Whew! Is it hot in here or is it just me?
Sean O’Connell’s life is perfect, or it was until his partying lifestyle affected his bull riding. Now he’s ended the season too broke to leave the Northwest for the warm southern rodeos. When a wild night with his buddies gets out of hand, he wakes up naked, staring into the angry eyes of a strange woman. His infallible O’Connell charm gets him nowhere with the dark-haired beauty. It’s obvious she’s not his usual good-time girl, so why can’t he forget her?
Bar-manager Catherine Silvera finds a waterlogged, unconscious cowboy freezing to death in front of the Sugarwater Bar. She saves his life–then runs faster than a jackrabbit with a coyote on its tail. Any man who makes his living rodeoing is bad news, especially if he thinks partying is part of the competition. He’s everything she doesn’t want in a man, so why can’t she shake her attraction to the rugged cowboy?
Catherine glanced at him. “You’re nice people. You just hide it well.” The giggle burst out of her.
Sean had never heard her giggle. She didn’t seem like the giggling type of woman. Then he realized what she’d said.
“I hide it well? And I suppose you can see right through me to the warm chocolaty core?” She giggled again then laughed outright. And laughter looked very good on Catherine Silvera.
“Chocolaty core. Good description. I just need to lick through the hard sugar shell.”
Oh hell, the mental image just about blew him out of his boots. He grabbed her and pulled her between the buildings to a private spot.
“So you’re going to lick through the sugar shell?” It was his turn to laugh as he watched the blush spread up her neck and across her cheeks.
“I didn’t mean… You dirty-minded cowboy.” Even though she was blushing, she smiled.
“You’d better get started if you want to get to the chocolate tonight.” His mouth closed on hers. She pressed against him and slipped her tongue into his mouth. She’s taking me seriously was his last thought before his brain scrambled.
You can buy Sugarwater Ranch, by Stephanie Berget at Evernight, on Amazon, at Bookstrand, and at All Romance Ebooks.
Stephanie Berget was born loving horses and found her way to rodeo when she married her own hot cowboy. She and her husband traveled throughout the Northwest while she ran barrels and her cowboy rode bucking horses. She started writing to put a realistic view of rodeo and ranching into western romance. Stephanie and her husband live on a farm, located along the Oregon/Idaho border. They raise hay, horses and cattle, with the help of Dizzy Dottie, the Border Collie and Big Al, team roping horse extraordinaire.
Stephanie’s website: http://www.stephanieberget.com/
**Julia’s note: I had the great privilege to sample Stephanie’s story before she signed a contract. I knew she had to get this published, no matter what!