Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: New Vocations
SERIES: Unconventional in Kansas City
AUTHOR: T.A. Chase
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 34 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 10, 2017
Two men who believe in second chances meet and their lives are never the same again.
Layne Daly comes to participate in the American Royal. He’s there to show off the abilities of the retired thoroughbreds he adopts straight off the track. He wants people to know these animals can do so much more than race. He has three horses there to do exhibitions in reining, barrel racing and cutting. When his usual groom gets sick, he has to hire someone fast.
Carl Stewartson used to love coming to Kansas City for the rodeo. He’d ride broncs and hang out with his friends. But since his career-ending injury early in the year, Carl has been spinning his wheels, trying to find something to do with his life now that he can’t rodeo anymore. He runs into Layne and offers to help him with his horses.
Together, they have to deal with not only the stress of the event, but also starting a new relationship. Second chances are what Layne does best and he’s more than willing to give Carl the opportunity.
Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released as part of the Unconventional in Kansas City anthology with Pride Publishing.
Layne Daly was at the American Royal to showcase his horses, retired thoroughbreds he has adopted straight off the track. What makes Layne’s horses so special is that he has retrained them to excel at disciplines other than the racetrack. When he arrives, Layne discovers that his groom hasn’t arrived so he accepts the help of Carl Stewartson, who is wandering around looking for something to do to keep him busy.
Carl is so used to being a part of the rodeo scene he finds it very hard to have nothing to do now that he can no longer ride broncs due to the career ending injury to his knee. He noticed that there was a single man who needed his help with backing in his trailer so he naturally helped. When the same man asks him if he can help over the duration of the event he jumps at the chance of a job as he didn’t find the idea of returning to his family ranch appealing. Although they loved each other Carl knew his father and brothers didn’t feel comfortable around him and that feeling only got worse after his mother died the previous year. Both Layne and Carl realise that not only do they work well together, they are both very attracted to each other. They spend the next week getting to know each in between shows and caring for the horses.
Although New Vocations is a very short story there is a lot packed into it, I would love to see this short story turned into a novel!! I have no hesitation in recommending this book to everyone.