One Step Forward, by Tia Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 8th, 2016
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Sam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.
Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.
Mention of past suicide
This book completely lost me about halfway through. Until that point the author was building an interesting romance that was developing because of an injured horse. About halfway through the book it started to feel more like the author was rambling instead of developing the plot. It really made me lose interest and I couldn’t regain it even though the writing was strong outside of the plot/narrative.
After the initial plot was set up it seemed like the attraction between the characters was kind of forced and sudden. After they realized they both were interested in the other, they kept announcing their interest in each other in really awkward ways combined with lots of “oh gosh I can’t believe he likes me.” It was very middle school/naive and made me roll my eyes.
Another thing that drove me absolutely nuts was that the whole book was in first person narrative that switched between Sam’s and Joshua’s perspectives. Absolutely distracting and nearly impossible to figure out who was talking.
All in all the book was made up of a lot of people talking about how they were perfect for each other, and not enough showing how they were perfect for each other. I could have just read the blurb instead.
Tia Fielding lives in a peaceful little town in a small country in northern Europe. She loves nature, her horses, cats, and even the yappy little thing that occasionally gets called a dog. Tia learned to read before she went to school at the age six and began writing as soon as she figured she had stories to tell around the mature age of seven. Stories about horses, adventures, and ghosts might have turned into hot GLBTQ-romance, but she still has a wicked imagination and, hopefully, more stories to tell.
To find out more about Fielding and her books check out her website (click here!)
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.