Of Hoof Prints and Heartbeats


Book Two of the Tanner Trilogy takes the reader to Durango, Colorado, and the lives of Samantha Tanner and Cole Branson. Death threats and the past give them the opportunity for a second chance.

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Samantha Tanner, who recently inherited Crystal Springs Farm, her father’s horse and cattle ranch in Durango, and Cole Branson, the cowboy-lawyer from the neighboring JAR-C Ranch, share a history, but one vicious act tore them apart. When a ghost from Sam’s past escapes from prison, circumstances bring Sam and Cole together again. With an escaped convict in the area, and as threats from an unknown source escalate, his memories of Sam and their time together as teenagers spark the realization of his heart’s desire. She recognizes that Fate has presented them with a second chance, but will the outcome be the same? Sam and Cole struggle to determine the location of one criminal, as they work to compile information regarding the menace that continues to plague the Tanner family. Crime and death challenge their forgotten love and force them to decide if forgiveness is possible.

4 reviews for Of Hoof Prints and Heartbeats

  1. 5 out of 5

    This book starts out with a murder. I enjoyed the way there were several story lines and different voices throughout the book, and yet it all flowed together beautifully. I read the first book of this trilogy (which also started out with a murder), but didn’t need to in order to enjoy this one. It stands alone – and now leaves me waiting for the last book of the trilogy. Although these books are categorized as a romance novels, I really think of these two books as good mystery/thriller novels with romance included.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Venne has a way with words and description that is wonderful to read. This book, set in the Durango, Colorado area, gives a vivid portrayal of ranch life and the effects of choices throughout our lives.
    I can’t wait for the third Tanner book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Like the first book in this series I found the first several pages a little less interesting as the author introduces the characters. However, the further I read the more I enjoyed this book. Set in the town of Durango Colorado, this book presents a bit of romance mixed in with a suspenseful thriller. Just the kind of book I love. The characters were well developed and the story line easy to follow. Several interesting topics were visited including the quality of life of a terminally ill individual, the care and management of wild horses, and the effects of poor parenting. I very much enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it. I also discovered some areas in the book that left me wondering if they were the prelude to the final book in this trilogy. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long to find out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Such a joy to read a novel with intelligent, strong characters of both genders. They don’t compete, they compliment each other.

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