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Series: Stable Tales #3
Publication Date: October 2, 2020
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Western
He lost a leg to save a community's connectivity. He also lost his sense of balance--in more ways than one. Equine therapy can help him regain physical balance, while a Hellenistic blacksmith and horse trainer helps him regain footing as a gay man deserving of love.
The Mounting Block was a very quick read. The chemistry between Dan and Joe was instant. But I felt like it came on way too quickly and they progressed in their relationships really fast. But being a shorter book it was probably necessary.
The premise of the book it Joe going to house back ridding therapy to help after losing his leg. He did not go there looking for love, but just it happened to be looking for him. The story points out that love can happen anywhere especially when you least expect it.
Dan believes in the Greek gods, and I really like the part of his character. I have always had an interest in them and seeing as part of the story was a nice surprise for me. Horses play a major role in Greek mythology and it made perfect sense to include in here.
The Mounting Block is set in the present-day during the COVID-19 epidemic. There mentions of face masks, COVID testing, and checking on temperature when Joe arrived at the ranch. This was another reminder of what we are going through in the real world.
The entire book took place with the span of a few days. But the romance between Dan and Joe blossoms within two days. The ending was alright for me, nothing too spectacular. But there were draws to how Joe lost his leg and saving the dogs in the rainstorm that flooded the area.
Overall The Mounting Block is a really quick read. It overs a few sex scenes but nothing too descriptive. This was a fast love romance. But I was easily able to get a sense of who the characters really were.