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RIDE A PAINTED PONY
Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Eagle's an expert at creating characters that seem ready to step off the page, a skill in evidence here. Yet despite the instant sympathy the reader has for Lauren and the story's touches of quirky humor, it fails to engage -- possibly because the pacing's off and the plot has a scattered feel.
Driving late at night, Nick Red Shield runs his truck into a ditch to avoid killing what he thinks is a deer. Instead, he finds an injured woman huddled in the bushes. Nick's sure
Joey is actually well-known jockey Lauren Davis, once the lover of a criminal named Raymond Vargas.
Her life is still in danger because she's determined to reclaim the son she had with Vargas, but he wants to see her dead first.
(Dec., 320 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Catherine Witmer
Published: December 2006