Title – Jock
Author – CM Foss
Publication Date – November 2, 2015
She can’t stand them.
Refuses to be one.
Tessa Brooks is strong-willed, sassy, and determined, on the brink of dominating in the testosterone-fueled sport of horse racing. She’s spent her life avoiding the norm, staying true to herself to achieve her ultimate goals.
Her relationship with Jace Hitchen, her brother’s best friend, just might be the biggest cliche of all. Over the years, he’s been her protector, her annoyance, her confidante, her crush. But giving in to what she’s really wanted for the last ten years could be the very thing that destroys everything she’s worked for and wanted. Can Tessa achieve her dreams for the future, but still hold on to the past?
CM Foss has a way with her writing that pulls you so far into the depths of her world that readers can’t help but get lost. She has a knack for making readers fall in love with one of the passions that she holds most dear to her heart. I know this because her enthusiasm bleeds onto the pages of her novels. Jock takes a spin on her previous “horse” novels and gives readers a whole new insight into the world of jockeying. I absolutely loved seeing passion for a career and passion for a romance interlaced so closely together.
“Always at war with each other, my mind raced as my body melted in his embrace.”
As someone who has never watched the races or paid much attention to the life of a jockey, I found myself incredibly enthralled with Tessa and her choices. On the one hand, I couldn’t understand how she would make the choices she did based on something she thought her brother wanted for her. It seemed like the sacrifices were not worth the reward. However, as the book progressed, it started to make more sense. Her fire shone through and it made me love her all the more. As for the hero of the story, I instantly fell in love with him, especially because of how Foss introduced him. While the majority of the book is written in Tessa’s point of view, the first few chapters of Jock are written through previous events, all seen through Jace’s eyes. I thought this was so genius of Foss because it showed their connection, their history, and once you read it, you’ll understand why it was so easy to fall in love with Jace. He was so protective and fluid, yet determined. If I could throw in ingredients for my perfect book boyfriend, Jace would surely be the perfect recipe!
“We’ve gone at this, whatever this is, all wrong. All kinds of backward. And it’s a train I’m not sure how to stop. I figure it’s time to jump tracks and start fresh. So you can see how serious I am, how honest I am. I don’t want you to question us, yourself, or me. And because…you deserve it. You deserve to be earned.”
Even though I’m not familiar with the environment Foss based her book around, I found myself drawn into it. I was curious and enjoyed learning the little bits that I did. However, I should also say that it never took away from the romance for me. They were so beautifully woven together in my opinion. I also really freaking loved the sibling fun that was highlighted throughout Jock. The author creates a fine balance of fun family times, but also Tessa being a fierce, independent heroine. Foss’ writing continues to grow and become more finessed, while also staying true to her personality. When I pick up one of her novels, I can always guarantee that I’ll swoon, that I’ll laugh, and most definitely fall in love. I’m already anxious to see what she delivers to her readers next!
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CM Foss is a hopeless romantic with a love for the written word. When she was little, her mom would ration her books so she wouldn’t go through them too quickly. It didn’t matter, she would just re-read. She’s always been an avid equestrian, competing in the top levels of Three Day Eventing by age seventeen. CM now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and kids where they own and operate their own equestrian business, as well as raising grass-fed, sustainable meats. She doesn’t have this thing people call “free time”, but she does spend a weird amount of time writing, reading, playing with her kids, milking goats, and drinking wine, while avoiding bananas at all costs. Other books by CM Foss include Shiver, Swoon, and City Beautiful.