I read The Scorpio Races this year and enjoyed thoroughly. As a horse rider, I appreciated the bond of humans and their water horses, as well as the correctness of the terms used-most books get horse terms mixed up. The characters are admirable, with Puck and Sean's relationship being sigh-worthy. The plot is engaging and the harshness of the racing world is realistically well-written. Violence is plentiful but not that graphic, though one character maims a horse dreadfully. Nothing beyond kissing, lingering looks, and comical groping, George Holly (i love him!) appears with messed clothes and lipstick on his shirt. Mild swearing. Over all, an exciting must read!