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Title: Cowboy August
Author: Rhonda Lee Carver
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Strength had always been her greatest asset, until August West took her life by lasso…
Over her dead body would she allow her grandmother to give the family farm to a cocky cowboy. So, Tobi Saint dropped everything and headed to Cooper’s Hawk, a place she swore she wouldn’t step foot in again, but the vague call she received concerned her. August West had lived a lot of places in his lifetime, but none had felt more like home than Cooper’s Hawk. He was back and liked working on River Saint Farm. The owner, Isobella, had taken him under her wing and treated him like her own. As her health started to decline, she asked for his help in convincing Tobi to take over the farm. He wanted no part of the scheme. His memory of Tobi involved a kiss behind the barn a second before she punched him in the nose. Yet, how could he deny helping Isobella? The old chemistry remained between August and Tobi. Things start to heat up and a fiery kiss between old friends leads to a moment that changes everything. He found himself unraveling. For the first time he saw a chance at a future. A chance at love. But there was more to Tobi than met the eye. She’d been hurt by everyone she loved and to find his way into her heart he’d have to shovel through a brick wall. The deeper he dug the harder it became, but love was worth fighting for…
“This is farming. Sometimes it pours and sometimes the sun shines. Your grandmother has a lot of grit and so do you. That’s what it takes to bring River Saint back around. But honestly, we need to get on the same page.”
“Wait. What we did the other night, I shouldn’t have made a move like I did. We’re both here to help Isobella.”
Her cheeks flushed. “I understand, it’s just…”
“You can tell me. I wear big boy pants,” he encouraged although he felt a hitch in his chest. No one wanted to be on the end of rejection.
“What happened wasn’t your fault. We were both there and both wanted it. I was caught off guard after.” She lowered her gaze for a second and when she looked back up, she wore a small smile. “I hadn’t expected you to be so…capable.”
“Capable?” Had he heard right?
“At least we’re heading in the right direction.
Her smile erupted into laughter. “I wouldn’t want you to get a big head, but it was wonderful.”
“Remind me to never use you as a reference. Back on topic, I’m not apologizing for my feelings, only that I went in like a starving man with tunnel vision.” He pushed away from the counter and stepped close to her. “I’m not going to hide from my feelings for you, but I will respect the fact that I have to use better tact the next time.”
“The next time?” She lifted a brow over twinkling eyes.
“Am I being presumptuous again?”
“Slightly.” She nibbled on the corner of her lips.
“I can’t seem to help myself when I’m near you. Don’t worry though, it won’t keep me from cracking the whip?”
Her cheeks flushed. “A whip? Are there chains too?”
“You do have a naughty side, don’t you?”
“I haven’t always been uptight. I guess I’m finding myself slowly.”
“Great, because it’s important for you to be a part of every aspect of the farm. Work starts at sunrise. I’ll see you then.”
He was amused at her wide stare. “Don’t worry. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a chance to catch a cat nap later in the afternoon. This is how we get on the same page and help Isobella. Are you in?”
With a sliver of hesitation, she nodded. “I’m in.”
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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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