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Maggie decides to build a racing stable. She is smart enough to know she doesn't have all of the skills and abilities to implement her plan. She decides to "track" down Ed Harrington. As she looks for Ed, the last words of her friend are echoing in her head: "This guy may be too much for you to handle."
Ed's fall from grace was fast and hard. His previous life was filled with "fast racehorses and faster women". Now, he's banned from many race tracks. He's a shambling mess, shaking with alcoholic tremors.
Maggie and Ed recognize one thing in one another: grief.
Adriana Kraft's Heat Wave (Riders Up) is more than a delightfully well-written and entertaining romantic suspense. It's also a heartwarming story of hope and second chances.
Maggie is looking for other ways to make her farm more profitable and decides to go into the racing business, with no prior experience, and not living especially close to any racetrack (Iowa is not well known for running big time Thoroughbred horse races). An old family friend tells her to try to track down Ed, a former racehorse trainer, who lost his license after some kind of wagering scandal. He'll be able to help her get a racing stable together, that is if he can stop hitting the bottle.
Ed sobers up, comes to live on Maggie's farm with her 2 kids, and horse by horse they put together a stable with some horse racing with a trainer in Chicago, some broodmares, 2 year olds, and yearlings.
The heat wave part of the title comes into play because there's no rain that summer and due to the drought most of the farmer's crops have died, including Maggie's. But not to worry - fortunately she bought crop insurance. Kind of makes you wonder why the other farmers didn't too. Ed disappears a couple of times, scared off by Maggie's seductress routine, and each time is the victim of foul play. Who is behind Ed getting beat up, the murder of a barn cat, and arson?
No one's going to scare Maggie Magee off her farm.
Or will they?
The book is well written, good dialogue, good storylines, but I think it might be a little on the boring side for readers who don't already have a strong interest in horses and horseracing.
As for the back story (and it is a back story since most of the book is about sexual tension), it’s a pretty weak one. It’s supposedly about thoroughbred racing, but a thoroughbred is fine boned and lean, yet the cover picture appears to be a Friesian draft horse. And the premise is that a widow with a 15-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son can run a newly formed successful racing stable (all by themselves no less!) if they can just find a good trainer to teach them what to do. Ed does teach them how to muck out stalls and bathe horses, and warns them to be careful around high-strung thoroughbreds, but that’s about all that’s covered in this book. And when Ed encourages the building of an indoor arena for exercising race horses in bad weather, and also thinks about using the young race horses to give riding lessons to local children, it totally contradicts how much he really knows about horse racing.
The book does give a pretty good description of small town life, EXCEPT for the totally insane person who wants to destroy Maggie’s enterprise. It’s not that great a mystery. If you want a book with lots of repetitive descriptions of sex and horniness, without that great a story, then this book is for you. But I found it very disappointing.
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Author: Adriana Kraft
Publisher: B & B Publications
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
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