Kate Fox is something else. Her whole life gets turned around when she finds out that her husband was shot and has been cheating on her. His mother wants Kate’s help in his re-election since he’s going to be stuck in the hospital. While doing that Kate also decides on tracking down Eldon's killer and clearing Ted’s name. On top of all that you have Kate’s niece Carly who has disappeared, which is a problem because there are people looking for her and Kate pretty much freaks out. Yes it sounds very discombobulated as a lot is going on, but Shannon made it work and the way it was written kept me interested and alert.
“Stripped Bare” could have been a book that was confusing and all over the place, but it was great and Shannon did a really good job in keeping everything together. She truly knows how to put a story together.
“Stripped Bare” has a lot of characters in it, but it worked. It was full of adventure, suspicion, hurt, anger, greed, pride, hope and accomplishment. Watching each character as they went through situations that would normally break someone else was really something. It gave me a new respect for my life and the people in it because you never know what’s going to happen.
Kate Fox is living the dream. She’s married to Grand County Sheriff Ted Conner, the heir to her beloved Nebraska Sandhills cattle ranch, where they live with Kate’s orphaned teenage niece, Carly. With the support of the well-connected Fox Clan, which includes Kate’s eight boisterous and interfering siblings, Ted’s reelection as Grand County Sheriff is virtually assured. That leaves Kate to the solitude and satisfaction of Frog Creek, her own slice of heaven.
One night Kate answers a shattering phone call from Roxy at the Bar J. Carly’s granddad Eldon, owner of the ranch, is dead and Ted has been shot and may never walk again. Kate vows to find the killer. She soon discovers Ted responded so quickly to the scene because he was already at the Bar J . . . in Roxy’s bed. And to add to her woes, Carly has gone missing.
Kate finds out that Eldon was considering selling his ranch to an obscenely rich environmentalist. Some in town hate the idea of an outsider buying up land, others are desperate to sell . . . and some might kill to get their way. As she becomes the victim of several “accidents,” Kate knows she must find the killer before it’s too late. . . .