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Jockeys and Jewels (Racetrack Romance #3)

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National Readers Choice Awards Finalist - Racehorse trainer, Kurt MacKinnon, resents being yanked into undercover police work. But when his ex-partner is murdered, Kurt is determined to find the killer and moves his third-string Thoroughbreds to the backwater track where his partner was last seen alive.

Julie West, struggling apprentice jockey, pins her dreams of an elusive
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Published (first published June 11th 2011)
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Kurt MacKinnon is a horse trainer who handed over his resignation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police eleven months back, refusing to let the lies and deception that ruled his life in undercover work drain him out any longer. But Kurt gets pulled back to do one more undercover job, to bring to justice the man/woman responsible for the murder of one of his trusted colleagues. Kurt’s knowledge about horses and his profession makes him the ultimate choice for the undercover mission that involves i ...more
Deborah (LoveToReadRomance)
Aug 29, 2011 Deborah (LoveToReadRomance) rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, reviewed
I received this e-book in the Library Thing member giveaway in exchange for review.

From the back of the book: Racehorse trainer, Kurt MacKinnon, resents being yanked into undercover police work. But when his ex-partner is murdered, Kurt is determined to find the killer and moves his third-string Thoroughbreds to the backwater track where his partner was last seen alive.

Julie West, struggling apprentice jockey, pins her dreams of an elusive win on the new trainer in town, never suspecting she’s a
May 23, 2016 Anna rated it liked it
It's a romance crime romp. And as that not bad. There was a lot of race track talk but not a lot of horse realism or anything other than cookie cutter horse stereo types, which annoyed me because the author has actual horse knowledge and background. The only interesting horse character was Cisco. I'd stick with Francis for race track crime unless one has a hankering for formulaic sex scenes.
Sep 25, 2013 Vilia rated it it was ok
Review from Backchatting Books

Kurt MacKinnon was a great cop but he has moved on to be a very successful horse trainer. When his ex-partner Connor dies while investigating something dodgy in the horse industry, Kurt tries to find out what went wrong. His knowledge of horse racing ought to give him an inside edge. A little more subtlety with the title would have been fantastic as it spoilt the story.

Kurt was a bit of an oddity as a hero. He was supposed to be a confident, successful trainer but
Aug 31, 2013 Loraine rated it it was ok
SUMMARY: Ex-cop Kurt MacKinnon resents leaving his training stable to dive back into undercover work. He's seen enough sordidness to last a lifetime. But when his former partner is murdered, Kurt ships his third-string Thoroughbreds to the backwater track where his partner was last seen alive. He intends to make someone pay, even if the killer turns out to be a talented rider with a smoking hot body and a disarming smile.

Julie West is chasing a big win, struggling to boost her reputation and pr
Apr 22, 2012 Mirrani rated it really liked it
Unfortunately the title of the book gives away any of the mystery behind the plot itself, leaving "how does it happen" as the only question to be answered regarding the crime that is being done, but surprisingly, that big give away didn't detract from the enjoyment of reading.

I highly recommend this book for lovers of racing and for casual fans. I also expect that newcomers who are curious about the track might enjoy the insight as to what happens behind the scenes. Reading this book renewed my
Tara Chevrestt
I was very entertained by this one. It isn't too romancy nor is too "thriller like." It's a perfect balance of both.

The mystery: I had a basic idea of what was going on, but I didn't have the finer details figured out from the get go so that's a plus.

The heroine: Awesome chick. She's a young woman trying to be a jockey. She isn't portrayed as super perfect or super tough though. She has weaknesses as well as strengths. She rides a race even after suffering great injuries, but she also drinks too
Jun 22, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult Women
Recommended to Emily by: First Reads
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The author graciously provided a PDF copy for my review

Another wonderful novel by Pettersen! Like her other novels, this is a fantastic combination for romance and horse lovers alike.

This was such an exciting read. The lead character Kurt added a thrill of adventure with his cop/cowboy attitude. He exuded masculinity, and certainly created a tingling sensation in the pit of your stomach.

I really enjoyed the bantering between Julie and Kurt, and the sexual tension was intense.

I'm a
Mar 07, 2017 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
Very good as I expected. But the MC was a bit slow catching a few things. 4 stars
Clare O'Beara
This crime and romance story is for those dedicated to horses and the racing scene in particular; some non-horsey readers may find it an absorbing portrayal of a behind the scenes world they never knew, while others may find it too specific for them. A detective on extended leave from the RCMP is asked to take the upcoming racehorses he trains to a Canadian track and check out the killing of a policeman, undercover. He engages the young female apprentice jockey who was one of the last people to ...more
Cheryl Rhodes
May 24, 2012 Cheryl Rhodes rated it it was amazing
I was at Amazon ready to purchase another book by Bev Pettersen and noticed Jockeys and Jewels on a special free read so I downloaded it.

Wow! Great story line, good dialogue, and well constructed characters.

I spent a few years in the Thoroughbred racing industry and like reading romantic suspense/mysteries with a horse theme and Jockeys and Jewels was right up my alley. The backstretch, barn, and racetrack scenes were well constructed and I was transported back to my racing days, everything desc
Aug 06, 2011 Tracey rated it liked it
This was a Member Giveaway on LibraryThing, in ebook form – thank you! A longer version of this review is at: Stewartry: Jockeys and Jewels

What it says on the tin for this one that it's a mystery/romance set in the racing world. And it hits all of those elements pretty equally: Kurt is looking for the reason the dead cop, Connor, was investigating the track's stables and why he was murdered, as well as who did it. Naturally enough, he finds himself irresistibly attracted to Julie, and vice versa
Apr 23, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
This is a wonderful story. This is the first book in Bev's Racetrack Romance series. If you have any feelings for horses or horse racing along with a little mystery, you will not be disappointed with this book.

Kurt MacKinnon had handed in his resignation from his previous job as an undercover police officer for the RCMP to become a full-time racehorse trainer until his former boss calls to tell him his ex-partner, Connor was murdered after he mentioned a concern with a horse trailer. Beings he i
Aug 19, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it
I was kept in the story. Good see the races and horses.
Kurt is a horse trainer and his horse is about to race when he gets a call. He looks at who's calling and finds his old boss Archer from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He quit 11 months ago to be a full time horse trainer. He was tired of going undercover all the time.
Archer said,"They needed him on this case as a horse trainer and not to take his good horses. His old partner Connor had been murdered. He had stopped to help a horse trail
Sep 27, 2016 E.P. rated it really liked it
The comparisons with Dick Francis are going to be inevitable with this book, so I'll just get them out of the way right off the bat. This isn't Dick Francis, but as a huge Francis fan I still found it very enjoyable. It's similar in many ways but with a distinct romance angle to it as well.

An ex-RCMP investigator goes undercover to try to find out who murdered his old partner, and why. But he soon finds himself falling for a suspect...There's lots of stuff about horses and racing in this book, s
Diana Hockley
Dec 22, 2012 Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing
A Dick Francis fan, I couldn't resist this novel which mixes mystery, horses and romance. I soon discovered that this novel - in spite of it's genre - was a lot less edgy than Francis' novels - but greatly enjoyable in its own way.

The characters are likeable and Blue, the dog, is a delight! The crooks are suitably nasty and there is a scene toward the end which really did scare me.

The hero is gorgeous - of course - but is not so macho as to be obnoxious, is cranky and very human. The heroine is
Heather andrews
Feb 12, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Kurt he has some naughty thoughts about Julie, "tomorrow he'd have to pump Julie for information. Pump her hard. Sexual images nudged into his thoughts, thoughts he muscles into line." Julie I loved her she keeps her head above her shoulders, "I'm sorry." Her voice lowered. "We both know it's stupid to mix business with pleasure. Even though you're horribly attractive -" Kurt he really tries to be a gentleman, "Kurt followed, trying to flatten his grin. He dismounted beside a stack of firewood a ...more
Lynelle Clark
Sep 06, 2012 Lynelle Clark rated it it was amazing
Just loved this book. Read it in a few hours. The author's knowledge about horses, racing and jockeys blended well with the plot to keep you turning the page. I really liked Kurt MacKinnon, ex undercover cop now horse trainer. Pulled back in after his ex partner and good friend was murdered. His strong, no nonsense way gathering the evidence to put this person away fast. But what stood out most was his soft touch to his and others horses although professional in his quest. You just feel safe wit ...more
Donna Hatridge
Oct 18, 2011 Donna Hatridge rated it really liked it
This was a very good romantic suspense novel that kept you reading. I look forward to reading other books by this author.

Racehorse trainer Kurt MacKinnon resents being yanked back into undercover police work. But when his ex-partner is brutally murdered, he moves his third-string horses to a dirt road track, determined to hunt down the killer.

Struggling apprentice jockey Julie West pins her dreams of a vital win on the charismatic trainer, never suspecting she's a person of interest-and not bec
Sep 20, 2015 Becky rated it liked it
Kurt MacKinnon is an ex-cop who has turned to primo horse trainer. His ex boss called him after his old partner is found murdered. Archer wants him to come out of retirement to head for a race track where Connor had been snooping around. Julie is a jockey who is looking for the big horse and big break. She is strong and independent and her racing career is number one priority. But no one can resist MacKinnon and his prize horses. It was a fun, romantic story. But as much as I love horses and cow ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading Bev Pettersen, and I was very impressed with her debut novel! It's a romantic suspense that takes place in the world of horse racing, and the setting was fantastic.

I know nothing about that world, but like John Grisham does with courtrooms and Michael Connelly does with police procedures, Ms. Pettersen brought me immediately into that world so that I felt like I was there and knew what was going on, even though I'm not a horse person!

Great characters backed up the s
May 22, 2012 Kris rated it really liked it
I LOVED that the author actually *knows what she's talking about*!!!! Before reading her bio info, I knew she worked with horses (and has done so for quite a while!) with all the little details and how easily the horsey terminology just rolled out as every day language.
There was suspense. There was romance. There was funny. The people were real, believable. There was competency of knowledge of Things. I like!!
I had a really good time reading this book. I got it for 99c, so I wasn't sure what to
M.J. Fredrick
Aug 23, 2011 M.J. Fredrick rated it it was amazing
I've been a lover of horse books since I was a little girl, but I've gotten away from that in the past few years. This book brought me back and made me remember what I loved about books set around horses.

I loved the fact that this was set behind the scenes instead of the glamorous side of horse-racing. It was so interesting to see how things worked. I enjoyed the suspense side as well, the disillusioned undercover cop drawn back into a case where he would have knowledge as a horse trainer. That
Oct 01, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
JOCKEYS AND JEWELS by Bev Pettersen is an exciting debut romantic suspense. It has horses,mystery,suspense,romance,sexual tension,murder,deceit, secrets,passion,and danger.With characters,horse track setting,mystery,and suspense you can’t go wrong with “Jockeys and Jewels”. This story will appear to suspense,mystery,and romance readers. A great read.”Jockeys and Jewels” is a definite. Received for review from Library Thing and the author. Details can be found at Westerhall and My Book Addiction ...more
Aug 24, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok
Julie is an exercise rider at the Calgary race track hoping to get her big break as a jockey on a quality race horse one day. Unknown to her she also was the last person to talk with RCMP undercover Conner before he was murdered. Kurt had turned in his papers to quit the RCMP and work full time as a race horse trainer when he gets a call from his old boss asking him to go undercover one last time to find his old partner's killer. Kurt takes a couple of his horses to Calgary and hires Julie hopin ...more
Jul 05, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drugs, romance, and monetary stakes all lead to murder in this racetrack mystery. Kurt could not handle the undercover work anymore and tried to resign but settled for an extended leave of absence. Now Kurt’s friend and partner has been murder and Kurt is the only one with the skills and background needed to catch a killer. The real beauties in the story are the horses, but Kurt finds Julie, a female jockey, can be as dangerous as a mare protecting her colt.
Jan 31, 2012 Kaye rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. She nailed the racing world and I felt like I knew some of those people. She described the backside and it's inhabitants perfectly. The RCMP/trainer with lots of baggage. The apprentice jockey who has both lots to prove and her own baggage. Otto, the terrible trainer. The mystery was well done. Aside from some terms that are somewhat different than what I'm used to and I assume are regional, it was well done.
May 28, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This novel hooked me from beginning to end. I was send this novel for a review and was really excited to read it. What's not to love? Horses, track, racing and a murders mystery playing out. I have read dick Francis's novels and this story I felt was so much better. I really enjoyed Julie as a character and her struggles as a young rider on the track are very real. Nothing felt rushed and I fell in love with this novel. I will definitely be picking up more of this authors novels.
Ina Everman Fenton
Jockeys and Jewels

The mystery in the book was excellent. The story made me want to read on, BUT, there was entirely too much explicit sex. The main thing that I did not like is the foul language. A few cuss words usually does not bother me, but the use of profanity taking God's name in vain is totally uncalled for. Other successful writers have wonderful plots and suspenseful stories without using the Lord's name like this author has. I will not read any more of her books.
Sep 09, 2012 Bellarush rated it liked it
I was ready to give this a 4 before the structure fell apart at the end (why the head-hopping after staying true to POV up to that point?), which unfortunately messed up the rhythm for me. Still, it served the purpose of a nice, light, quick and entertaining read. I could nit-pick about some of the horse stuff, but I am notorious hard on books that way, so I didn't let those things get in the way of my enjoyment. I'm looking forward to reading more by the same author. :-)
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Bev Pettersen is a three-time nominee in the National Readers Choice Award as well as a two-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® Contest. She competed for five years on the Alberta Thoroughbred race circuit and is an Equine Canada certified coach. She lives in Nova Scotia with her family, and when she's not writing novels, she's riding. Visit her at http://www.bevpetters ...more
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