All Cowboy and Pure Country by @RLCarver is a Stress Busting Festival pick #westernromance #giveaway
Title: All Cowboy and Pure Country (The Brothers of Dove Grey Series Book 4)
Author: Rhonda Lee Carver
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Gianna Mosley has it all. As a top influencer engaged to a baseball star, Sunny Banks, what more could she want? A faithful fiancé? Her assistant announces on a radio talk show that she and Sunny are having an affair and they’re in love, and Gianna’s world comes crashing down. The media has a field day with the scandal and fans blame her. Fast forward two years, she’s moved on from Sunny, but when she reads that he’s engaged to her ex-assistant, Gianna can’t help but feel a slap in her face. Carter Dawson is celebrating his birthday over a couple of drinks and chicken wings at the local honky-tonk when he thinks it’d be funny to text his old friend and ask her to marry him. After all, when they were kids, they’d made a pact that if they were still single at thirty, they’d marry each other. When he wakes up the next morning with a fiancée, the joke is no longer funny. His name is plastered all over social media as the new Mr. Mosley. What the hell? She went about things a bit cockeyed. Now she’s fake engaged and needs to plan a staged break-up. However, she and Carter both warm up to the idea that a pretend relationship is more fun than the reality of being alone. Love ain’t so bad either. Both have some dragons to slay. Gianna hasn’t trusted anyone since her ex cheated. And Carter can’t live in the shadow of her past relationship. Will love triumph? Or are they doomed?
She stood on the tips of her shoes and wrapped him in a tight hug, and he returned it, learning the feel of her body and inhaling her unescapable scent—one that reminded him of the honey Franny Maw used to harvest from the bee hives in the backyard.
The time for an “average” hug had passed, but neither made a move to separate. She felt good and the heat of her body seeped through the thin material of her clothing. Her firm breasts pressed against his chest. An awareness surprised him below his belt. Swallowing hard, he pulled away several inches and met her sparkling gaze. He cleared his throat and was quiet for several beats, compartmentalizing the sudden rush of feelings in him.
She leaned back, boldly taking a long visual down his body, then a smile ghosted over her lips. “I would hardly recognize you if it weren’t for the eyes. The Dawson, swoon worthy eyes. Those haven’t changed a bit.” She touched his beard. “I remember when you couldn’t grow anything but peach fuzz.”
“And I remember when you wouldn’t be caught dead in something this frilly.” He flapped the material of her cover up. “Is this what city life does to a county girl?”
“What is that exactly?” Her long lashes fluttered the tops of her cheeks.
“The glasses are missing. The curls and freckles are gone too.” Although she could stop any man in his tracks, he felt a sliver of disappointment. He missed his best friend. What had he been expecting? The same girl still existed that would challenge him to a foot race and tease him relentlessly.
“A Brazilian blow out can do wonders and the freckles are still there, under the makeup.” She tossed the ends of her hair over one shoulder and took a step past him.
“A Brazilian what?” He turned and watched her.
She laughed and waved a hand through the air. “It doesn’t matter.”
“I hear you’re quite popular. An influencer, is it?”
Her bottom lip puckered slightly. “A woman can be anything she sets her mind to these days.”
He read more in that answer, but didn’t interrogate her. “I can’t deny that,” he said easily, watching her make her way behind the mini bar and inspect the selection of alcohol.
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Rhonda Lee Carver is a bestselling author of contemporary western and romantic suspense, but she loves to write other genres too. She's known for writing stories that keep readers laughing, crying, gripping the edge of their seats, and screaming all in one book...like riding a virtual roller coaster. Whether she's creating sexy cowboys or tough guys, or sassy, independent heroines, readers are sure to find strong, powerful, memorable characters that are relatable.
By day, she taps into her creative, fictional world but at some point she transitions back into reality where she's a volleyball-stands cheerleader, homework virtuoso (at least she thinks so), amateur nurse to skinned knees, mediocre chef with some awesome microwave skills, pet-guru (all the strays show up at her house), and a Jackie of all trades for her kids who are the loves of her life. Yoga and chocolate keep her sane. Hallmark movies require cuddling up with tissues because she can be emotional. She adds a sprinkle of her own real-life adventures in each story she spins because a little truth never hurt anyone. She wouldn't give up one thing in her crazy, chaotic, ever-amusing life, except, she might do magic tricks for the bungalow on the beach she's had her eye on (GOALS).
Writing for Rhonda is like falling in love and finding a new best friend over and over again. Her characters will find a place inside your heart too.
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