HITCHED TO THE HORSEMAN
Civilian life after years in the Air Force is a big adjustment for Mercedes Saddler -- and she's in no hurry to decide her future. Helping out on the family ranch in the meantime, she meets horse trainer Gabe Trevino, and attraction flares at once. But they keep their distance until they attend an out-of-town horse auction together. Physically compatible, they're at odds emotionally: Gabe doesn't want anything more, and his rejection deeply hurts the already trust-impaired Mercedes. Stella Bagwell's Hitched to the Horseman (2) has a painfully realistic conflict. It's so strong that it's almost impossible to believe that Mercedes could fall for cranky Gabe at all.