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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Seduction's Stakes by Claire Ashgrove

Seduction's Stakes by Claire Ashgrove
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (366 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Larkspur

McCleery Racing didn’t become a Thoroughbred racing powerhouse by betting on longshots. Maddie McCleery made it a multi-million dollar player through hard work, logical decisions, and a commitment to never involve herself with men who lived on the sport of kings. But when she sets her sights on a two-year-old colt her rival owns, she never imagines the lengths she’ll go to, to bring the future champion home.

Riley Jennings wants unobtainable Maddie almost more than the Triple Crown. After his Kentucky Derby win, however, he sees a way to sure-fire victory. His proposed wager stacks the odds in his favor – if her horse wins the Preakness, he’ll accept her terms. If his horse comes in first, they’ll negotiate his way.

When the dust settles on the wire, will love claim final victory, or will unexpected tragedy stop them in the gates?

Claire Ashgrove wins a Triple Crown with Seduction's Stakes, a wonderful story, unforgettable characters and an amazing love story. Meet Riley and Maddie two big players in horses and love. Set in the larger than life high stakes horse racing circle readers get an intimate look at The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes where horses and racing aren’t only a career but a passion and sometimes an obsession.

Ms. Ashgrove gives us an incredible read that’s witty, funny and very emotional. It grabs at your heart and not only do you want this couple to succeed you need them to. Claire’s passion for horses and horse people really come through in her amazing story line/plot that could be taken from the pages of any girls fairy tale. Her characters are unforgettable especially her hero and heroine Riley and Maddie, she also has memorable supporting characters that add dimension to the story. Her amazing dialogue is passion filled and has you crying one moment and laughing the next. Her scenes from the verdant hills of Kentucky to the Manhattan sky lines jump off the pages with her imagery. The romance is awe inspired and she makes her readers wish they were on the receiving end of the intimate attention plied on her heroine. The love scenes are so hot you’ll need air-conditioning to get through them and yet they are sensual and sweet and the intense love between the characters in unmistakable.

So let’s take a little quiz, ask yourself, do you love a great romance? Do you need to go through countless emotions while you read? Do you need your romance on the sizzle burner? Do you require your characters to be larger that life and yet so down to earth you could see yourself befriending them? Do you need a can’t put it down page turner? Do you need and unforgettable read? If you’ve said yes to any of these questions then this is definitely the next must read on your list.