Title: Thrown

Author: Colette Auclair. This is her first novel.

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit

Readers: Daycare teacher EMarie, policy wonk BakingSuit, at-home parents Sarah L., Shawna and Megan V.

Summary: Professional trainer Amanda Vogel dreams of riding jumpers in the Olympics, but after seeing her best friend die in a riding accident, she’s so traumatized she can’t show. Broke and desperate, she takes a summer job in Aspen teaching some big-shot widowed movie star’s spoiled daughters to ride—even though she hates teaching kids. She braces herself for three miserable months. But by Labor Day, she has to choose between capturing a gold medal…and the man who has captured her heart.

Our Take: A solid romance novel that’s an easy and fast read. Sure, it’s nothing groundbreaking but it’ll pass the time nicely.


I enjoyed reading Thrown. It is a fiction book with romantic tendencies. No real explicit scenes. The storyline, while predictable led the reader on a cozy path of romance with struggles with trust and self-acceptance. It not only focused on the developing romance, but on the other interests and characters present in the book. This mellowed some of the stereotypical romance storyline. Some of the struggles seemed overly repetitive and the ending was slightly forced, but overall the book was enjoyable. While this isn’t my favorite romance read, it was a great way to spend an evening curled up with a good book.

Grade: B-



Thrown was a mildly entertaining cookie cutter book. I’m not saying it was bad, but as a cookie cutter book it could have used some more frosting and sprinkles. Something to jazz it up a little.

Each of the “bonding” scenes felt forced and just stuck in for good measure. Although they were absolutely plausible in the story, I felt that they were shoehorned in to the plot.

There were some funny parts and a few semi-steamy ones. The characters were likable as well. It would be a good book to read in the car or on the sitting in the back yard in the sun. You could have one eye on the book and one eye on the kids and worry about neither.

Grade: C

Read Instead:  Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie.


Sarah L.

Thrown was an enjoyable read. It was fairly formulaic (which I have come to expect from romance novels), and I could see the ending coming from a mile away, but I liked the characters and the writing style. I also appreciated how it wasn’t terribly explicit, at least until I got almost to the very end. Then there were a couple of graphic scenes. All in all, I was entertained and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romances and is looking for a fun, light read.

Grade: B-



I thoroughly enjoyed reading Thrown. While slightly predictable, it was still a great story. I loved that it wasn’t just Man+Woman= Sex . . . The End. As a step parent myself, I can relate to Amanda’s struggles in learning where she fits into this ready made family. The end of the story was wrapped up a little too neatly and quickly for my taste. It semed like the author almost forgot about needing to find some closure regarding one of the big issues in the book and threw the resolution in as an after thought. That being said, I fully indend on purchasing this book once it is available for my Nook. It is a quick, easy, fun read, and I will reread it.

Grade:  B+

Read Also:  The Job Offer by Eleanor Webb


Megan V.

Over all, Thrown by Colette Auclair is an enjoyable read. As one might expect from a romance novel, it is very formulaic, and it seems a little drawn out. Will they, won’t they, will they, won’t they?? We all know they will. It seemed like the author invented a pretty silly obstacle to Amanda and Grady’s love near the end just to make the story last a little longer. When they finally do consummate their love, get ready for a very graphic sex scene.

I enjoyed the equestrian element, even though I know little to nothing about horses. I thought the characters were fun, and the writing wasn’t too laborious. It was a fun weekend read.

Grade: B-

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