Kentucky Heat

Kentucky Heat

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by Fern Michaels
     
 

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In the second book of the powerful new series that reunites the beloved Coleman and Thornton families, New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels brings readers into the turbulent lives of a Kentucky horseracing clan headed by the incomparable Nealy Coleman Diamond. A woman of substance, Nealy rides fast, loves hard, and lives with an appetite for winning…  See more details below

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In the second book of the powerful new series that reunites the beloved Coleman and Thornton families, New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels brings readers into the turbulent lives of a Kentucky horseracing clan headed by the incomparable Nealy Coleman Diamond. A woman of substance, Nealy rides fast, loves hard, and lives with an appetite for winning no one can match. Now in Kentucky Heat, she tests her deepest beliefs with one shocking decision and one daring last race. . ..

Kentucky Heat

With Nealy, horses come first. So when her two grown children's irresponsible acts nearly cost her Shufly, the foal that carries all her hopes for the Triple Crown, she throws them both off Blue Diamond Farm, a decision that changes their future—and her own.

To the world, Nealy looks unbreakable. Inside, her heart has shattered. Estranged from her daughter Emmie and son Nick, she struggles alone to build her racing stables into the best in Kentucky—and Shufly into the horse of the century.

When Hatch Littletree, her ex-husband's law partner, pays an unexpected visit, he brings Nealy much-needed comfort. But he also brings turmoil. A tough Native American and a brilliant attorney, Hatch is determined to see Nealy heal the painful rift with her children. He's also a man Nealy cannot resist.

Raw with emotion, and yet filled with an unstoppable energy, Nealy will face bitter disappointments, exhilarating triumphs, and a night of bloodcurdling terror—one that could mean the end of her dreams. . .and maybe her life.

In Kentucky Heat Fern Michaels keeps readers enthralled, as the power of a woman's indomitable spirit leaps off the page. . .and rushes like a thoroughbred toward a finish you will never forget.

Fern Michaels is the New York Times bestselling author of Kentucky Rich, Plain Jane, Finders Keepers, Yesterday, and many other novels. Surrounded by five children, three grandchildren, and six dogs, she shares her 300-year-old South Carolina plantation home with a resident ghost named Mary Margaret who leaves messages on her computer.

Includes a teaser from the concluding novel in the trilogy, Kentucky Sunrise

"It's a tribute to the author's skill that she can keep so many plot pots stirred at once."—People on Plain Jane

"He's magnificent, isn't he?" Nealy said.
Hatch nodded, his gaze never leaving the colt. "I have to say, Nealy, he's the finest piece of horseflesh I've ever seen." Shufly whinnied and would have broken away if the grooms hadn't kept a tight hold. "Careful, Nealy," Hatch warned. "Something's got him spooked." Nealy reached for Shufly's halter, brought his head down to hers and whispered in his ear. He immediately calmed, nuzzling his massive head against her arm. Awed at what he had just seen, Hatch walked over to the now calm Shufly and rubbed his muzzle.
"Just out of curiosity, what did you whisper in his ear?"
Nealy tilted her head to the side. "I simply told him if he didn't behave himself, I wouldn't take him out to the track. I told him he had to behave like a gentleman."
Hatch grimaced. "And you're telling me he understood what you said?"
Nealy laughed. "He calmed down, didn't he?" Hatch's eyes narrowed with disbelief. Was she putting him on? She certainly looked serious. Something in him clicked. Suddenly he had the overwhelming desire to know everything there was to know about Nealy Clay. He smiled. Nealy smiled back.
She's in her element, Hatch thought. This is her life, her love. He was beginning to understand why Hunt had been so in love with her and why her children were so in awe of her. She was special, from the top of her head to the tip of her toes. It was going to take a team of wild horses to keep him away from her.

"Prose so natural that it seems you are witnessing a story rather than reading about it." —Los Angeles Sunday Times on Kentucky Rich

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Building on the success of her Vegas and Texas series, Michaels (Kentucky Rich) enlarges the Coleman and Thornton family legacies in her second novel set in bluegrass country. The indomitable Nealy Coleman Diamond Clay has her hands full: the foal that carries her hopes for the Triple Crown is born early while her grown children and helpmeets are away. When they return with news (her son has eloped with the family's cook and her daughter's husband abandoned her on a cruise) Nealy is furious as far as she's concerned, they were due home a week ago. "The horses always [come] first," sighs daughter Emmie. The multiple catastrophes strain plausibility, but the stalwart Michaels, whose plots are chock-full of dramatic tension, knows how to pull off the impossible. Nealy meets her match in her late husband's former law partner, Hatch Littletree, a larger-than-life Native American whose physical magnitude and considerable wealth is matched by his big heart and largess. The internecine family feuds, present and past not to mention the author's compulsion to fill in the blanks about the Thorntons and Colemans and their stormy histories takes away from the larger story about the developing relationship between Nealy and Hatch, and her endeavors toward a second Triple Crown sweep. In addition, a subplot involving a potential movie about Nealy's life (introduced in a rambling prologue and inexplicably ignored for over 200 pages) fails miserably. The brisk narrative also goes awry when a sudden cataclysm following a thrilling race victory robs the climax of its punch, dragging out the final section of the book to its inevitable happy conclusion. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Continuing the saga begun in Kentucky Rich

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821773680
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Kentucky Series, #2
Pages:
383
Sales rank:
153,919
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 10.92(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is apassionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Summerville, South Carolina
Place of Birth:
Hastings, Pennsylvania
Education:
High School

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Kentucky Heat 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. But, then of course I like anything she has writtten. The Kentucky series comes close to the Texas books, so if you don't know them, you'll be pleased with them as well
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Mcduzzy More than 1 year ago
Well written. Interesting characters with passion for family and determination to survive all odds.
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First I read "Kentucky Rich", which was an outstanding book. I started to read "Kentucky Heat" on The first of May. I got to the part in the book where Neal wins the first Kentucky Derby on May 4th, the same day as the real "Run for the Roses." I laughed, I cried, and every emothion went through me as I read this book. I have just finished it and am more than ready to go on to Kentucky Sunrise. A really exceptional book. So glad I found this series.
samieOH More than 1 year ago
I loved all the series that she wrote, the best!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fur: blue-grey Eyes: ice blue 3 Personality traits: protective, gentle, and strong Gender: tom Mate: none
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent reading especially if you are fond of horses.
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. I would highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen the other reviews on this book. However, I have to say that I found this book even more difficult to read than Kentucky Rich (and I at least finished that one). I had bought all three of this Kentucky set ready to read since I loved Trading Places. However, I donated all three (without even reading Kentucky Sunrise). I found it very hard to follow the family tree. It May have helped if she had done a 'family tree' in the front of the book to help like a lot of authors will do. I want to enjoy a book, not trying to figure out a family connection. I am a college graduate in accounting but when I read for leisure - I do not like trying to figure out who goes with whom. Also, a lot of times, this author has written disjointed conversations from the main characters in the book. The conversations jump from one issue to several others in one paragraph - with no continuity. I will try another one of hers. I am not sure if I will try the Texas series (as it may be tied to the Kentucky) or just pick one randomly. If the next one is bad, there are just too many great romance writers out there that appeal to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have not read the Texas series and the Vegas series....start reading now! You will be so full of "Oh my gosh..." and "Oh, so that's who that is..". I hope the family stories go on and on, as we are seeing that it can happen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was as exciting as Kentucky Rich. I'll be buying Kentucky Sunrise very soon. Can't wait to read more about Nealy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I DON;T KNOW WHERE TO START THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL HOPE IT IS AVAL. IN PAPERBACK SOON!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"But you must, its the only way to save her. Didnt you see? She only has 2 cats left in her." Luna said urgently, forgetting how to speak cat properly. "When the cat pup older I will return it" she promised. "I give you my life if I donnot keep my promise."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago