Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: Change Rein - Anne Jolin


London Daniels is returning home to Willow Bay, Alberta, on the heels of a televised loss. She blew her shot at the Summer Olympics and cost Canada the gold medal in dressage. 

During her years of training abroad, her family's stable has fallen on hard times, and thus, they’ve accepted an offer to board the racehorses of Branson Tucker, the infamous tycoon, for the winter.

London lacks conviction after her ill-fated fall. And as if returning to her hometown to watch her epic failure replay on everyone's big screen isn't torture enough, she’s expected to cater to a man with an ego bigger than her hundred-acre farm just to earn a dime.

Is London saddling up for another ride that will leave both her heart and her ass in the dirt? Or could the handsome, unwanted guest at Willow Bay Stables be her second chance to go for gold?

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I was pretty excited to read Change Rein by Anne Jolin, I saw it as a throwback to the good old days when I was horse mad as a tween and reading the Thoroughbred series.  Reality soon crashed in and I found myself completely underwhelmed.  I couldn’t connect with the characters at all.  I found Branson on the skeevy side.  The way he approached London was stalkerish.  London started out great, being assertive towards the reporter after her fall but it was like once she got home she lost her backbone.  I also felt it was a little rushed.  We had large gaps in their relationship where we’re told things went well.  I would have liked to see a lot more interaction between the H/h.  

That said it was a well written book.  There were some soft, sweet and romantic moments that made my heart melt.  And I loved that it was a different storyline than most.  It wasn’t an athlete or rockstar and while Branson was rich as Hades and a CEO the focus wasn’t on that but rather on his horses.  It was an easy read and wasn’t overly dramatic.  For someone who likes soft and sweet romances, this might be up their alley.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

About the Author
Hey y’all,
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks.
I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.
Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that?
If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.
Mad love,
Anne Jolin

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