[Siren Classic: Erotic Cowboy Romance]
In spite of Hawk Rivers' refusal to share in her book, Karly yearns to know the real man who guards a secret with his life.
Hawk insists he's bad for her even while at the same time expresses his desire for her in no uncertain terms. Attracted to him beyond reason, Karly willingly tumbles in bed with him, knowing in her heart she will definitely get hurt.
As Karly follows the rodeo circuit, snapping photos of cowboys, her focus remains zeroed in on one particular, mysterious, sexy cowboy—the cowboy who already has the power to break her heart.
A Siren Erotic Romance
4.5 BLUE RIBBONS: "Karly's Drifter is the second book in Sage Burnett's Rodeo Cowboy series. This story packs quite a wallop with the fast-paced storyline, hot sex, and unforgettable characters. I adored Karly's quick-witted banter with Hawk and the fact that she didn't let him intimidate her. Hawk is the strong, silent type and right from the first page you get the sense that he's been very hurt in the past. It's a refreshing change of pace to be able to view rodeo cowboys as people with very real problems and a life outside of the rodeo circuit. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the final book in this series, Josie's Heartbreaker." -- Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies
4 STARS: "Karly's Drifter is the second tale in Sage Burnett's Rodeo Cowboys series. This second novella follows rodeo life more closely than did the first story, meaning this could be a hit with rodeo and cowboy fans. Both characters have been fairly well penned. Karly is a woman who works hard, and goes after what she wants. Hawk is a man with a secret and a painful past, who struggles to forge himself a future he can live with. The chemistry between the characters is definitely there; they can barely keep their hands off one another, even though they do not know each other very well...Sex scenes are described in detail, but are fairly traditional and inoffensive. Karly's Drifter is a pleasing read, with likeable characters and an engaging plot. Anyone who likes a cowboy or a hero who struggles with himself should like Karly's Drifter." -- Elizabeth Marie, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
4 CUPS: "Hawk Rivers travels the rodeo circuit living like a nomad, going from rodeo to rodeo. He harbors a dark secret that no one would suspect. But then he meets Karly and something draws him to her, even though he protests and tells her that he is no good for her. Karly Jackson is writing a book on cowboys on the rodeo circuit. She also is taking pictures of them, and one in particular has piqued her interest. Despite his warnings, Karly dives head first into bed with him. Hawk and Karly embark on what starts out as a short, purely physical relationship. But unknown to each other, the other is having different thoughts. The affair ends and they go their separate ways, but does this really mean the end? Ms. Burnett has written an inspiring tale of a couple overcoming their obstacles to make a relationship work. This story takes you through the ins and outs of this particular couple. A very smooth storyline and awesome characters make this a very well rounded read." -- Matilda, Coffee Time Romance
4 ANGELS: "Karly's Drifter is an encouraging story about two people reaching out to each other as they try to get over hurdles in their life. Hawk and Karly are both refreshing characters that I enjoyed. I loved the fact that Karly stood her ground around Hawk; she will not be pushed around by anyone. Ms. Burnett spins an interesting, believable tale that flows smoothly and shows two wonderful characters pulling together to make a relationship work. She pens a story where the reader shares the emotions of each character as they try to get past the differences that have troubled their lives. This well-written story is a sizzling page-turner that is most enjoyable." -- Linda L., Fallen Angel Reviews
4 ROSES: "This was a wonderful short story I read in just one read. Ms. Burnett nailed the on again off again romance of the rodeo circuit and the emotions she portrayed between Karly and Hawk were rich and full. If I had any complaint, it was that the story wasn't long enough. I wanted it to go on longer. Kudos Ms. Burnett!!!!" -- Char, My Book Cravings
"Karly and Hawk are an incredible couple, and I loved reading about their journey together. Hawk has been hurt horribly in the past, and he isn't ready to acknowledge that he may need another human. Karly is able to get in under his skin, and I loved how understanding she was, although she certainly was no pushover. Karly's Drifter is an exceptional read and I recommend it to anyone that loves a good cowboy!" --Shannon, Joyfully Reviewed
"Karly's Drifter brought a tear to my eye on one hand and gave me hot flashes on the other! I read the story in one sitting, needing to find out how it ended. The emotional depth Sage Burnett put into her characters is incredible, especially for such a short story. Although the sex scenes are sizzling and numerous, I found myself more drawn to Hawk and Karly as people and truly enjoyed getting to know them. Hawk is the epitome of masculinity, hard and rough on the outside, although Sage does a wonderful job of showing the reader his true thoughts and feelings. This gives Hawk an excellent blend of "tough and tender." Karly is his perfect match both in the bedroom and out. She's independent and sassy, as well as vulnerable and caring. I can't imagine any other woman being able to break through Hawk's emotional armor except for Karly. Karly's Drifter is satisfying on all levels. I'll definitely read this story more than once!" -- Kelly Wallace, Love Bites Romance Reviews
He saw Karly throw back her head and laugh at something the young stud whispered in her ear. Burning with unexpected and unwanted jealousy, he watched her flirt. When the husky cowboy wrapped his hand around Karly’s neck and started kissing her, Hawk threw down the soda can and stormed through the crowd of partygoers.
As he approached them, he watched Karly shove at the cowboy’s chest. Hawk grabbed the back of the young cowboy’s collar, twisting him around to face him. “Keep your goddamn hands off the lady.”
“Just who in the hell do you think you are?”
“None of your business.” Hawk locked his gaze on Karly’s.
“Hey, honey, you know this S.O.B?” The cowboy craned his neck to see Karly.
Eyes wide with surprise, she nodded, never taking her eyes from Hawk’s.
The cowboy wrestled himself from Hawk’s grip and wheeled around to face her. “You told me you were footloose and fancy free.”
She lifted her chin. “I am footloose and fancy free.”
Anger charging through him, Hawk muscled the man aside and reached for Karly’s wrist. He dragged her away from the cowboy.
“You coming back later, honey?” the guy yelled after her.
Karly glanced over her shoulder. “Maybe, sugar.”
Hawk led her outside of the beer gardens, where she yanked free of his hold.
“Just what the hell were you doing in there? You don’t have any claims on me.” Karly poked him in the chest. “You disappeared in the middle of the night. Slam bam, and not even a thank you, ma’am.”
While the anger steamed and hissed inside of his body, he watched her back up a couple of steps. Hawk fought back the urge to reach for her again.
Karly fisted her hands and planted them on her hips. “I don’t like being left high and dry.”
“It was for the best.”
“Hah! You made the decision to leave without even a good-bye kiss.”
“How do you know I didn’t kiss you before I left?” Hawk had kissed her cheek, her forehead, and brushed his lips over hers before he’d run out on her.
She opened her mouth to say something but stopped. Karly glanced away for a moment before she brought her gaze back to him. “Whatever.” Squaring her shoulders, she said, “I’m afraid you’ll have to excuse me. There’s a young, randy cowboy in there that has the hots for me.”
She spun around, but Hawk caught her arm. His jealousy roaring to life again, he leaned close to her. “This isn’t your style, Karly.”
Wrenching her arm from his grip, she faced him. “You don’t know what my style is, Mr. Rivers. You didn’t take the time to find out.”
Battling to keep his emotions under control, Hawk hated admitting she was right. His gut told him Karly didn’t sleep around, but then he really didn’t know her. The one sure thing was she had kept him awake every damn night for the last week. She’d dredged up emotions buried for years inside his heart.
“Don’t sleep with the cowboy, Karly. You’ll regret it.”
Hawk burned her with a look before he pushed past her and strode away.
She pointed across the table. “Sit down. Maybe we could chitchat for awhile.”
Scowling at her, Hawk plowed a hand through his short hair.
“Okay, stand. If you’re thirsty, there’s a few things in the fridge.” After she finished loading the film, she picked up a cleaning tissue and polished a telephoto lens.
Every once in a while, she would glance up at him, locking her eyes with his.
Hawk was itching to get naked with her. “Let’s go to bed.”
She laid the telephoto lens on the table before looking up at him. Shock intertwined with heat floated in her hazel-toned eyes.
“My, my,” Karly clucked her teeth together. “If that’s your best line, then I would say you need to do some work on your seduction techniques.”
“All that damn stuff before is a waste time. If a man and a woman want each other, why not cut to the chase.”
Karly tilted her head, tapping her forefinger on her lips. “Let’s see now. I guess us weak-kneed females need some foreplay before hopping into the sack.”
“I’ll guarantee you I’m good at foreplay.”
“You’re pretty damn cocky.”
Her eyes lowered to his groin. His desire was apparent under his jeans. Karly wore some slinky little black top and her nipples were erect again. “Why don’t you see for yourself?”
Karly laughed. “Buy me a drink, dinner. Bring me flowers, then we’ll talk.”
“Talking’s not necessary, Karly.” Hawk saw the appreciation in her eyes when he called her by her name.
“So you did read my business card.”
“You wanted me to read your business card. That’s why you stuck it in my pocket.”
She shrugged. “I hand out my cards to everyone. Good advertising.”
Hawk moved closer to her, drinking in her womanly essence. “What were you advertising to me?” A touch of pink colored her cheeks, which aroused him even more.
Her eyes widened. “I gave you my business card in case you changed your mind about letting me use photos of you in my book.”
She sounded breathless to him. Hawk watched the rise and fall of her chest, her hard nipples tempting him. “Stand up, Karly. Or would you rather I dragged you to your feet?”
She wiped her palms on her thighs, gazing up at him, the invitation showing in her eyes.
He bent down, took her hands, and slowly pulled her to her feet.
“We both want this, Karly.” He moved his hands to her hair, smoothing it back from her face. “If you want to waste more time protesting...” He lowered his head as her hands splayed across his chest.
His intention had been to take her rough and hard, knowing in his gut she would’ve responded in kind. Instead, as his mouth touched her soft, supple lips tasting of Coca Cola and the saltiness of popcorn, he slowly moved his lips over her. Surprise shot through him that he wanted to be gentle with her. Some unnamed emotion inside of him needed to be gentle with her. Karly sighed, opening her lips. He slid his tongue inside of her, enticing her tongue with his own.
Her hands slipped down his chest, her palms pushing against his nipples. Ending the kiss, he leaned back and looked down into her eyes.
“You tell me to get the hell out of here now or else I stay. I’ll let it be your call, Karly.” His cock was throbbing to be inside of her pussy.
She stared at him for what seemed like forever. “Stay,” she whispered.
He backed away from her, reaching for the door to close it. Karly turned, gave him a sultry look over her shoulder, and walked the short distance to the bed over the cab of the truck. Hawk caught up with her, taking her arm, and swinging her around to face him.
Sliding his hands under her skimpy top, he skimmed the black top over her head. A strapless black bra barely covered her small breasts. A groan rumbled from the back of his throat as he reached behind her and unhooked her bra, freeing her breasts. He stared at her hard, rosy nipples, his lust mounting as he covered her breasts with his hands.
Hawk took his time stripping off her clothes, hearing her sighs of pleasure. He tugged her faded jeans over her slim hips, discovering black bikini panties. Gritting his teeth, he took her out of her jeans and tucked his fingers inside her panties. His fingers brushed the rich brown curls at her crotch as he peeled off her panties until she stood naked in front of him. From his crouched position, his eyes traveled upward until his gaze clashed with hers. Her face was flushed, and her eyes were...Hawk wasn’t sure.
He forced himself to stand because what he really wanted was to bury his face between her legs. After he yanked off his t-shirt, he tossed it behind him. Once he unzipped his jeans, Karly took over from there. Hawk kicked off his boots as she pushed his jeans and briefs down to his ankles. With his foot, he shoved his clothes aside. Her hands circled around his cock. As her hands worked up and down over his shaft, she caught his eye. For a few moments, he let her fondle him, knowing it wouldn’t take much to get him off. Grabbing her hips, he hoisted her up to the bed. He loved the sound of her little squeal. For him, tonight was about sex, giving pleasure and getting it in return.
As she scooted over, he crawled up beside her. Enough torture, Hawk decided, as he dragged her on top of him. The heat from her soft, silky body fused with his own. Twining her arms around his neck, Karly kissed him, pushing her sweet, salty tongue inside of his mouth. He cupped her tight little ass and grinded her crotch against his aching cock.
Karly slithered up and down and back and forth over his cock, increasing his lust and need. He raised her up over his head until her breasts touched his cheeks and tugged one nipple into his mouth. He heard himself groan like a thirsty man finally discovering the watering hole in the desert. He moved his lips to her other nipple as she rubbed her wet pussy over his stomach. She wanted him as much as he wanted her. Fondling her breasts, he listened to her breathy moans above him.
In one quick sweep, Hawk rolled her over and plunged his cock inside her slick pussy. Karly gasped for breath as she opened herself for him. The sounds of the rodeo crowd faded into the background as he fingered her clit, needing her to come for him. Hawk drove himself harder and deeper into her tight pussy as her slim legs wrapped around his hips.