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Haji's Exile (Bittersweet Dreams)

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Nathan has cared for horses all his life, but Haji is the first he’ll train on his own. When the Arabian stallion arrives at Bitter Coffee Ranch, Nathan thinks he is the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen. And then he lays eyes on Haji’s handler, Yousef. Nathan has much to learn about horses, about pride, and about love, but with the ranch’s hopes riding on Haji, he’ll al ...more
ebook, 33 pages
Published July 6th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Cole Riann
4.75 stars (rounded up)

Original review posted at Reviews by Jessewave.

I've long been a fan of Alan Chin's. His words seem to melt of the page and flow through me as I'm reading. His prose is often decadently smooth, with a rolling gait. So it is in his latest story, and aptly, as the story deals with the training of a particularly proud and regal horse.

Nathan is a recent high school graduate who, after falling on hard times, is taking the pace of his father's foreman and taking over the training
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Jenre
Jul 26, 2011 Jenre rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, historicals, romance
This review can also be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.

This is one of the Bittersweet Dreams titles that DSP put out every so often, and so armed with the knowledge that this wasn’t going to have a happy ending I girded my loins and started reading.

Instead of a conventional romance, I got a story about love. In this case the love the narrator Nathan feels which follows two strands: that of his love for horses and one in particular, Haji, a proud North African stallion; and the love he develop
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Feliz
Jul 07, 2011 Feliz rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, horseracing
4.5 stars

Both the horse Haji and his handler, Yousef are the most exotic things Nathan has ever seen, and both teach him something about himself, and life in general. Told in retrospective from Nathan's old age, this short story is brimming with wonderfully drawn word pictures. Set before the background of a horse ranch, it transports a precise sense of place and atmosphere. Nathan, the first person narrator, comes vividly alive on the pages while Yousef always remains what he turns out to be to
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Arch Bala
May 28, 2016 Arch Bala rated it liked it
Shelves: shorts
from St. Therese - more tears are shed over answered prayer than unanswered ones.

I was a bit stunned by that ending and was screaming internally about the whole unfairness of it!
Snowtulip
Jul 23, 2011 Snowtulip rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Chin once again breathes beauty into his words.
Erastes
Aug 29, 2011 Erastes rated it liked it
Haji is a beautiful 3-year old colt (called stallion here) which Nathan’s father has bought from North Africa to race. Haji’s handler, Yousef is beautiful too, and Nathan finds him so.

When Haji’s handler creeps into Nathan’s room and sex happens, it was rather a surprise. The two of them had hardly spoken (Yousef has hardly any English) and the only leering had been from Nathan’s direction towards Yousef, and he’d only been on the racing stable for a couple of days. It did seem a little bit of a
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Claudia
Jan 31, 2013 Claudia rated it it was ok
Shelves: w-pets
Two things made me really didn't like this book.

As a person that love and have horses, I can say that I would never let Nathan near my horses not even to clear their stall, worst of all traine one of them - and for a person that cared for horses all his life, for me it seemed that he had never even touched a horse...

Regarding Nathan and Yousef, I didn't feel any chemistry and realy didn't like the ending of the book...

so, sorry by the low rating, but It didn't work for me.
Sadonna
Jan 01, 2012 Sadonna rated it liked it
Shelves: pdf, mm
Lovely short story of a young man falling in love with an exotic horse and his handler. I always hate it when I realize it's a Bittersweet Dream series story and I won't get an HEA. But this time, I wasn't disappointed. The story is so beautifully written, so poignant and so full of tender feelings that I didn't feel cheated at the end. It felt just right.
Meggie
Dec 29, 2011 Meggie rated it it was ok
Shelves: shorts
Harsh story and ironic, too. I didn't really understand why did Yousef go to Nathan, but sometimes I guess when you're alone, you want to be hold.
Alan
Aug 26, 2011 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I, of course, love this story. But then, I wrote it.
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Alan Chin was born in Ogden, Utah, where he was christened, Alan Lewis Hurlburt. He was raised in San Jose, California where he enjoyed an undistinguished childhood. After graduating high school, Alan served four years in the U.S. Navy where he learned and practiced the trade of aircraft mechanic while stationed at the naval air station in Kingsville, Texas.
Alan attended four years of night schoo
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