Tucker Coulter, the only unmarried one of the six Coulter children, falls late but hard in this contemporary romance by bestselling author Catherine Anderson.
Tucker and rancher Samantha Harrigan meet cute at the rodeo, when Samantha faces off against a man twice her size who is abusing a horse; they both get arrested, and his nose is broken. Next Samantha's champion quarter horses are falling ill, and the expert is called in -- local vet Tucker Coulter. Tucker boards her sickest horse at his place, and their romance starts to take off. Much as Tucker believes in Samantha, when her horses start getting sick, some think Samantha herself is doing it for the insurance money. In fact, Tucker has a duty to report any suspicions, but it's a lose-lose proposition. If he doesn't, it injures his professional reputation; if he does, it wrecks his romance with Samantha. The only way out is to catch the real offender -- quickly. As her readers have come to expect, Anderson's romances are absorbing family-oriented dramas, and this one is no exception. Ginger Curwen