A Gentleman plagued by his illegitimacy and a circus performer find common ground in their love for horses
Winning the Gentleman is book #2 in the Hearts of the Heath series but can be read as a standalone.
Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 20, 2021)
ASIN : B08CJPG9P5
Aaron Whitworth hasn’t had control over most aspects of his life, but he’s always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.
Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don’t take her seriously because she’s a woman, but she can’t pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron’s guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.
As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together–against all odds?
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Sophia and her twin brother Jonas lived and worked in the circus since their father died, and they lost his horse training business.
Aaron was the illegitimate son of a marquis and lived in the fringe of society, working as the manager of two of his titled school friends’ racing stables.
When one of his friends agreed to a racing match without consulting him, he found himself in trouble, as he had just fired the only jockey available for showing up to work drunk.
Desperate for someone to run the race, he searched around a fair in Newmarket and offered the job to the circus horse trainer.
But Aaron ended up hiring someone else than who he had intended. Instead of the man he saw tending to the horses, he got himself the man’s sister.
The whole hiring and keeping of Sophia as Aaron’s jockey was a little confusing, but it kind of worked out in the end.
The romance was sweet. I enjoyed the couple’s slow-burn connection and how they grew to love each other despite their many differences. My heart went to them whenever they struggled for acceptance.
The side characters were lovely. They brought a little family drama and a sense of friendship to the story.
I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in the series, as I’m intrigued by Sophia’s brother’s low-key attitude and curious to see how it will clash with the bigger-than-life personality of Harriet.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.