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Ride a Painted Pony

(Painted Pony #1)

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"Eagle delivers." Publishers Weekly

A woman on the run . . .

The terrified eyes in the middle of the highway belonged to a woman--battered, bruised, and barely conscious. Nick Red Shield swerved his pickup and empty horse trailer to avoid her, but neither he nor the mysterious Lauren Davis could avoid the collision of their lives . . . though Nick's loner instincts kick int
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Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published September 21st 2016 by Bell Bridge Books (first published November 21st 2006)
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Linda Strong
Nick Red Shield finds a woman in the middle of a highway. She's been beaten, she's bruised and bleeding, barely knows who she is. At first, Nick thinks he has hit her with his pickup truck and horse trailer, but thankfully that isn't so.

So how did this mysterious woman, going by the name of Joey, manage to get there?

Lauren Davis was once an up and coming jockey .. until she met a man who made her feel special. She didn't know how controlling and manipulative he could be until she had her baby. T
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Dorine
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Native American contemporary westerns
Rated 4.5 - An unusual contemporary western with some suspense, RIDE A PAINTED PONY by Kathleen Eagle is so addictive I had to have book two right away.

We get a good picture of who the honorable and caring man, Lakota Sioux Nicholas Red Shield, is within the first few pages. Nick does everything within his power to avoid creating roadkill, including almost wrecking his like-new truck and empty horse trailer. He loves his truck and trailer – they’re the lifeline of his ranch and future. Not many
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Lisa Richards
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I throughly enjoyed this contemporary western romance, I was pretty sure I recognized both the title and author. I personally think ALL reprints of earlier works should have to be noted on the book cover. Nothing pisses me off more than to dole out my hard earned money for a book that I've previously read. That said, this was an awesome read that I loved. I enjoyed the suspense and the mythology of he painted ponies. The book moved along at a pretty fast pace and other than the ending not ...more
Tracie R
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
Ride a Painted Pony is the first book I have read by Kathleen Eagle. I enjoyed this story and loved Nick’s strength and determination. I felt the connection faltered at times between him and Lauren but not enough to impact the storyline. I look forward to reading more by this author
M T Goldsmith
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This could be easily rated at 6 or 7 stars.

Very good book; very good story. It was written many years ago before the advent of everything computer/phone. Very real, very emotional, and a love story that isn't just boy meets girl. It is not written where boy and girl each get their own chapter to be the expressor of emotion and thought. ( Not like today where It seems like the modern writers have made story telling easier for themselves.) The seconds in this particular story, bring much into the
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Paula
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again this is a book that I read several years ago in paperback. I was again thrilled to see I Ride a Painted Pony by Kathleen Eagle now in digital format. Nick Red Shield is the kind of man that you can depend on which is what Laura needs. I enjoyed reading how these two grew as the story progressed as individuals as well as the way that their relationship also grew. Kathleen Eagle sure knows how to write the tough, silent hero.

This story has two strong individuals, beautiful horses, susp
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Lauren
A pretty predictable and yet off balanced book. It all seemed to meander and then go full throttle at the end for a haphazard conclusion. Just not my cup of tea for a romantic borderline romance novel. I didn't really care for any of the semi-developed characters. ...more
Janice
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book. Liked her writing style, characters and story but it drug a little bit. A little bit of mystery but mostly a romance.
Kathy
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read with some pleasing twists, however, it is primarily a love story / romance tale with some explicit scenes.
Jennifer Landes
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story and writing
Jeannie Zelos
Ride a Painted Pony,  Kathleen Eagle

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  romance, woman’s fiction

I so, so wanted to love this story, romance, a touch of suspense and horses – it sounded perfect, and yet it just didn’t work for me :-(

Maybe if I pick it up in a few months and try again I might enjoy it – there’s nothing I specifically disliked about the story.
Its well written and has characters that feel real, it was just that I didn’t actually like them. I need to love the leads, need
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Nicole
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say other than disappointment? The story starts out strong and was a page turner until they arrive at Nick's ranch ... and then it all goes downhill from there. The connection between the two main characters totally becomes stagnant and it was hard for me to finish this. The ending is too easy, not just for the way it was written, but because I was willing to say bye bye bye to Nick and Joey .. or Lauren .. or whatever that ladies name was haha. Kathleen Eagle is a great author and I ...more
Michael
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Davis grew up in a world of horse racing and gained recognition as a jockey. Her rocky relationship, with Raymond Vargas is rocky and she tries everything to keep her missing son safe from danger. Under unlikely circumstances, she meets Nick Red Shield who is more comfortable with horses than with people. He struggles to cope with his present life, because of his painful past. Despite Lauren`s vulnerability, he is hesitant to pursue her, because she is mysterious which is a blessing and a ...more
Martha
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 of 5
The blurb gives the basics…but doesn’t tell how fabulous Nick Red Shield is: quiet, tough, responsible, compassionate, and dependable. What’s not to like! I think he is my new favorite hero! Lauren chooses to tag along with Nick and hide out as “Joey.” She is likeable, strong and determined. It takes a while for her to trust Nick although she is pretty quick to be willing to get involved with him. That didn’t seem quite right considering the relationship she just came out of, but if she
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Nona
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nick Red Shield, on his way to pick up his dream stud horse, finds a woman on the side of the road. Certain he had hit her with his truck, he takes her in and takes care of her.

Lauren Davis lets Nick call her Joey, which is actually her sons name. While with Nick she forms a plan to use Nick's stud horse to get back her son, who was taken by the ex-boyfriend who had really left her for dead at the side of the road.

I don't usually read romance novels, and this one wasn't likely to make me read an
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Tasneem
I enjoyed this book even more than Mystic Horseman. I know I read them out of order, but they work well together or independently. Eagle is a fabulous writer and her knowledge and passion for horses comes through so well. She is also so subtle in the way she weaves in the Lakota stories.

Nick and Lauren are a fabulous combination. So very different on the outside and yet so much in common in the inside. He is exactly what she needs, a warrior willing to fight and put everything he owns on the lin
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Helen
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story from the moment I read the excerpt in the back of Mystic Horseman, its companion in the 2-book series. It has horses--a gorgeous paint stallion--plus suspense and romance in a gotta-read-more mix. Nick Red Shield is the perfect hero--gruff, tough, proud and a total softy for anything injured or homeless, be it animal or woman. Lauren/Joey is supposed to be dead, but she has reasons for not wanting to stay that way. She needs Nick's help before she can do anything about ...more
Sarah Anderson
Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just discovered Kathleen Eagle! This is the first novel of hers I've read, and I really enjoyed Nick Red Hair. In addition to just being a hunk, his Dragon Lady scar - and the story behind it - made him a guy you could believe in.

His partner Dillon is the hero of the next book, and I'm curious to see how his story plays out, because Eagle has him sort of backed into a corner.

I'm going to read more of Eagle's stories of the modern-day Lakota Indian tribes. I like her style, and I like her topic
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Mary
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, this was a re-read, in search of a turn of phrase I remembered. I first read this author's books several years ago and liked her writing of Native Americans, horses and a western setting. She uses language in interesting ways, like a game or riddles sometimes. I'd forgotten that about her writing.

I found the quotes I remembered - "The Wolf Trail is the Milky Way. It's the bridge between this world and the spirit world." (pg. 238). "He was a warrior and a protector....For these actions, w
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Kathleen Messmer
This is my first time reading this author and I was very skeptical as I usually am with new (to me) authors. I needn't have been. This book surprised me on more than one occasion, so much so that I really didn't want it to end and when it did, I cried. Not many books have that distinction. When that happens, it's a keeper. This one won't be donated to the library. ...more
Lynda
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was written by a local author. The main character, Nick Red Shield, was strong and I immediately liked him. The story alternated between good and a little slow at times. The horse information was excellent, not so sure about the racing bits.
poppy
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book had me hooked right from the beginning.This was the first book i had read by this author and i cant wait to try more.I just adored Nick you will just love him we all need a guy like Nick a super read recommended to all
Tracie R
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ride a Painted Pony is the first book I have read by Kathleen Eagle. I enjoyed this story and loved Nick’s strength and determination. I felt the connection faltered at times between him and Lauren but not enough to impact the storyline. I look forward to reading more by this author
Gwen
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing I enjoy more than cowboys and horses and this story filled both categories. Wonderful characters and easy to get involved in the story, I am not surprised that I continue to read and love any story written by Kathleen Eagle.
Tonya
Aug 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice love story with some interesting details. I enjoy stories about Native Americans, so that added to my interest.
Linda
Mar 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad for a romance novel.
Clare
Jul 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathleen's stories usually always have these three things: Horses, Suspense, Native American men; and of course, romance.

She's a fine writer. I enjoy her work.
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Marianne
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Eagle's books are always informative and romantic. ...more
MJ
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The stereotypes in this book are a bit much for my taste and the story was not that great. The more I think about it, the worse it becomes...
Jacqueline J
Plot sounded really interesting but I couldn't get into this author's writing style. It was sort of flip and all on the surface. A lot of dialog that left me wondering what was really going on. ...more
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Kathleen Eagle published her first book, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award winner, with Silhouette Books in 1984. Since then she has published more than 40 books, including historical and contemporary, series and single title, earning her nearly every award in the industry. Her books have consistently appeared on regional and national bestseller lists, including the USA Today list an ...more

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