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One need not be an equine lover to appreciate Anderson's sweet contemporary romance centering on fiercely honest horse rancher Samantha Harrigan and handsome neophyte veterinarian Tucker Coulter, who meet while trying to protect a horse from its abusive owner. Samantha has always cared deeply for her horses, so when they suddenly fall ill, she's distraught; when it turns out they've been poisoned, she's horrified, immediately suspecting that her violent and vindictive ex-husband is the culprit. Unfortunately, the authorities are pointing fingers at Samantha, alleging that she plans to defraud her insurance company. Wary of letting a new man into her life, Samantha nevertheless recognizes that she must call on Tucker to nurse her horses back to health. As he tends to the horses and grows closer to Samantha, Tucker becomes her confidante and champion, realizing that the only way for Samantha to save herself is to catch the offender before the police arrest her. In Samantha, Anderson has created a strong and gentle heroine, and a cast of family and friends proves charming throughout. This smart, wholesome tale should appeal to any fan of traditional romance. (Jan.)
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Samantha Harrigan is slowly recovering from the emotional and financial devastation caused by her abusive ex-husband, so when the handsome new equine vet expresses an interest in her as more than a client, she quickly puts up barriers. Undaunted, Tucker Coulter staunchly backs her up when her horses suddenly become suspiciously ill and mudraking journalists publicly theorize that she is attempting insurance fraud, even when it jeopardizes his own career. Anderson's latest contemporary romance featuring the popular Coulter family offers an insider's perspective on the intriguing world of horse breeding and should be popular with her longtime readers. Lynne Welch
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451218957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451218957
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Catherine Anderson, the award-winning author of both contemporary and historical fiction, lives with her husband and three canine friends--a mixed spaniel named Kibbles and two Rottweilers named Sam and Sassy, who seem to think they are teacup poodles and that obedience training is for people.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amy Sorter on March 4, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is not a book I would normally buy or even check out of the library because a) the cover did nothing for me and b) I'm not into "western saga" or inspirational types of romances. But I won this book in a contest, read it, and was pleasantly surprised.

Part of Anderson's Coulter family series, the stand-alone "Sun Kissed" deals with Tucker Coulter, a rising equine vet in Crystal Falls. Through some pretty unusual happenstance, he meets Samantha Harrigan over a battle with a mean drunk beating a horse. Though drawn to him, Samantha doesn't think she's going to see him again until a rash of horse poisonings on her ranch cause her to turn to him in desperation for help. As both work through the poisonings and other issues including insurance fraud and jealousy, attraction and affection grow.

Stereotyped plot? Yep. But Anderson made it work in many ways. First, I liked that the relationship between Tucker and Samantha was more about friendship and shared interests, with physical attraction thrown in for extra filip. This goes in direct contrast with a lot of romance authors today, who slap the attraction on the pages first and then remember that maybe it would be a good idea for the man and woman to have a couple of other things in common other than torrid sex (by the way, I say this as someone who writes steamy romance under a pseudonym).

Second, I was touched by Samantha's deep religious faith, and Tucker's respect for that faith. I didn't find it at odds that Samantha could be so attracted physically to Tucker, while adhering to old-fashioned values of waiting until matrimony, except for one very passionate scene -- again, kudos to Anderson for doing well on this issue.

Third, I appreciated that Samantha was far from the stereotyped "battered woman.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gemma on January 16, 2007
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From the back cover:

When Samantha Harrigan attends the local rodeo, she doesn't expect to wind up in jail. But that's precisely what happens when she tries to stop a drunkard from abusing his horse. At least she isn't alone. Tucker Coulter, a handsome local veterinarian, comes to her defense--and is arrested too.

The charges are dropped, but Sam's troubles have only started. Her champion quarter horses are falling ill and the culprit is poison. As the insurance beneficiary, Sam is the prime suspect. Unswayed by the rumors floating around town, Tucker offers to help prove her innocence. Sam, though, is uneasy about accepting his assistance--and about the way he makes her feel. If only she could believe in him the way he seems to believe in her...

And my review:

Catherine Anderson is firmly on my auto-buy list. I've yet to read a book by her that I didn't like. SUN KISSED was no exception.

I was a little worried if I'd like this story, since I hadn't really liked Tucker in his previous appearances in other "Coulter" books, but Catherine Anderson made him loveable here. It should also be noted that you don't have to have read any of the other books in the series to enjoy SUN KISSED, although it does add a lot, of course. Other Coulter books are (in order): PHANTOM WALTZ, SWEET NOTHINGS, BLUE SKIES, BRIGHT EYES, MY SUNSHINE, and now SUN KISSED. (Also, BABY LOVE (a sort of prequel to phantom waltz) and the two historicals KEEGAN'S LADY and SUMMER BREEZE are linked to the Coulter family series--just to keep it confusing!) And this isn't the last of them! There are more books planned, and I look forward to reading them all.

I'm usually reluctant to read series of "family" books, since they often start to all sound the same.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Debra J. Keyser on January 5, 2007
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This is regarding those of you who have written thinking it is the LAST book............


It is NOT!!

She is going to be doing a book for each of the 4 brothers of Samantha..

The Kendricks and The Coulters will be showing back up..

Now, for the book..

IT was wonderful!

I didn't mind the struggle with the religion for most of us have the same struggle.

I loved the comedy in it and chuckled at various times throughout...

This is a wonderful book by Catherine ANderson...I am a mega fan of hers and have almost all her books..

She DID NOT disappoint at all!!

It was a warm and funny book..with the exception of the tears I shed with a few episodes.

Sorry can't reveal.. read the book...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janet on January 5, 2007
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This is the kind of heartwarming, funny, romantic, endearing story I have come to expect from one of my all time favorite authors - Catherine Anderson. Tucker was such a sweetie and Samantha was his perfect match. I was not bothered by the religious/Catholic aspect of the story. In fact, given Samantha's character, it was appropriate. Being Catholic myself, with family members who had stopped practicing and went back to it, I smiled and laughed when the Coulters were all being swayed to return by their mother. I think CA didn't shove it down the readers' throats, but instead treated it with just the right amount of humor and lightness, while keeping the integrity of Samantha's character's beliefs.

I also disagree with the reviewer who thought there wasn't enough other Coulters in the story. Jake was great at the beginning and there was a lot of fun interaction between Tucker and Isaiah. The scene with Tucker asking for advice of his parents was hilarious. And I can't forget the scene with Jake's daughter and Tucker. That was pure Catherine Anderson magic.

I am sorry the Coulters are done. They were all great. This one is not to be missed. Sun Kissed will go on my keeper shelf!
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