One Step Forward by Tia Fielding

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OneStepForwardFSOne Step Forward by Tia Fielding
Release Date: August 8, 2016
Pages:  236 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Sam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He’s never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.

Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.


I’m reading this, and thinking whoa my goodness, here comes the cheesiness. A horse whisperer?? Really? Okay, I was able to set aside my side eye for that. I’m journeying through it, and then I literally wanted it to stop with the over the top stuff. I figured okay I’m reading it might as well suspend reality and climb into a place with bubbles and hearts. That’s what I felt like 95% of the book. I thought it dragged forever at times, and then the last 20% you want to skip feelings and thoughts. Why? I mean every other basic nuisance was mentioned.

Of course, 2 weeks later It’s I love you.

Thanks Harry. That’s exactly how I felt with the magical Sam, and his love for Josh. It was so much stuff happening in the story and then the ending was kaput. Basically thrown together. Josh being magically better because of Sam was total b.s. BUT, I was able to suspend reality and be okay with him wanting to get better. I don’t believe it. I don’t really understand Sam either. His character development was all over the place. He never felt like a real person. His actions at the end showed that very well. I don’t care how much heartache it’ll be he pulled a coward move, and I could never like him again. His reasons meant nothing to me. Being apart should had both characters evaluating if this was even real between them. It didn’t leave me satisfied at all. The holes at the end was to big to overlook, and I didn’t feel better once finishing it.

About Tia Fielding

Tia Fielding is a thirtysomething Scandinavian who is a lover of witty people, words, cats, sarcasm, autumn, and the tiny beautiful things in life. Tia struggles with stubborn muses and depression, but both are things she has learned to live with.
After losing the thread of her writing in her teens, Tia rediscovered the joy of writing stories through fanfiction, which later kick-started her publishing career. Tia is not ashamed of her past of borrowing other people’s characters, but has found creating her own much more satisfying.
Tia identifies as genderqueer, but isn’t strict about pronouns. Why? Because luckily, in her native language there aren’t gender-specific pronouns. Being a reclusive author living with her fur-babies is another fact of life for Tia, among the need to write that seems to be a part of her psyche by now.
In the fall of 2014, Tia took a huge leap for most authors and kicked her coffee habit. Do not fret, though, she switched to tea, so her life isn’t completely lacking caffeine.
In 2013 Tia’s one of Tia’s novels was recognized by the industry’s Rainbow Awards in the Best LGBT Erotic Romance (Bobby Michaels Award) category.

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