Second Chance at the Water Jump by Isla Ryder

Published: March 21, 2023

Isla Ryder

Genre: Romance

Pages: 193

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Isla Ryder grew up around horses but never owned one of her own, instead settling for riding lessons, 4H, and every horse book she could get her hands on. When those books stopped being enough, she began writing her own. Throughout school, she loved creative writing classes and earned a BDIC degree in Equine Business from UMass Amherst in 2011. Now she uses her equine expertise to bring realism to her writing, with sweet equestrian romance series written for horse lovers by a horse lover.

All Savannah wants is to qualify for the Eventing championships with her horse Tucker. They’ve been working hard and staying focused, but an early season fall really starts the year off wrong. Worse yet, it’s caught in all its water-soaked glory by the photographer Evan—who also happens to be the guy she ditched before their blind date even started.
Evan is tired of working in a studio and is taking his photography business into the horse world. There’s a lot to learn, but the daunting task is certainly more fun when Savannah ends up in front of his lens. That blind date of theirs wasn’t as blind as she thinks: he might have begged for the set-up.
Can she make it to the championships and through that dreaded water jump?

Can he get her to put aside her old relationship woes and give him a shot?

“I’m looking forward to it.”

Savannah is passionate about taking her riding to the next level, and she feels like this season is her season. Her beloved horse, Tucker, is ready; she knows it. When a handsome photographer keeps popping up, Savannah doesn’t want to be distracted. Besides, she has sworn off dating. But there is a kindness in his eyes she can’t shake.

This was a sweet story. I liked the horse element, though I know nothing about competing.

Savannah was a great leading lady. She had some insecurities, but it was nice to see her work through them as the story progressed.

Evan was a genuinely good guy. And I liked how he wore his heart on his sleeve, even when Savannah tried to convince him nothing would come of them dating.

The slow burn aspect was well done. And I liked how the relationship grew. I found the support between the two characters well-developed, and I liked the balance between their respective adventures.

This was a charming read with a lighthearted vibe. I enjoyed the dynamic and the authentic way the relationship developed. The story flowed smoothly and was well written.

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