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High-Stakes Colton (The Coltons of Texas) Mass Market Paperback – September 6, 2016
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Karen Anders is a three-time National Readers’ Choice Award finalist and RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice finalist, and has won the prestigious Holt Medallion. Two of her novels made the Waldenbooks bestseller list in 2003. Published since 1997, she currently writes romantic suspense for Harlequin. To contact the author, please write to her in care of Harlequin Books, 233 Broadway Suite 1001, New York, NY 10279, or visit www.karenanders.com.
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Alanna is not approving of her brother Fowler first buying a horse to stud that has a horrible temperament and second hiring a horse whisperer to get through to the horse. Horse whispers are fake. She wants nothing to do with any of it, until she meets the handsome cowboy. She's drawn to him but knows after growing up in her dysfunctional family, she can't trust anyone.
Jake uses his horse whispering skills on Alanna to get her to open up to him. He requires just as much patience to break through to Alanna as he does to Zorro, the horse he was hired to tame. Along the way, his past keeps fogging his mind. Is there something more going on at the Colton Ranch than just a kidnapping? When he brings it to his boss, he's told to focus on the job he was sent there to do.
Slowly this couple breaks through the other's barriers. Alanna takes a huge leap of faith to trust him. When his boss fills him in on the something else going on at the ranch, Jake has no choice but to reveal himself and hurt the woman he's grown to love.
The story ends and is written well with Jake finally confronting and taming his demons from his past. His brother's death. the death of a fellow ranger. And figuring out how to finally have peace. It takes Alanna's adopted sister Piper to get through to Alanna. She's devastated to learn Jake was a Ranger sent to spy on her. But, could what they have felt at least be real? Alanna is still a Colton heiress, but figures out how to move past her controlling brother Fowler, figures out what she wants to do with her life, and how to forgive...something a Colton is not accustomed to doing.
The mystery of Eldridge's disappearance takes a different turn in Alanna's story. It will be interesting to see how the next author can expand upon it.
In this book Jake McCord a Texas ranger has been sent undercover to the Colton Valley Ranch. Eldridge Colton has disappeared. Everyone in the family is a suspect. His mission is to get close to Alanna, and find out if she is behind her fathers disappearance. He got close alright. He feel in love along the way. This book had romance, suspense, action, and a great story line. There are several suspects. Alanna has started a program for troubled teens. This is the last chance before the teens gets locked up. It teaches them responsibility, and they work hard with the horses, and on the ranch. The teens in this book, touched my heart. This was an excellent book! We still don't have answers as to what happened to Colton, so yes it does end in a cliff hanger.
Jake McCord is a man with a secret. Alanna Colton is a woman on a mission. He’s supposed to be a hired hand and she’s supposed to be a capable and efficient horse trainer and caretaker to troubled, at-risk teens. If only the author had stuck to her guns about this setup, it would have been a much more palatable novel.
Alanna is part of a family that guards its secrets well from probing outsiders. But it doesn’t take much for her to start spilling her guts to the handsome, rugged and oh-so-sexy Mr. McCord. He keeps offering his shoulder for her to lean on and darned if she doesn’t take him up on his offer. Soon every aspect of toughness and strength disappears from her character. Every time he thinks she needs it, he keeps yanking her off into corners and letting her hug out her sorrows. Give me a break.
What happened to her keeping it in the family? What happened to her own inner strength? Of course, her father is missing and her brother is a jerk. But that doesn’t mean she should go spilling her guts to a mysterious stranger and throwing herself into his arms like he’s the only thing keeping her head on her shoulders. The capable woman of the opening chapters dissipates into being a tiger in the bedroom and a woman who needs a man to prop her up and tell her to go for her goals. What a disappointment.
This story deserved so much better and I couldn’t help but frown as Alanna lost the inner core that had attracted me in the first place. She claims she isn’t a horse that you wouldn’t know it from the way he roped her into his clutches.