Sunday, June 22, 2014

Riding Hard-Vicki Lewis Thompson

Riding Hard

Vicki Lewis Thompson

Harlequin Blaze, Jun 17 2014, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373798070

Six months ago in Virginia, veterinarian Drake Brewster betrayed his best friend Regan O’Conelli when he slept with his buddy’s fiancée. Regan ended their partnership and friendship, and his engagement before moving to Shoshone, Wyoming (see Riding High).

Knowing he did wrong, Drake follows Regan to Wyoming to apologize. Thanks to Regan’s new fiancée, Drake is forgiven by his former veterinary partner, but not by the townsfolk who adore the O’Conelli brood (see Ambushed). At Spirits and Spur, bartender Tracy Gibbons overtly displays her scorn of Drake as she possesses a strong moral fiber. However, when she needs his help at a horse sanctuary especially with a pregnant mare, Tracy asks Drake. As she works with him, Tracy observes how gentle yet firm and diligent he is with the horses. Soon afterward, they begin a heated relationship that turns to love.

The latest engaging Sons of Chance Wyoming ranch romance (see Riding Home) is an entertaining contemporary starring two intriguing protagonists as he wonders if his terrible transgression will destroy his chance for happiness while she acts capable of tossing that biblical first stone at him. Although the Chance saga feels overly stretched to include these outsiders; series fans still will enjoy the changing relationship between the contrite and the moralist.

Harriet Klausner

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