Monday, August 8, 2016

Release Day Review ~ One Step Forward by Tia Fielding ~ (Review)

Release Day Review ~ One Step Forward by Tia Fielding ~ (Review)

Title: One Step Forward
Author: Tia Fielding
Release Date: August 8, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 236


Sam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.

Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.

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Sam Becker is a 29 year old Horse Whisperer. He is able to help both horse and rider overcome trauma and heal one another's spirit. This will ultimately be his last job, to help Joshua Taylor and his horse Calla who were injured at a competition. Most people who've tried to help Calla have labeled her a lost cause, but Sam believes he might be able to help her. One of the biggest challenges though will be helping Joshua—who is so deeply depressed he's just basically waiting to die—to heal so that he and Calla can support each other. 

Sam has his methods for helping horse and man, but he didn't plan on falling for Joshua. Josh finally begins to heal with Sam's help, but they both have a lot to overcome before they'll be able to get their happy ending. 

One Step Forward can definitely be labeled insta-love, which sometimes works and other times it doesn't and in this case it does not.  Making it harder really was the fact that I felt nothing for the characters either. As sad as it sounds I think my favorite part was actually Cala. 

This is my second Tia Fielding book, the first one I absolutely fell in love with and so when I saw the blurb for One Step Forward I was excited. Unfortunately, though, it didn't live up to my expectations. While I'll probably give the author another chance, I'm not sure I'd recommend this particular book. 

3 Stars

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