End of the Rope

End of the Rope

by Jackie Calhoun


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Meg Klein has two enduring loves—horses and Nicky Hennessey.

When Meg buys a house with a barn and a few acres, her plans to convert it to a profitable stable go downhill with the economy. She finds it impossible to turn away horses whose owners can no longer afford them. Her bank account, however, is no match to her huge heart.

Nicky Hennessey is having financial and personal problems of her own. Her photography business has fallen off the economic cliff. Her relationship with Beth Forrester is in deeper trouble than she knows. Spending time with Meg at the stable is much easier than going home. When Meg is thrown from her new horse, Nicky is there to get her help—but Dr. Tina Rodriguez proves to be a wild card.

Faced with losing everything she’s worked for, Meg realizes she may not be the only one at the end of the rope.

Jackie Calhoun’s long-time fans may recognize Meg and Nicky from Triple Exposure and Wrong Turns. In this romantic tale, two women who ought to have sorted out their futures long ago may finally get it right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594931765
Publisher: Bella Books
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jackie Calhoun is the author of nine romantic, life-driven novels published by Bella Books; the semi-autobiographical Crossing the Center Line, and ten novels from Naiad Press.

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End of the Rope 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sage320 More than 1 year ago
End of the Rope returns to two characters that were included in Calhoun's earlier books, Triple Exposure and Wrong Turns. Reading the two previous books might add to this story some, but it isn't necessary. Meg Klein is trying to turn her property into a profitable stable, but the economy is hard and people keep leaving their horses for her to take care of instead of paying the boarding fees she was hoping for. Her friend Nicky Hennessey tries to help when she is forced to move in with Meg. Nicky's long time partner is running for a judgeship and has decided that being identified as a lesbian will not win her votes. Nicky tries to forget her problems by focusing on her photography business and engaging in the kind of relationship that Meg has secretly imagined for many years. With financial ruin and an uncertain relationship facing them, Meg and Nicky may both be at the end of their ropes. This book seems to drift. Scenes occur and don't add to the story. Secondary characters appear for no apparent reason and then disappear. The main characters sometimes come off as irritating. Meg seems fairly focused, but Nicky at times appears to be a lost soul. Her supposed lover of many years puts her out, so she turns immediately to Meg and then stalks her former lover and harbors the hope they might get back together. It's difficult to determine who is more aggravating, Nicky or Meg for putting up with her behavior. The part of the book that is interesting deals with the training and showing of horses. Calhoun obviously knows something about this environment. End of the Rope is flat as a romance, but the story is fair. The reader might want to invest the money into a story that has more punch to it.