-Compelling, radiantly written- -- Library Journal A lawman turned wrangler and a desperate Englishwoman risk everything for a wounded horse--and for each other. For fans of Linda Lael Miller, Jodi Thomas, and Catherine Anderson. Wounded in body and spirit after a shootout, Rayford Jessup leaves his career as a lawman and uses his gift with damaged horses to bring meaning to his solitary life. Hired by a Scotsman in Heartbreak Creek to purchase thoroughbreds, he travels to England, unaware that a traumatized horse and ...
-Compelling, radiantly written- -- Library Journal A lawman turned wrangler and a desperate Englishwoman risk everything for a wounded horse--and for each other. For fans of Linda Lael Miller, Jodi Thomas, and Catherine Anderson. Wounded in body and spirit after a shootout, Rayford Jessup leaves his career as a lawman and uses his gift with damaged horses to bring meaning to his solitary life. Hired by a Scotsman in Heartbreak Creek to purchase thoroughbreds, he travels to England, unaware that a traumatized horse and a beautiful Englishwoman will change his life forever. Josephine Cathcart loves two things: her illegitimate son and her injured stallion. Faced with her father's looming bankruptcy, she must choose between a loveless marriage to the man who ruined her, or risk her horse and her future on a handsome, taciturn Texan and a high-stakes horse race. But as vengeful forces conspire against them, will Rafe's love and healing touch be enough to save her horse and protect her and her son?
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A Winner in the 'Heroes of Heartbreak Creek' Serie
This book is second in a series of THE HEROES OF HEARTBREAK CREEK; however the series is based on the RUNAWAY BRIDES, particularly COLORADO DAWN (see below). I recommend the books be read in order because the characters take active part (and are referred to) in later novels.
Former US Marshal Rayford Jessup is hired by Ash Kirkwell to travel to England and purchase some thoroughbreds. There he meets Josephine Cathcart and her traumatized horse. He also lives under the roof of her unscrupulous father, a wheeler-dealer trying to stave off looming bankruptcy.
The father of Josephine's illegitimate son, Jamie, comes back into Josephine's life and wants to rekindle their passion. She wants none of it because she realizes that she is more interested in the American Rafe than the titled father of Jamie.
Kaki Warner has written another winner! This story has substance and held my interest throughout the book. It is wonderful to see Thomas Redstone again (a Cheyenne horseman hired by Ash; his story has been running though the books). Hopefully, Warner will return to Thomas and Prudence Lincoln's tenuous and troubled romance in future stories.
I thought the suspense would kill me before the horse race even began. This book has everything: an engaging love story, interesting and complex characters, and what people will do to win high-stakes horse race. 4.5 stars
1. Heartbreak Creek (2011)
2. Colorado Dawn (2012)
3. Bride of the High Country (2012)
Heroes of Heartbreak Creek
1. Behind His Blue Eyes (2013)
2. Where the Horses Run (2014)
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