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In The Reins by Carly Kade
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October 8, 2016 – Started Reading
October 8, 2016 – Shelved
June 18, 2017 – Finished Reading

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L.R. Trovillion I think if Dame Barbara Cartland wrote Bridget Jones’ Diary, you would get something like the novel In the Reins by romance novelist Carly Kade. It is a mix of romance of the highest emotional levels (read: heart thumping, breathless swooning, blood thumping sexual attraction) along with the humor and folly of a character like Bridget Jones as she constantly screws up whatever she’s going after. The story begins with Devon Brooke fleeing a tragic relationship with a real jerk, vowing to forget about men and focus on getting back to her roots and horses. After falling for a pretty filly she immediately falls for a pretty cowboy at the tranquil farm where she finds boarding. This enigmatic cowboy, McKennon Kelly, is an Adonis, a natural horseman, a great cook, and a gentleman—in other words perfect—except for one, mysterious problem. (No spoilers!) Throughout the story, there are sprinkled hints that McKennon may be damaged goods or hiding a dark secret. Why does he disappear for weeks at a time? Nonetheless, poor Devon falls hard, and it seems whenever she’s around McKennon, she acts like a ditzy, tongue-tied schoolgirl instead of a sophisticated, urban journalist. Her obsession with McKennon leads her to make some foolish choices along the way, like taking her young horse to a big show before she’s ready, with disastrous results usually requiring rescue from one or two handsome men. But she lands on her cowboy boot-wearing feet after each hilarious episode. Author Kade has a knack for re-creating for the reader the world of western horse showing and the hard-partying, hard-riding cowboy life. I especially liked her descriptions of the boot-scooting boogy dance halls and seedy bars, the railbirds at the big horse shows, and the wild, sequined costumes complete with boots made from endangered species. The author paints a vivid picture of the land and its people. Her prose is intimate, almost as if Devon were telling her story to you personally, like a girlfriend sitting down to chat over a cup of coffee. Although readers who are faint of heart may, at times, be tempted to tell this gal, “Too much information!” Overall, it was a fun ride.


Carly Kade My spurs are totally jingling. I really enjoyed reading your review of In The Reins. Thank you for taking the time to write one. I love hearing that you enjoyed being submerged in the descriptions of the western horse show world! That is exactly how I hoped readers would feel. I can't wait to get the sequel out there! Here's to loving books and horses. I appreciate your readership!
Thank You,
Carly Kade, Author of In The Reins


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