by Adrienne Ellis Reeves

April 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-381-5
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Maggie Rose Sanders is heading home to South Carolina. She's ready to fulfill her dream of owning her own business. Her parents are getting older and she would like to be able to help them out. She misses being a part of her sisters' lives. Also, getting reacquainted with her nephew is a priority. Little does she know that there is someone in her hometown eager to see her again.

Chris Shealy has been trying to settle down and show everyone that he doesn't deserve his wild reputation anymore. He's a successful business man. He runs his riding stable with intense concentration and is determined to make it the best in the state. But he needs Maggie Rose's help for that. He has always been attracted to her, but his reputation kept him far from her door. Now, they are grown up and working together, fighting their feelings every moment they're around each other.

There's a secret in Maggie Rose's past that threatens to tear them apart. She is terrified of horses. It's a childhood fear that she has never been able to fight. She can't work at Chris' without facing that fear. How will Chris react when she tells him why she faints every time she comes near his horses? Besides that, there is someone trying to ruin the stable and Chris' chance at winning the award he has been striving for. Can Maggie Rose put aside her terror to help Chris before he loses everything? Will he continue to love her when she confesses her fear?

Watching Maggie Rose overcome her fear makes this a good story. Knowing that she does it because she doesn't want to marry Chris without understanding why he loves his horses puts her trails into a heartwarming perspective. Maggie Rose grows throughout the story, maturing into a woman who is willing to overcome a childhood tragedy for the love of her man. Chris shows his maturity by not forcing Maggie Rose and allowing her to work through her fear. He is a great character with depth and strength.

Reckless has good characters that are worth spending time with while reading their story.

Reviewed in October 2003 by Jenni.

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