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From Publishers Weekly

Building on the success of her Vegas and Texas series, Michaels (Kentucky Rich) enlarges the Coleman and Thornton family legacies in her second novel set in bluegrass country. The indomitable Nealy Coleman Diamond Clay has her hands full: the foal that carries her hopes for the Triple Crown is born early while her grown children and helpmeets are away. When they return with news (her son has eloped with the family's cook and her daughter's husband abandoned her on a cruise) Nealy is furious as far as she's concerned, they were due home a week ago. "The horses always [come] first," sighs daughter Emmie. The multiple catastrophes strain plausibility, but the stalwart Michaels, whose plots are chock-full of dramatic tension, knows how to pull off the impossible. Nealy meets her match in her late husband's former law partner, Hatch Littletree, a larger-than-life Native American whose physical magnitude and considerable wealth is matched by his big heart and largess. The internecine family feuds, present and past not to mention the author's compulsion to fill in the blanks about the Thorntons and Colemans and their stormy histories takes away from the larger story about the developing relationship between Nealy and Hatch, and her endeavors toward a second Triple Crown sweep. In addition, a subplot involving a potential movie about Nealy's life (introduced in a rambling prologue and inexplicably ignored for over 200 pages) fails miserably. The brisk narrative also goes awry when a sudden cataclysm following a thrilling race victory robs the climax of its punch, dragging out the final section of the book to its inevitable happy conclusion. National advertising.
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Continuing the saga begun in Kentucky Rich, Michaels rejoins Nealy Coleman Diamond Clay several years after her Triple Crown win. Though she is comfortable with her horses, Nealy struggles with personal relationships at all levels. At first, she appears so rigid and harsh that it is difficult to sympathize with her. Even a later explanation that she drove her adult children away out of love fails to counteract this first impression. For most of the book, Nealy works her way to self-understanding and real happiness, but just as it seems she has succeeded, Michaels inserts an almost unbelievable event to rip her life apart again. Nealy's sudden reversion to self-isolation and a subsequent return to happiness seem rushed, with little plot or character development. Stilted dialog, frequent encounters with the spirit of Nealy's dead husband, and the appearance of characters from the "Texas" and "Vegas" trilogies serve only to muddy the plot. These flaws do not seem to bother her fans, however. Public libraries where Kentucky Rich was popular will want to purchase. Barbara E. Kemp, Univ. of Houston Libs.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kentucky Series (Book 2)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (September 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441808167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441808165
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,324,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Once, Sweet Revenge, The Nosy Neighbor, Pretty Woman, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cindi B. Graham on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was my first Fern Michaels book, and it will definately not be the last one i read!
Nealy Diamond Clay is a famous jockey that owns and runs Blue Diamond Farms, a top horse racing farm in Kentucky.
Nealy's children, Nick and Emmie, had finaly convinced their mother to let them have a week off for vacation, which Nealy never had allowed. So when they both took an extra week off (without telling Nealy!) and one of the farm's mares had complications foaling, Nealy was angry. To her the horses came first, so she kicked them off the farm. Later in the book you find out that Nealy really kicked them out because deep down she knew knew that they would never create a life of their own if she didnt push them away from the comforts of Blue Diamond Farms.
Through this rough time, Nealy also meets up with her dead husband's best friend, Hatch, Nealy tries to fight it, but through it all she knows she has romantic feelings for Hatch.
Also, Nealy is entered to ride Shufly, her champion horse Flyby's son, in the Kentucky Derby. But Nealy is woman in her early fifties, and many people doubt her. Can she and Shufly win the triple crown races against all odds?
For awhile everything is great for Nealy. She is in love with Hatch, has reunited with her children, has had a good horse racing season, and has traveled the world with her new fiance. But can one dreadful night destroy everything for Nealy, and maybe even cost her life?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kozar23 on April 26, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok I loved this series and in between books, I read the others to catch up on characters and it made everyone of them fall into place. Texas & Vegas series help you with the characters in the Kentucky series and I thought all of it was good I couldn't put the books done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Munro on June 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Trying to race through each new and incredibly exciting chapter of Fern Michaels' Kentucky Heat, the 2nd book in her 3-book series, while experiencing the emotional ups and downs of the Coleman family, et al., was the most fun I've ever had. Reaching the last chapter, knowing I was nearing the end, and would have to wait until October for the 3rd and final "Kentucky" series book, was the least fun I've ever had.
Nealy Coleman Diamond, Kentucky Heat's main character, and one of the many strong women Fern writes about, knocks your socks off every time she turns a corner. Her family and friends become your "best buds" as you read about them and grow to know and love them. Woven within the story of the Colemans are several smaller threads of stories that nab your attention as you turn each page. The smaller threads are no less exciting than the main story. Don't second guess Fern's endings -- she is the inveterate surprise ending queen. Read the book. Love her characters. Cheer them on. Then impatiently wait for her next Kentucky novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Stine on November 11, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I actually purchased all 3 books in this trilogy BEFORE reading the first one. Being an avid horse lover & owner of an ex-racehorse, I was excited to get them. However, the store is completely unrealistic and obviously written by someone who truely knows nothing about horses or racing. Continuously repetitive and boringly "perfect" characters who always win and don't seem to have much for negatives in their lives. The negatives they do face they use their outragous fortunes to buy out of. I never can seem to put a book down though, always hoping it will get better, but this one didn't. I eventually went to just skimming the pages, since it's all repetitive anyhow. I'm working on finishing the final book in the series (which isn't any better) and then I doubt I'll look to this author again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CHARLIE'S ANGEL on April 10, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fern Michaels is the best romance writer I've ever read. For those of you who like romance in a book but don't want to read about the sex details for 5 pages, this is the author for you. Fern Michaels has a way to make her characters come to life. You really feel like you involved in the story by feeling sympathy, happiness and sadness right along with the characters in her stories. The Kentucky series is a must have for any reader who loves a good romance story with a whole lot more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Thoroughbred horse owner Nealy Coleman makes it clear that she will not tolerate any misbehavior when it comes to her beloved horses. She estranges herself from her two adult children after she believes their recent actions belie her basic tenet of life that the horses must come first. Thus, she fires Emmie and Nick, tossing them both off the farm.

Attorney Hatch Littletree visits Nealy's Blue Diamond spread where the next generation of Triple Crown winners is being birthed. Hatch provides Nealy solace at a time in which she feels so alone after the "betrayal" of her children. However, as their attraction grows, will Nealy do what she always does with human love, push it aside if it interferes with her steeds?

Fan of Fern Michaels long running Vegas-Texas-Kentucky tales will relish the latest installment, KENTUCKY HEAT. Nealy remains a complex character struggling with a lack of balance in her life as her only happiness comes from winning horse races until Hatch enters her life. Though entertaining, the story line fails to expand the Michaels mythos by adding anything new. Still readers will enjoy the newest Kentucky tale that shows the author's ability to provide an .

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