4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Cowboys Dreamspinner Fated Mates Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Shifter

Hoofbeats by AJ Marcus and Nicole Godfrey

release day review


Dreamspinner Presents


After a run of bad luck, gifted horse trainer Cole Frasier thinks he’s lost his touch. When he’s offered three times his normal rate to gentle a stallion, he needs the money badly enough he jumps at the opportunity, even if his boss is of questionable morality.

Once he meets Midnight Blood, he knows there’s something special about the horse, but he doesn’t know how special until he begins sharing dreams with the magnificent steed.

Derek Dancing Hawk is a horse shifter trapped in his horse form due to guilt over losing the wild herd he was guarding. When he meets Cole, as Midnight Blood, he wants to find a way to be human again. During a fight between Cole and the ranch foreman, he manages to shift and save Cole, but his transformation from horse to human is captured on camera. This not only gives Cole’s boss blackmail material, but also creates the need to warn the horse shifter council of the threat to their anonymity. The existence of shifters is a closely guarded secret, one they will go to great lengths to keep.


Derek loses his herd to a group of hunters and his guilt forces him into his horse-form permanently for the last several years. He ends up owned by an evil jerk named Oscar and being trained by the magical trainer, Cole.

Cole is trying to get his mojo back after losing one of his training horses to a devastating injury. He takes a risky job for a lot of money knowing that something isn’t right.

Derek and Cole connect right from the start and it’s clear that they’re meant to be when they begin dreaming each other’s dreams. But the evil Oscar won’t let them be and ends up blackmailing them to do his bidding.

Fortunately there are more powers that be out there in Derek and Cole’s corner and life ends up taking some interesting twists …


This is a fairly unique shifter book, as far as I’m concerned. Most of the book Derek is a horse, but in his dreams he’s a man and he and Cole can build their relationship.

I got pretty frustrated by the evil Oscar… and wished the story moved a bit quicker in the middle… but I loved the twists and turns the story took and thought the world-building was fascinating and refreshing.

This looks like it might become a series and I look forward to reading more from this world.

4 of 5 stars


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