Contemporary

Horseracing and Romance by Melissa West

Michele Callahan - Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hi there! My name is Melissa West, and I am the author of RACING HEARTS, book 1 in the Hamilton Stables series, featuring horseracing. When I set out to write my first contemporary romance, I knew I wanted to focus on a topic outside the norm. Cowboys had been done, and even horse racing had been done, but I didn’t know of any stories that focused on a horse racing family that was all but royalty in that world.

But to create a realistic world, I had to really do my homework. I started by picking up books at the library, reading until my eyes burned, and then reading some more, all the while feeling like I wasn’t getting a clear picture into the racing world. That was when I decided to reach out to horse trainers, and I was fortunate to hear back from legend, Todd Pletcher. Before long, I had a clearer look into what it really took to train a horse. The long hours, the dedication, the community-feel of a farm, and how every person on staff worked themselves to the bone.

Somewhere along the way of researching this amazing sport, watching more Youtube videos than I could count, and asking questions that were all too often idiotic, I found myself loving it. I loved the passion and drive, and I knew I had my story.

A female jockey, daughter to a legendary racehorse trainer, gets hurt and has no one else to turn to than the boy her father had once trained, who was no longer a boy at all. RACING HEARTS captures that thrill of the race, the tension of two towns that both claim to be the best in racing, and the sureness of a first love that never really died. 


Book description:
In the lush heart of Kentucky, the Hamiltons are horse racing royalty, born to produce champions. To win takes heart and soul—and to love takes the wild spirit of the land itself…

The oldest of three headstrong brothers, Trip Hamilton is considered the best horse trainer in the world. But he learned long ago to keep his focus on the horses and away 
from the riders. He’s seen the way heartbreak can waylay a career, and he’s determined not to risk it—until a stubborn, sexy rider thunders into his life, breaks his resolve, along with several of his rules, and takes his heart right out of the gate… Read More