A vengeful cowboy seeking justice loses his heart to a damsel-in-distress, but can the results of saving her outweigh their chance at love?
Kyle Darby doesn't want to be a lonely ranch hand forever. If he can help his cousin run a ranch, his chances at future foreman will be drastically increased. But his need to find revenge for his sister clouds his logic.
Sherry isn't into dating or anything normal - she studies bugs for crying out loud. When Kyle rescues her one night at a bar, she finds it hard to believe his continued interest is sincere. Used to saving herself and her heart, Sherry has to accept that sometimes she needs help.
With her life hanging in the balance, Sherry has to learn to rely on someone else - Kyle.
Can she do it without losing her heart? Or are they both destined to just be along for the ride?
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I’m going to check on the trails. I didn’t get a chance to close them all the way.” Sherri tapped the edge of the phone and watched the road.
“Well, it’s no wonder. You had a busy day yesterday. Check and see if there’s any further beetle damage, too, please. I’ve been fielding calls from ranchers all week, asking me if it’s true. Beetles scare them, but apparently a woman warning them is even scarier.” He sighed. “Keep me updated.” Subtle feminism bothered her but at least it was something that didn’t keep Barry from hiring a woman.
“Sure, thanks, Barry.” She hung up, placing her phone on the passenger seat. She hadn’t slept well with worried thoughts about how she felt for Kyle and what kind of worry Cyan and everyone else seemed to have for Emma. Emma herself seemed more normal than everyone else.
A car pulled in behind her on the road from the intersection she passed. Tight on her bumper, the car stuck with her. She waved them around, but they didn’t move.
She took the next left, turning up the road, passing Jonesy’s Acres and keeping an eye out for Kyle. She wouldn’t mind seeing him again, especially so soon after their time together the day before.
He liked her, even though they didn’t have much in common. The fact that he was willing to work on things they had in common mattered more than she could tell him.
She pulled to the side to let the car pass, but the vehicle slowed and didn’t move on. Sherri clutched the wheel and pulled out again. The road was too narrow. She’d never get turned around without getting stuck in a ditch. Maybe the other car was going further than the trails. She couldn’t get out of the truck, if the other car stopped when she did. After that incident with Kyle at the cinemas, she didn’t trust that people weren’t completely off their saddles.
Trees bordering the road pulled back from the shoulder as the turnout to the gravel parking lot came into view.
Turning the wheel, Sherri muttered to know one in particular, “Keep driving. Creepy…” But her words trailed off when the car stopped and then sped down the road.
“Okay, whatever. So dang weird.” But they’d driven on. She left the truck in her normal parking spot and grabbed a water bottle from the back. The day was turning out to be a hot one already.
Turning the knob to the radio, she listened for the familiar buzz, but the radio light didn’t even flash on. She forgot to charge the radio unit in all the commotion the night before between the horse and Emma’s place.
Sherri closed her eyes and bowed her head. What was she doing? She tucked her phone in her pocket and clipped the fanny pack around her waist. Already a trickle of sweat made its way down the small of her back and under her shirt tucked into her jeans.
Locking the doors, she turned at the sound of a different truck pulling into the parking area. She smiled and approached the tinted window as the rig moved onto the gravel. Closing the trail would be easier, if she just tamped down any visitors from the get-go.
About Bonnie R. Paulson
Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.
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