The Longest Stride
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by T. A. Chase
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Fantasy
Description: More than twenty years ago, Branimir Javlosk moved from Montana to Kentucky, following the man he loved to a strange new place. They started a rescue farm and rehab center for retired racehorses, or any equine that needed their help. Branimir gained a reputation as a horse whisperer, able to teach the most frightened horse to trust. They were on top of the world--until Branimir's lover died in a car accident.
Since then, Branimir's continued on, allowing the horses that need him to fill the empty place left by his tragic loss. Yet Branimir has a secret hidden deep inside of him. One he lets out only on rare occasions when there is a need.
Austin Jameson Spellsin is the youngest and favored son of one of the country's richest men. But Austin's not interested in working in the family business of building oilrigs. He wants to ride horses in the Olympics, eventing, to be specific. Yet with all his money, he's never found the right horse for him. Until one morning, he stares at a scar-covered, half-starving mare named Mary's Gospel and sees the look of eagles in her unvanquished gaze.
Of course, falling in love with the damaged mare isn't going to make her want Austin, so he turns to the one man he knows can help him. Taking Mary's Gospel to Branimir seems the best way to win the mare's troubled heart. Little does Austin expect that Mary's Gospel will lose her heart to the older cowboy, but Austin will also find himself aching to heal the wounded soul hiding inside Branimir...
Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Fantasy / Shapeshifter
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2012
eBookwise Release Date: March 2012
14 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [199 KB]
Reading time: 130-182 min.
Branimir stepped closer to him, their elbows brushing as he leaned against the wall to look at the mare. "If she learns to trust humans again, she would make an excellent brood mare. Her name's Mary's Gospel. She's been trained for the track, but she never really took to it. Billings got her cheap when her last owner decided to get rid of her. Mary's one of the most talented jumpers I've seen and she used to have the courage for cross-country, if you were thinking about eventing with her."
"You seem to know a lot about her," Austin observed with a raised eyebrow.
"I've been trying to buy her from Billings since he bought her. I knew he'd ruin her given half a chance. Why do people keep giving that man horses to train? He's managed to mess up every one he gets, unless they were already psychotic when they moved into his barn." Branimir shook his head and backed away. "I've got to get going, but like I said, when she's healthy again, if you want help regaining her trust, give me a call."
"I'll do that."
They shook hands, and Austin watched Branimir stroll out of the barn. Okay, so maybe he ogled the guy's ass, presented in faded jeans tight enough to make Austin's mouth water. Everything in Austin shouted not to let Branimir walk away, yet there wasn't any reason to keep the man around. Where had he heard the name Branimir Javlosk? It wasn't the usual run-of-the-mill name. He snorted, and Mary's Gospel startled at the noise.
"Sorry, pretty lady," he murmured, not wanting to upset her even more. "It'll come to me. Until then, you and I are going to work on fattening you up. Things are going to be different from here on out. I wish you could understand me. It would make things go so much easier."
Austin wandered off to find Carlos, his head groom. They needed to work on putting weight on Mary's Gospel before he worried about anything else.