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Double Dutch Ranch:
(Love at First Sight #1)
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Tristan Carlson does the best he can to raise his four-year-old daughter on his own. His mother remains on the Double Dutch to lend a hand—giving him the ability to maintain the ranch, tend to his horses, and keep up his small-time ranching magazine. His pretty, new assistant is everything he wants in a woman, including her ginger-red hair. He finds it hard to keep her out of his arms. But from his experience with women lately, he’s learned that some don’t want a ready-made family. This one seems different, and he’s falling hard. But, there’s his little blue-eyed girl, and he’ll protect Destiny’s heart with everything within him. Until he knows for sure…
Living the good life in a big city for many years, Nora Trinity ends up a statistic after the magazine she works for makes cutbacks. Despite a family betrayal from her past that still needs mending, she moves back home to the small town of Canyon Junction, Arizona, with forgiveness on her mind. When she is hired by a local rancher to help with his ranching magazine, she finds herself profoundly attracted to him. The thing is, her sexy boss comes as a package deal, and his little girl is immediately drawn to her. It’s not just about two hearts taking a chance now—or two people falling in love.
*Passionate Love Story
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Set-up:Tristan invited Nora to the ranch to check out the office and take care of some paperwork.
Driving up the long driveway to the Double Dutch Ranch, she slowed when she got closer to a man working on a fence. “That can’t be Tristan,” Nora mumbled. But those broad shoulders. And the way he cocked his head, trying to glance back at her… Enough to make her want to jump over that fence and wrap her arms around those same shoulders. She came to an abrupt stop when close enough to notice it was him. “Wow!”
Tugging on a section of split-rail fencing, his white t-shirt clung to his sweat laden chest and back, outlining muscles she didn’t see yesterday. He pulled tight, backing up onto one leg to brace himself, his jeans fitting in all the right places, tucked into brown cowboy boots. His straw cowboy hat was pulled low on his forehead. He glanced her way and nodded.
Removing tools from his belt, he twisted wire with pliers, and pounded the sharp edges against the wood with a hammer, back and forth, his biceps flexing with each thud. When he finished, he turned toward her and held up a finger.
Wait? To watch him sweat and strain all over the place? I’m about to work with this man? She could sit and look at him all day. Would he even be interested in…in a relationship with an employee? Her? Nora’s eyes widened and her thoughts took her by surprise. “This will be interesting.” He wasn’t only kind, but he was hot, too. Why was a man like him still single? Is he? Her gaze ran up and down his lean frame. Looking good, Tristan!
When Tristan whistled a black horse trotted over to him. He walked along the fence until he was in line with her window, grasped a wooden fence post with his leather-gloved hands, and did a knock-you-off-your-feet kind of smile. That wasn’t a smile from a man attached to another woman. She placed her hand over the center of her chest. Be still my racing heart.
Nora removed her seat belt and leaned over—gazing at him through the passenger side window.
“Hey, I’m riding Roark to the barn. Drive to the end of the road, make a left at the house, and follow it around. I’ll meet ya there.”
“Okay,” she replied, trying to prevent her eyes from looking at his ripped chest and shirt sleeves straining against his biceps.
“Sorry for the wait.” He walked with a confident swagger on the other side of the fence toward the horse. She eased her car along beside him. “I had to fix this broken rail so the horses don’t escape.” Tristan grinned when he grabbed hold of the reins. Lifting his foot into a stirrup, he took hold of the mane and got in the saddle. The horse danced around until he faced the opposite direction, like he wanted to get to the barn, too.
Nora gulped, and followed the road like he said, turning left toward the barn. His eyes captured the sunlight as he talked back there, and they sparkled with playfulness. “Oh, no, what am I getting myself into?”
Author Note: Nora asks the question, "What am I getting myself into?" Hmm, I can tell you it doesn't take her long to find out...
For your interest. Through my eyes...
Judy Carlson (Mom/ Grandma)
Backdrop for books in the
Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight
Coming Next in the series
Jase Carlson gets his own book--Summer 2014
Visit Jase's page HERE
He makes his first appearance in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny.
Little brother gets his own book. He left ranching to be a soldier.
And he's a damn good soldier...
But, the time has come to return home.
A new love blooms at the Double Dutch Ranch...
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