Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: An Unstable Stud
Author: Ariel Tachna
Series: Dreamspun Desires, Lexington Lovers #1
Heroes: Clay & Luke
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 204 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Horses were his passion, until he laid eyes on his boss.
Eighteen months ago, tragedy struck Bywater Farm when a riding accident killed Clay Hunter’s lover and traumatized his prize horse, King of Hearts. Clay and King lingered in limbo, surviving but not really living, until a breath of fresh air in the form of Luke Davis, a new groom in the stud barn, revives them both.
When a fall from King’s back sends Luke to the emergency room, Clay watches the shaky foundation of their budding relationship tumble down. Can Clay really love a jockey again, or will his fear of losing another man he loves keep them apart for good?
Luke’s only been at Bywater Farms for a little while but he’s heard of the horrible story involving his boss’s partner and their prized horse. Neither King nor Clay have gotten over what happened but when King takes kindly to Luke, Clay realizes it might be time to get King back into things. As King and Luke get closer, so do Clay and Luke but when Luke gets injured, it brings up a lot of old memories for Clay. Will Clay be able to love a jockey again or will their relationship be over before it really even begins?
I absolutely LOVED Luke. I found him so adoring and the situation he was in really resonated with me. I felt bad for him but I found the way he handled everything so endearing. As for Clay, I enjoyed him as a character but I didn’t know him as much as I would have liked. I would have liked to get his POV and experience things from him side.
I really, really enjoyed this one but with all the issues between Clay and Luke, I wish they had actually taken the time to really get to know each other better and work out the issues. I felt like they had a great relationship together but to me, it still feels like they don’t know much about one another. Especially Clay. I don’t feel like he know Luke at all.
In the end, I still loved this book. I liked how much chemistry there was between Clay and Luke and the slow-burn build up to their relationship. It was interesting to see how Luke and Clay grow as characters and I absolutely loved the moments with King! If you’re looking for a sweet, slightly angsty story, definitely give this one a go!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*