The Other Side of Hurt
Haunted by guilt, Australian Wes Cogan sets up a sheep ranch in Idaho. He contracts help to protect his flock from predators, but he didn’t expect a woman. Lindsey McCormick, with her livestock protection dogs, expects it to be no different from other contracts - until she meets Wes. A drought erupts in wildfires, and wolves and a cougar are desperate. But a two-legged predator is after Lindsey... More
Australian Wes Cogan’s girlfriend has died in a car crash. He wasn’t with her and his guilt is overwhelming. He flees Australia and joins his brother, Curt, and his wife, Noreen, who had inherited a cattle ranch in the United States. Along with his wife, Curt had brought his cousin, Rory, as his new ranch manager, and Peter, Rory’s cousin, as ranch hand. Then there is Big George, half Maori and half a mountain of man who comes with the ranch.
When Wes shows up, he seems to settle in, but Curt is suspicious. His once-thunderbolt of a brother is now living a quiet life with fifty head of sheep. Why did Wes leave his beloved Australia and the job he loved as a white-water rafting guide to live a sedate life in Fulton, Idaho? But as time goes by, it is obvious to Curt that his brother is serious about ranching and the welfare of his sheep.
When a mountain lion begins to stalk his flock, Wes finds he cannot harm the beautiful predator. Later, while reading a sheepherder’s magazine, he finds an article about the use of livestock guardian dogs. After convincing his skeptical brother, Wes contracts with a livestock specialist who breeds and sells the dogs. What the macho Australian doesn’t expect is a woman . . . especially this small, freckled-faced woman. But when a newborn lamb is found alone in a snowbank, livestock specialist Lindsey McCormick is all action, and Wes begins to have second thoughts.
As the working relationship between Wes and Lindsey slowly turns into attraction, Lindsey can’t help but wonder what is haunting Wes. And she knows she is getting too close to breaking her own rule of not mixing business with pleasure, especially after her heart-wrenching relationship with the Turkish doctor, Emir. At least Emir’s father had given her a wonderful livestock guardian dog, Akiro. She had used him as her foundation dog and along with her livestock experience, was able to start a new chapter in her life.
But a severe drought affecting the western states puts the ranch’s livestock in jeopardy. Wildfires erupt around the town of Fulton, and the Australians help to battle the blazes.
Just when it seems things couldn’t get worse, Lindsey rejects the advances from the son of the wealthiest man in town, and no one could ever image the consequences . . . .