How does a woman stop being a victim of rape and become a survivor of rape? That is the question Traci Steele, high powered Chicago attorney has to answer. Cowboy Scott McCord is more than happy to help her find the answer. After they figure out who has been sabotaging his horses that is.
This is a story about letting go of your past so you can move on to your future. It is a story about letting go of being the victim and becoming a survivor. Ms. Burns addresses the hard realities of sexual assault with taste and care and honesty. She doesn’t skim over the lasting effects of a rape that was never acknowledged, prosecuted or treated. She doesn’t make everything “Ok” because “Mr. Right” suddenly appears in the heroine’s life. It’s not that simple, as any survivor of sexual assault will tell you. This work addresses all those issues that can linger, it does so sometimes with harsh facts the heroine doesn’t want to face, sometimes with gentle, loving patience, and with Traci finally taking back control of her life. As a survivor of sexual assault I appreciated the fact that Ms. Burns didn’t gloss it over, but showed what a rough road it really is to recovery.
Add into this touching story of recovery a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end and you’ve got a story you won’t be able to put down. Traci and Scott must both face what has been keeping them from true happiness while trying to solve the mystery of who would want to ruin Scott’s reputation and livelihood and injuring innocent animals. In the process of solving the mystery they discover not only the road to recovery but a deep and profound love. A love that helps heal them both.
Reissued review. Originally reviewed in 2008.
Hot-shot Chicago prosecuting attorney Traci Steele works tirelessly keeping rapists off the street to prevent other women from suffering the hell she’s endured, so she resists her friends’ insistence that she take a two month R&R in their California Live Oak condo—until they persuade her to help their rancher friend as a private investigator.
Though he runs the stables at Live Oak, well-muscled mustached wrangler Scott McCord much prefers working with the race horses he trains at his ranch, and he can’t believe his old friends have sent a greenhorn female to help him with horse troubles.
The improbable dance between this mismatched pair barely fits in around the escalating suspense of whoever’s after Scott’s horses. Traci is as tenacious in her sleuthing as she is terrified about her inability to ever love a man. Can Scott succeed in gentling her—like he does his horses—before she flees in panic?
Reissued in 2015. Original release 2008.