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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review and ebook Giveaway - Murphy's Law by Sandy James

This is a "winning" romance set in the harness racing industry.
Murphy's Law [Damaged Heroes 1] (BookStrand Publishing Romance) by Sandy James

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: BookStrand Publishing (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606012711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606012710
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5.0 of 5.0

Product Description
Seth Remington had a fortune at his fingertips, but something was missing in his life. Purpose.

Knowing he has one last chance to redeem his son, terminally ill Sterling Remington rewrites his will. To earn his inheritance, his son Seth must labor as a groom for a horse trainer.

Katie Murphy's orderly existence is turned upside down by Sterling Remington's will. Raised on hard work and dedicated to her harness racing stable, Katie agrees to take Seth on as a groom. How can she ever fulfill the challenge of instilling a work ethic in Seth and still keep her faltering stable running?

Kept at arm's length by the strict terms of Sterling's will, Seth and Katie are forced to struggle with their growing attraction until a devastating racing accident forces them to take a hard look at their relationship. How much is he willing to risk for her love?

This was a book that kept me reading when I should have been getting ready for work or going to sleep earlier.  The writing is crisp and clean and moves at a very smooth, quick pace which is well suited to the harness racing world which is the setting for the romance.  The conflict and obstacles create great tension; the bantering dialogue flows easily.  The characters seemed real and I was wrapped in their emotions and lost to the story when reading it.

Katie is a tough minded young woman struggling to make a go as a horse trainer in a field that doesn’t favor women.  But she knows and loves horses, she has been raised to work hard and she has learned to be self sufficient. She was betrayed by an old boyfriend so she doesn’t trust or even expect much from men. And she surely can’t expect much from a rich, spoiled playboy who has never worked a day in his privileged life.

When you first meet Seth he is exactly that: a rich playboy who has no direction and no responsibility.  His self made, millionaire father has given him one month to sow his wild oats and then settle down to a pristine job at the family business and a pristine socialite marriage. And now Seth has wrecked his umpteenth (okay it was only the fourth) Porsche and just expects his father to replace it for him.

Then Seth’s father unexpectedly dies leaving Seth a fortune. Well, sort of. Seth can only inherit if he works incognito as a groom for one racing season under Katie’s tutelage. There are a few more stipulations, including a “no seducing” the boss clause if Seth is to inherit and Katie to get the full benefit of the Will provisions.

Considering the set up, neither Katie or Seth are happy. Surprisingly Seth digs in deep to find the guts and fortitude to do the hard, dirty work. That turns out to be easier than keeping his hands off the boss lady. Of course when Seth learns that Katie will get a bonus at the end of the nine month “sentence” he tends to lump her into the “gold-digger” category. That label seems enhanced by Katie’s dating Ross, the attorney handling the details of the Will. Ross becomes enamored of Katie and creates a threat to Seth’s growing feelings for Katie.

There is wonderful detail about the harness racing world from the dirt of the stables to the excitement of racing and winning. In addition to Ross, there are several other friends and enemies that add good character relationships to the story.

The sparks fly between these two sometimes in anger, sometimes in love, but always with passion. The engaging plot keeps you reading because you want to find out how they will succeed under the terms of the Will. Will Seth choose a fortune over love? I highly recommend you get this book to find out for yourself.

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