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Kasey Riley's


Desperate Endurance 
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (November 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493754939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493754939

Romantic Mystery/Suspense Fiction Novel
When endurance rider Bethany's husband presents his pregnant mistress and demands a divorce, her plans for the future shattered. True, he isn't much of a husband, and she really doesn't have many plans, but it's quite an unexpected surprise. To heal from the shock, she falls back on her love of horses and writing and begins traveling the nation competing in each region and selling stories about each event. Witnessing a murder in a deserted rest area terrifies her. Before dying, the victim pleads with her to deliver some important documents to his son Roger. She takes on this mission and mousey Bethany develops a bolder persona to hide her identity. This mission leads her to Roger Meadows, the handsome son of the victim. Avoiding the killers and with the aid of Roger, they work to discover the mastermind. In the end, it is a desperate ride that brings both of them to the final knowledge they need to solve the mystery and realize the strength of their relationship. With a rich background of endurance riding, ride camps, horses, and the challenges of competition, this book takes the reader on an adventure of mystery and self-discovery while romance builds in the background

I love stories about cowboys, ranches and their romances.  The author did some wonderful descriptions of the characters and the scenery.  It became real, you could actually picture yourself being there. The author put a little bit of everything in this book.  We have romance,  murder, suspense, and competitions.
We start off with a lot if's.   If only.  Can't we all relate to that? If the sun hadn't been in the wrong place, if she had left earlier, is she wasn't hell bent on completing her region rides of the AERC, and what if she hadn't divorced Booby.?    These acts all led to her witnessing a murder. But this mishap led her to the murdered man's son.  She had doubts that all she was going through was worth  a strong, tender man.  You bet cha. 
I loved the way the author put Bethany in these different problems she went through in hopes of the love of a man.   Would Bethany go through it all again?  Bethany has a sport of Endurance racing that finds her freedom and peace.  As we go through the small towns and the closeness of the people who live there, Bethany is on a journey of self-discovery.
I don't want to say any more for fear of giving the good parts away.  I just must say that at first I didn't think I would care for the book.  The title put me off.  The book wasn't at all what I thought it would be.  Much, much better.  Will Bethany follow the trail of Endurance?  Will she win the love of the man she wants?  Well I recommend this book to anybody that loves cowboys, romance, mystery, suspense and DESPERATE ENDURANCE.  Grab a copy and sit down in your favorite chair and discover what DESPERATE ENDURANCE is all about.  Find out about Bethany and her journey.A sequel would be nice.

I was given a complimentary copy of DESPERATE ENDURANCE from the author for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.  

I would give this book 4 BULLETS.


Kasey's 20 years of experience has given her insight to the sport of endurance riding along with a wealth of knowledge about both competitors and horses.  She's created a novel that includes competitions, murder, suspense, romance and the spirit she's witnessed in her fellow competitors. 
Kasey Riley
Kasey (Kim) Riley is an equestrienne with over twenty years of horse ownership and Endurance riding to her credit. While never aspiring to place at the top of the events, her horses have seen that she has many top ten placements to their credit.
Due to the constraints of time, work, and life she has less than two thousand competitive miles at the longer distances and just under a thousand at Limited Distance. She enjoys riding her Missouri Foxtrotter even when she's not working to condition him for competition.

She expects to back off from competing over the next few years as she feels it's time to move into a different phase of her life. While she feels that horses don't necessarily define her life, they enable her to keep interested and active as well as giving her a place to develop new story ideas. There's nothing like a three hour ride in the woods to bring a new plot into focus.
Her other interests, besides writing, include working in clay and painting ceramics. She lives with her husband of forty years on thirteen acres in Southeastern Oklahoma. Together they watch over three horses, four dogs, three cats and assorted chickens.  

1 comment:

Kasey Riley said...

Thank you so much for your kind words. There will be more books with Roger and Bethany to keep readers up with what's happening in their lives. Other adventures and romances around Riverview will show up in print as well. Thanks again for your support