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Today I'm teasing with my newest release, ROPE A FALLING STAR, which is now available! This is book 1 in the Triple Star Ranch series and is a contemporary romantic suspense set in Cheyenne, Wyoming, around Cheyenne Frontier Days. :) Tom Colton is talking with his ex-girlfriend, Darlene. And she keeps saying things that don't jive with what he knows about her. Darlene is the first to speak.
“How’s your daddy doing?”
“Trip’s good.” He cleared his throat as they came to one of the corrals where the hands were showing the guests how to approach horses, some of which had been abused or mistreated. “Tell me what you’re really doing here, Darlene. We ain’t seen each other for a good six months and I thought that was a mutual decision. It hasn’t changed on my end. What’s goin’ on?”
“Nothin’.” She tossed her golden mane over her shoulder as she let her gaze rest on a young chestnut jogging around the corral, huffing and snorting. “I just got to thinkin’ about how we used to have such a nice time after the rodeos.” She shot him a secret smile and his mind filled with memories of those “nice times.” “When I didn’t see you last night, I was surprised to realize I missed you and I decided I’d better come out for a visit before I lost my chance.”
Something still didn’t ring true, but he couldn’t see any duplicity in her expression. On the surface it seemed like reasonable motivation. But he’d known Darlene a long time and she never did anything off the cuff. There always had to be an ulterior motive or a catalyst to anything she did.
“Uh-huh. Nice try, honey. You forget I’ve known you a long time. What’s the real reason?”
Darlene grimaced and sighed as she stepped one boot on the lowest rail of the corral. “Truthfully, Daddy wasn’t very pleased with me when he found out we’d broken up, and he demanded I give it another try.” She rubbed her hands over her face and shook her head. “I had to come just to get him to shut up about it. Otherwise he’d be after me like flies on shit. So here I am, pretending to make nice with you just so I can say I did it and he’ll leave me alone.”
That sounded more plausible. “What the hell does your father want so much that he’d require you to chase an old, washed-out bronc rider like me? I came in eighth this year, Darlene. I’m done. Too old, too broken, and too smart to keep chasin’ somethin’ that’ll eventually break me beyond repair.” Tom shook his head. “Why does he want us to get back together?”
Darlene shrugged again, her blonde tresses sliding across her shoulders under her cowgirl hat. “I dunno, Tom. I’m not included in the crazy workings of his mind. He’s just got this wild hair up his butt over us and to shut him up, I came out here.” She leaned her forearms on the top rail of the fence and hunched her shoulders, burnished golden by the sun. “To be honest, I missed bein’ with you.”
The last she said while she observed one of the guests asking the nervous young horse to trust him, refusing to look Tom in the eye. His gut warned him she was up to something, but he couldn’t figure out what. Darlene couldn’t lie face-to-face worth a darn, but she could sound convincing on the phone or when her face remained in shadow.
What the hell is she up to?
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