*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated for 18+
*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.
Felix Jameson has been working on turning her family’s land into a hospitality business including cabins, campgrounds, and trail rides with her own horses. As she’s doing errands and distributing some promotional materials around her small Australian town, she meets Josie, a drifter currently bar tending at the local watering hole. Felix tries to avoid getting involved but Josie also needs a place to board her horse; Flame. But Flame looks eerily like a recently stolen racehorse, leading Felix to wonder what this woman she has fallen for may be involved in.
This book is in a series called “Girl Meets Girl” but it functions perfectly fine as a standalone story.
I got a real good sense of the Australian outback and Felix and Josie as characters. I love how the mystery surrounding the horses moves their relationship and while that initial event brings them together; it follows along with them in a very real way. As the mystery deepens, so does Felix and Josie’s connection. It’s also comforting for everything to be wrapped up in a realistic way so we avoid an unrealistically neat ending.
If I were to nitpick, I would say that the ending needed an epilogue for some of the unanswered questions as to the fate of the horse after the investigation (I am trying to avoid spoilers). Also, it kinda bugged me in the beginning when Felix kept saying Josie wasn’t beautiful. And I don’t mean “she wasn’t beautiful; she was – insert descriptive term like ‘compelling’-“. It it was just eh, not pretty. Ok then, what are you attracted to? Just her butt? I got over it but it raised my eyebrow… Overall? 4 out of 5. A very sweet and saucy lesbian romance.
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