Title: Fool’s Gold
Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: self published
Release Date: July 28th, 2016
Genre(s): Second chances, First Love
Page Count: 238
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Eight years ago, Jake Stanford had it all: a spot on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and the love of his life, Rich Evans. A tragic accident wipes out everything in the blink of an eye. Hard work and sacrifice get him another shot at Olympic Gold, but only if he puts his past behind him and agrees to work with Rich again.
Bound by secrets he cannot share, Rich was forced to give up Jake eight years ago. Now he has a second chance to help Jake realize his dreams. But the secrets that drove them apart haven’t changed, and Rich must face them or risk losing Jake forever.
Fool’s Gold by Sarah Madison is a sweet, wonderful and refreshing romance. It is set in the world of competitive Equestrian sports. I don’t have any idea about this sport but I am a huge fan of M/M with a sport genre so I had to give this book a try. I am pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this story. Though the story line was something which has been used many times before, the author manages to give this read a unique flair.
Jake Stanford’s life changed completely eight years ago after a freak accident which robs him of “the love of his life” and also a chance to win Olympic Gold. Now after all these years, Jake is again at the cusp of achieving his dream of winning the Olympic gold when his trainer falls seriously ill. The new trainer is none other than Richard Evans, the only guy Jake have loved and who has left him heartbroken by walking out on their relationship eight years ago.
Rich has a terrible secret which has prevented him from getting Jake back. He has kept tabs on Jake’s career from afar and had never been able to move on from his first Love. His new assignment is bound to raise old buried feelings and also questions which Rich is not free to answer. Sparks fly and they both realize that their bond has weathered all these years. Rich has to reveal his secrets to get his man back and this time he is not walking away.
Jake and Rich were perfect together but their romance was not. They make mistakes and hurt each other and their imperfections make their second chance in love all the more beautiful. Their re-connection was emotional but did not have a lot of drama. I loved the way they worked through their issues. Both had a lot of guilt working because of their past decisions and they resolve them along the way. They finally had a stronger love than they had before. Their mistakes make them more mature and they appreciate their love for each other more.
“You didn’t just step in for Tom. You kicked me in the ass when I needed it most, and you took me to another level of riding. One I might not have found on my own. I was too young and dumb to know any better. To know it took more than hard work and good luck when the going got tough. You taught me what it means to have grit and dig down deep when you have to. You taught me about sacrifice.” ~Jake
What I loved best about this book was that there were three POVs here. Along with the romance of Jake and Rich there was also a relationship between a father and a son which needed to be put to rights. Jake’s father makes a bad call by trying to control his son’s life. He did it out of love but his decisions backfired and it left Jake alone and unhappy. We get to feel Jake’s father’s emotions as well through his POV. His acceptance of his son’s sexual orientation was very well written. Along with accepting Jake being gay, Donald Stanford mends his crumbling relationship with his son. It was not all sunshine and rainbows but at the end they were on the path to a better understanding and healing.
The ending was perfect. It ended with a very bright flame of hope in the reader’s heart that Jake and Rich will overcome every obstacle in their life from now on together and with the courage of a thoroughbred leaping over a hurdle.
Lastly, I would love to congratulate the author for writing such a well researched and detailed book on a sport that is not that regularly featured. The competitions and the extreme effort that goes behind training and being one with a magnificent creature like a horse was shown in vivid detail. As a novice in this sport, I learned a lot from this book and it grew my interest in it a lot.
Bottom line, this book is a very well written story about second chances. I loved the characters and the plot line very much. The setting was very authentic and the characters through their imperfections won my heart over and over. It is a sweet and beautiful story. Romance lovers should definitely pick this book up.