time allowed will select who will show Tempest.
Michael and Jessica have their ups and downs but do fall in love. Michael’s brother, Ian, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan has had a little trouble and is working on Michael’s farm. He’s a good guy and I hope he gets his own HEA one day. This is a wonderful book by a new author and I hope you’ll try it.
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