She can’t stand them.
Refuses to be one.
Tessa Brooks is strong-willed, sassy, and determined, on the brink of dominating in the testosterone-fueled sport of horse racing. She’s spent her life avoiding the norm, staying true to herself to achieve her ultimate goals.
Her relationship with Jace Hitchen, her brother’s best friend, just might be the biggest cliche of all. Over the years, he’s been her protector, her annoyance, her confidante, her crush. But giving in to what she’s really wanted for the last ten years could be the very thing that destroys everything she’s worked for and wanted. Can Tessa achieve her dreams for the future, but still hold on to the past?
This is the first book I’ve read by C. M. Foss and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I was reticent to start it, but once I delved into this world I couldn’t stop reading ***I finished the epilogue while walking to the gym, that’s how much I enjoyed it.
Front the first page the author captured my attention – you meet a young Jace getting to see baby Tessa for the first time. You get to see how they are with each other growing up, how they feel about one another and you cannot love the ‘puppy’ crush they share. What was different about this part of the book than all the previous books I’ve read before was that it was all told from Jace’s POV – Tessa didn’t instantly become a temptation, you could tell by the end of the book that their love had nothing to do with hot ‘hot’ she was but with how attracted they were to each other emotionally.
When the POV switches to Tessa, I got to see her side of the story and I got to fall in love with her even more than I already was. She’s one incredible heroine – to honor her dead brother, she’s trying her hardest to make it in a male dominated sport that is horse racing in order to get a chance to compete in the derby. Her attraction to Jace is felt not through phrases that describe how amazingly good looking he is, but through emotional heart felt moments – they complement each other beautifully and it’s impossible not to empathize with them.
And I have to praise this author capability to make me enjoy the sexy scenes in this book – if you’re looking for smut this isn’t it, but if you’re looking for wonderful sensual scenes, than, man oh man, there are plenty. Her capacity to take a sex scene and turn it into one of the most romantic, heart felt scenes I’ve read in the last couple of months is off the charts and to do this takes a lot of talent and C. M. Foss seems to possess tons.
I recommend Jock to anyone looking for a friends-to-lovers story, with a great heroine and an incredibly sweet hero, both of whom have their own dreams and goals, who in the end realize the only way to be truly happy with someone is to compromise even if that means making the other one just a little bit happier than you are.
***ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
CM Foss is a hopeless romantic with a love for the written word. When she was little, her mom would ration her books so she wouldn’t go through them too quickly. It didn’t matter, she would just re-read. She’s always been an avid equestrian, competing in the top levels of Three Day Eventing by age seventeen. CM now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and kids where they own and operate their own equestrian business, as well as raising grass-fed, sustainable meats. She doesn’t have this thing people call “free time”, but she does spend a weird amount of time writing, reading, playing with her kids, milking goats, and drinking wine, while avoiding bananas at all costs. Other books by CM Foss include Shiver, Swoon, and City Beautiful.