Book Reviews

Run for the Roses by Elizabeth Noble at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 10-September-2014

Book Blurb

Wanting to end his pattern of choosing controlling and abusive men, Vladimir ‘Val’ Mihalic figures it’s better to live alone than live in fear. Just when things are settling down—his biggest trouble recently is a Kentucky Derby hopeful that won’t load into a starting gate—his best friend Janelle’s violent ex-boyfriend kidnaps her. After she’s seriously injured in a car wreck, Wyatt Harig, Janelle’s estranged father, comes around to tend to his daughter. Despite Val’s determination to avoid relationships, Wyatt interests him in ways that make his resolve waver. As complications and repercussions pile on in the aftermath of Janelle’s kidnapping—including a gambling charge and a murder—Wyatt and Val must work together to seek answers. And the closer they get to each other, the more Val wants them to stay that way.


Book Review

I have read another series by this author which I loved, so it was with great excitement that I heard about her new series, 'Circles'. 'Run for the Roses' is book one in the series and, after reading the description, I was very eager to get started on it. Just like most other girls, I always wanted a horse. Unfortunately, we moved too often, so it wasn't feasible. Doesn't mean I didn't do what I could to be near them. This book combines all the things I love about horses with phenomenal writing, and an excellent cast of characters.

I can't imagine the fear that ran through Val's mind as he watched his best friend, Janelle, and her abusive ex-boyfriend go end over end in a bad car accident. Janelle is a jockey, but with a broken leg, dislocated shoulder, a concussion, and possible internal injuries, I can understand why her boss, Rod, wants to locate her father and notify him. Val offers to have Janelle stay with him as he has two bedrooms he doesn't use, he works five days a week, he has three dogs who can use the company, and he rents a home on Rod's horse farm. It's a win-win since Janelle won't be earning any money for a while. Val is shocked when Janelle's dad, Wyatt, shows up. Janelle has had no contact with her dad for years, and her information about him came from her mom, who was a little bitter. You can imagine the misinformation there.

As the weeks go by with Wyatt staying in the area and driving Janelle to her rehab every day, Val and Wyatt find time to become friends with a healthy spark of attraction. Val has always had the bad luck to be involved with men who were abusive, usually physically, so he's sworn off relationships. But he's never been involved with a kind, caring man like Wyatt, and it doesn't take too long before they both admit what they want. The police become involved when Janelle's ex-boyfriend is found murdered with some suspicions regarding his activities of late. Next thing they know, the news is reporting the theft and killing of Thoroughbred racehorses, Charlie's murder, and, inadvertently, tying Janelle's name to his. This could kill her career unless Wyatt and Val do some investigating and find the ones responsible. Good thing Wyatt is an investigator who works for a branch of Homeland Security.

This was an exciting story with a great plot. The intrigue and mystery was fun, and, even though I guessed the outcome, I still enjoyed it very much. A good beginning for a new series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 164 pages/42118 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-May-2014
Price $4.99 ebook
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