Can You Trust a Cowboy? (MF)
[BookStrand Cowboy Romance]
Tricia Beaumont, a hard-driving truck driver, owns Beaumont Trucking. When Tricia delivers rock at the job site of JTW and Sons, she’s unprepared for the sparks that fly when she meets Cowboy, the handsome business owner.
Westman Enterprises is wealthy enough to buy whatever they want, and they want Beaumont Trucking or the payment of a million dollars. Tricia stumbles on to an old contract signed by her father and realizes this is not something that is going away. Tricia’s office and trucks are vandalized, files go missing and her tires are slashed. Someone is out to destroy her, and she suspects Westman Enterprises is responsible.
When she learns that Cowboy hasn’t been totally truthful, what she thought was a blossoming relationship turns into a nightmare. Can she learn to trust the man in the black Stetson amidst deception and half-truths, when violence threatens to destroy her world?
A BookStrand Mainstream Romance
5 BOOKS: "Frankly flirty and mutually attracted, Wes and Tricia seem made for one another, right from the start of Can You Trust a Cowboy?. A great sexual connection just isn’t enough for the two strong-minded entrepreneurs that meet so appropriately on the job site – because their respective businesses get a lot of play in this story. Superficial and fiery though there first connection is, they are both commitment-leery and neither eager for the long term. Still, a growing relationship seems more than promising, and it even seems like some sort of trust is shared; more than either expected. Yet, that’s just where Wes ‘Cowboy’ lets gorgeous Tricia Beaumont down. And she’s not one to take that sort of thing lightly – she’s a trucker and small business owner, and knows her own mind. And Let’s face it: ‘Cowboy’ is equally tough and driven, and we have to wonder if he really has other motives and if he admits the truth or not. It’s heart-wrenching, because from the first we so want to see them together; they are too perfect as a couple. But there’s no escaping that Tricia’s business is under attack, and she can’t just give in to the desires of her heart. She wants and needs help – but as the truth starts to come out… it seems to slam the door on any future between them. Small details lend a lot of authenticity here, from the unreliability of help, to the ins and outs of the trucking business. It’s the characters that make this a real gem though; believable, admirable, and clever. Simply loved the snappy, flirty dialogue. Can You Trust a Cowboy? is a fast fun steamy read, with a twisty mystery, a dollop of thrills and a whole lot of romance. The novella length left me wishing for more and earned every one of its five books." -- Snapdragon, Long and Short Reviews
5 TEA CUPS: "This fabulous romantic mystery by K.R. Bailey is a true winner in my opinion. She drops just enough crumbs to keep you on the edge of your seat, trying to guess who the bad guy is, until the very end. K. R. really creates some truly believable characters in Tricia and Wes. But the reader has to be impressed with the character of Tricia, written by K. R. as such an ultimate alpha female. It’s hard to tell what is more intriguing, the scrumptiously steamy romance, or the edge of your seat, who-done-it mystery." -- Kris, Happily Ever After Reviews
"Can You Trust a Cowboy? has it all...Ms Bailey raises the stakes in Can You Trust a Cowboy? and ups the ante on love. This sassy, sexy tale is rife with suspense, innuendo, and danger. If you love Romantic Suspense, this is a read you won’t want to miss." -- Rose, Romance at Heart Magazine
Wes watched as Tricia slept, lying snuggled next to him. He fought the myriad feelings he was experiencing. No woman had ever pulled at his heart like she was doing. He’d never brought a woman to his cabin, to the place where he lived. That was his private place, and he didn’t want a woman to change that. Usually, he went to their place, and they had sex, and he went home. He always left while they were still friends, before anyone’s feelings were involved. He didn’t want to hurt anyone, and he wasn’t ready to open his heart to a woman. But Tricia was different, and that worried him. He gently touched her long hair, marveled at the silky feel of her and realized she was chipping away at his heart.
He knew she was a strong woman. She’d have to be to run her own company. And he knew it was a successful company, a fact that he wished he could talk to her about. But he couldn’t. Right now was not the time to talk to her about business.
She turned over, and he saw the peaceful look on her face. It was like a little girl, vulnerable to the world, and he was the big, strong knight there to protect her. Chuckling at the thought, he settled down next to her and breathed in her scent.
He’d never felt this way before. He’d never wanted to protect anyone. And even as his mind fought the feelings, he put his arm over her waist and closed his eyes.
* * * *
“Morning, sleepy head,” Wes called out, bringing Tricia awake. She shook her head and rubbed her eyes, then looked around the room before realizing she’d spent the night in his cabin. The sun streamed through the window, causing her to squint at its brightness. Outside a hummingbird flitted near the window, and she smiled.
Gazing up at him, she blushed. Thoughts of the intimate things they’d done filled her mind. Her body ached in places she’d never felt before.
“Don’t have much to offer you for breakfast, but I found some bagels and coffee. Will that work?” Wes stood before her, carrying a glass and brass bed tray filled with food, his smile happy, his eyes twinkling.
“You’re a godsend.” Tricia laughed, pushing her uneasiness away and pulling up the sheet to cover her nakedness.
He grinned wickedly at her motions then sat next to her on the bed. Taking a bagel already spread with a spicy cream cheese, he lifted it for her to take a bite.
“God, that’s good.” She took the bagel from him and bit into it again. Once that bite was fully chewed, she looked at Wes. His hair hung down his back, and he appeared to have just gotten out of the shower. He wore nothing but a towel wrapped around his middle, but he was comfortable in his state of undress.
“Think I’ll join you,” he said as he took a bite of a bagel.
She smiled at the white cheese that stayed on the right side of his mouth. Wiping it off with her forefinger, she then put it into her mouth and sucked the cream cheese off.
“Better be careful or you’ll be chained to the bed all day so I can make love to you over and over.” Wes growled and kissed her.