Mix in a classy, feisty Italian photographer.
Sparks are bound to fly...and sizzle.
Bull rider Caulder McCutchen wants to start living again. But this year he has a good chance of winning the coveted buckle, knowing he has to ride harder, go bigger, or go home. Winning consumes him, but it doesn’t take away the pain from a tremendous loss less than two years ago. On a whim, he hires a feisty photographer to travel the bull riding circuit with him for a season. A little extra publicity can’t hurt, and she’s easy on the eyes. When he finds himself passionately attracted to her, will this sassy little Italian photographer prove to be just what his claim to fame needs—or a disastrous distraction?
Velia Armano had the strength to walk away from an abusive husband. She moves from Chicago to Tucson, Arizona and opens her own photography studio. Six months into her well-ordered life alone, a hunky cowboy saunters in with his howdy, ma’am and flame blue eyes, offering a job any photographer would find hard to refuse. She accepts his offer, and discovers they both have their own obstacles to overcome. While trying to resist his heated embrace and gentle nature, she hopes to find the right answer before the season ends—to remain in her self-appointed exile, or give in to a “happily ever after”.
When the season ends, who wins the real prize?
*NOTE-- Content Warning:
A Short EXCERPT from both perspectives:
Velia waited patiently until Justin left. With her father's aid, she arranged for a moving service and they helped pack and moved all the things she chose to take. Once again she lied to her family about the bruises. If only her father knew Justin's abuse. Daddy Armano wouldn't take kindly to the truth.
But she knew it wouldn't be long before he figured out the facts.
The time had finally come to start over. She noticed the car across the street with two men inside in case Justin came back for some reason or another. She had been protected by these men all her life. If only they could have known her abuse. She had hid it well. But now the time came to move on. Another flash of her aunt's face came to her. She reflected on the last month and what led up to this moment. A somber smile eased into the corners of her mouth as she closed the door. “I just saved myself Zia Dafne. If only you could have saved yourself.”
Caulder peered at her when she smiled at him before walking away. He caught her wink from across the room, becoming engrossed in the glow of her dark, exotic eyes full of expression. Why would he care if someone thought something might be going on between them? It had been a long time since he was attracted to another woman. He liked the warm surge of emotion flowing over his body when she smiled. At times he detected a hint of surrender, like she wanted to let her guard down when he touched her. It brought excitement to his world to think one day it might happen. But then again, how would he concentrate on his job when the sight of her consumed him?
His gaze raked over her as she fluttered around the room, making sure everyone was taken care of. Again, his eyes caught the shadow from her cleavage she didn't seem aware of, the soft mounds of flesh innocently peeking out, asking to be stroked.
Caulder discreetly ran his hand over the front of his pants when he twitched. He smiled, knowing he was going to enjoy the ride with this Italian spitfire. There was nothing he could do to wipe the smile off his face when she walked toward him, but he would try. The closer she came the more he admired the spark in her eyes, the way they glimmered in the candlelight. The way it caught the highlights in her hair, making him want to reach out and touch her soft waves, to touch her….
Enjoy an interview with this hunky cowboy on my Blog.
I also had fun doing an interview with Velia on my Blog.
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