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(Aspen Valley #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  62 reviews
THROWN is a lighthearted yet steamy contemporary romance by Golden Heart finalist Colette Auclair, featuring a young woman who must choose between capturing a gold medal and the man who’s captured her heart.

In THROWN, professional trainer Amanda Vogel dreams of riding jumpers in the Olympics, but after seeing her best friend die in a riding accident, she’s so traumatized s
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Published December 16th 2013 by Pocket Star
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Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at The Book Pushers

“Throw your heart over the fence and the horse will follow” feels like the motto for this wonderfully heartwarming love story about a woman who takes most of a summer to realize that she threw her heart over the fence the moment she broke Grady Brunswick’s Emmy.

If you’ve ever had a soft spot in your heart for horses (and most of us did at least for a little while) you’ll probably throw your heart over the very same fence.

Thrown is a story with a bigger cas
Christy LoveOfBooks
So here it is: I was horse crazy before I could even talk. I’ve owned horses, showed horses, and have had deep bonds with horses. Since I was young, I had a habit of picking up any book that had a horse on the cover. It didn’t matter the genre or what it was about, I just wanted to read them because they had horses in them. This led to a few interesting reads that opened me up to new genres (and some that weren’t exactly age appropriate). I guess some old habits die hard, because I snagged Throw ...more
Tamra Baumann
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THROWN by Colette Auclair is a witty, sweet story about a woman named Amanda who is hired to teach two spoiled rich kids how to ride horses. The hero is a sexy widowed movie star who needs to learn how to raise kids. Amanda is up for the task. If you’re looking for a light, breezy read, with some heart-warming emotion added, then this is the book for you!
SE Stone
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Professional horse trainer Amanda Vogel was on her way to realizing her dream of riding jumpers in the Olympics when she witnessed her best friend die in a riding accident. Traumatized, broke, and desperate, Amanda takes a summer job teaching the spoiled daughters of an A-list movie star. Three months in Aspen promise to be torture. But things are not what they seem. The hot-shot movie star has a sensitive side, and the bratty girls crave structure. Now she has a choice: return to the horse sho ...more
RO Mejia
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Thrown, by Colette Auclair was a wonderfully refreshing story about Grady Brunswick and his two daughters, Solstice and Wave. Grady is an award winning actor who is widowed with these two, young, incredibly spoiled rotten daughters with foul mouths. He has no idea how to discipline them, as his wife brought them up while he went from city to city fulfilling his dreams. It is the beginning of summer in Aspen and he has hired the famous jumper rider, Amanda Vogel. Amanda ha
Jillian Stein
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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You can also find my review on my blog:

Thrown is the first work from debut author Colette Auclair and was truly enjoyable from start to finish.

Trying to pick up the pieces after seeing her best friend killed in a riding accident, Amanda Vogel finds herself the personal trainer to one of the biggest movies stars in Hollywood’s two little girls. More like two little spawns of Satan, if she’s being honest. Seems like Amanda really can’t catch a break. She’s h
Ralou by Collector Of Book Boyfriends
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ARC provided in exchange of an honest review

This book has me a bit emotionaly confused. Despite the fact that I really liked the plot and its development, there was something that bothered me.

But let me first concentrate on the things that made me liked it.

First of all, it isn’t possible to write a review about this book without mention the phenomenon character of this story. And who am I talking about? But of course Harris! Any
Emsy Van Wyck
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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REVIEW: Colette Auclair's Thrown is a heart-warming, must-read romance!

Every child dreams of having a horse, don't they? I know I did. So when the publisher offered an advance copy of Thrown by Colette Auclair, I couldn't resist reading it.

The heroine, Amanda Vogel, is almost guaranteed a berth on the equestrian Olympic team, however a friend's fatal accident seems to have crippled her even more than her own injury. To earn money, after having to sell even her own horse to pay medical bills, she
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love animals of all shapes and sizes and horses hold a special place in my heart. So I knew I was really going to enjoy Thrown by Colette Auclair. Not only is there plenty of scene's with the beautiful horses and the adorable little girls riding them, there is a nice romance, some wonderful friendship stories, and over all just a very entertaining story line.

Amanda Vogel has been through some very traumatic events and had to make some very difficult decisions. She is a very strong, independen
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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In Thrown, Amanda is an Olympic hopeful who is crippled by anxiety after she watches her best friend die in a jumping accident during a competition. After selling everything including her beloved horse, Edelweiss, because she is broke, she takes a job in Colorado to teach two young girls how to ride. Their father is a famous movie star. The girls are spoiled and know no discipline.

I enjoyed this story. I was able to read it pretty quickly. I liked that it gave both Amanda's and Grady's point of
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars
Thanks Netgalley for ARC
To be honest I never thought I would enjoy this book as much as I did. It was something new to me because I haven't read anything with horses and all that. Because of that it felt new, fresh for me.
The story starts with Amanda starting her new summer job with the hot actor Grandy and his 2 daughters. Amanda is going to be their riding instructor but the girls at first were brats with her. After a while the girls change and they start to like their riding classes
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thrown (Aspen Valley, #1)
Auclair, Colette
Like I have told one of my friends "love will come when you least expect it." Amanda Vogel wanted a summer away from her normal life. Her dreams were put on hold since the tragic accident that claimed the life of her friend. She knew she could ride but questioned if she was brave enough to show horses. Will she ever see her dream of the Olympics? Amanda could never predict how her life will change. This i a great love story, yet it also shows a way of lif
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the book! I wish I would come out in paper back. I've always been a big fan of horses and story's about them although I have never ridden one before. This book is purely amazing. It's heart wrenching and painful. It's amazing and bright. It's everything and awesome book should be. It's approximately 400+ I finished it in 3 hours. I just couldn't put it down even though I finished it at about 4am. Even though I am completely exhausted I would most defiantly read this book over ...more
Laura Elizabeth
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is about Amanda, who starts this summer job with Grandy and his two daguhters. Oh, did I mention Grandy is a hot actor?! So this storyline/plot isn’t something new, but it’s a good read nonetheless. The girls start off as brats, but really, who wouldn’t when some new woman steps into your life and you don’t know if she’s out to get your dad and his money, or not? Plus it’s pretty accurate as far as horses. Picture The Parent Trap and add horses!
Negar Arvanaghi
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
She quoted The Philadelphia Story-meep. At that point, I was morally obligated to love this story.

This is hilarious! Like The Parent Trap, except you like the future stepmother.

The epilogue is sooo cute!

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Erin Lindsay McCabe
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is a totally accurate horsey rom-com.

You can read my full review for at:

I received an advance copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love horses? This is a great story for you. Love a smart, sexy read where the characters have flaws but build up to something amazing? This story has it all. Very well done.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 (B-)
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Reviewed at Dear Author: Linky -
Darcy Eikenberg
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great mix of celebrity, sportsmanship, family and friends, all in a romantic and fun package! Loved the book and hated to see it end!
Dec 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into it. Not for me.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-readable
4 Stars.

As a former horseback rider, I really enjoyed this book. It made me think back to all of the books I read when I was little just because they had horses in them. And I'll be honest, I started this one for that reason, haha! But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the characters and the story. Amanda, an elite show jumper, is recovering from PTSD after witnessing a friend have a fatal horseback riding accident. Consequently, she cannot work, because she cannot ride in compet
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely story that is as poignant as it is entertaining. Also interesting the way it draws you into the world of horse jumping.
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thrown, Book One of The Aspen Valley Series, Colette Auclair.
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So, anything with horses catches my eye and this one drew me in. I've been a horse nut since a child – astonished my parents, and bewildered them when I spent time sitting ( and trotting!) on the brick wall with a blanket and string stirrups and braidle tied round the lamp post. In the book colette has the girls making a jumping course rtound the garden – yep, I too did that and jumped it with my i
Look at that gorgeous dapple gray horse! I was sold before I read the blurb. :D Yes, I was that girl that read Black Beauty, the Black Stallion books, the Marguerite Henry books, took lessons, and owned a horse. I no longer ride or own a horse but I still love them and this book excited me with it's Olympic-hopeful equestrian heroine.

There was enough horse business and enough horses to make me happy but I think non-horsey people won't be overwhelmed or lose interest in the story. Amanda is a pro

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E-Galley provided by publisher via Net Galley for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own.

I really loved this book! It had great, emotional characters who didn’t really fit any mold, who made awful decisions, and who, unlike most of us, readily admitted when they were wrong. It also has great “horse stuff.” Having taken le
Christi Snow
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Review:

Grady Brunswick is an A-list action movie star in Aspen for the summer hoping to reconnect with his 11 and 8 year old daughters. Their mother died when they were little and Grady has been too busy building his career. All three are virtually strangers and the girls have become pretty much spoiled brats who can get their father to agree to anything they want.

Amanda has her own promising career, but after a trauma when she saw her friend die in a horseback competition, she has PTSD and
Paula  Phillips
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Are you a fan of Horse stories ? Love those romances where your ordinary girl gets the celebrity but not without a lot of drama and troubles ? I may not be a huge animal lover but I have always enjoyed reading horse stories ever since I was a little girl and in love with Pony Pals and The Saddle Club tales. In Thrown we meet Amanda Vogel who was on her way to the Olympics as an amazing rider and jumper but all that came crashing down when her best friend Courtney was killed in an riding acciden ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I spent the whole day reading this book. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. For a number of reasons.

It's a horse story. There're not many of them out there, and there's just something about a story with horses that I love.

The hero, Grady, frequently acts like an a$$. When I think he's finally got it together, he hauls off and acts like an a$$ again. He's a gorgeous, spoiled, self-centered, rich movie star. And while at times he's nice, he can also get caught up in his own BS. The heroine, Amanda,
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