Chantal stood lost in thought as Momma and her bridesmaids adjusted her veil and dress. She’d loved Cade from the minute he told her he’d pretended to take her chair at The Pink Pig just so he could apologize and buy her a drink. He claimed he knew she was his when she’d looked at him and blushed.
The familiar wedding music began and Chantal clung to her Daddy’s arm as they walked down the aisle toward her blue-eyed cowboy. The sweet look on Cade’s face nearly brought her to tears and when he took her hand, she was home. ❤
My theme this year is 100 word fiction. (So, no, don’t count this line!) This is a continuation of Chantal’s story from C is for Chair which you can find here.
Chantal strolled into The Pink Pig, the place to be on Friday night in Nowheresville, Oklahoma, glancing around for her girlfriends. Figures she’d be the first here, surrounded by testosterone-oozing, beer-drinking cowboys.
Skirting the dance floor, she made a beeline for an empty stool, slung her blue-jean clad bottom onto the chair and bounced off a hard muscled, blue-eyed cowboy who was sitting at the same time. They turned, she blushed. He insisted she sit, got her a beer and before long, her number. At closing time he drove her home, walked her to her door and kissed her senseless…
My theme this year is 100 word stories. (So, no, don’t count this line!)
Inspired by one of my favorite pick up songs, The Chair, by George Straight. If you don’t know it, have a listen!
(Warning: Hot enough to make you blush!)
There’s just more of you to love is so NOT something a woman ever wants to hear, and Jade Ballard is no different. But she has to face it, since she gained a bunch of weight after her ex-fiancé left her at the altar to run off with a stripper, she’s a big girl. And not just a little bit big. When she’s at Target buying new lingerie, and that annoying rancher, Rowdy Yates, is right behind her in line, that’s when the checker needs a price check on her size 2X panties and 40DD bra! He can’t resist teasing the cute, chubby brunette who always gives him a cold shoulder and a snooty attitude. Could she be more embarrassed?
Well, yes, apparently she could, cause she hasn’t exactly told the sweet, shy guy she’s been flirting with online what she looks like. And now, after seven months of exchanging sweet and sexy emails after first meeting at a music site, he wants to meet her in person and she’s not at all sure how he’ll react to how she looks.
So you’ve probably figured by now out that Jade has some self-esteem issues. It all stems from growing up with a judge for a mom who’s so tightly wound that Jade calls her ma’am rather than mom. And Her Honor is the one who thought the guy Jade was going to marry was such a treasure that she should try to fix things with him, even after his escape with the exotic dancer.
Here’s what happens, or at least some of the story! Jade agrees to meet her shy cowboy at a local hang out and tells him she’ll be wearing a red blouse and black and red skirt and she’s looking for a tall, blonde guy in khakis and a dark shirt. But when she finds that her mystery man is none other than the aforementioned Rowdy, Jade won’t even stay to talk to him and hightails it out of town to meet her family at their country club where they’ve arranged her birthday dinner,
Things start out poorly and gets worse with every drink Jade has and by the time her ex-fiancé shows up to offer her another chance, she blurts out that she’s been seeing a big, handsome guy and they just got engaged. She’s planning to wait a decent time and tell HH and her dad they broke things off, but her mom shows up in town to meet this man she says she’s marrying. In desperation, Jade grabs Rowdy at the bar and begs him to go along with the charade and he reluctantly agrees — but for a very interesting price.
Turns out Rowdy has a loud and crazy family and some issues of his own about how he grew up. And the more time they spend together, the more he and Jade find that their preconceived ideas about each other just might be wrong.
There’s lots of humor and lots of sex and, be warned, the heat level is pretty high. (You might even
have want to read some parts in the privacy of your own room!) A fun, funny, super-sexy read where it’s nice to see a chubby girl get the hot guy…
Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cole Driscoll and Jessalyn Alcott have known each other for a while now, since the first time Jess came out West with her two friends. Now one is married and Jess is returning to Whisper Creek from Boston for her second friend’s wedding to the local veterinarian. She’s worked hard to establish a new life for herself after a traumatic childhood and even though she’s very much attracted to handsome cowboy Cole, she can’t help but think there are things about her background that he wouldn’t be able to accept, especially since she hasn’t even shared them with her best friends.
But while at the ranch, Cole sees the pain in Jess’ eyes and how she flinches at the littlest touch and he’s determined to find out what happened to her and, in true romantic cowboy spirit, right all the wrongs in her life. And as they grow closer, Jess allows herself to hope that maybe she could actually be as Zen as her yoga instructor persona when she allows Cole close enough to see the horror she suffered as a child.
I loved this Whisper Creek novel, although the details of Jess’ childhood are painful to read. Luckily handsome cowboy Cole is as wonderful as he seems and strong enough to help Jess overcome her past and start to heal. Truly a sweet, sexy and inspiring story to read… And isn’t the cover gorgeous?
Getting Lucky by Stacy Finz
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This is book number five in this series set in Nugget, California. I’ve read and loved them all, but you could start here and still enjoy this book. I really liked Tawny Wade and her fierceness — about her life, her job as a custom Western boot maker and mostly about taking care of her little girl, Katie. Tawny knew Lucky Rodriguez way back when, when the father of his high school girlfriend, Raylene, accused him of rape. Tawny, who’d always had a crush on Lucky, ran into him that same night and while trying to comfort him, one thing led to another, and she became pregnant. Lucky left that same night to follow the rodeo circuit and ended up being fabulously successful, never really remembering that night as anything special or giving her another thought.
Tawny, on the other hand, followed Lucky’s career and even befriended his mother, but never let on that the child she had out-of-wedlock was his or that his mom, Cecelia, was a grandma. Now she has no choice but to approach him because Katie has been fighting leukemia, and her only hope of a normal life is a stem cell transplant. Tawny wasn’t a match, but she’s desperately hoping Lucky will be.
Lucky is understandably blindsided by the news that he has a daughter and she’s nine years old. And since he’s again seeing the spoiled Raylene, goodness knows why, he wants a relationship with his daughter, wants her to get to know his mom, but he’s not interested in a relationship with Tawny. At least, not at first!
This was an interesting book, lots of topics touched on, lots of sweet romance. Lucky was not my favorite character in the series. I felt he was always pretty self-centered and it took him a LONG time to realize that he wasn’t meant to be with his old girlfriend after all. Maybe just that machismo thing going on… He was, however, a really wonderful single dad to his daughter from the moment he found out about her.