September 14, 2007
Rating: 5 cups
Daisy Matthews has had a very tough life. She has been shuttled around for most of her childhood because of the death of her mother and then her grandmother. After that she became part of the foster care system. Now twenty, she works as a horse trainer at a track. She has been looking for a mature man to educate her about sex for some time, and she thinks Nick fits the bill perfectly.
Nicholas Underwood is two decades older, but that does not stop him from wanting Daisy. When he discovers she is the trainer for his horse, he is ecstatic.
When Daisy approaches Nick for sex lessons, he cannot believe his luck. At first the age difference stops him, however, it is not long before Nick is able to overcome his concerns with regards to this. As they become closer, they find they have many obstacles to face. The main one being that Daisy has trust issues. The other is Nick’s money, for Daisy has unscrupulous relatives who seek to drain Nick dry. Will these two be able to work together to overcome these obstacles, or will Daisy turn away from Nick because she is afraid to trust in the future?
Willow Smoke is a book to be savored slowly, like chocolate. The dilemma of Daisy and Nick’s age difference, as well as their different backgrounds, is well described and very realistic. The author clearly knows her stuff when it comes to horses and horse racing. I really enjoyed learning about this fascinating subject through her wonderful story telling. Nick’s tendency to want to control everything because he is older, and Daisy setting him straight, had me laughing in places. This is truly a great book, and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!
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