Review: All That’s Unclaimed by Constance Phillips

All That’s Unclaimed is the story of Ben and Anna. Ben has recently returned to his mother’s horse therapy farm, and Anna is the barn manager who has worked at the farm since she was a teenager. When Ben’s mom has an accident, it prompts him to overcome his nervousness and ask Anna out.

I loved the details about horses and how they are used for therapy with children with both physical and emotional challenges. It added a unique note to this book.

I found Anna to be a strong heroine, but I had trouble liking Ben. He’s dealing with issues from his childhood, and through most of the book comes off as angry, whiny, and kind of a jerk (although he wasn’t intentionally a jerk!). This made the story drag for me, as it took a long time for the people in his life to finally call him on his bullshit. It also made it hard for me to buy into the attraction Anna felt for him. I suppose their referred to history made her see him more fully than I, as the reader, could see him.

The last third of the book was the most enjoyable. Ben finally started having to deal with his past and get over his anger and resentment. There were also some secondary characters who had some nice growth.

This was a pretty predictable story, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, I do love romances because I know there will be a HEA. 🙂 Overall, though, I felt either this story should have been longer, with a few more twists and turns, or shorter with less time spent in Ben’s head while he was having an angry pity party. I give this book 3 cat kisses.

3 cats

Ben Crawford has always believed the professional respect and acceptance he desired couldn’t be found at Sunnydale Farms. There were just too many ghosts residing in his broken home. Only when Anna Jenkins, the one constant at his mother’s therapeutic riding facility, announces she is leaving to start her own stables is Ben forced to grasp hold of all he’s left unclaimed.

About the Author

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, two kitties, and four canine kids.

When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance is counting down the days until her son and daughter-in-law make her a grandma and planning a cross-country motorcycle trip with her husband for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.