Horse Crazy by Caitlin Ricci

Horse Crazy by Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (36 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Melody and her teenage daughter, Kristen, have moved to Colorado for a fresh start. She’s still not 100% where she wants to be in terms of her body yet but she is finally comfortable with herself and is living completely as a woman for the first time in her life. To thank Kristen for being so wonderful she promises her daughter riding lessons, something her little girl has always dreamed of.

While waiting for the lesson to start, she’s happy to see her daughter amidst the horses that she loves so much, but Melody does not expect the handsome man who sits down next to her—a man who proves to be Kristen’s instructor and idol—to be interested in taking Melody out on a date…

Life is full of twists and turns. If only Melody knew what to expect from the future.

Kristen has normal moments of teenage angst, of course, but behind all of those temporary disagreements lies a strong, healthy bond between mother and daughter. The relationship between Melody and her child caught my interest immediately. Seeing how it evolved as they both adjusted to their new life only made me more curious to find out how everything would unfold in their lives.

The romance in this story happened a little too quickly. While I rooted for Melody and Derrick, Kristen’s instructor, to find a way to work it out, I would have preferred to see them get to know one another better before attempting to date. The chemistry between them would have benefited from having that extra time to develop, although I could definitely see the spark igniting between them as it was written.

Melody’s character development was interesting. She comes across as someone who is incredibly guarded and private for completely understandable reasons. The glimpses of her back story made me want to learn more about her, especially when they dove into topics that made her feel anxious or unsure. I empathized with her concerns and really hoped that at least some of them would be unfounded. It made me wonder what her personality would be like if a sequel to her tale was written ten or fifteen years in the future.

I’d recommend Horse Crazy to anyone in the mood for something heartwarming.

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