Shadow of the Hawk by Judith Rochelle

Story 8
Presentation 9
Total: 17
Publisher: Audio Lark
Contemporary Western
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Blurb: Hawk Riley’s life was in a downward spiral until his truck fell on him and he met Maggie Devereaux.

Maggie had problems. Lots of them. A stranger was out to destroy her. She was on the verge of losing her famous cutting horse ranch, Mercy Creek. And she needed help to prepare for the Wayback Grand Rodeo, her make-it-or-break-it moment.

Can Hawk help Maggie save Mercy Creek… and save himself, as well?

Review: Maggie has a quarter horse breeding ranch and she also has lessons and practice supervision for riders on their own horses. Her ex-husband wiped out all of her bank accounts and left her in dire circumstances. She also has a neighbor who wants her land because he is involved in a secret billion dollar development .He causes a lot of trouble; cutting fences to let the horses out, and calling the feed store and changing her delivery orders for example.

Hawk is a former rodeo cowboy who is down on his luck, a drinker, a brawler, and has a poor reputation for everything except his training ability with horses. He has very few possessions except his beat-up pickup, his horse trailer, and his quarter horse Jocko.

On his way to her ranch to ask for a job, he has a flat tire. When he is changing the tire, the truck slips and falls on him. He wakes up in a hospital with a broken leg, a broken arm and other injuries. Hawk has no insurance and no money to pay the bill.

Maggie offers him a job, to act as her fiancee and give her support in running her ranch. He reluctantly agrees and the romance is on. They are attracted to each other from the star.

This is the first audio book I have listened to and I found it to be much more enjoyable than I expected. The reader put a lot of feeling into her reading and presentation of the story. The varying inflection she put to each character's talking added a lot of interest. It was not just a dry monotone reading that I expected.

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