Michael Stafford was on top of the world. A proud member of the British Olympic Dressage Team and Olympic gold medalist, his life was perfect. Then, he lost his mount, his fiancée left him for another man, and now his brother has been arrested for manslaughter. He believes his luck has turned when he learns that a beautiful and talented stallion is available in Germany, just in time to compete in the next World Cup competition. The horse’s name is Tempest.
Jessica Warren is an up and coming American dressage prodigy with a brilliant future. Orphaned at the age of 21 when her parents were tragically killed in a car accident and the legal guardian of her younger sister, Jessica has lost her competition mount to injury and needs a new horse if she wants to compete in next year’s World Cup. She learns of a spectacular horse available in Germany named Tempest, but when Jessica arrives in Germany with her trainer, she discovers she will have to compete with the extremely handsome and talented Michael Stafford for the right to ride Tempest. Jessica has nothing but respect for Michael, but sparks fly when they’re thrown together in a competition that both must win.
Who will win Tempest? Will Michael be able to trust another woman with his heart? Will Jessica allow herself to be loved, or will her personal demons keep them apart?
Set against a backdrop of Kentucky horse farms, Bits of Me, a romance with a lot of heat and a bit of humor, follows the story of Melanie Wainright, a big city advertising exec who returns to her horse farm roots to become the marketing manager for Kentucky’s premier equestrian magazine. Jaded by bad relationships, she has no room for men in her life – nothing serious anyway. Until she meets Jake.
Jake Hamilton, leading Kentucky trainer and one-time U.S. Equestrian Team hopeful, has secrets of his own and has sworn off committed relationships, preferring understood “arrangements” with certain socialites. Until he meets Melanie.
Their accidental meeting sets off a chain of events that can either destroy them or heal them. Will they take a chance on love?