TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION BULL RIDER RAFE NOBLE HAD NO IDEA HOW QUICKLY HIS WORLD COULD END.
In less than eight seconds, he lost his title, his career, and his best friend--all on the dirt floor of a noisy rodeo arena.
Katherine Breckenridge just wants to make a difference by running her mother's charity foundation. But the mysterious disappearance of half a million dollars has forced it to the brink of bankruptcy. Her last chance to save it is the annual fund-raiser, an event that's destroyed by an out-of-control Rafe Noble.
Desperate to rescue the foundation, Katherine heads to the Noble family ranch to enlist Rafe's help in raising the money he cost her in lost donations. What she doesn't know is that Rafe is broke--in cash and in spirit--and helping her could end up costing him his life.
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, 2007
Theme Verse: "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." Phillipians 2:12,13
This is book #2 of the Noble Legacy series. Though I started with the first book and read through the entire series--which was superb--Taming Rafe was my favorite.
The book opens in a rowdy arena and jumps right into the action with Rafe astride an angry bull in the holding pen, choosing to ride even though his gut is telling him not to. The tragedy that follows sets the tone for Rafe throughout the rest of the book. Like a mad bull, Rafe's wild nature can't be tamed... until Katherine Breckenridge comes along. Katherine desires more than anything to make her late mother's charitable foundation a success to help save sick children's lives in Guadalajara. But she'll never live up to her mother's memory and feels uncomfortable in her aristocratic world. Then Rafe crashes into her life--literally--and she discovers a man much like herself, a soul searching to connect to his roots and make a difference in the world. I loved Katherine's character as she would be the only woman who could wrangle this wild cowboy.
The plot held a unique angle I wasn't expecting which kept me turning the pages. Another romance blossoms throughout the story between diner-owner Lolly Stuart and rancher John Kincaid, whose had enough of Lolly turning down his marriage proposals. But John holds a secret card Lolly knows nothing about--he's a best-selling author or romance novels penned under the name B.J. King. He'd love to see Lolly's reaction to his latest novel, since it's about their twisted relationship, but Lolly refuses to read such an unrealistic time-waster. John's novel Unshackled unfolds throughout Taming Rafe which creates a teasing plot that comes together beautifully at the end. It's literally a book within a book.
I rated Taming Rafe 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
About the Author:
Award-winning author Susan May Warren recently returned home to her native Minnesota after serving for eight years with her husband and four children as missionaries with SEND International in Far East Russia. She now writes full-time from Minnesota's north woods. Visit her Web site at
Susan is also an instructor with My Book Therapy.