Horse trainer Jake Hendricks arrives to take charge of Royalty Farm from his one-time mentor. After the main barn goes up in flames, Jake must do everything he can to save the farm which is already under financial pressure from a greedy local real estate developer.
After gathering the courage to leave an abusive marriage, horse trainer Melody O’Shea returns to Royalty Farm when her father needs her help. Coming home to the famed American Saddlebred farm is bittersweet because it is also the home of her daughter, the secret child she gave up for a private adoption.
Mel doesn’t count on Jake being there. The man left her nine years earlier not knowing she was carrying his baby. Forced to work with Jake to save her daughter’s home and heritage, Mel grapples with the mistakes of her past and her love for a man who once rejected her, but who she never forgot. When danger escalates, Mel’s life is in jeopardy and she must work with Jake to solve the mystery that threatens her safety and the safety of the daughter they both love.
I am riding an American Saddlebred named Belle during one of my weekly lessons. Kentucky Flame is set on an American Saddlebred horse farm in Kentucky.
Reviews and Awards
Reviewer: Julia Casca, Amazon.com
Of all the books in this series so far, Kentucky Flame is certainly my favorite. She reached a new depth to not only the characters and their relationships, but also the complex, suspenseful plot. She certainly drew me right into this book. I felt as though I was a part of the characters’ lives, and with the vivid writing, I could see, feel and smell everything. It was a wonderful reading experience. Rated 4 ½ Delightful Divas by Melissa!
“Once again, Jan Scarbrough has worked her magic. This third book in her Kentucky series (or Bluegrass Reunion series) is another wonderful example of her writing skills. She transports her readers into the middle of the American Saddlebred arena and makes us feel as if we are, indeed, present during the activities of showing horses. It is obvious she knows of which she writes. Her methods capture our imagination and insure our personal involvement in her books.
There are a myriad of characters involved in telling this compelling story. How they intertwine is the essence of this latest offering. The relationship between Mel and Jake is so touching that I couldn’t wait to turn the pages. I had no idea how the suspenseful slant to the storyline would work itself out. This was definitely not a usual, cookie-cutter book. I highly recommend this latest in Scarbrough’s series. Her sensuality is sensitive but not overpowering. The chemistry evident throughout the book is just another reason to pick up this book. You will see that she deserves a place on your automatic read list.” Reviewer: Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
“Kentucky Flame by Jan Scarbrough delivers! It is interesting, intensely passionate, and peopled with protagonists you care about. Mel is strong and stubborn. Jake is caring and a to-die-for hero. Secondary characters breathe life into a story of desire and intrigue. Scarbrough’s horse knowledge shines without being overwhelming. Crisp dialogue and masterful transitions create a hero and heroine you can take to your heart in this well-executed story of two people reunited at last. Brava Ms. Scarbrough.” Review on Amazon.com
Bluegrass Reunion Series published in this order:
- Kentucky Cowboy—She dumped him in high school, because he was a risk-taker.
- Kentucky Woman—She loved him when she was a teenager, but they never connected.
- Kentucky Flame—She had his baby, but he left not knowing the truth.
- Kentucky Groom—She can’t afford to fall in love with a lowly groom.
- Kentucky Bride—She rejected him once, but he’s willing to try again.
- Kentucky Heat—She doesn’t need to take on another project, but he won’t take no for an answer. (Sequel to Kentucky Bride.)
- Kentucky Rain—She has responsibilities to her daughter and herself, not to the handsome guy next door. (Sequel to Kentucky Cowboy.
- Kentucky Blue Bloods—She wants to save the family horse farm, but he has other ideas.
Bluegrass Reunion: They thought the men they loved were out of their lives. They were wrong.
Although each romance in the Bluegrass Reunion series stands alone, all books are about second chances and are set in Kentucky. In keeping with the Bluegrass theme, when appropriate, a few horses are thrown into the plot for good measure.