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Melody and her teenage daughter, Kristen, have moved to Colorado for a fresh start. She's still not 100% where she wants to be in terms of her body yet but she is finally comfortable with herself and is living completely as a woman for the first time in her life. To thank Kristen for being so wonderful she promises her daughter riding lessons, something her little girl hasMelody and her teenage daughter, Kristen, have moved to Colorado for a fresh start. She's still not 100% where she wants to be in terms of her body yet but she is finally comfortable with herself and is living completely as a woman for the first time in her life. To thank Kristen for being so wonderful she promises her daughter riding lessons, something her little girl has always dreamed of.While waiting for the lesson to start, she's happy to see her daughter amidst the horses that she loves so much, but Melody does not expect the handsome man who sits down next to her—a man who proves to be Kristen's instructor and idol, to be interested in taking Melody out on a date…...

Title : Horse Crazy
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ISBN : 9781620044803
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Number of Pages : 195 Pages
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Horse Crazy Reviews

  • Lucy
    2018-11-29 15:50

    Let’s put it out there that Melody is living her life for the first time as her true self and let’s mention that without daughter, Kristen, I don’t think it would be as smooth. That is one rockin’ 15-year-old. Total acceptance and support, I’d rate the book a 4 just for her! But to return to Melody, this story is told in first person POV, beginning when she and Kristen have moved to a small town where Melody is living as a woman, being a mom and adjusting to her new life. As a thank you to Kristen, who happens to be horse obsessed, Melody gets her riding lessons. Melody is a little scared to be going out as herself when she drives Kristen to the lessons, which happen to be taught by a horse trainer Kristen is a fangirl for, Derrick. Melody in her red dress and sunglasses, waiting for her daughter, happens to catch the eye of a handsome man and from here, we get the nerves that come from first times. It was endearing, because she didn’t let it stop her. Even when she has to decide, when do you tell a date about your past? For his part, Derrick came on strong.I did think the whole thing was fast – one date and he cares about her and she’s ready to spill her secrets. I’d like to have a little more time of them getting to know each other but then again, maybe that works better, get the information out there before things gets serious. I did like that he didn’t just toss off the secret as being no big deal because if nothing else, it had to be a surprise. This seemed a more realistic response, if a little fairy tale by the end! But good for Melody!

  • Eve
    2018-12-04 08:54

    [I was given this story in exchange for an honest review]. Short Review: This was a nice, sweet story about a transgender woman starting over in a small town with her daughter after a messy divorce, finding love, and overcoming obstacles. The only main drawback was that it was too short—which made it feel as if the book sped towards the happy ending too quickly.Long review: One of the main reasons why I enjoy reading transgender romance is that usually the gender stuff is already figured out--so it becomes less of a plot point and more like an attribute. So here we have Melody, a transgender woman who has already gone through transition, and is now trying to restart her life. There are casual references to her transition, but they become important the same way brown hair and wearing a red dress is important; being transgender is just an adjective. So I appreciate the author's way of describing Melody; the language is neutral, matter of fact. The only time when the transgender identity becomes a Big Deal is when the romance starts to blossom and the fear of being "found out" occurs. I understand why Melody would be afraid of Derrick's reaction. I totally do and it's a realistic worry. Ultimately, I'm glad about the way in which the author handled the exposing of transgender identity (spoiler: it's not a big deal), but sometimes I want to read a book where the drama isn't from the trans identity itself.Anyway, that is my only criticism--other than it was too short! Because as soon as the worry about being trans is gone, it feels as the story is suddenly done and everyone’s happy. I wish there could have been a date or a riding lesson or something a bit longer after the confession scene, just so we can get a better grasp at how these two will handle one another now that everything is on the table. Another couple pages, to build up to the really sweet ending, would have been great. But I suppose this urge of mine to want more from this story is indicative of how *well* it was set up. I wanted to spend more time in this world, a very simple and sweet one with Melody, her daughter, and their love of horses, that I was bummed when it was suddenly over.So overall, well done Caitlin Ricci. :)

  • Inked Reads
    2018-12-13 15:58

    FourStarsFor me this book is really a good read with all the media attention going on with a certain someone handling life as he changes to who he's always been.... a woman. I really liked reading about the challenges of dating again after going through such a big life change and what it feels like to connect to someone again on a human level. Melody really clicked with Derrick on their first meeting and their first date and I agree with her opening up to him so early on as I think that it would be something someone would want to know, however, I think if the book had been longer, it would've been nice to have the relationship drawn out a bit so there was more of a connection there before such life/relationship altering news was shared.It was a cute little story without much grit or suspense to it. I think it could've been much more touching and moving if we'd heard a bit more about what the transition was like and why her daughter was such a strong supporter, but all in all a sweet romantic little story.I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.ReneeThreeandHalfStarsI thought this short story was really cute and sweet, and I was happy to see an m/f trans romance, especially with a straight love interest. I liked both Melody and her daughter Kristin. I had a hard time connecting to Derrick, but I think that might be because the story was so short.I admit I was confused about a number of things in the story. Kristin seemed far younger than 15, and I also had difficulty understanding Melody's age. I was puzzled by calling her car purchase a "midlife crisis," since she couldn't have been older than 34. I was also a bit confused by the timeline, since Melody claimed to only just be going out as a woman, yet she's already had gender reassignment surgery--and it appeared to have been a very short time since her divorce. The end seemed a bit forced as well.That aside, it was still a sweet story, and I would have enjoyed learning more about the characters.I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.Amy

  • Teresa
    2018-12-03 12:45

    Title: Horse CrazyAuthor: Caitlin RicciPublisher: Less Than Three PressISBN: 9781620044803Buy Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/boo...Reviewer: Teresa - Fallen AngelBlurb:Melody and her teenage daughter, Kristen, have moved to Colorado for a fresh start. She's still not 100% where she wants to be in terms of her body yet but she is finally comfortable with herself and is living completely as a woman for the first time in her life. To thank Kristen for being so wonderful she promises her daughter riding lessons, something her little girl has always dreamed of.While waiting for the lesson to start, she's happy to see her daughter amidst the horses that she loves so much, but Melody does not expect the handsome man who sits down next to her—a man who proves to be Kristen's instructor and idol—to be interested in taking Melody out on a date...Summary:This was a short and sweet story about the difficulties that happen to some people who have undergone transition from one sex to another. Melody wanted to be herself, but felt worried what would happen if her secret came out in their new town. It was wonderful how Kristen, Melody's daughter, loved and accepted her as she was without reservation. Experiencing Melody's hesitation over going out in public, having a man see her as desirable for the first time was incredible. Looking through Melody's eyes during her date allowed the reader an inner look into her feelings of happiness and trepidation knowing that she would have to reveal her secret understanding that knowledge may change everything. It must be very difficult to know that you are one sex when your body and society see you as another. The struggle to be yourself is one that most people understand and if they would come to realize that both issues were the same the world would be a better place. While I enjoyed this story. I wish it could have gone more into their lives as they unfolded instead of a brief outline of the years that followed.

  • Arlena
    2018-12-07 12:45

    Book Description...."Melody and her teenage daughter, Kristen, have moved to Colorado for a fresh start. She's still not 100% where she wants to be in terms of her body yet but she is finally comfortable with herself and is living completely as a woman for the first time in her life. To thank Kristen for being so wonderful she promises her daughter riding lessons, something her little girl has always dreamed of.While waiting for the lesson to start, she's happy to see her daughter amidst the horses that she loves so much, but Melody does not expect the handsome man who sits down next to her—a man who proves to be Kristen's instructor and idol—to be interested in taking Melody out on a date..."Title: Horse Crazy Author: Caitlin Ricci Publisher: Less Than Three PressReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: 4 Review:"Horse Crazy" by Caitlin RicciWhat I thought about this novel......I must say this was a different kind of read for me but after reading this whole short novella it wasn't bad at all. The reader will find that we have a 'trans' women with her daughter trying to live a ordinary life in a new place after a horrible divorce. The story mainly centers around the daughter having a love for horses and the mom trying to give her what she had promised her ...horse lessons in their new place they were now living. Who knew that the mom Melody would meet a horse trainer Derrick who showed interest in her. Would he be able to except Melody's after he learns more about what has gone on with Melvin....I mean Melody? This and a few more questions will be answered from the short enlighten read.

  • Book Gannet
    2018-12-11 15:48

    This 10,000 word short story is a sweet tale of one woman finding her confidence after a rough divorce. Melody is a trans woman who is finally living life how she wishes, and part of that involved moving herself and her daughter away from their old life. I loved how Kristen accepts her mother for who she is without any trouble. All Kristen cares about is her new horse lessons and making sure she gets there on time.Since I was a horse-mad teen myself, I complete understand Kristen’s obsession – but this story isn’t about Kristen. It’s about Melody and her growing confidence. And her first foray into the dating world with Kristen’s new idol, Derrick.As nice as it was that Derrick was so interested in Melody, I did feel that things went really fast between them. He came off as pretty forward – not quite pushy, but close. There’s no room for charm or finesse, he just asks her out and they get close fast, leaving Melody with the dilemma of how much to reveal and when. From then on things felt a bit rushed.I did really enjoy this short story, but I wish it had been longer. I loved getting to know Melody and getting an insight into her worries and real life fears, but because of the short length I do feel that some things were a little too convenient or easily handled, or just a bit rushed, and everything ends too neatly. If it had been longer, then maybe some of the other characters might have been explored a little more. I’d have liked more from all of them, but particularly Derrick. Regardless, this is a short, sweet read, it lasted less than an hour, but I enjoyed it.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Romantic Reads and Such
    2018-12-04 09:05

    I don’t often have a chance to review LGBTQIA stories – not because of any personal beliefs (to me all good love stories are worth reading) but not all that many cross my desk – so I’m not very familiar with any quirks specific to the sub-genre. I look for the same thing in all my books: strong characters, an appealing story, and a HEA. Horse Crazy does provide those, but since it is a novella it is in a more condensed form. I liked Melody and the chance to look at the issues a new trans face when stepping into the dating pool again. It’s a hot spot in today’s society and although the story isn’t very long, I think like Ricci does a good job of hitting the important pieces. I really felt like I could understand where she was coming from and the decisions she had to make. Because it is a novella, we didn’t get a chance to really look into Derrick’s reaction and I really think I’d love more from his perspective – a chance to understand where his head is at, because there wasn’t a lot of conflict at the end. Even with just Melody’s perspective though, Horse Crazy was an intriguing read. A sweet romance and even sweeter mother/daughter relationship, it’s a quick read and one that I couldn’t put down. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)

  • Lis Carey
    2018-12-07 10:56

    Melody has moved with her teenage daughter Kristen from Seattle to Colorado, to begin her new life living fully as a woman, in a place where no one knows the man she used to be. Kristen has been a trouper through the whole awful divorce and her parent's transition from Melvin to Melody, and Melody has enrolled her horse crazy daughter in a horse riding class as a thank you.That's how Melody meets Derrick Masters, Kristen's riding instructor, and the first interesting guy she's meet since her transition. Melody hasn't dated since she was a teenager--a teenage boy, at that--and along with all the awkwardness of getting back into the dating game after divorce, Melody has another, scary set of issues to tackle.This is a short story, and a sweet romance. Melody, Derrick, and even teenage Kristen are all likable characters. If some things seem to happen (and to have happened, in the backstory) a bit more easily than seems altogether realistic well, this isn't a gritty, realistic story. It's a fun, feel-good storyA light, enjoyable read, recommended on that basis.

  • Rachael Orman
    2018-11-21 08:03

    For me this book is really a good read with all the media attention going on with a certain someone handling life as he changes to who he's always been.... a woman. I really liked reading about the challenges of dating again after going through such a big life change and what it feels like to connect to someone again on a human level. Melody really clicked with Derrick on their first meeting and their first date and I agree with her opening up to him so early on as I think that it would be something someone would want to know, however, I think if the book had been longer, it would've been nice to have the relationship drawn out a bit so there was more of a connection there before such life/relationship altering news was shared.It was a cute little story without much grit or suspense to it. I think it could've been much more touching and moving if we'd heard a bit more about what the transition was like and why her daughter was such a strong supporter, but all in all a sweet romantic little story.I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

  • A.M. Leibowitz
    2018-11-14 15:46

    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.I thought this short story was really cute and sweet, and I was happy to see an m/f trans romance, especially with a straight love interest. I liked both Melody and her daughter Kristin. I had a hard time connecting to Derrick, but I think that might be because the story was so short.I admit I was confused about a number of things in the story. Kristin seemed far younger than 15, and I also had difficulty understanding Melody’s age. I was puzzled by calling her car purchase a “midlife crisis,” since she couldn’t have been older than 34. I was also a bit confused by the timeline, since Melody claimed to only just be going out as a woman, yet she’s already had sex reassignment surgery–and it appeared to have been a very short time since her divorce. The end seemed a bit forced as well.That aside, it was still a sweet story, and I would have enjoyed learning more about the characters.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2018-12-15 11:56

    This is a classy short story which invites us into the world of a lady called Melody who used to be a soldier called Malcolm. Her daughter Kristen is fine with the situation, because at her age, the horse barn down the road from their new home is far more interesting. Melody wants to be a good mother and get on with their lives, but her ex-wife can't get over her resentment and keeps drip-feeding bitterness via text. Melody who looks nice in a dress, catches the eye of the well-educated owner of the stables. How should she respond to a request for a date, and if she does, what will this pleasant man's response be to her?This carefully presented exploratory romance story is an excellent take on a modern dilemma. I believe it deserves to be classed as modern women's fiction and I am pleased to see the challenge addressed, on behalf of all of us who have not really thought about what our attitude should be to ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

  • Keysmash Blog
    2018-12-09 08:42

    Something about the tone and setting of this book made me think of Hope Floats, the movie with Julia Roberts and Harry Connick, Jr. Melody is finally living life as she wanted, as a woman, after divorcing her wife and moving to a new town with her horse loving daughter, Kristen. This one definitely suffered from being too short. The relationship between Melody and Kristen's riding instructor could've been developed better and explored further, and I'd have loved to see more of Kristen being the most wonderfully supportive (surprisingly teenaged) daughter ever.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-26 14:54

    I thought this was a delightful little story of Melody and her daughter, who is absolutely wonderful. Melody & daughter just moved to a new town for a fresh start as Melody is finally living her life as a woman for the first time. Although I thought this a great story it only got 4 stars because it was way too short, it could have used more back story. The story of Melody and her new beau was too rushed and it felt incomplete. This would have been an even better story if there was more of it.

  • Hart
    2018-12-10 13:50

    A pleasant, quick read, but it didn't have much depth. I could've read a much longer work about Melody, Kristen, and Derrick, as they were all appealing characters. Melody's relationship with her daughter was particularly sweet. The romance between Melody and Derrick happened way too fast, really, but it was a nice romance-novel fantasy. It's always great to encounter positive trans representation. The current average of the ratings here, 3.65 stars, seems accurate to me. Overall, I enjoyed the book.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-17 12:35

    This book was a first for me of its kind. I like the story line of how Melody had obstacles to overcome and showed her daughter that you need to be true to yourself. Melody took her daughter after her divorce and made a life for them away from their past so that they could start over. This was a sweet, quick read.