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Riding the Track

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Herding cattle and drinking Australian beer aren’t pastimes that particularly appeal to an ‘indoor girl’ like Clara, but she’d be damned if she’d let her cheating ex-boyfriend have the vacation they were meant to share. So, to salvage some piece of her self-respect after a bad break-up, she finds herself riding a horse along the Oodnadatta Track for five days.

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Published May 28th 2018 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
3.5 Stars. When I realized that Ripley was a pen name for sci-fi author Rebecca Langham, I decided I wanted to read this. This was a cute but also steamy at times novella. While I did like Langham’s sci-fi novel better, comparing the two is like apples and oranges.

After being cheated on by her boyfriend, Clara decides to go on their planned vacation alone. The vacation is a trip to Australia riding horses on a cattle drive. While Clara is clearly out of her element, the attractive cowgirl Evie
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I do not have a good track record with F/F books, and Riding the Track unfortunately didn't break my losing streak.

Riding the Track is a cute, easy to read novella that is more of a hook up story than a true romance. If you are looking for deep feelings or a long-lasting relationship, you are barking up the wrong tree. Which sort of confused me, to be honest. The story isn't steamy enough for an erotica book (the sex scenes are mostly fade-to-black) and not romantic enough to be a swoony read.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It's told in first person and completely from Clara's point of view, and oh wow, what a wonderful narrator. I loved her voice - loved it! That's not to say everyone will, different strokes and all that.

The setting was another huge plus. I love books set in the land/s down under (Australia and New Zealand) and they're not alway easy to find.

Another winning factor of this story for me was how well it represented a bisexual character. For anyone worried,
Gaby LezReviewBooks
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review of 'Riding the track' by Kara Ripley.

Kara Ripley is the pseudonym of Rebecca Langham, the author of sci-fi novel 'Beneath the surface'. 'Riding the track' is a novella set in South Australia where Clara Adler heads from California on a horse riding vacation. The problem is that the holiday was planned by her cheating ex boyfriend and Clara hasn't ridden a horse in years and isn't too keen on camping trips. To say that she's thrown out of her comfort zone is an understatement but the amazi
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quite decent short story about a bisexual woman from US going to a vacation in Australia, after being cheated by her boyfriend, using the vacation that said boyfriend had planned as a kind of revenge, but the woman, Clara, is not completely convinced of if she will enjoy the trip. Becaiuse the vacation consist in a five days raid trough the australian lands guiding cattle riding a horse. But there is also this drover, Evie, that guides Clara and the rest of tourists in the journey, onl ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clara embarks on a dream vacation her ex-boyfriend wanted them to share, a cattle drive up the Oodnadatta Track on horseback. When she discovered he had cheated on her Clara decides to make the trip alone, denying him the chance to fulfill his dream. She may not have been on a horse since childhood but how hard can it be? Cue this fish out of water tale with a backdrop of gorgeous rugged scenery, and a gorgeous drover named Evie.

The author packs a lot into a few short chapters. In addition to t
I really wished this was longer because it was really good. The story is told from Clara's POV who is super snarky because of an awful breakup. That however is exactly why this book cracked me up several times because her thoughts are hilarious, especially when around a hot Jillaroo (cowgirl).

Set in Australia the author paints a picture so beautiful that it's making me feel some serious wanderlust. Unfortunately it only has a 28,600 word count. Even though the ending wasn't my cup of tea I under
Clara is grumpy. Angry at herself for still thinking about her cheating ex-boyfriend and irritated that she’s in the Australian Outback do a five-day horseback cattle drive to spite him because it was his dream trip. In spite of her all-round reluctance, Evie, the leader of her group, is hard to dislike with her easy smile, cute butt and high cheekbones.

I loved the descriptions of the area and the translations of uniquely Australian words. Clara is the kind of character I’m often drawn to and he
AnnMaree Of Oz
A quite short novella. It's very much a holiday infatuation, at least in my mind. Since the two don't really get to know eachother on any deeper level. Though, don't get me wrong it's not all sex - it actually takes them til the end for that to even happen and even then it's not explicit.

It's mainly about the journey Clara is taking on this trip and opening herself up to possibilities and the Australia Outback and it's charms, including the gorgeous Jillaroo, Evie.

It's all told from the perspe
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wanted something short and fun to read, so I picked this one up. When Clara discovers that her boyfriend's cheating on her, she kicks his butt to the curb and goes on the trip they had planned together-- five days in the Australian outback, riding horses and herding cattle. Her group guide is Evie, a beautiful "jillaroo" (cowgirl) with Aboriginal ancestry. I'm not in a position to say if the Aboriginal representation was good, but it was there, which I appreciated.

Let me start with the things
Joyfully Jay
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

This novella is as light as a feather and a fun frolic with a holiday affair and a horse named Bonnie. It’s charming, it’s cute, and I enjoyed that Clara, for all she’s just ended things with her boyfriend, isn’t sulking or despairing or even giving the guy she just kicked to the curb another thought. No, she’s too busy re-learning things about herself and having fun to bother thinking about him. She’s snarky, emotionally mature, and very smitten with the dark-hai
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
« Riding the Track » … ARC which was offered to me by the author (Kara Ripley is a pen name of the sci-fi author Rebecca Langham) in exchange for an honest review.

As a huge (lesfic) reader and a beta reader for several (lesfic) authors, I’m used to romance stories of all kind. Even if it’s said in the end that the main characters could see each other again, this novella looks like more than a hook up story than a true romance to me. And, sincerely, hook up stories are NOT what I prefer, at all (
This book was provided for free by the author and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

This is short, sweet, and just what you need for a fun summer read.

This is a generally drama-free story about a self-proclaimed “indoor girl” who heads out on her own for a riding vacation in the gorgeous Australian outback just to spite her cheating ex. She starts out sweaty, frustrated with chi
Emma Rossi
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, lgbtqia
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Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The narrator Clara has gone alone on vacation to Australia after discovering her boyfriend cheated on her. It takes her awhile to get over her grumpiness, and we do get a lot of it. Fortunately, her inner voice is amusing. She’s immediately attracted to Evie, the drover assigned to her small group of tourists. Evie is just as attracted, and the scenes between them are very enjoyable. This book is different than usual romances. I felt like it was the gradual reawakening or even blossoming of Clar ...more
Carol Hutchinson
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This a great novella. I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the main character Clara. She had an amazing sarcastic streak that made her such a loveable and relatable person. Along with Evie they make a cute couple and hope Kara will explore more with these characters in future works because their dynamic works so well.

It’s a sweet insight into Clara’s feelings and discovering how she feels about Evie throughout the story.

There i
3.25 stars

I bought this book because I stumbled into the author's tweet who wonder whether or not she should write more sex scenes because most of the low-rating reviews mentioned the fade-to-black sex scenes. Well, guess what, low steam/little-to-none/fade-to-black sex scenes IS my thing! I tend to give lower rating for stories with abundant sex scenes than the other way around. So I'm curious with this; plus it's F/F and I want to add more F/F in my reading experience.

Well, I *know* going in t
Kendra T
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-review, ff
Clara was just dumped by her boyfriend, and she decides to go on their joint vacation to the outback by herself. She isn't in a good mood, and she is not wanting to enjoy herself, but she finds that it was good to get away. While there, she meets Evie, the tour guide, and they end up flirting and eventually get together.

It was an interesting story hearing a lot of details about riding the track and working with cattle. It only really took place over one week of Clara's vacation, and there is no
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story was way too short. I very much enjoyed it and wished it continued longer. I knew it was a short story when I read it but I want more. The descriptions of the Australian scenery were vivid. It was a sweet story with a slow build. One of the main characters identified as bisexual. I hope there would be a sequel to this because I very much enjoyed reading it. It was a quick and easy read. I've never read any of this author's writing before but I will be looking for more in the future. I ...more
Nicole Diskin
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2018, 2018-reads
I received this book as an ARC thanks to Net Galley and Nine Star press and am so grateful!
this story about a love jilted Clara who goes on an adventure in the down under in Australia and the Drover/ tour guide/ Jillaroo / cowgirl that she meets while there! this book was so sweet and funny and just real! Clara's inner monoluoge was refreshingly truthful and hilarious and I Love it! the romance between the smart and sassy city girl and the cowgirl was slow burning and sweet until it wasn't then
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ripley (also know as Rebecca Langham) has written a enjoyable and believable novella. The setting is a beautiful potrayal of the Australian outback. (which is beautiful in its own way). The romances is more of a 'summer fling'. Overall the book is well written, received an ARC for a honest review 100%, would buy.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bb-review
After being cheated on by her boyfriend, Clara decides to take the vacation that had originally been booked as a couples’ vacation in Australia. She goes entirely out of comfort zone for a cattle drive, outback adventure. She’s a bit bitter upon first arriving to the area. She isn’t the biggest fan of the overly positive couple she’s in a group with, but the attraction to their group leader, Evie, is instantaneous.

I was excited to find out that Kara Ripley is a pen name for Sci-Fi author Rebecc
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a quick, easy, and enjoyable read. Sometimes it's nice to break up my reading schedule with a novella, and this one didn't disappoint. I don't normally enjoy anything written in first person, but I think this was done well. Would recommend.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I have read by this author. Rebecca Langham writing under a pen name. I was disappointed that the book was short but I got a taste of the author’s work, which I am happy about.

It is written in First Person from Clara’s POV. It has a good story line and the characters are likeable. I felt a slight connection with the pair (Clara & Evie). Didn’t like Evie to begin with but
Shelby Wasey
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Riding The Track is a great light and easy read filled with humour and romance. The story is told from the main character, Clara, point of view. I didn’t actually like this point of view, or Clara herself, at the start of the book. I found the narrative was too descriptive and lost its flow. Even with this in mind, I’m glad I decided to stick with it and carry on reading. The location/setting of
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
This is going to be a fairly short review, as Riding the Track is a fairly short book!

As it contains two of my favourite things - queer women, and horses - it was an obvious choice for me. Clara, dumped by her cheating ex-boyfriend, finds herself in Australia with little experience of riding horses, and pretty quickly finds herself attracted to cowgirl Evie. They have good chemistry right from the start, with Evie's laidback, optimistic personality providing a great foil for Clara's breakup-fuel
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I rec'd an ARC from NetGalley/Nine Star Press for an honest review.
Main characters are Clara and Evelyn. Set in the Australian outback during a dude cattle drive, the scenes are beautifully written and interaction between characters is crisp and witty. A nicely built storyline until the end which seemed abrupt. Anyone who likes (lesfic) romance, horses and the outdoors should enjoy this quick read.
3.5 stars
Beth Younge
I adored this book so much and loved the characters so much. The way that Clara is honest about her bisexuality and her feelings towards Evie are discussed great. I wanted to know what happened next after the holiday ended and its a shame it wasn't included. A great book and a fantastic romance by Ripley!

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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