by Lisa Jackson

Septemeber 1999
ISBN: 0-8217-7054-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Buckle your seat belts, Ladies, its going to be a wild ride.

In 1977 young Cassidy Buchanan’s life was changed forever. Being the youngest daughter in the small town of Prosperity, Oregon Cassidy had it pretty good. At the age of 16, she wasn’t interested in boys, just horses. She had just gotten a wild stallion, but, much to her dismay, the beast needed to be tamed.

Brig McKenzie, the town bad boy, is the man for the job. He’s just a few years older than Cassidy, but so very mature in the ways of human nature. Brig worked for Rex Buchanan for more years than he could count, though Brig was only nineteen.

As Brig works with Cassidy’s wild stallion, Cassidy daydreams about Brig, much to her irritation. Because Cassidy’s sister, Angie, has her eyes set on Brig, and Angie always got what Angie wanted.

Until one fateful night, when Cassidy became a woman, Angie lost her life and Brig disappeared into the rainy night.

Now, years later, Cassidy has married Brig’s brother, Chase and moved back to Prosperity. Life is normal until a fire is set at her father’s lumber mill where Chase works. Two men are pulled from the fire, one survives, the other is too badly burned to identify. One man is Chase and the other man is a mystery.

Cassidy is thrown back into the past yet again as rumors circulate over whether or not the fire at the mill are related to the fire that claimed her sister’s life. As the mystery unfolds, the mystery man, believed to be Brig, dies leaving many questions unanswered, one being whether or not he was the father of Angie’s baby.

Lisa Jackson should be given a medal for Brig McKenzie. Brig is the epitome of the phrase “bad boy” and I found myself licking my lips more than once when Brig was in the story. Ladies, if you’re a fan of bad boys, you can not afford to miss this story! Cassidy was a well developed character, with just a hint of innocence when the reader is back in the years of her youth.

The side characters contained just enough villainy in them to keep me guessing as to who'd done what to whom, and why. They all held the snobbery, cunning, or lack of self-esteem that made them believable in their role in the grand scheme.

The mastermind, the motives, the entire book as a whole was superbly written and I've reread this book several times already!

Reviewed in May 2002 by Lucy.

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