Dark Horses
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Dark Horses


From the internationally bestselling author of Gossip Girl comes a dark, psychologically complex update of Black Beauty replete with jealousy, romance, mystery, and redemption.

Merritt Wenner has been self-destructing ever since the tragic deaths of her grandmother and her horse, and after an epic all-night bender she walks out of the SAT and disappears. Her parents, looking for a quick fix, ship her off to a residential equine therapy program.

At Good Fences, Merritt meets Red—a failed racehorse and a terror in the barn. Red has never bonded with anyone, but Merritt is not afraid of him, which makes all the difference. Soon they’re sneaking rides after curfew, which catches the attention of Red’s owner. Recognizing their potential, he funds their launch into the competitive hunter/jumper circuit.

Against the cutthroat backdrop of competitive riding, Merritt and their groom, Beatrice, develop an attraction. Merritt also finds herself drawn to Carvin, a rival rider. But in Red’s mind, Merritt belongs to him alone. Anyone else poses a threat. And Merritt can’t foresee what he’ll do to keep her to himself.

Title:Dark Horses
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages

    Dark Horses Reviews

  • Natalie Monroe
    Oct 01, 2016

    Introducing a brand new game show! Who Said It: Teenage Girl or Horse? "I thought this girl wanted to make friends, but she'd already changed her mind and started talking trash about me. She was no di...

  • Jen
    Mar 06, 2016

    On the one hand, this had all the campy, sly observant feel that made me love her Gossip Girl books and characters. On the other, I felt like the book sort of lost its way and jumped the shark at the ...

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Dec 21, 2015

    DNFed on paragraph 3The prologue is in the horse's point of view, and he thinks, I shit you not, "The earth is a just-baked pie left out to cool." Then, in paragraph three, he thinks: "More like, Bye-...

  • Sammi
    Sep 06, 2016

    I just died a little inside!The story was told from two POV’s, Merritt (a teenage girl with a bad habit) and Red (an ex racehorse with a bad attitude). I loved seeing things from Red’s POV; he is ...

  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    May 08, 2016

    This review was originally posted on Young Adult At HeartSUMMARYWhen Merritt walks out of her SATs and goes on a bender, her parents send her to an equine rehabilitation camp called Good Fences where ...

  • Chelsea
    Oct 01, 2016

    The horse girl in me absolutely adored this book. The bookworm in me cringed a bit. This was a love/hate story for me.Going in to this book I am going to be honest, I had low expectations. This is mai...

  • Molly
    Oct 09, 2016

    Let me be clear: not only did I want to love this book, I EXPECTED to love it. But I think it's my most-loathed book of the year. And let me count the ways. - Red is so horribly-written. He's written ...

  • Jay G
    Sep 23, 2016

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received this book as part of Booktube Tours in exchange for my honest review*VIDEO RE...

  • Rachel WritesThings
    May 20, 2016

    Oh I so enjoyed this one. It reminded me of a grown up BLACK BEAUTY (which I loved as a kid)--dual POV of Merritt, the sixteen year old girl, and her horse, Red. I didn't love the romance though there...

  • Kellie
    Sep 11, 2016

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About Cecily von Ziegesar

Cecily von Ziegesar

Cecily grew up in Manhattan and went to an all-girl's school on the Upper East Side. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband Richard, the Deputy Director of the Public Art Fund, their children, Agnes and Oscar, and their two Cornish Rex cats. Von Ziegesar also owns an Appaloosa horse, Golden Rain. She is dreams of having a 'ranch full of cattle' when retired.