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A Horse Called Hustle by C.J. Love


Cover art: A Horse Called Hustle Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: A Horse Called Hustle
Author: C.J. Love
Publisher: Thomas Bouregy & Co., Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-0-8034-9972-0 (Hardcover)
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Florida
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
C.J.'s Website/Blog: www.cjlove.org

Jessa Wilder remembered Cole Hannible from when he worked with her Grandfather. But when she saw him this last time she knew he wasn't the same boy she remembered. He had grown into a very handsome man. As luck would have it, while driving away from the filing station she found Cole on the side of the road with a dead battery in his Jeep. After picking him up to give him a ride to his place, her car ran out of oil and stopped running. What made this situation bad for Jessa is a couple of things. A hurricane was fast approaching and she's supposed to find a way to win back a horse her Grandfather has been trying to get back from Cole for years.

Without a car both Jessa and Cole have no other option then to try to walk to shelter before the worst part of the hurricane hits. Finally they come to a barn in a field and bunker down for the night. This whole time Cole has no idea who Jessa really is and she is trying to keep it that way until she can figure out a way to get him to hand over the horse. Finally, Jessa talks Cole into a poker game. She acts like she has no idea what she is doing to lead Cole into a false security then brings it all down when she beats him with very high stakes. He bets that she can have any horse in his stable. The horse Jessa wants is a horse called Hustle, the very horse that Cole won from her Grandfather the exact way she had just won him back.

After the hurricane and getting lost they are picked up in the same spot they left the cars in. That is when Cole finds out who Jessa really is and how she had just played him and his budding feelings for her.

This book is full of adventure and twists and turns. The relationship between Cole and Jessa, though a lie at the beginning, is one that you can see and feel building and building quickly. You know that all Cole needs to do is separate Jessa from her Grandfather and it would work. But years of tricks and neither Cole or her Grandfather wanting to grow up and forgive is what Jessa has to contend with to try and get Cole to admit his feelings for her.

I personally thought this book was very well written. The fact that it's not a long book is what makes it as full of the twists and turns as it is. You don't want to put it down in wondering what could possibly happen next to Cole and Jessa. I read it in one day—and honestly in one sitting—because I was so enthralled by the story.


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