Tangled Up With a Cowboy
Hearts of Wyoming Book 5
by Anne Carrole
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Print Length: 375 pages
Publisher: Galley Press
Publication Date: November 24, 2019
A healthy-living yoga instructor and a gutsy bull rider? When opposites attract, sparks fly, but will love ignite?
Cowboy Lonnie Kasin is close to making the rodeo finals in bull riding. If he’s lucky enough to make the cut, he’s bent on doing everything he can to prove he belongs there. That is, until he meets a spunky yoga instructor who thinks he’s two bricks short of a load for riding bulls. How can he convince her that a bull rider is the man for her while proving to the world he belongs on that Finals roster?
No one would mistake Livvy Dennis for the responsible one in her family. And only she thinks moving to Wyoming to open up her own yoga studio is a good idea. Of course, she never expected a daredevil bull rider from Cheyenne to pull the mat out from under her. There are risk takers and then there is just plain crazy. She’ll have to figure out which one she is before it’s too late to save her heart.
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The band switched to a slow song.
Lonnie wrapped his strong arms around her as he pressed against her. She felt every edge and plane of his body, and heat filled her like a steam furnace on high. In her black spiked heels, her eyes were level with his mouth, and the thought of kissing those firm lips was making her dizzy. She placed her arms around his neck, her hands brushing the soft shirt fabric covering his solid back. She glanced up at him. He was looking over her head, staring out into the dark dance floor, a frown on his face.
She wondered if he was thinking about Paulo, or maybe his next ride. While she was lusting after him. Her palms were sweaty, her temples were pounding, and all she wanted to do was touch him, all over. What did that say about her?
“I think you should stay in Wyoming and open up that studio. Cheyenne could use another yoga place.”
The movement of his lips sent a pleasurable shudder through her. “You do?”
“Absolutely.” He shifted his gaze to stare into her eyes. “Just don’t take on any rodeo cowboys for private lessons.”
His leg brushed hers.
“You don’t want me to teach cowboys?” She’d thought it would be an interesting customer segment to target.
He bent down and nuzzled his stubbled cheek against hers. She thought of other places he could nuzzle.
“You can teach them, just not private lessons.” His breath whispered across her face, and she caught a whiff of whiskey. “Can’t trust a cowboy.”
“I thought cowboys were gentlemen.” Though she could think of some situations where she’d like him not to be a gentleman.
“That’s a myth. They’re just like any other man.”
“They can’t resist a pretty woman.”
Warm lips caressed her cheek, sending a sizzle clear to her toes. She turned her face, and in that split second his lips captured hers, tantalizingly firm and warm.
His big hands slowly swirled across her back, as if he was giving her some sort of sexual massage. She plunged into the pool of hot lust she’d been resisting since she’d walked off the dance floor at the wedding. When he licked her lips, she opened her mouth, and he slid his tongue inside, warm and wet. He tasted like steamed whiskey and just as dangerous.
All the while the music played, all the while other couples danced by them. But she didn’t care about the other couples. She only cared about Lonnie ravaging her mouth with a savage hunger that made her insides soft, her pulse race, and her desire turn to need.
The song ended…and so did the kiss.
Breathless, she stared up at him, afraid to move, not sure what it all meant.
“Kissing you is like kissing sunshine, honey,” he said, his voice a low growl. “All warm and happy.”
Anne Carrole was raised on a farm with horses, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and whatever other animals she could convince her parents to shelter. She is married to her own sweet-talking hero and is the proud mother of a college teen. They share their home with a sleek black cat with way too much attitude. Anne writes contemporary romances in which alpha male heroes meet their match as well as gilded age and western historical romances where spunky heroines finally find a worthy hero. You can learn more about Anne and her books at http://www.annecarrole.com, friend her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/annecarrole or connect with her on twitter at https://twitter.com/AnneCarrole She is also co-founder of the fan site https://www.facebook.com/lovewesternromances.
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The real story of two little kittens in TANGLED UP WITH A COWBOY
Two little black and white kittens play a role in my new book, TANGLED UP WITH A COWBOY when Livvy Dennis, the heroine, finds two kittens abandoned on the side of the road. The tale of how one kitten saved the life of his brother is based on the true adventure of two kittens we adopted.
Years ago a coworker was driving home from work on a lonely country lane when she spotted something in the middle of the road. She stopped the car when she realized that the “something” was a little black and white ball of fur just sitting there as if daring someone to stop. She didn’t want to risk the kitten getting hit so she got out of the car to see what was going on. With that, the little ball of fluff scampered into the drainage ditch on the side of the road and scurried up into a bunch of bushes.
What could Marlene do but follow? Obviously, given the remoteness of the area, this little kitten had been abandoned and autumn was already in the air. She gingerly stepped into the ditch, hoping her high heels would manage, and then climbed up the small embankment. Brushing away the bushes, she found the little kitten sitting beside a sibling with similar markings crouched amongst branches and leaves. It was clear from the blood matting the fur of the sibling (who we would name Woody) that he was hurt and the cat in the middle of the road (who we would name Willy) had purposely led her there so she could find his injured sibling. Marlene did what anyone with a big heart would have done; she scooped them up and took them to the veterinarian who cared for her four pets.
The veterinarian’s verdict was that the injured cat was likely attacked by a wild animal and needed stitches but the healthy cat just needed shots and could go home with her. And so that was the situation when Marlene asked me if I wanted to adopt these kittens because, with four pets already at home, she really couldn’t.
And that is how Woody and Willy came into our lives. Willy was the hero, but my husband and I always had a soft spot for Woody who thrived, despite rather deep wounds in his early life. But if his brother hadn’t flagged down a passing car, we shudder to think what would have happened to either of them abandoned on that isolated strip of road.
Woody and Willy passed on several years ago. But they brought us much joy in the time we had with them and we will never forget how Willy saved his brother so they could live happily ever after with us.
I hope you enjoy TANGLED UP WITH A COWBOY and the story of Woody and Willy that it contains. For those who have pets, how did you find your fur baby, or rather how did your fur baby find you?
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