Everything happened at once and in slow motion.
A crushing jolt shuddered through the truck. Her wheels skidded sideways. She smacked against the window when her pickup rolled down an embankment, as if punched by something large and lethal. Glass rained deadly sharp. The earth tumbled around her, her truck in spin cycle. When a massive tree loomed, the Chevy slammed into it then stilled.
Winded and stunned, she hung upside-down in her lap belt, blood, metallic and warm, on her tongue, a rushing sound whistling in her ears. Her heartbeat changed and grew slow and rolling in darkness. Something hurt, a long way away. Then nothing.
“Ma’am. Ma’am. Are you all right?” A man’s voice shouted, rousing her. She tried turning her head but pain held it in place. When she opened her mouth, silent panic flew out.
“Hold on. I’m getting you out of there.”
Acrid smoke pierced her consciousness. She closed her eyes against the billowing grit.
This wasn’t happening. It was a dream. No. A nightmare.
A tugging motion jerked her right and left, followed by a ripping sound. Large hands halted her sudden fall.
Her rescuer cradled her against his chest, his breaths heaving beneath her ear. After carrying her some distance, he lowered her slowly to the ground. Grass scraped against her stinging cheeks and she opened her eyes.
“What?” she croaked, then swiped at the trickle leaking from her mouth. A man wearing a cowboy hat hunched over her, his features blurred.
“You’ve been in an accident. We have. Our trucks collided in the intersection.”
“My truck!” She bolted upright and clutched the swirling ground.
An arm snaked around her back and eased her down. “I called the dispatcher. The fire department’s on the way.”
A wail sounded in the distance and Claire wanted to shriek with it.
Her special day. Her anniversary. Ruined. No. Demolished by this…this…
She squinted upward and focused. A dark swirl of hair brushed across the tall man’s forehead; a light scar zigzagged down his square jaw. Recognition zapped through her.
It couldn’t be…
“Hello, Claire.” His mouth went up, just a fraction—the same ready-for-anything smile that had once undone her.
She closed her eyes, heart thudding. Ten years since she’d vowed never to see him again…and now here he stood, two for two in wrecking her life.
3 1/2 Stars
His Kind of Cowgirl is a sweet and heartwarming second chance at love story. This book is full of surprise, heartbreak and loss but also promise for second chances at love.
Claire leads a very strict, no danger or risk kind of lifestyle. After being dealt several heartbreaking blows throughout her twenty-nine years so is done with taking chances. As a single mom, her only concern is taking care her son Jonathon. After losing her husband overseas in combat, Claire seeks out the solitude that only her childhood home and father can offer. What Claire wasn’t counting on was running into her first love and finding out that he was back to help her father save his ranch.
Tanner Hayes is a world champion bull rider. When injured during competition, Tanner is forced to take a leave from the only thing he was ever good at. When Tanner finds out his childhood mentor is losing his ranch, Tanner decides to help him save his ranch, even if it puts him close to the one woman he has always loved.
The reunion between Claire and Tanner was definitely a struggle. There is so much tension and hurt feelings between both parties that they have a hard time letting go and giving each a chance to prove they have changed. Throw in a rambunctious little boy and some hidden secrets these two definitely have their hands full.
This is the first book I have read by Karen Rock and thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing and I look forward to reading more of her books. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a feel good read.
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About the Author
author. She holds a master’s degree in English and was an ELA instructor before
becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Blaze and
Harlequin Heartwarming. Her novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, won the 2015 National
Excellence in Romance Fiction award in contemporary romance series and the 2015
Bookseller’s Best award for contemporary romance, long.