Are you looking for a journey in the wild west… and the opportunity to snag yourself a ruggedly handsome cowboy? Keep reading for three great cowboy recommendations as well as Ann DeFee’s top five reasons why Western romances are the best.
Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy! by Ann DeFee
What do you think of Big and Rich’s song lyrics? If the number of book covers featuring shirtless cowboys with six-pack abs is any indication, I suspect if that question was asked of our readers we’d hear a resounding chorus of right on. To better explain why I think cowboys are so appealing, I’m going to borrow a few words from Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Let Me Count the Ways
1) They’re strong Alpha Males. How many people would jump off a galloping horse and wrestle a thousand-pound steer to the ground? In rodeo terms that’s called Steer Wrestling or Bulldogging.
2) They’re tough, but tender. A cowboy’s day may start with the delivery of a foal, and then progress to twelve hours in the saddle doing all the chores necessary to keep a ranch running.
3) Cowboys embody the pioneer spirit that’s the heart of America. I seriously doubt you’ll find a working cowboy in line to get the newest i-Phone.
4) Cowboys work hard and play even harder. If you haven’t been to a rodeo, you should check it out. Bull riding, saddle bronc riding, and steer roping are some of the more heart-stopping events, but my favorite is tie down roping, an venue that showcases the teamwork between a cowboy and his horse.
5) I could go on and on, but I’ll finish by saying that cowboys have a traditional view of generosity and rugged fair play. Their word is their bond, and if you need it, they’ll give you the shirt off their back. And that sends us on a return trip to the shirtless cowboy.
As a kid, I spent a considerable amount time at my uncle’s saddle shop in Paducah, Texas–the heart of ranch country. Uncle Carl was renowned for his hand-tooled saddles, and a rite of passage for young cowboys was owning his first Carl Darr saddle. The wonderful people I met have frequently found their way into my books. They’re good folks who love family, God, and country.
And that in a nutshell, is why we all love a sexy cowboy.
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A Hot Time in Texas by Ann DeFee
That’s all it takes for a hot time in Texas!
Etta Morrison had vowed never to get involved with another man in law enforcement, but she broke that vow when she fell for Texas Ranger Rafe Claiborne. Her reward? He left town without even a goodbye. But now Rafe’s back—and he wants to pick up where they left off.
Two years after Rafe skipped out on her, Etta’s over the moon with her new job as manager of the exclusive Sparkle Plenty costume jewelry store. In the world of synthetic diamonds, Sparkle Plenty is king—and this year, they’re providing the crowns for the San Antonio Fiesta Coronation. Except the crowns have gone missing. Next thing you know, people start dropping dead and a couple of jerks shoot up her store.
When Rafe hears that Etta may be a target, he decides she needs a bodyguard. Him. In addition to keeping Etta safe in the middle of murders and a diamond-smuggling conspiracy, Rafe has to convince her to forgive him. Not an easy task, but Rangers are tough and Rafe is tenacious.
Problems in Paradise by Kelsey Browning
Eden Durant hasn’t always been Eden Durant. She’s made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother’s notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he’s the one man who could expose her past, she’s willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.
Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn’t busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden’s café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.
As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck’s campaign. When Eden’s secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he’ll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.
Texas Tangle Series by Leah Braemel
Two cowboys are better than one! The Texas Tangle Series is everything you love about Westerns with a menage twist. Tangled Past features Sarah McLeod, a woman on the frontier who wants to find love, and must come to terms with her new husband and his best friend who desires them both. Texas Tangle is all about Nikki Kimball’s and her admirers, Brett Anderson and Dillon Barnett’s lives–society says Nicki can only choose one, but are the three of them strong enough to choose an alternative?
Get both books together in the Texas Tangle Series bundle!
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