Molly Reviews and Giveaway: Racing Hearts Anthology

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?

Where To Buy:
Pride Publishing || Amazon || ARe

Review:
This anthology is a joy to read. I love how all of the stories are about horse riding in some way but yet they each have their own take on it. It’s not the same story over and over again. The wide variety of stories made this an anthology I couldn’t put down and wanted more from.
Overall Stars:
Four
The Lonely Ones by Bailey Bradford
This was a sweet story that really pulled me in. I loved how Rex and Marshall had hate at first sight that built to more. Rex was very complex and deep and I felt like he was a wonderful characters. Marshall had more story to tell and sadly we didn’t get a chance to explore that full in this short story. I would love to see this taken and expanded into a full novella or novel. There’s tons of potential for more story so we can see some of the things that are mentioned in passing. Plus I want more on page between the last chapter and the epilogue. The happily ever after was wonderful but it wasn’t as fulfilling as it could be because of length restrictions.
Stars:
Four
Racing for Home by Morticia Knight
This was a wonderfully developed story with characters I really enjoyed. Charlie was sweet and the way he cared about the horses was wonderful. Edward wasn’t as developed as I would have liked but you could definitely feel his emotions and depth of feeling for Charlie. I liked that these two overcame some pretty big obstacles to be together. The storyline with Edward’s dad was really well developed an I liked how it was resolved. There was a wonderful HEA in this story and I liked how you could tell they’re going to make it.
Stars:
Four
The Secret of Delville Wood by Helena Maeve
This story kind of jumped right in to the middle of things going on and it took longer than I would have liked to understand all that was going on. It made the pacing a bit odd at times where I felt like I was playing catch up and not knowing what all was happening. The emotions between Axel and Silas weren’t as real or obvious. But they also had just started to be together so it wasn’t as realistic to have those kinds of emotions that quickly given when this story takes places. However the murder mystery aspect of the story was wonderfully done. Eve now I’m astounded by the twists and turns to find the guilty party. The ending though did leave me scratching my head. There was something hinted at right at the end that wasn’t really explained so I’m left wondering if it’s true or not or if I’m supposed to let my mind make up the answer.
Stars:
Three and a half
Keeping the Luck In by L.M. Somerton
This was a sweet and fun story. I liked how Pip is oblivious to the feelings of others but is very in tune with animals and their behavior. He was also so cute in his bumbling ways around Rory. I liked how Rory very clearly loved his job. He also took his superstition and luck seriously. There’s a sweet happy for now. I would love to read more about Pip and Rory. Their relationship is just getting started so I would gladly read more about these two.
Stars:
Four
Just My Luck by Ethan Stone
This story was good but it needed to be longer. I felt like an entire novel or novella’s worth of happenings were put into the short story for the anthology. There was too much going on and most of it was telling versus showing. The story started out better with showing some emotion and setting up up the plot and romance. I really liked Sam and Kieran though. I would love to see this story taken and expanded. There’s so much potential here. I so hope that happens because I’d read it in a heartbeat.
Stars:
Three and a half
Horses and Harleys by Molly Ann Wishblade
I really enjoyed this story. There was so much emotion packed into such a short space. I liked Alex. He was sweet and wore his feelings on his sleeve. he was very much up front on who he was. I wanted to reach through and hug him because of his past though. I had a harder time warming up to Henry. He was a bit of an enigma with why he did some of the things he did and sadly Alex suffered from them a little. The happy for now ending was just right for this addition to the anthology.
Stars:
Four

About The Authors:
Bailey Bradford
A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn’t happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey’s brain demanding to be let out.

Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey’s office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey’s presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.

Morticia Knight
Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after.

If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011.

Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

Helena Maeve
Helena Maeve has always been a globe trotter with a fondness for adventure, but only recently has she started putting to paper the many stories she’s collected in her excursions. When she isn’t writing erotic romance novels, she can usually be found in an airport or on a plane, furiously penning in her trusty little notebook.

L.M. Somerton
Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

Ethan Stone
Ethan Stone has recently returned to Oregon and is working on re-growing his web feet. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them.

What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions. Ethan used to have a day job that paid the bills. He wore a uniform to work and he looked damn sexy in it. Now he gets to wear sweatpants and watch movies all day.

Molly Ann Wishblade
Molly Ann Wishlade has always been an avid reader and writer of stories. Her lifetime of reading has taken her from the magical worlds of The Faraway Tree and The Borrowers, to the Greek myths and legends, to Sweet Valley High and Judy Blume’s Forever, to Asimov’s science fiction, Jane Eyre’s torment and Stephen King’s masterpieces. More recently she has wandered through the vivid historicals of Philippa Gregory; the bubbly, gritty delights of Adele Parks and the fast paced thrillers of James Patterson. She loves getting lost in a novel and often regrets finishing one as the characters are usually missed like old friends. She regularly indulges her insatiable hunger for romance and passion in the delicious worlds created by romantic novelists and is working on several of her own!

What precious spare time she has is spent with her family (one gorgeous husband and two bright and beautiful children), taking long walks around the beautiful Welsh countryside (although she’s still waiting for the rescue greyhound she wants to accompany her), cooking her own secret recipe curries, drinking Earl Grey (in copious amounts) and discovering delicious wines. Oh, and she also loves to ski and can’t wait to go again! And buying shoes!

She wants to take readers on the rollercoaster that is life through the creation of her own characters, relationships and worlds.

She appreciates feedback, recipes and wine recommendations.

Author Contact:
Bailey Bradford
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bailey.bradford.9

Morticia Knight
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morticia.knight

Helena Maeve
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/@HelenaMaeve

L.M. Somerton
Website: http://www.lmsomerton.com/

Ethan Stone
Website: http://www.ethanjstone.com/

Molly Ann Wishblade
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mollyann.wishlade

Blog Giveaway:
For the entire month of June, all comments will be one entry into a paperback giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of both Unstable Stud by Ariel Tachna and Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet. Contest is open to everyone, each comment is one entry, contest ends June 30 11:59PM. Winner must provide their mailing address within one week of contest close or a new winner will be selected.

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