Up on Horseshoe Hill by Penelope Janu. (2019).
**4 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review**
Jemima (or Jet) loves her home, her horses, her job as a farrier and her independence. Life hasn’t been kind to her but she is happy in the close-knit community of Horseshoe Hill. Jet intends on never relying on anyone, particularly a man like Finn. Finn is an attractive geneticist and animal vet who threatens both Jet’s past and future. Jet can’t help but be attracted to Finn even though he is triggering her past trauma and he in turn is fascinated by her. But Jet is intent not to let anyone get close in case it leads to loss…will the two face their fears and find love?
After really enjoying the author’s novel ‘On the Same Page’, I was looking forward to this one and was not disappointed. Best described as a rural romance with a hint of suspense, the book was primarily about Jet and Finn’s developing relationship with it’s ups and downs. Let me just say, the sexual tension in this book is intense; you are on the edge of your seat waiting for them to just do the bloody deed already haha! The side storyline is Finn investigating a traumatic event in Jet’s past where several horses died at a stable where she worked; Jet is struggling with this as she doesn’t want to revisit the past at all. I found the animal sections of the story quite interesting, particularly Jet’s relationship and connection with the horses both personally and professionally. I would happily recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a bit of romance in their reading.