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?
London Bridges…falling down…
Our story starts with London, nursing a blow to her butt and ego. But London is such an awesome character. She is incredibly resilient and there was actually a moment very early in the book where I knew I would love her.
This is definitely not a spoiler (this happens so early in the story and really doesn’t affect the rest of the story at all). For London’s fall, a reporter suggests its really her horse’s fault. London immediately defends Achilles, her horse, and explains how she didn’t pay attention to his behavior enough. I tend to have this same attitude towards animals, and as someone who has spent extensive amounts of time with animals and wildlife, I respected and appreciated London’s perception.
Then we meet Branson. One thing I truly did admire about Branson and London both was what it was just direct. I never felt like it was some foolish push and pull back and forth. Now, there is nothing wrong with those aspects, but for both Branson and London, that angst and conflict wasn’t necessary. Neither was really nursing some weird past heartbreak or secret. Branson tells it like it is. I didn’t find him arrogant in his directness with London. He is incredibly attracted to London and has followed her riding career for quite awhile and has no issue with her knowing it. I enjoyed seeing him show his hand and not be nervous about it.
If there was something I could say I didn’t truly love about this story was the way that Branson went about trying to meet London. Not because I couldn’t see a man doing something like he did, but it seemed unnecessary. Branson is attractive and very wealthy. If he wanted to find some reason to meet her, I sort of felt like he could have done it by easier means. But once everything comes out, I respected his honesty and also the fact that London is just accepting. When I say London is accepting, by no means do I mean that she is a pushover. But she is intelligent. She realizes that what she has with Branson is truly special and she understands how things snowballed on him.
That may not seem like much but London is a total spitfire. We see evidence of that multiple times in the book. So for London to take the high road and trust in Branson really exemplified their love and connection to me.
This book was also a super fast read for me. I was actually surprised as I got ready to do my review when I realized the book was over 200 pages long. I felt like I soared through it. The story flowed really well and the author manages to keep the story moving along in a seamless way.
This story is Book 1 in the Willow Bay Stables book and Owen (London’s brother) gets his story in “Eight Second Ride”. I’ve already read it and I can tell you that you do not want to miss either of these books. The Daniels family is amazing and I am already ready for Anne Jolin to bring me Aurora’s story!
Buy it here: Change Rein by Anne Jolin