The Bride Wore Denim
Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys # 1
By: Lizbeth Selvig
Releasing July 21, 2015
When Harper Lee Crockett returns home to Paradise Ranch, Wyoming, the last thing she expects is to fall head-over-heels in lust for Cole, childhood neighbor and her older sister’s long-time boyfriend. The spirited and artistic Crockett sister has finally learned to resist her craziest impulses, but this latest trip home and Cole’s rough-and-tough appeal might be too much for her fading self-control.
Cole Wainwright has long been fascinated by the sister who’s always stood out from the crowd. His relationship with Amelia, the eldest Crockett sister, isn’t as perfect as it seems, and with Harper back in town, he sees everything he’s been missing. Cole knows they have no future together—he’s tied to the land and she’s created a successful life in the big city—but neither of them can escape their growing attraction or inconvenient feelings.
As Harper struggles to come to grips with new family responsibilities and her forbidden feelings for Cole, she must decide whether to listen to her head or to give her heart what it wants.
“Well, you did go into trances, but who am I to argue? If this was only revenge plotting I think you’re justified. You are kind of a mud ball, aren’t you?”
His familiar, mischievous voice finally calmed her, sent her gaze downward to survey the damage to her only dressy clothes, and, most importantly, made her think the whole episode including the wet clothing, was funny. She lifted her eyes.
“I dunno. I think mud is the new chic.”
“Aw, Harpo, if mud is in, then you look fantastic.” He hesitated and studied her, his bright blue eyes as warm as his smile. “You look pretty fantastic even if mud isn’t a fashion statement.”
She lifted her face to the sky, letting the rain that was starting to slow into huge drops burst like little water balloons on her cheeks and keep the heat in them from showing.
“Yeah? Well, thank you, my old charming friend. But you know you’re going to look equally fantastic if you stay out here much longer.”
Without thinking she brushed raindrops off the shoulders of his shirt, skimming their broad expanse twice with cupped fingers. Then she flicked drops from his hair. The tousled, just-out-of-bed look was beginning to flatten like the chickens’ wet feathers.
He stared at her, and she jerked her hand away, dismayed by her bold touches.
“You should get back inside,” she said. “I was on my way to the barn to find Joely, but the chickens’ gate got unlatched so I had to side track. I’ll get these last three chickens and join you.”
“I’ll help. It’ll go faster.”
“That’s silly. You’ll only get muddy, too.”
“No, just wet. Because unlike you, I’m good at this.”
“Oh, wow. There was a gauntlet hitting the lawn with a giant, rippling splash.”
He grinned. She returned it.
“He who returns the most remaining chickens to the yard, gets to . . .” Cole made a show of thinking up the prize. “Put anything he wants on a piece of Melanie’s lefse and make the loser eat it.”
“Oh my gosh, what are you? Ten?” She sputtered with more laughter.
Melanie Thorson, the southern belle wife of Paradise Ranch’s foreman, who was a first generation Norwegian-American through and through, had learned to make the best lefse this side of Oslo. The trouble was, a mean person could stuff it with anything from cinnamon sugar to pickled herring.
“Deal or no deal?” Cole asked, his handsome nose now dripping water.
“Oh, it’s a deal. But I warn you, the winner? She is going to come up with something really disgusting.”
“Dream on. One, two, three, go. Catch one if you can, Harpo.”
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Lizbeth Selvig writes fun, heartwarming contemporary romantic fiction for Avon books. Her debut novel, The Rancher and the Rock Star, was released in 2012. Her second, Rescued By A Stranger is a 2014 RWA RITA® Award nominee. Liz lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband), a hyperactive border collie named Magic and a gray Arabian gelding named Jedi. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, Lizbeth entered Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest in 2010 with The Rancher and the Rock Star (then titled Songbird) and won the Single Title Contemporary category.
In her spare time, she loves being a brand new grandma to Evelyn Grace as well as to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and play with her four-legged grandchildren, of which there are nearly twenty, including a wallaby, an alpaca, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats and horses (pics of all appear on her website http://www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!
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