To Steal a Cowboy’s Heart by Kari Lynn Dell
Shannon McKenzie is one of the best investigators the Montana Department of Livestock can sic on cattle and horse thieves, and her definition of undercover has always been strictly professional. Hotshot rodeo announcer Tyler Jernigan was a dangerous exception…one she nearly paid for with her life.
Over a year later Tyler is still recovering from the devastation of being caught in Shannon's net--both as a lover and a suspect. Her sting operation left his brother in prison, Jernigan Livestock Auction closed for good, and Tyler convinced that the Shannon who’d thrown him for a loop and then disappeared never actually existed.
Now Shannon and Tyler have come face to face once more, this time on the rodeo circuit. She knows he’ll never forgive her for destroying his family, but she’ll have to get close enough to persuade him not to blow her cover. Does he dare trust the master pretender and risk letting her steal his heart…again?
She laced her fingers together and studied them, her face suddenly the picture of honest regret. "I am truly sorry. I didn't intend to hurt you."
"You didn't," he said, too quickly, too forcefully. "You lied, you manipulated, and you made a damned fool of me, but I'm fine, thank you."
Her jaw tightened. "Deception is a necessary part of undercover work."
"And you, darlin'," he drawled, "are very good undercover."
She pushed abruptly to her feet. "This is a waste of time. I only came here to find out whether you intend to tell anyone."
He lifted a brow. "That depends."
"Who's the sucker this time?"
A bit about our focus author: Kari Lynn Dell:
Kari Lynn Dell brings a lifetime of personal experience to writing western romance. She is a third generation rancher and rodeo competitor existing in a perpetual state of horse-induced poverty despite a degree from Montana State University and a career in sports medicine that took her to Texas. South Dakota and eastern Oregon before returning to the family ranch in northern Montana. She lives on the doorstep of Glacier National Park along with Max the Cowdog, Spike the Junior Cowdog, her husband and her son. http://karilynndell.com/home.html
Cowboy Courtship by Allison Merritt:
Dean Trulove, a third-generation owner of Trulove Cattle Company and Stockyard, has waited for the day he’d inherit the business. Unfortunately, it comes at the cost of his mother’s heart problems and his dad’s sudden retirement. To relieve some of the pressure, he attempts to pick up a damsel in distress at the local watering hole.
Even when he discovers she’s his new employee, he can’t flip the off switch on his object of desire. All the warnings in the world from his old-fashioned father won’t wrestle him away from a woman as skittish as any unbroken horse that’s passed through the stockyard pens.
London Bingham is in a bind—she’s got an unexpected bundle of joy on the way, but luckily, she accepts a new job with an understanding boss. Her only problem is, her sexy boss’s dad, a formidable man with an ages-old stick up his derriere about unmarried mothers in the workplace makes for an uncomfortable situation. As much as she’d like to give in to her persuasive boss and build a relationship, it’s causing work-place trauma and domestic drama.
To Dean, it’s clear that London needs a good ol’ cowboy to show her that she can have it all—a family, a career, and a man with a heart wider than the Arkansas River to remind her that even a woman from the wrong side of the tracks can find the happiness she deserves.
“You hit on London in a bar?” Ryan elbowed Dean in the side.
Dean rubbed his ribs. “I didn’t know she was coming to work here today. It’s for the best that things worked out how they did. That might have been awkward.”
Things hadn’t worked out well for her, before or after her encounter with Dean Trulove. But thank God she’d been spared the embarrassment of waking up to find out she’d slept with one of her bosses. “About that—”
“No need to explain. What happens on your time is your business. Anything that happens here, we’ll deal with as it comes. Ry, you’d better take Miss Bingham to your mom’s—I mean her new office before Patty comes looking for her. She’s mean as an old sow.” Dean winked at her.
Her face warmed again. That wink was a lady killer. The bona fide signature of a man looking to charm the panties right off of a woman. Keep your panties on and your head out of the clouds, London. He’s obviously not hurting because you turned him down. And thank God he’s not pissed about it.
A bit about our second focus author, Allison Merritt:
A love of reading inspired award-winning and international best-selling author Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming a writer who explores historical, paranormal, contemporary, and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. It's not unusual to find her lurking in graveyards, wandering historical sites, or listening to ghost stories. http://havenovelwilledit.blogspot.com/
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