My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First I want to say I was a little scared I’d be lost with this book being the second in the series, and I have yet to read the first, but I was so happy to find out it was a stand alone and I wasn’t lost at all. I mean I could pass up the chance to read it. Look at the gorgeous cover, I love the horse:)
overall a great book:) for some reason I love marriage of convenience stories…maybe it has to do with watching (or reading about lol) the couple grow to love each other:)
This is set right after the civil war, and although I knew about the prejudices and hate and was shocked at how much there was!!
Here’s the description:
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.
An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie’s father––aging, yet wily as ever––makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a “secret society” responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls
I received this book free from netgalley in exchange for my honest review