I'm continuing to share snippets from ROPE A FALLING STAR, book 1 in the Triple Star Ranch series. Tom Colton has invited Amber Hillcrest over for dinner. They're talking about knowing when to walk away from something when you're done.
“Yes, seems like.” Amber returned her gaze to him. “Tell me about you. Aren’t you competing in Cheyenne Frontier Days? I thought that was still going on.”
“Oh, it is and I was, but tonight was my last ride.” He swallowed against the sorrow at the change. Why the hell do I feel sorry? My heart’s not in it anymore.
“Your last ride? You mean you’re done with the rodeo?”
He nodded. “Yup.”
She eyed him a moment or two as she sipped her water. “Is that where you got your shoulder injury tonight?”
He nodded again. “Yup.”
She gaped at him. “I’m surprised you chose to…stop riding.”
“You were gonna say ‘quit’, weren’t you?”
“I thought about it, but quitting suggests giving up and you don’t strike me as a man who merely gives up.” She gave him a pensive smile. “I get the impression it’s more you’ve done what you wanted and now you’re ready to move on to something else.”
Damn, did this woman read minds? He sat back and let his gaze rest on her auburn hair in the fading light.
“That’s exactly what I was feelin’. I just couldn’t get excited about it anymore.”
His excitement has shifted to other things. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, Jeff Tsuruoka, Veronica Scott, Gem Sivad, Jessica Subject, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb to ROPE A FALLING STAR:
Only the best stars fall...
Three time bronc-riding champion Tom Colton’s dream of a fourth title ends when he draws Wooden Nickel, a mean little bronc with more twists than a maze. With his heart no longer in rodeo, he figures it’s time to go home to the Triple Star Ranch, the PTSD therapy ranch he and his dad founded to help others with trauma in their pasts. Tom just wants a little time to nurse his hurts and consider his next move.
Amber Hillcrest started out as a Triple Star client and stayed on as a massage therapist. Her dog Nimbus keeps her PTSD in check, but her heart remains bruised. She knows she’s too old and too broken for love, especially with the son of her boss, but he’s hot enough to fill her fantasies for years to come.
Amber tries to keep it professional between them, but Tom proves too irresistible with his big heart and charm. But someone is sabotaging the Triple Star and the neighboring Fantasy Ranch, and an ex-girlfriend keeps coming around, trying to reconnect with Tom. Tom’s hands are full of problems instead of the luscious massage therapist. But when Amber gets kidnapped, Tom will move heaven and earth to get her back and tell her how he truly feels.
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