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Melissaâ€™s dream has come true with a job at an exclusive Connecticut horse farm that trains Grand Prix show jumpers. She is determined to succeed in this world where vast wealth is coupled with intense ambition.
A sizzling attraction springs to life between Melissa and David, a handsome, talented trainer, but her future is threatened when an attempted murder takes place at the farm. She must decide who she can trust and if her long-held dream is worth the risk of her lifeâ€¦
David sipped his scalding black coffee as he parked at Deer Creek. His days were getting so busy he may as well give up his apartment and bunk with the grooms. Cheered by the thought of the money saved, he pushed open the barn door. Heâ€™d only gone a few steps when he heard a high-pitched scream. David bolted toward the source of the sound with his heart wedged in his throat and saw Melissa desperately trying to get into Lambertâ€™s stall while the horse kicked out at her, hooves flashing. He pulled her out of the stall and slammed the door.
"What? What is it? Whatâ€™s wrong?â€ he said, taking her by the shoulders. She stared up at him, eyes wide and white as a ghost.
She pointed toward Lambertâ€™s stall door and stammered "We have to help. Heâ€™s in there. Oh, God.â€
As David looked through the bars, she added, "I opened the door to feed Lambert and there he was. I think heâ€™s dead.â€
David looked into the stall and felt his heart slam in his chest and up against his ribs as he saw Tim slumped against the corner, blood over the side of his head and down his shirt, ending in a sticky pool on the floor. David eased the door back open and moved around the still panicky horse, heedless of the geldingâ€™s dancing and pawing. He squatted down beside Tim, feeling in his neck for a pulse.
"Go call 911,â€ he said over his shoulder to Melissa. "Then get some people in here to help me.â€
He was only vaguely aware of her sprinting back down the aisle to do his bidding as he continued to feel for a pulse. Finally, he found something. A thin fluttering at the side of the neck, not strong, and very irregular, but it was there. He exhaled strongly and looked more closely at Timâ€™s chest. Yes, he could just discern a faint rise that indicated he was breathing. Maybe not for too long, though, David thought to himself, judging from the amount of blood and the cold, pasty feel to Timâ€™s skin.
He heard shouts as Sheila, George and another of the grooms came rushing up the aisle, then Sheilaâ€™s gasp as she looked in the stall.
David forestalled any questions by barking out. "First, get the horse out of here. Then get me a blanket and the first aid kit. We canâ€™t risk moving him.â€
As Sheila ran back toward the tack room and the grooms herded Lambert out of the stall, Melissa peeked through the bars. "So, heâ€™s notâ€¦â€ she couldnâ€™t bring herself to say the word â€˜deadâ€™, so she instead switched tack and said, with the breath still heaving in her chest, "What else can I do to help?â€
David looked up at her face, pale but determined, and felt a stab of admiration for her. She looked about to faint, but she was hanging in like a pro.
After spending years as a researcher, medical writer and avid romance reader, Mary decided to try her hand at writing a novel. A dedicated horsewoman, she chose the world of Grand Prix show jumping as the setting for her first book, a romantic suspense entitled A Dangerous Dream. Two years later, she is delighted to have published A Dangerous Dream and is now enthusiastically working on her second novel, a paranormal romance about a beautiful witch who is being hunted by a murderer and needs to decide if she will be honest about her legacy with the man determined to help her.
With degrees in nursing from Georgetown University and epidemiology from Yale University, Mary Paine has held positions in the public health and medical communications fields. She lives outside St. Louis with her husband and three children.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 274
Paper Weight (lb): 11.4
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