Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Taming Rafe

Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
December 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1018-3
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Two-time World Champion Bull Rider, Rafe Nobel lost his title, his career, and his best friend all in less than eight seconds. And after a car accident that alienates his agent, his sponsors and has everyone and his brother suing him, he’s forced to go home to Phillips, Montana and the family ranch to recuperate. And to figure out what he’s going to do next.

Katherine Breckenridge wants to make a difference by running her mother’s charity foundation. But somehow, over half a million dollars has evaporated. In hopes of saving the foundation, Katherine plans an elaborate benefit at the five-star hotel she owns in New York—but before even a penny is donated, the party is crashed by Rafe Nobel, and a car accident caused by reckless driving.

Desperate to get Rafe to pay up, Katherine heads to Montana, and the Noble family ranch. But Rafe is broke—in cash and spirit—and helping Katherine raise the needed money could cost him his life.

TAMING RAFE is the second book in the Noble Legacy series, but it easily stands alone. I enjoyed getting to know a bull rider in the pages of this book, and the idea of a wealthy heiress and a bull rider seemed an impossible idea. I was interested in seeing how this would work out.

Rafe is an interesting, loveable hero, despite his demons that he wrestles with, and the reader can’t help but cheering for him. Katherine, while wealthy beyond most American’s dreams, is also realistic and easily related to. The faith message is expertly woven in, and the story settings of rural Montana and bustling New York City are well developed. Don’t miss TAMING RAFE, as well as the first book in the series, Reclaiming Nick, and the third book, available in June 2008, Finding Stephanie. An excerpt of Finding Stephanie is available at the end of TAMING RAFE. $12.99. 370 pages.

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