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.
This is a second chances book, in more ways than one. When we first see Rich and Jake they are young, in their early 20’s. Jake is set to be in the Olympics. Their love is somewhat a secret. They work together and their love of horses and each other is what keeps them going. Until a really horrible accident changes everything.
When the book jumps eight years into the future things have changed some but not as much as you’d think. Jake, is once again vying for the Olympics. He and Rich aren’t together but that’s all going to change.
This book is told in three different POV’s. Mostly in Rich and Jake's but there is also the POV of Donald, Jake’s dad. That was not something I expected at first. See, Donald is not at all likeable. Downright deplorable. He is a huge reason that Rich and Jake break up. So, to see his POV at first was angering. We are in the mind of a homophobic shystee guy… But, and I mean it, but, I think it ends up being the best thing about this book.
Donald, for all his flaws, loves his son so much. When we are in his POV that part is 100% clear. We go from hating this man to actually liking him. NOT EASY. Because I really hated him in the beginning. That was the best surprise of this story.
Of course Rich and Jake are amazing and in love and they fight for the Olympic gold and for each other in a breathless sort of way.
I’m not one for horse events honestly. I don’t understand them. And even though horses are gorgeous and I find them to be amazing creatures, personally I’ve never had interest in them. So this book had to keep me interested in spite of that and it did. I was able to gasp at the falls and understand the horse- man bond in a way I just never really got before. I didn’t get frustrated with too much horse talk. It all balances somewhat.
Only one issue I had with this book and it was ever so minor was I thought the inner dialog was too much at times. Inside Rich’s or Jake’s head sometimes dragged on a bit longer than necessary. But that is the only thing and it’s a small thing.
Overall this is a beautiful, strong second chance romance with sweet surprises and a lot of overcoming.
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: email@example.com