Happy New Year’s everyone! It’s great to be spending the first day of the year talking about my newest cowboy romance The Trouble With Texas Cowboys. It was right after the New Year when heroine Jill Cleary and hero Sawyer O’Donnell met each other in a very abrupt way in the Fiddle Creek Ranch bunkhouse. She thought she’d be the only one living in the bunk house and he had no idea his new boss had a great niece or that she’d was coming to Burnt Boot, Texas to share the bunkhouse with him. Aunt Gladys made Jill put down the shotgun she had trained on Sawyer’s chest and they accepted the fact that they had to live together. But there were rules:
1) Jill would take her turn at cleaning the place, but she didn’t cook. Thank goodness, Sawyer knew his way around the kitchen. At least he wouldn’t be listening to that red head tell him how to make chili or lasagna or any one of a dozen other things he could stir up. Thank goodness she wasn’t his type even if there was something vulnerable in her eyes said that she needed a friend.
2) Turned out Jill was fantastic when it came to baking. Sawyer was willing to cook but only if Jill kept desserts ready to satisfy his sweet tooth. And her apple pie was enough to bring a grown cowboy to his knees.
3) If Jill fell for either one of the two cowboys wanting to court her, Quaid Brennan or Tyrell Gallagher, she wouldn’t bring them to the bunkhouse. After she and Sawyer had the face-off with the shotgun and before she could even unload her truck, Quaid and Tyrell had both paid her a visit, asking her out the very next day. One to a family dinner; the other to a family supper. Sawyer sure didn’t want to have to put up with either of those rich cowboys in the bunkhouse.
4) If Sawyer fell for Betsy Gallagher or Kinsey Brennan, he wouldn’t bring them to the bunkhouse, either. What was good for the goose was good for the gander and although Jill had no intentions of being anything but a roommate with Sawyer O’Donnell, she damn sure didn’t want to put up with Betsy or Kinsey in her bunkhouse. Just thinking about watching those two fawn over Sawyer was enough to gag her.
5) And the biggest rule of all was that they’d have each other’s backs in the feud going on in Burnt Boot because after that first night they figured out real quick that they were right smack in the middle of it. Fiddle Creek lay between the Wild Horse Ranch belonging to the Gallaghers and the Brennan’s ranch, River Bend. For either of them to add Fiddle Creek to their holdings would be quite a feat, especially in the feud. So the plan was hatched for either a Gallagher or a Brennan to sweet talk Jill to the altar since she’d inherit the ranch when Gladys died. And to take that good lookin’, sexy cowboy living in the bunkhouse out of the picture right at the beginning by setting a Gallagher woman and a Brennan woman out to sweet talk him away from Fiddle Creek.
With these rules in place, Jill and Sawyer were ready to bunk together…until their roommate situation turned into something more. What about you? Do you have any ‘rules’ to follow for the new year?
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