Giving Chase

  • by Hannah Hooton
  • Narrated by Elan O'Connor
  • 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated follow-up to amazon sports fiction best-seller, Keeping the Peace.
Warning: To keep it real, some characters in this audiobook use colourful language and engage in sex scenes which some listeners might find offensive.
There has only ever been one man in Frankie's life: her father, Doug Cooper. That is, until she takes the job of amateur jockey at Aspen Valley Racing Stables. Here, in the rolling countryside of southwest England, she crosses paths with star rider, Rhys Bradford. Her crush on him would be made so much simpler if they didn't both have their hearts set on the same prize: the coveted ride on Grand National favourite, Peace Offering.
In the turbulent run-up to National Hunt's biggest event, questions are raised. What exactly does Doug have against the Bradfords? Is Rhys playing games with her heart? Will Ta' Qali show his true potential in time to warrant his place at Aspen Valley? Why do there have to be so many blasted calories in strawberry cheesecake? And lastly, who exactly is Francesca Cooper?
Frankie's curiosity unearths some long-buried secrets which their keepers would rather remain buried, and on a journey of self-discovery that takes in Britain's fiercest steeplechase courses, love will prove her costliest stumbling point.

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What the Critics Say

"...reminiscent of a Tom Sharpe novel but funnier. An engaging romance and a joy to read." (Racing Post)
"A pleasure to turn the pages of this relaxing yet intriguing novel. This book's a winner!" (Equine Trade News)
"For all you girls who love your racing, this book should be on your list of things to read. A female leading lady, horse racing, intrigue, and even a bit of romance! What more could a girl ask for?" (Racing4Girls)

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Customer Reviews

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Really fun and quirky ride

This was a really interesting story. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this read. I was really on the fence. But, I ended up pleasantly surprised. It was a bit long and tended to meander at times, YET I didn't mind.

The relationship between Rys and Frankie developed slowly. But, it wasn't too slow. The whole story kind of flowed organically. I thought Doug was a bit gruff and at times a jerk. There were definitely a lot of jerky moments for several characters. Ms. Hooton did a good job of making everyone human, and show their good and bad sides. Frankie at times was naive and made questionable decisions, but that wasn't a detraction. It was something that anyone can see in the people around them that make them human. There are a lot of things I could say about which characters irritated me, made me mad, etc. HOWEVER, these are not things that would be negatives about the book. It speaks to Ms. Hooton's ability to draw you in and make you care enough to go through a few emotions about the characters as you follow them through the journey to the end of the story. And, there were a lot of funny and sweet moments of the book that I loved.

This was a racing story and I thought that the romance and other human dynamics that developed around the racing element of the story is what made it work so well. It didn't just feel like a typical romance, but like following the story of the lives of the characters for this specific period of time.

Overall a wonderful listen. I thought the narrator, Elan O'Connor was really great. She has this wonderful quirkiness. And, some of the voices she did would probably not have gone as well without her charming accent. But, somehow, the accent and Elan's performance gave them so much character and life. I loved her Rys and Frankie voice. Overall just a great job.
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- J and M

Super Great Listen

Narration - Elan O'Connor - simply fabulous. Her males are believable, and she really has a variety of character voices. Read with a British accent, so, you pretty much had me at "Chapter One..."
I loved her little kids and really enjoyed the personalities she portrayed for Frankie and Rhys. Especially Frankie... there was actually a lot of subtle humor and adorable inflections to Frankie's character that made me really fall in love with her. Such a nice job, she's popped into my favorite narrators list.

The story, I loved. This is such a different story than anything I've ever read before. There are a lot of details about the races and as I was listening, I could really envision what was happening even though I really don't know much about this type of horse racing/jumping. I felt anxiety, and really got nervous at times worrying about what was going to happen. (needless to say, it really had me drawn in)

The love story between Frankie and Rhys started with typical animosity, but this baby had a REALLY good reason for all the animosity, and I enjoyed all the twists and turns that the plot took with secondary characters.

My initial concerns were that this is book 2 and it was up next, but I hadn't read book 1. I seriously considered holding off on this and reading the first one, but honestly I was fine. I know that Pippa and Jacks's story were told in book one so I now have some giant spoilers for that book, but I will totally go back and read it. The first book is also not available in audio at this time, but again, not a problem for me. Loved it, wasn't lost for a minute.

My other concern was the fact that I'm a 5'11" woman, so I was a little curious as to how I was going to be attracted to, or become invested in the male characters when I kept envisioning 5'2" Victor Espinoza (the funny little jockey that was on Dancing With the Stars). That just wasn't working for me (in my head)!!! Turns out Ryhs is 5'10 when he stands on his left leg and 5'11" on the right (or visa-versa lol) so it still worked for me.

I felt like it went pretty quickly once they got over the animosity and it was a little insta-lovey, but I really enjoyed their interactions and the end??? *sighs, then melts into a big ole puddle* Just sweet and romantic and I ate up every minute of it!

Loved it! Great, really smart writing, exceptional narration, totally worth a credit!

I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- 1-Click Junkie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2014
  • Publisher: Hannah Hooton