by Claire McEwen
GENRE: Contemporary western
Todd Williams is still the naive idealist he was in college. Only now he's endangering lives—Nora Hoffman's to be exact. Nora hasn't seen Todd since he decided that saving the rain forest was more important than their relationship. Until the night she's nearly crushed by the stampede he causes. Now Todd is determined to make amends, for everything.
She may not agree with his methods, but even Nora can't deny the importance of his fight to save the wild horses. With the attraction between them still sizzling and the fate of the horses in the balance, Nora must decide just how much she's willing to risk.
The sound of metal slamming into metal ripped through the night again. And her heart slammed against her chest in answer. She froze and tried to calm herself—a gate must have come open, that’s all. Then a man’s voice sliced through the night, shouting, “Go!” The command was distinct—and so was the answering whinny.
Nora felt an instant of gratitude that the intruder was human—at least she wouldn’t have to take on any coyotes. But the thought was interrupted by a heavy rumbling sound. Hoofbeats. Hoofbeats accompanied by shadows, darker than the darkness, thundering down the hill toward her. The mustangs weren’t in their pens anymore. They were panicked and heading her way. They’d trample her.
She raced toward a boulder a few yards away and threw herself in front it. Gravel shredded her skin on impact. She gasped as the tools in her belt stabbed into her hip and side. The sound of hooves was deafening, almost on top of her now. She didn’t dare look up, just rolled over and over until she was against the boulder, wishing fervently that it was a much larger piece of rock.
Then the horses were everywhere. Flooding around her measly shelter, so close she could feel the current they created in the air. The cacophony of their hoof beats eclipsed her scream. She could hear them breathing and grunting as they swerved to avoid her rock. Pebbles, churned up by hooves, pelted the bare skin of her arms and legs. She screamed again, hoping to scare them, to divert their course away from her. But they just kept coming.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her husband, son and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb. She loves discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling and reading, of course!
This was the first book in The Sierra Legacy Series. I did not read the other books that were set in the same town, but I did not feel as though I was missing anything. I also liked that the two main characters were together in school and then remet later on. As did my husband and I. It is hard to go forward when their are issues from the past. However the author did a great job in creating characters that decided to focus on the good times they had. There are reasons why these characters are who they are, some are emotional and some are physical. They also talk about issues with the horses. This is definitely a great Harlequin book, by a great author that I will be keeping an eye out for. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
Claire McEwen will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.