Sarah Madison - Fool's Gold
Author: Sarah Madison
Cover: Reese Dante
Release Date: July 29 2016
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Eight years ago, Jake Stanford had it all: a spot on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and the love of his life, Rich Evans. A tragic accident wipes out everything in the blink of an eye. Hard work and sacrifice get him another shot at Olympic Gold, but only if he puts his past behind him and agrees to work with Rich again.
Bound by secrets he cannot share, Rich was forced to give up Jake eight years ago. Now he has a second chance to help Jake realize his dreams. But the secrets that drove them apart haven’t changed, and Rich must face them or risk losing Jake forever.
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Jake comes from a wealthy family and is preparing for Olympic Equestrian competition when an incident happens to change his life and the life of the man he loves, Rich.
I've grown up around horses and my daughter rides Western, English and Dressage so I'm familiar with the subject. This book was very detailed about the aspects of horsemanship and eventing and I thought it was covered well. I did wonder at a point in my reading if it would be too detailed for those who are just here for the HEA.
As much as I liked Jake, at times I also didn't. But I think at the end of the book, he recognized his faults and his lack of awareness for those not from a wealthy family.
Rich broke my heart and while at first I didn't think the author would have a chance of redeeming Jake's father after his behavior with Rich, she did. Both MC's matured and grew throughout the book and worked for their HEA.
This was a good read that I definitely recommend!
Rating: 4 stars
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Eight years ago, Jake was training for the Olympics and living his first love with Rich, until a tragic accident left him unable to compete in Beijing and without Rich. Now, he's working hard to make the Olympic Equestrian team to compete in Rio and his coach's sudden illness brings Rich back into his life. Would they be able to move forward after the way things ended for them before?
I loved Jake. Yes, he was a bit sheltered and he made some mistakes, but that could be attributed to his upbringing and the fact that he'd been training and working non-stop for years to achieve his dream. The growth he showed throughout the book was realistic and I liked that he was able to see past his errors and actually do what he needed to do to make both his Olympic dream and his relationship with Rich work.
I adored Rich, he was way more mature than Jake, but that was because of all he'd had to go through, both in his childhood and then after the accident, which left him having to change the course of his life and without Jake. I think he had a more practical view regarding everything that went on, seeing the big picture and realizing that ultimately even if Jake had been given the choice to choose him eight years ago, their relationship wouldn't have had much of a chance.
While they were still in love after their eight year separation, it wasn't as if they fell back into a relationship right away. They had to work for it, overcoming their fears, at the same time as they strived towards the common goal of getting Jake into the Olympic team. Their chemistry was electric and I loved how perfect they were for each other.
I hated Jake's father at first, and even if I wasn't too sure he was a redeemable character, Ms. Madison did an outstanding job of gradually doing just that, redeeming him. In this case having his POV was an assett, making it easier to acknowledge Donald's progressive change and his motivations, and seeing that he wasn't that bad of a man after all, just a tad misguided. I loved that after the way he behaved with Rich at the start of the book, it was Rich who opened his eyes and made him see what he'd lose if he continued down the path he'd been set on, too.
Overall, this was a fabulous read, it was well-written, captivating and detailed. I just loved the descriptions of the training and competitions interwoven masterfully into the story. Definitely a must-read!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!
Sarah Madison is a writer with a little dog, a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she's not out hiking with the dogs or down at the stables, she's at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy. Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. The Boys of Summer won Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards. The Sixth Sense series was voted 2 nd place in the 2014 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Mystery series, and 3 rd place in the 2105 PGR Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series. If you want to make her day, e-mail her and tell you how much you like her stories. Website: http://www.sarahmadisonfiction.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahMadisonFic Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/SarahMadisonAuthor/ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org