Lauren Davis was lured by money and sex into a relationship
with high roller Raymond Vargas. While she was riding his
horses and making him a lot of money, everything was
great. When she discovered she was pregnant and refused
to have an abortion, things turned real ugly. After
Joey's birth, Lauren tries to leave Vargas, and that was a
Nick Red Shield is a hauling contractor and a loner. He's
on a cross country trip picking up and delivering horses
when he finds a badly injured woman on a deserted highway
in Missouri. She tells him her name is Joey, she has no
friends or relatives, and she does not want to go to a
hospital. She won't explain why she was left in a ditch
for dead, other than she fell out of a car. She is
obviously still frightened of someone, and makes Nick
promise not to leave her.
Nick winds up taking Joey home with him to his horse ranch
in South Dakota, and discovers she is no stranger around
horses. She attributes all she knows to her late father
who was a trainer and sometimes owner. This is all Nick
knows about this enigmatic woman -- that, and he believes he
is falling in love with her.
The artistic talents of Kathleen Eagle paints a beautiful,
poignant story of two lost souls, scarred inside and out,
who find redemption and love together. PAINTED PONY is a
real heart-tugger so be sure to have the tissues handy
while devouring this exceptional love story.
On a dark, lonely stretch of Midwest interstate, Nick Red
Shield swerves his pickup and empty horse trailer to avoid a
pair of eyes. They belong to a woman--battered, bruised and
barely conscious--in desperate need of a lift.
Lauren Davis grew up in the high-stakes world of horse
racing, a world that took her to fame as a jockey and into a
relationship with a dangerous high roller. Life with Raymond
Vargas has turned deadly, forcing her on the run, but she
can't abandon her son, and now she'll do anything to get him
While Nick's instincts as a loner kick into high gear,
Lauren's vulnerability tugs at him in ways he'd shut down
long ago. A man more comfortable with horses than people,
unable to make peace with a past that's left him scarred,
Nick's not sure about secretive Lauren. But he can't just
leave her. And he really doesn't want her to go.
In the safe haven of his South Dakota ranch, among the
magnificent painted horses of Western legend, a bond of
trust, truth and passion becomes a lifeline for them both.
But soon the danger that shadows Lauren's life and her
desperate attempt to save her son will force Nick to
confront his own demons. Only then can he fight to save
Lauren from hers.