Title The Cowboy’s Triple Surprise
Author Barbara White Daille
Genre Short Contemporary Romance
Publisher Harlequin Books
A BIG SURPRISE—TIMES THREE!
The last time rodeo cowboy Tyler Buckham was in Cowboy Creek, he spent a steamy night with local beauty Shay O'Neill. Back in town for a quick visit, he's hoping they'll have another go-around before he heads for his next rodeo. But seeing Shay pregnant—with triplets!—leaves Tyler feeling as if his best horse has kicked him in the gut.
Shay swore she wouldn't fall for an unreliable cowboy, and Tyler's playboy past makes him even less likely to settle down. The whole town conspires to push them together, and Tyler insists he wants to do his duty by Shay and the triplets, but Shay knows she can't count on promises from a cowboy. Besides, Tyler never once mentioned the word love…
With one hand, Shay stroked her round belly, a move Tyler had seen her make many times at the Hitching Post. Now, he saw her belly move in response. He stared as the stripes on her shirt rippled like a windblown wheat field. His heart thumped and his throat tightened and for the first time the truth of what she had said to him the other day hit home. These were three babies she was carrying, three lives she would soon bring into the world.
“The babies are active today,” she said, looking down, a soft smile curving her lips.
Once, she had shared those smiles with him. Those days were gone. The thought left him feeling hollow.
“Guess the kids are getting ready to come take up residence in these cribs.” Suddenly, he felt less irritated about her need to hurry him along. Maybe it wasn’t directed solely at her desire to get him out of her house. Maybe she knew more than she was telling him. His hand slipped. The tool that had come with the kit nicked a tiny scratch into the wood of the headboard. “You’ve still got a couple more weeks left, at least, right?”
She laughed without humor. “Are you worried I might go into labor as we speak?”
“Heck, no,” he fibbed. “Just thinking about how long it might take me to set up three cribs. It’s not as easy as just one.” He paused, then said, “Raising three babies at once can’t be as easy as just one, either.”
“I don’t know about that. You just batch tasks and get everything over with at once.” The twitch at one corner of her mouth told him she was teasing and trying to hide a smile.
Suddenly he felt a little less hollow.
Her gaze met his then lowered again to her belly. “It’s a lot to deal with at once. Overwhelming. But exciting.”
“And scary,” she echoed.
And she would have to face every overwhelming, exciting, scary step all on her own.
His hand slipped again. No scratch this time, but it was a close call. He wiped his palm on his jeans. “I need to get out. To the truck. For another screwdriver. The tools they give you with an assembly kit don’t always do the best job.”
“All right.” One hand on her back, she made her way to the doorway ahead of him. “I think I’m going to go and put my feet up for just a minute.”
He watched as she moved down the hallway, her pace so slow and steady no one could have noticed anything awkward or ungainly about her progress. Probably no one would even realize she was pregnant and carrying three babies.
He knew. And that hand at the small of her back bothered him more than he could say.
A note from the author:
Barbara here! I hope you enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for your interest in The Cowboy’s Triple Surprise. Stop by my blog to see what happens next in the story and to find out about a print giveaway of the book.
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Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!
Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed "The End" to her first novel many years later...in the eighth grade. Now she's writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.
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