I'm pumped - Detour Ahead just received another top review!
"Rich in romance and suspense, this book had me mesmerized from the first page. I was definitely drawn toward the main character, Traci, and all of the emotional barriers that she faced. One man however, is determined to wait it out and break through those barriers no matter how long it takes. Patience is one of Scott McCord’s attributes and he has all the time in the world....This is a "must read" for any romance reader's bedside table. Amanda Burns has done a sensational job of combining just the right amount of suspense with a sauciness that leaves you longing for more. Run, don't walk to your nearest book store for this sensational book." Reviewed by Val of You Gotta Read Reviews. Rating: You Gotta Read
Hot-shot Chicago prosecuting attorney Traci Steele works tirelessly keeping rapists off the street to prevent other women from suffering the hell she’s endured, so she resists her friends’ insistence that she take a two month R&R in their California Live Oak condo—until they persuade her to help their rancher friend as a private investigator.
Though he runs the stables at Live Oak, well-muscled mustached wrangler Scot McCord much prefers working with the race horses he trains at his ranch, and he can’t believe his old friends have sent a greenhorn female to help him with horse troubles.
The improbable dance between this mismatched pair barely fits in around the escalating suspense of whoever’s after Scot’s horses. Traci is as tenacious in her sleuthing as she is panicked about her inability to ever love a man, but Scot sets out to gentle her as skillfully as he does his horses. Awe-Struck
Detour Ahead is the second novel in my horse racing series. When we owned horses, hubby spent time ground training them, first a quarter horse who'd just come off the track and eventually was purchased by a rancher for cattle cutting, then a saddlebred/Arab mix we purchased as a colt and later sold for dressage. We were mere amateurs (and were well coached thru the whole process) but Scott, the hero, is an expert who could rival the Horse Whisperer, and everything he knows will be put to the test to keep Tracy from bolting and running away for keeps. Here's a link to an excerpt.
I set this book in the San Diego foothills, not far from Ramona, where we once spent wonderful vacation time at a similar resort (but without all the suspense, of course!). This book shares some characters with Willow Smoke - Clint and Cassie Travers - but doesn't require the first book to be understood.