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Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Release Date: June 2004
ISBN: 1592798446
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre:   Romantic Suspense [Contemporary California]
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Rachel A Hyde
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Ride A Dancing Horse 
By Eileen Watkins

    Kelly Sheridan’s usual career is in PR, but finding herself minus both job and boyfriend, she falls back on her hobby of dressage. Rancho Villaneuva breeds and trains Andalusians, and lying a little about her experience, Kelly gets hired. Soon it appears that this is anything other than a stopgap while she decides what to do with her life. Horses are poisoned, the barn catches fire, and brooding, sexy owner Diego is in mourning for his wife, dead exactly a year when Kelly arrives. Somebody wants the ranch to close and there are quite a few suspects, including Kelly’s old boyfriend who turns up out of the blue…

    I’ve always enjoyed romantic suspense, and this short novel has most of the classic ingredients that make books from this genre such page-turners. A gloomy hero, change of scene and location for the heroine, strange goings-on and lots of suspects, as well as some background information about an unusual aspect of horse riding. What it lacks (fortunately) is a helpless heroine wilting in the strong arms of the hero; Kelly is her own woman and uses her common sense and PR background to make the ranch work and track down the perpetrator. Even more information about dressage and life on a ranch would have been interesting, but Eileen Watkins sketches in the relevant details rapidly and not a word is spared. Enjoyable, and yes, please, I would certainly read another book by this author.