Friday, July 26, 2019

All Roads Lead to You by Jennifer Probst

All bets are off in this heartfelt romance by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

Happily single, Harper Bishop trusts in only one passion—her rescue farm and healing her thoroughbred, Phoenix. Her dream is to lead him to the Triple Crown. But how unreachable is it without experience or help? A handsome new guest at her family’s B&B has what it takes to make it come true. And with his irresistible brogue, warm smile, and soothing touch, he’s a major distraction.

After a bitter betrayal, horse trainer Aidan O’Connor has fled Ireland for a vacation in New York’s Hudson Valley. When he sees the horse with the fighting spirit, he’s inspired with a new goal: to train Phoenix to win. He’s also facing an unexpected new challenge: his feelings for Harper.

How can she dare to open her heart to a man who’ll be there only long enough to break it?

So Harper and Aidan agree: try to keep it professional, and focus only on Phoenix and the finish line. But along the way, they could also learn a few lessons in love, trust, and taking chances. And, as painful as it promises to be, saying goodbye.

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a gentle book with a huge heart and characters who feel fresh and original.

I love everything about Harper’s animal rescue farm and the work she and Aidan do to train Phoenix as a racehorse. Harper and Aidan are both driven, capable, and fiercely secretive. I love the spark between them, and I love the passion they both have for their work.

I love the combination of humour and excitement in the story. Phoenix’s training provides great suspense but the characters and animals on the farm provide humour and entertainment. There are some crazy, steamy hot scenes between Harper and Aidan, but I also loved the sense of family in the book and I thoroughly enjoyed the animals.

This is the first book I’ve read in the series and it works well as a standalone. I loved it so much that I intend to purchase the previous books and catch up but I didn’t need to read them to understand Harper’s book.

And finally a grumble – I can’t for the life of me understand what the cover has to do with the story. Most of the book takes place on a working farm with the characters in sensible work clothing. It’s a pretty cover but it really doesn’t fit the book.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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This is Harper's story. She is the quiet one of the siblings. She loves her animals and relates to them much better than she relates to people. Harper learned a long time ago that animals will never judge her for being her and won't hurt her like people can.

Aidan is in need of a change. He is re-examining his life and his priorities after he's betrayed by some people in his life whom he thought loved him and had his back.

Aidan is staying at Harper's family farm. He wants some time to think, relax, reflect, and lick his wounds. To say that as soon as he arrives, he's bored, is an understatement. Aidan is used to being in the action. As a horse trainer, he's used to early mornings, late nights, and victories. Now on a farm that's far from what he's used to, Aidan will need to really listen to his surroundings. Is he ready?

Harper's life work is rehabilitating abused animals. She knows that she can't save them all, but in her heart, just saving the ones she can is enough. Harper knows that Phoenix is destined to be more than a family horse. Phoenix's spirit is one that shines bright and long and looking at this horse run, Harper knows that if she can get a trainer, Phoenix could win a lot of races. His best friend is a goat that wears a chicken costume and let me tell you, that itself was laugh worthy.

When Aidan sees Harper on Phoenix, he's instantly captivated. He knows that Phoenix is a winner. If he can convince Harper and her family that he's the man for the job, he could be back on top in no time. He could go back home, head held high, and show his former partner that he is the man for any job.

Aidan and Harper form a friendly alliance and want what's best for Phoenix. However, along the way, both see their connection and both realize that they could be so much more. When they decide that they can just have a relationship while Aidan is around, neither really believes that. Their hearts and minds are at war with each other and both will have to decide what they are truly wanting. Does love really win all other arguments?

I really liked watching Aidan and Harper. They were truly a wonderfully passionate couple and loved what they did. Their connection grew organically, and it was one of deep respect and compassion. It was a great read and I would love to see them more down the road.

This is the third book in the series, but I must admit my first. I am sure that I will be going back to read the earlier ones, and whilst I may have missed some 'in' jokes, I never felt that I was not fully up to speed with the family dynamics.

Harper has watched her siblings find love, and is feeling a little alone, but at the same time is happy that her life of animal rescue work gives her so much fulfilment. Her latest rescue, a beaten racehorse prospect, Phoenix is finally starting to relax and show signs of his potential – now she needs someone experienced to help him win. And then Irishman Aidan turns up, hiding out from a disaster back home, and he may be the one to warm her heart and train her horse.

Watching these two independent souls work together, house share, and then finally acknowledge their feelings for each other is by turns amusing, intense, and always fun. There is a lot of humour and love at the core of this book, and it is absolutely entrancing. Ophelia, Kyle, Ethan, and Mia all join in the effort to get Phoenix to his very best, and yet it is a runt-of-the-litter goat (and a crazy chicken) who actually are the key to success.

I loved the drama of the racing world, the price of success, and the intimacy between two people who are very down-to-earth, hard-working, and honest folk. There was an underlying tension borne of them coming from very different places, and how that could ever be reconciled, but as any Probst fan will know, the outcome will be everything we could ever want!

Also Available in the Stay Series

Book 1
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~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our The Start of Something Good post.

Book 2
Buy Links

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~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our A Brand New Ending post.

Jennifer Probst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Billionaire Builders series, The Searching for... series, The Marriage series, and The Steele Brothers series, among others. The Start of Something Good and A Brand New Ending. Like some of her characters, Probst, along with her husband and two sons, calls New York’s Hudson Valley home. When she isn’t traveling to meet readers, she enjoys reading, watching “shameful reality television,” and visiting a local Hudson Valley animal shelter.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of All Roads Lead to You (Stay #3) by Jennifer Probst to read and review.

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