Friday, October 23, 2015

Book Review: Racing Hearts (Hamilton Stables #1) by: Melissa West

Release Date: Octoer 27, 2015
from Lyrical Shine
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"In the lush heart of Kentucky, the Hamiltons are racing royalty. To win takes heart and soul—and to love takes the wild spirit of the land itself…

The oldest of three headstrong brothers, Trip Hamilton is considered the best horse trainer in the world. He is focused on winning and nothing more, until a stubborn, sexy rider thunders back into his life, breaking his resolve—along with several of his rules—and taking his heart right out of the gate…

Emery Carlisle has a point to prove. She’ll be the first woman to win the prestigious Kentucky Derby, if only Trip will agree to hire her so she can ride again. It’s supposed to be strictly business, but as the race approaches, and their undeniable chemistry builds, Trip and Emery may be headed for the greatest win of all—as long as the losses of the past don’t gain on them…"

My Thoughts:

I can always count on Melissa West to deliver a sweet romance and that is exactly what Racing Hearts is. This is the perfect book for when you need a light and sweet romance with characters you’ll want to root for.

I am a big fan of second chance romances, so I had a feeling I would enjoy Racing Hearts and I did. It was a sweet read and I liked watching these two find their way back to one another. I personally didn’t think their reasons for initially breaking up were good enough, so I really liked seeing them come back together. Trip and Emery were clearly better together than apart and it was nice to see them realize that. I’m amazed they managed to stay away from one another as long as they did.

I also really liked that this was set in the racing world. Honestly, other than watching to see if we get a Triple Crown winner, I know absolutely nothing about horse racing, so this was a fun experience for me. I liked learning more about the world and getting to experience it from a jockey and trainers perspective. You don’t read many romances that take place around horse racing so that was a nice change of pace.

While I definitely enjoyed the book as a whole, there were a few things I struggled with. First, both Trip and Emery spent a lot of time agonizing over the decision to have Emery race. I get it, it’s a big decision, but for the reader it was a bit repetitive reading about both of their worries. Also, Trip did drive me crazy at times. I really liked him but he was also incredibly hot and cold and sent a lot of mixed messages. I get that when they were younger they made mistakes that kept them apart but now, well the reasons just did not seem good enough for me. And lastly I hate when parents meddle in their adult children’s lives, so that aspect made me bonkers.

All in all, Racing Hearts was a good read and I loved the setting for this story. The romance is super sweet and the small town is so quirky it’s cute. This is the perfect book for when you need a sweet, light, and fun read.


  1. Oh, I love this author! Second chance stories? Always good. Glad this one is good.

  2. I haven't read anything by this author, but I am a big second chance romances fan! And though the horse racing aspect isn't something I'm very interested in, I don't think I would mind. This one just sounds like a wonderful romance to read!

    lovely review

  3. I love horses and I love romance. Thanks for sharing your views. This sounds like a read I'll enjoy.


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