The one thing that kept Blue Bowman alive during his years in prison was the thought of revenge against Gordon Campbell, his biological father, for the neglect that killed his mother and sister. Blue can't believe his luck when assist-ing old cowboy Micah Thompson with his horse trailer leads to a job on Gordon's ranch. From the get-go, Blue has an affinity for a stubborn 2-year-old colt, and Micah gives him the colt to break.

The colt is not the only troubled youngster on the ranch, as Blue quickly learns. Gordon's stepdaughter Andie Lee's 15-year-old son, Shane, is a drug addict on a downward spiral. Andie Lee is desperate to save her son, and Gordon's ruthless attitude is not helping the situation. Having seen his sister die in similar circumstances, Blue is not hopeful about the situation, but he agrees to try to help Shane. However, with his own motives murky, Blue is reluctant to allow his feelings for Andie Lee to grow.

This fractured family has more than its fair share of pain, guilt and anger. Dellin delivers a powerful family drama with true in-your-face bluntness. Moving and riveting. (Aug., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith