THROWN is a lighthearted yet steamy contemporary romance by Golden Heart finalist Colette Auclair, featuring a young woman who must choose between capturing a gold medal and the man who’s captured her heart.
In THROWN, professional trainer Amanda Vogel dreams of riding jumpers in the Olympics, but after seeing her best friend die in a riding accident, she’s so traumatized she can’t show. Broke and desperate, she takes a summer job in Aspen teaching some big-shot widowed movie star’s spoiled daughters to ride—even though she hates teaching kids. She braces herself for three miserable months. But by Labor Day, she has to choose between capturing a gold medal…and the man who has captured her heart.
THROWN was a 2012 Golden Heart finalist in the single-title contemporary romance category. It also won the 2011 Winter Rose Contest (Yellow Rose Romance Writers) and finaled in the 2011 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest (North East Ohio Romance Writers Association).
Amanda has just been hired by Grady, a famous movie star, to be his daughter’s riding instructor. She has her work cut out for her as the girls as not thrilled to do things her way. Not only is Amanda learning to deal with the girls, but trying to move on with her life after quitting professional riding, due to an unfortunate accident of a friend. Grady is used to women falling all over him, and considers Amanda a challenge as she does not seem to notice. While Amanda gets closer to the girls and starts to have feelings for Grady she knows that things will not work out. But when her secret past is revealed she just might loose what she has come to love.
This was a classic love story. Amanda is the one girl that the boy cannot get and Grady is the boy that she doesn’t think is going to fall for her. I enjoyed her character because she was a nice person, just trying to deal with the life that was handed to her, and got mad at Grady when he acted like an idiot. But in the end they find a way to make each other happy. Great afternoon read.