Cowboy Ely by @RLCarver is a Spring Break Bookapalooza pick #westernromance #romance #giveaway
Title: Cowboy Ely
Author: Rhonda Lee Carver
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
To really move forward, sometimes it takes going back to the very beginning.
Trying to escape a bad relationship, and desperate to find a safe place for her daughter, Megan Nash returns to Cooper’s Hawk. Down-on-her-luck, she has no other choice but to ask her estranged father-in-law for help. He still blames her for the accident that killed his son, but learning that he has a granddaughter, he offers them a roof over their heads…just until Megan can get back on her feet. Yet, being civil isn’t part of the bargain. Her patience will be tested. Ely Dutton has physically healed from a mortar blast that left him injured and scarred, but he’s still on the mend mentally. Realizing hiding away in an isolated cabin on a mountain isn’t helping, he decided to go back to his childhood home. He accepts the position as Sheriff, because a man has to live. He likes things simple, so when an old connection is sparked with Megan, he attempts to ignore his attraction. A relationship, especially with a single mother, isn’t part of his five-year plan. Further complicating what should have been an easy job as Sheriff, he must shed light on a mysterious death that is connected to Megan. As new clues are exposed, so are the secret layers of her past.
In a quest to navigate their new lives and old demons, Megan and Ely will learn to trust, love with all their hearts, and let go of hurtful ties.
Her cheeks tingled. She had a feeling he liked ruffling her feathers. He followed her to the steps of her cabin. She turned and confidently met his gaze. “Apparently Texas ain’t the only place where size matters.” She tilted her chin. When she had his attention, she twirled a piece of her hair around her knuckle. “That truck you drive around almost takes up two zip codes.”
He grinned. “You know you got the fever when you get hot by a jacked up four by four.”
“I didn’t say I was turned on, now did I?”
“No, you did not, but I was hoping.”
She rolled her eyes. “It’s good to see your ego survived Afghanistan.” She swiveled and opened the screen door.
“I get the feeling you don’t like me much.”
Her breath lodged in her chest. He was casually leaning against the banister, his thumbs tucked in his front pockets and his ankles crossed. His self-confidence bothered her and she didn’t know why. “I don’t dislike you.”
“Wow. Then you do like me.”
“I wouldn’t push your luck.” She’d rather eat worms than tell him she still carried a torch for him after all these years.
“Didn’t we dance once at a school dance?”
Her heart dropped into her boots. Holy cow! He remembered. “A dance? I don’t think so.” She couldn’t bear to admit that after that slow dance where he’d held her close, she’d written his name in her diary surrounded by hearts for nearly a year.
His smile grew by leaps and bounds. He swept off his hat and knocked it against his thigh. “Damn, you don’t remember?”
Her cheeks flushed. “Maybe a little,” her voice squeaked which made the situation more intolerable.
“You were so short you only came up to my chest. Come to think of it, you still don’t come up any higher.”
“I’m glad you think it’s funny to laugh at a person’s height.” Although at six three, he was a lot taller than her five two height. “I don’t have time to entertain you. I have work to do.” She stepped inside the door and let it slam behind her.
“Wait,” he called out.
She shouldn’t, but she turned and looked at him through the screen. “More jokes?”
“Sorry. To make it up to you how can I help?”
“Don’t you need to get to work?”
He pushed off the rail. “I don’t have anything pressing.”
Megan opened her mouth to deny his offer, but then she remembered she did have something she needed help with. “If I let you through this door you have to promise you’ll behave yourself.”
One brow quirked. “Is this a test?”
“A test? Of course not. If you don’t think you’re capable of behaving—”
“Yes, I can behave. Can you?” he teased.
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If money were no object, where would you go for a Spring Break vacation and why?
There are so many places on my list, but lately I’ve been wanting to visit Alaska. I’d love to see the Northern Lights dance across the sky.
Why is your featured book a must-read this spring?
I’m a huge fan of characters with a story to tell. No one is perfect, and no relationship is perfect. Yet, there’s something sexy about the flaws, and overcoming them. I also find silver foxes hot. Ely Dutton is a silver fox and a lawman. What more can I say?
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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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