by Pamela H Bender
A heart-pounding adventure from the first page to the last, Racing Desire is the perfect book to begin Bender’s new series, Living Passionately. Jo is an orphan and although only 5 feet, she owns, breeds, grooms, trains and races horses on the farm she inherited. Jo learned the hard way that the next race can be her next accident, but she’s bound and determined to save her reputation and achieve her father’s last dream by going for the win. Sam, a mean drunk who already drove her off the track and into the hospital, is willing to do anything to keep that from happening. With only old Ruben at her side, Jo ignores the warnings of the entire horse community and clings to her dream of vindication and victory. When Brad, a southern vet filling in for old Doc, strides into her barn, Jo is reminded that life has more to offer than just winning races. Their love seems doomed from the start until a little goat named Nanny shows up on the farm and reminds them of the power of love. Racing Desire is a story of bravery, loss, determination, jealousy, hard work, lust and fortitude. Bender delivers a suspense-filled, page-turner, which will take you into the real world of harness racing.