Teaching Ms. Riggs

I adore Stephanie Beck's writing. She can write betrayed and broken women like it's nobody's business. Ben Riggs returns to Missouri after her husband's murder. Not only was he murdered, but he had a separate life that she knew nothing about. Now that life has followed her in the form of a stalking ex-mistress with a vendetta for Ben. Ben is a local high school science teacher and meets Mark Dougstat through a parent-teacher conference. He has taken on the role of parent to his niece and nephew. He doesn't have time for women, romance and the like. When the phone calls escalate to Ben being beaten, Mark insists she stay at his farm.

I really liked watching the relationship take place between Mark and Ben. I liked the fact that Ben wasn't too stupid to live in her decision making. She was pretty forthright and smart. Mark was adorable. I liked the interaction between him and his niece and nephew. He is solid and is willing to do what it takes to take care of Ben.

Book Blurb for Teaching Ms. Riggs

It'll take a special man to teach her to live again.

Benfri ëBení Riggs has come home to Flatthead Falls, Missouri to heal. After her husband's murder, secrets behind the peaceful, successful life she thought they'd shared emerge to leave her deep in debt, infertile, and afraid for her life. Teaching chemistry in her old hometown is her shout of independence, even though she wants to crawl under her bed in fear when the terrorizing phone calls begin.

Mark Dougstat works the land, makes things grow, and isn't ashamed of the occasional mess his shoes cause. Busy making his farm pay enough to support his niece and nephew, he hasn't found the time or inclination to make the time, to find a good woman. Ben Riggs's humor and compassion change that fast.

But they're going to have a battle on their hands. Ben's stalker won't quit. What is between Ben and Mark grows and they push forward in their relationship, learning more secrets along the way. Before they can settle into life together, the stalker will strike again. Blood will be shed and lives changed forever in the blink of an eye. Can they trust each other enough to get them through?

No chickens were harmed in the writing of this book.  

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2011 4.75