Saturday, November 7, 2015

Jock by CM Foss- Review Tour!

Title: Jock
Author: CM Foss
Release Date: Nov 2, 2015

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She can't stand them.
Hates them.
Refuses to be one.

Tessa Brooks is strong-willed, sassy, and determined, on the brink of dominating in the testosterone-fueled sport of horse racing. She’s spent her life avoiding the norm, staying true to herself to achieve her ultimate goals.

Her relationship with Jace Hitchen, her brother's best friend, just might be the biggest cliche of all. Over the years, he’s been her protector, her annoyance, her confidante, her crush. But giving in to what she's really wanted for the last ten years could be the very thing that destroys everything she's worked for and wanted. Can Tessa achieve her dreams for the future, but still hold on to the past?

My Review
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tessa has tried to live life on her own terms. She has worked hard to follow her dream of being a jockey, and has found success but has sacrificed a lot to do so. Jace is Tessa's brother's best friend and as long as Tessa has been alive, he has sworn to protect her. As Tessa becomes an adult she and Jace find that their relationship is turning evolving into something less familial and more romantic. Tessa's lifestyle and grueling schedule make things complicated, but it becomes clear that Tessa can't keep going without making some changes in her life and she and Jace are not capable of staying away from one another.

The characters in this book are easy to like. Tessa is strong-willed, and can be a little difficult at times, but she knows what she wants and goes after it. She made a promise to her oldest brother to follow her dream, and follows through. Her commitment to a profession that is complicated in many ways, especially for a woman, is admirable. Jace is a pretty great guy, and watching him look out for Tessa first as a brother-figure and friend, and later as someone who loves her as a partner was very endearing. At times I wish I knew the characters on a deeper level, because I felt like I knew the basics, but wanted to know a lot more. This was a sweet friends to lovers romance. The aspect of Tessa's being a jockey added some new and interesting dynamics into what could have turned into a very predictable love story. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would read more by the author in the future.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review


CM Foss is a hopeless romantic with a love for the written word. When she was little, her mom would ration her books so she wouldn’t go through them too quickly. It didn’t matter, she would just re-read. She’s always been an avid equestrian, competing in the top levels of Three Day Eventing by age seventeen. CM now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and kids where they own and operate their own equestrian business, as well as raising grass-fed, sustainable meats. She doesn’t have this thing people call “free time”, but she does spend a weird amount of time writing, reading, playing with her kids, milking goats, and drinking wine, while avoiding bananas at all costs. Other books by CM Foss include Shiver, Swoon, and City Beautiful.

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