Sarah Madison - Fool's Gold
Cover: Reese Dante
Release Date: July 29 2016
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Eight years ago, Jake Stanford had it all: a spot on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and the love of his life, Rich Evans. A tragic accident wipes out everything in the blink of an eye. Hard work and sacrifice get him another shot at Olympic Gold, but only if he puts his past behind him and agrees to work with Rich again.
Bound by secrets he cannot share, Rich was forced to give up Jake eight years ago. Now he has a second chance to help Jake realize his dreams. But the secrets that drove them apart haven't changed, and Rich must face them or risk losing Jake forever.
Fool's Gold is a great little gem that had me cheering the two main characters on, loathing Jake's father, mourning the losses of the accident that changed the course of all their lives, and following the excitement of competition. It's the kind of story that pulls you in from the very start, then keeps your attention all the way through...and giving you plenty of angst and drama to keep the tension high throughout the story.
We actually get to hear the story not just from Rich and Jake's points of view, but also a bit from Jake's father so there's an added dimension to the storytelling. I'll tell you right now--for me, this served to have me utterly disgusted with Jake's father-no matter how his views may have changed as the story progressed-and to just invest me deeper into Rich and Jake's relationship.
Rich and Jake together just feels natural and right, and it frustrated me what they had to go through from the time of the accident until the very end. But it is blatantly obvious that they both care for each other very deeply, though at times they each can act like idiots on their way to finding their happy ending.
I did find the overabundance of technical information regarding eventing and the long explanations a bit overly detailed. I can see where someone into the sport would enjoy that level of detail, but for me it was a bit of overload that didn't necessarily add much to the overall story of Rich and Jake's relationship journey. It does help show how much goes into the sport, and how dedicated both Rich and Jake are to be able to compete and coach at the levels they do, but I could have done with a lesser amount of that information.
Overall, Fool's Gold was a 4-star read for me, and I'd definitely recommend this book to fans of M/M romance (in particular if you love horses and equine sporting events). This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language (Rich can be a potty mouth!) and M/M sexual content. This was the first book I've read by this author, and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Sarah Madison is a writer with a little dog, a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she's not out hiking with the dogs or down at the stables, she's at the laptop working on her next story. When sheís in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because itís cheaper than therapy. Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. The Boys of Summer won Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer's Choice Awards. The Sixth Sense series was voted 2nd place in the 2014 PRG Reviewerís Choice Awards for Best M/M Mystery series, and 3 rd place in the 2105 PGR Reviewer's Choice Awards for Best M/M Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series. If you want to make her day, e-mail her and tell you how much you like her stories.