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Studs and Stilettos

(Hearts and Hoofbeats #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  918 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Her dreams of stardom are complicated by a hot wrangler…and a ruthless murderer.

Winner 2013 Reader Views Reviewers' Choice Award
Winner Aspen Gold Readers' Choice
Winner NEC-RWA Reader's Choice Bean Pot Award
CRW Award of Excellence Finalist
Write Touch Readers' Award Finalist
Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Finalist

Emily Murphy isn’t afraid to swap her fancy wardrobe for
ebook, 319 pages
Published November 27th 2013 by Westerhall (first published November 26th 2013)
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♡Karlyn P♡

This was such a fun read starring Emily Murphy, the little sister from Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash. She is all grown up and has big dreams, even if those dreams keep changing. After deciding to become an actress, and spending far more money on agents, photo shoots, clothes and auditions than she could afford, she takes a sub-par roll doing background work. The movie is based on a famous race horse, and set on the actual ranch where the horse lived.

This turned out to be far more a mystery re
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is the second book in the Hearts and Hoofbeats series, I didn’t need to read Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash in order to thoroughly enjoy Studs and Stilettos. I never felt lost in the story and I appreciate that it was written in a way that didn't require a synopsis of book one at the beginning in order for me to get started reading. I’m not a romance junkie and I’m not a horse person, and you don’t have to be either to enjoy this well-written romance-mystery novel.

Emily is a lo
Donna Porter
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story so much. There were so many aspects to this western romance that I loved. It was the story of Emily a struggling actress. and Logan a movie horse trainer. Emily goes on the movie set to try out for background work and catches the eye of Logan. He is fascinated by her wit and charm. She applies for special work and tells them she is good with horses and has worked a lot with them. He hires her for a few days to help with his injured contracted horse. There is a mystery involved ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Bev Pettersen's books. I love horses and I love her knowledge of them. I think it is great how she also takes another subject to intertwine with the horses. In Studs and Stilettos, it was film making. It really gives you a look of how movies are made from a novice point of view. This makes the book very enjoyable. The mystery in the book was a bit predictable. The romance between Dan and Emily is cute. Emily is inexperienced in the way of life and very naive. I think this is a nice ...more
I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash because in the first book Emily came off as a really horrible person. But as a main character she was much more sympathetic and fun. A fun, light read.
Too silly for me

14% into the book I quit. Did not respect main character who acted more like a 10 year old. No grammar or word misuse gets it two stars. Felt like I was reading a 40 year old Harlequin romance. You know the confirmed bachelor of 36 meets an 18 year old beauty and falls head over heels in love.
Rose Maniscalco
This is the second book in the series and this one is about the flighty sister who drops out of college and can't afford to pay her bills. She gets a job as an extra on a movie about a famous thoroughbred and the female trainer who mysteriously disappeared years ago. She fakes her way into being a "special skills" person on set so she can get more days of work.

She works closely with the horse handler in the movie and also befriends the elderly caretaker who has dementia and may know more about d
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
**Was given an ARC by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Due to downloading difficulties, I was not able to read this book.
Jeannie Zelos
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Studs and Stilettos, Bev Pettersen
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I loved Bev's Colour my Horse so when I saw this in the lists I had to ask for it...I was one of those horse mad kids who never grew out of it...use to drive mum mad asking if we could convert the outside loo of our council house into a stall, so I could have a pony on the commons during day and home at night. Of course the answer was no :) and it took me over 30 years til I finally got my dream of my own horse. Now I have
S.L. Hoyte
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for Reader Views

I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book because the author came so highly recommended, and “Studs and Stilettos” by Bev Pettersen beyond doubt lived up to everything I’d heard!

Emily Murphy has dreams of becoming a famous movie star some day. Meanwhile, in desperate need of money and too ashamed to turn to her sister for another “hand-out”, Emily finds herself on a bus headed for Kentucky to work as an “extra” in a movie about a famous racehorse
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2014
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Zarith dol
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC given by netgalley for an honest review
First of all, I never read anything involving cowboys, ranch, mention horse or thereof, it is really not my cup of tea. But I made exception for this book, which is a relieved as it is a very good book.
The story start with the heroine Emily, living under her twin sister's husband good grace (he is a millionaire so...). She is an aspiring actress, move job-to-job to include her or lack of auditions as well as funding. Desperate for money, she audition f
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok so I saw this was a sequel so I went and got the first book as I read it I was like omg I was not a fan but I wanted and hoped that is was a little better. I started the book out and it was a slow go at first. If you can can get to chapter 8 the book picks up and it gets really good. The book is way better the book one. It goes up and down but the downs are a lot less. The book is about Emily who is working to find a job in the movie industry to show her sister that she can be a individual an ...more
Paula Legate
I really enjoyed this book. Read this book after you have read thoroughbreds and trailer trash. This book had a lot of knowledge in it. The author did her homework about making props for movies, and about horses. I loved the suspense of the book. The book was about them making a movie about a famous horse, and his trainer that just disappeared.

Emily had been attempting to break into the world of acting. She got onto a bus full of other people that would be extras for a day and was driving two h
Heather andrews
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with this series, with each book I read gets better and better. I always love Bev's lead males, and Dan was no exception, "but he hesitated, his protective instincts surging. She must be uncomfortable, and cold. The urge to scoop her up and carry her back to his warm trailer was almost unbearable." He cares about what happens to Emily, "he cupped her chin, tilting her head so he could see her face. "A friend of mine is involved in a Lousiville movie about university hazing. He needs ...more
Clare O'Beara
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a would-be actress behind the scenes of a film about a famous racehorse.

Emily is still learning the trade when she lands the background work, so she asks all the questions we'd love to ask and pokes her nose into all the wrong tents, to show us what most people don't see. The more experienced extra she meets, Judith, fills her in on the background of the Kentucky house and its owners. The champion racehorse, his girl groom who vanished twenty years ago and was
Valerie Mcqueen
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok so I read the whole book and realized that it was actually a sequel to another book. THe great thing here is that it doesn't latter if you have read the first one or not. Emily's story is a great stand alone in addition to being a serial book. Emily is a spoiled and pampered young lady. Chasing her dreams of becoming an actress has seriously overtook her life. When a chance incident left her with a wrecked car, she immediately took a job as an extra in a local movie.
Now in order to get enoug
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I really like Bev Pettersen's writing. There are parts that go a little slow and then there are parts that need more detail, but all in all she writes books I like to read. I thought Emily (our h) was vain and ditsy in the beginning of the book which made it hard to like her. She wanted to be an actress but didn't do any research of a movie. Then she decides she likes horses, which since she been around them all her life, seemed a little late for the discovery. As the book progressed, so did her ...more
Christa Nardi
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are truly only a few books that I have trouble putting down, even as I am falling asleep and I have a fair idea of who the culprit is, but this is one of them. Pettersen has choreographed a compelling story of a missing groom and the filming of a movie of the horse who went crazy. The characters - Dan, Em, Judith, Anthony, Lizzie, Billy, and the Hamiltons - all have depth and substance. The story captures the problems of work situations that are briefly intense and then end, the baggage fr ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was amusing, if not predictable. Emily is an aspiring actress who gets to play background in a movie. Reckless, the horse the movie is based on, would have won the Derby (20 years earlier) if his groom had not gone missing and he misbehaved when she disappeared.

Emily, and her friend Judith, think that the groom (Tracey) was murdered, by someone on the property. They think that she was murdered by the owner of Reckless (a married man whom is was rumoured that she was having an affair w
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful novel that is definitely worth reading.

This story follows on from Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash but can be read as a stand-alone book.

Extraordinarily detailed, this book is either well researched or written by an equestrian expert who has the additional knowledge of the movie industry. A wonderfully entertaining read that at some points had me thinking what I would say to the characters. Emotionally drawing the reader into a plot that twists and turns, while building intrigue and i
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was good, but didn't suck me in as much as the first book in the series. In part, that's my fault --- I know better than to read two books by the same author back to back since about 50% of the time I end up slightly bored with the repeated themes and plot devices. And, I guess, the rest of it was my fault too since I don't like flaky heroines. So, despite those strikes against it, the fact that I really enjoyed Studs and Stilettos probably means it's a very good book.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved book 1, but this one I didn't enjoy as much. To me parts of the story dragged a little, and were kind of boring moved at a slow pace, other parts I did enjoy. I did like that Emily had her story, and got her happy-ever-after. in my opinion Jenna should have a baby, and Colin deserves his own story maybe someday Bev Pettersen will write his story, and we get to revisit Jenna, and Emily... please?
I love series very much!!!
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Usually "love stories" are not my kind of thing - but horses and thrillers are, and I never pass up a handsome cowboy.
I enjoyed this book especially Bev's horse knowledge. The story was well layed out and kept my suspense up. I kept speculating about what could have happened and the ending did surprise me. Cleverly put together.
Have found my way now into Bev's books and will be a fan from now on.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I love Bev Pettersen. This was a great book! I loved the story with the mystery and the romance. I have to say, I couldn't figure this one out, it was definitely a surprise. I also loved catching up with the characters from the first book in this series. This can definitely be read as a stand alone. Which, is AMAZING! Definitely a 5 star read for me.
Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)
A DNF for me by chapter 6. I really, really tried to as I am currently at Churchill Downs in Louisville. What turned me off was the female protagonist. She's needy, selfish, irresponsible, a HUGE liar to get her way (and not just once, which would have been fun, but often enough that I doubt her moral character), ignores rules, and cares nothing for anything but how she looks and getting a break in her acting career. I couldn't read further.
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great equine mystery romance from one of my favorite authors

If you love horses, mystery and romance, you will love Bev Pettersen! This was one of my favorites so far. Fell in love with the characters and the atmosphere. I had a hard time putting it down as the 20 year old mystery unraveled.
Angie Peoples
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an incredibly brilliant murder mystery romance! Emily and Dan are quite amazing as the main characters in this horse derby movie plot type story. The murder mystery in the plot was so well thought out and kept me intrigued until the last word of the book. Absolutely brilliant writing and amazing talent.
Lee Salm
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was truly delightful. While it was the second in a series, the author managed to keep the connections smooth and clear so that the reader never felt lost if the first had never been read. The characters, and outcome, were fairly predictable, yet I felt compelled to keep reading to the point where I kept my e-reader with me continually. I would recommend this to friends.
Becca Moree
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Wonder if this book is good? Well, I started and finished it TODAY! This book totally rocked!

The characters are dynamic, well developed and addicting! The story line ebbs and flows perfectly and I can honestly say there wasn't a single moment that I was bored.

Now I am sitting here excitedly awaiting the next book lol there so better be a next!!
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Bev Pettersen is a three-time nominee in the National Readers Choice Award and a two-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® Contest as well as the winner of other international awards including the Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice Award, Aspen Gold Reader’s Choice Award, NEC-RWA Reader’s Choice Award, Write Touch Readers’ Award, a Kirkus Recommended Read, and a HOLT Medallio ...more

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