4 and 3.5 Stars from Horse Crazy by Caitlin Ricci #Trans #Romance @LT3Press @CaitlinRicci


Title: Horse Crazy
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 32 pgs


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…

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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 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.



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Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn’t writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiance and their dog. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.


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