Reviewed by Ami
Title: By Heart
Author: Sasha Kay Riley
Series: Anderson Stables #4
Heroes: Vince & Dustin
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 123 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: In this final book in the Anderson Stables series, Vince Anderson and Dustin O’Brien are approaching the end of their show jumping journey, and their ride off into the sunset as a married couple is within their grasp.
But they won’t get there without facing challenges both personal and professional.
Vince has been working hard for years to make the Olympic Equestrian team with his horse, Sir Galaxy. Now, with Dustin by his side, his dreams are about to come true as he enters the selection process. But making the team isn’t as easy as simply winning shows, not when a very wealthy and powerful name in the sport is holding a grudge against Vince. Despite attempts to damage Vince’s reputation, Vince pushes on while supporting Dustin, whose past is pushing into his future. And making the team will only be the beginning of an arduous endeavor against elite competitors. But Vince and Dustin will see each other through to the end, through the Olympics and to their wedding, because supporting each other is something they know by heart.
By Heart is the final book in Riley’s Anderson Stables series – the last one was released three years ago. The story opens with Vince and Dustin attending Jane’s wedding – Jane is Vince’s ex-girlfriend who is also the mother of his child, the now four-year-old Hunter. At the same time Vince is waiting for the announcement of short list of people who will make the cut for equestrian team representing USA in the Rio Olympic.
This is definitely a feel-good conclusion to the series – it follows the same low angst tone of the previous three books. No ripples at all – well, there’s a little altercation in the beginning between Vince and a jealous rider – but in overall, everybody is nice and supportive. There isn’t any bad competition among the riders in the Olympic team. Vince and Dustin are solid, they are engaged and will have their wedding after the Olympic.
Sure, it can feel a little bit mundane at times – to note, like the previous three books, By Heart has little-to-now sex since both Vince and Dustin don’t have high interest in it (Vince being asexual and Dustin isn’t sex focused after his life on the streets) – but I welcome the change. I as quite interested with the technical preparation for the Olympic – they actually FLY the HORSES to Brazil?!? I also enjoyed the description of the competition. Besides, I don’t think I read a lot of MM romance focusing in this sport 😊
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*