Elizabeth Noble – Run for the Roses

run for the rosesAuthor: Elizabeth Noble
Reviewed by: Wendy
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: N/A

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Wanting to end his pattern of choosing controlling and abusive men, Vladimir ‘Val’ Mihalic figures it’s better to live alone than live in fear. Just when things are settling down—his biggest trouble recently is a Kentucky Derby hopeful that won’t load into a starting gate—his best friend Janelle’s violent ex-boyfriend kidnaps her. After she’s seriously injured in a car wreck, Wyatt Harig, Janelle’s estranged father, comes around to tend to his daughter. Despite Val’s determination to avoid relationships, Wyatt interests him in ways that make his resolve waver. As complications and repercussions pile on in the aftermath of Janelle’s kidnapping—including a gambling charge and a murder—Wyatt and Val must work together to seek answers. And the closer they get to each other, the more Val wants them to stay that way
This book had some sugar and spice, a hint of naughty, but lots of nice – it was like a comfort read with a kick!

In the space of a novella, this book overflowed with things that I love. Let me count the ways:

• A hurt/comfort theme – not once, but twice
• Best friends who are fiercely loyal and protective of one another
• A gal pal who’s warm and intelligent vs. dim-witted and clingy
• A mystery to be solved with plenty of intrigue, bad guys and surprise elements
• Furry critters! Horses, dogs and cats – oh my, but with the added excitement of the competitive horse racing industry and triple crown activity
• An age gap that doesn’t feel like one between the main characters
• A slow burn and sizzle in the heat department
• A hint of dominance/submission – just barely there, but something that could be nurtured

And just when I didn’t think things could get any more exciting, the author left me literally hanging on the edge of my seat practically drooling for more. Damn, how long am I going to have to wait? And please tell me that the next story picks up where this one left off! Absolutely loved it!!

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  1. “And just when I didn’t think things could get any more exciting, the author left me literally hanging on the edge of my seat practically drooling for more.”

    Does this mean it ends with a cliffhanger? I have the book but will wait to read it if it does. I hate those.

  2. Thank you so much Wendy.

    Andrea it’s not a true cliffhanger, the story is wrapped up. It’s more of a lead in to the next story.


  3. Yes, I’d say there’s a bit of a cliffhanger – definitely left open for more to come. This story has more of a complete feeling to it than some others I’ve read, and yet I found myself groaning a bit at the end saying “Crap – I can’t believe she’s going to make me wait to find out what happens” pertaining to a couple of things going on at the time. I’m grinning and bearing it (and keeping my fingers crossed that she writes fast)!

  4. I will tell one secret. After the book is released I’ll have a special hidden page on my website with some extras and the answer to that last little bit Wendy speaks of. So, really you only have to wait til Friday to find out.

  5. I agree with Elizabeth’s description. Cliffhanger is a strong word – maybe teaser is more appropriate. Chalk it up to the author’s incredible ability to hook you and leave you longing for more! It’s a great story and I wouldn’t hesitate to read it at all.

  6. Oh, I like secrets! Good to know – I’ll be searching for the answer to my question.

  7. Thank you again, Wendy. You’re my new favorite person! What a nice surprise to come home to after work.

  8. You’re welcome, but I feel like I should be thanking you. I grew up with horses until I was in my teens, so I felt an extra special connection to your story. Loved it!

  9. Ah – thank you!!

  10. Run for the Roses has a QR code in the back, here is the link for the code. It goes to a page on my website with some extras.


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