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Tempting the Cowboy
by Elizabeth Otto
After personal tragedy and taking a job on a quiet Montana dude ranch, ex-cop Rylan Frederickson finds herself surrounded by unbelievably sexy cowboys. Too bad the one she’s attracted to is her boss…and the single dad of a four-year-old. It doesn’t matter anyway; there’s simply no more room in her heart.
Letting a new woman into their lives is the last thing Cole Haywood wants for himself and his daughter, Birdie. But as Rylan’s presence at Paint River Ranch breathes new life into his family he can’t ignore his growing attraction.
When the sparks between them turn into fireworks in bed, Rylan’s torn between the family she’s lost and the one she may have found. Now she must decide if something that feels this good is worth the risk.
Top ten things you don’t know about me:
1. Cotton or Silk?
Cotton! I’m a comfort kind of girl. Silk always made me feel like I had to be so careful so I didn’t wreck it. I like to not worry about being messy.
All the wine, all the time!
Both. I plot a little and pants a lot. I always start with a basic outline that has most of the plot points planned out. And then I pants my way through the rest.
4. Describe your workspace
Organized chaos! I work at my kitchen table, and all my notes are in a very overstuffed bag. I haul it around with me everywhere.
5. Sports fan or just tolerate it?
Total Green Bay Packers football junkie. Go, Pack! If it’s not a Packers game, I don’ care.
6. Who is your biggest influence on writing?
I have so many, it’s impossible to nail it down to one. If I had to choose just one, I’d say that Nora Roberts really got me reading romance when I was a teenager, and thinking about how cool it would be to have her job. I’m still a fan of hers some twenty years later.
7. Favorite food –
Lays potato chips. The plain, yet remarkably salty, kind, in the yellow bag. They’re a food group, right?
8. When did you start writing?
I’ve dabbled with writing as long as I can remember, but did not take it seriously until 3 years ago. Then I hit it hard and heavy!
9. If money were no object, where would you like to live?
In all seriousness, I love our Northern Wisconsin location. It’s serene. It’s beautiful and the fall colors are amazing. But my house sucks, so I’d stay right here and build a nice big log cabin with floor to ceiling peaked windows and a wrap-around porch. Sounds nice, huh?
10. What’s next for you?
The next two Paint River Ranch books come out in January and April, 2014. I’m really looking forward to sharing Tucker and Levi Haywood’s stories! I also just signed a book with Harlequin SuperRomance for August 2014. It’s about a hot playboy firefighter looking to settle down—only he chooses a sassy, beautifully tattooed lady carpenter who hates firemen! They will have to endure some shenanigans, heartbreak and one hell of a natural disaster to see if it’s true love.
I’m such a sucker. Yes, a sucker. Just reading the blurb and seeing that the hero, Cole is a single father…I was a goner! I love stories that feature children. I might be the only one that likes that in a story but I do. What really makes Birdie a great character is that she’s not window dressing. She plays a very big role in Cole and Rylan’s romance. I’m going to say what happened to Rylan and why she is somewhat uncomfortable around Birdie but it makes perfect sense. Ms. Otto writes the scenes with Birdie and Rylan realisticly and honest. I felt Rylan resistance to get close to Birdie.
The first meeting of Rylan and Cole was great. Sets up their romance honestly and their dialogue only gets better as the story progresses. My, my their sexy banter was all kinds of awesome. Oh and the smexy times are HAWT! There is one scene that…oops, no spoilers but let’s just say it was a very bold move on Rylan’s part. 🙂
While I liked Tucker and Maeve, they didn’t have alot to do in the story for me. Now, there is one character that was great and it was Birdie’s mom. She brought some much needed tension to Cole and Rylan and it was spot on. Typically, I don’t like the ex-wife/mother of the child sniffing around but this was played out brilliantly.
If you are looking for a sexy, emotional story about a wounded ex-cop and cowboy, Tempting the Cowboy is perfect. Just remember that sometimes, the employee handbook is wrong and that you should just follow your heart. 🙂
Rylan’s fingers followed Cole’s shoulders to the curve of his neck, up, until the bare skin heated under her tender caress. Her fingers found his hair. “Are you coming on to me, Mr. Haywood?”
He bristled a little at the title but shoved it aside as hard as he could. There wouldn’t be any “Mr. Haywood” bullshit. Not right now. His lips dipped behind her left ear. He let a little stream of breath wash over her flesh, making her tremble, before he pressed his mouth to her skin.
“That would be deliciously, wickedly inappropriate, don’t you think?” He nuzzled the soft column of her throat, his hands going another inch higher toward her hips.
“Oh, yes.” Her breathy words were more of a moan. Tonight, he wasn’t her boss. He never wanted to be her boss again—hell, he’d quit if it meant one no-strings night with Rylan, to be her lover and get it out of his system. A tremor went through him at the promise of that, a deep realization flagging him.
“Say my name.” She’d never said it, and he couldn’t go another moment without hearing it. Cole licked the sensitive skin just below her ear before capturing her lobe between his lips as his fingers squeezed her thighs. She jumped a little before sinking into his touch.
Her smoky voice shook. “Mr. Haywood.”
“Is that how you really think of me?” Cole held back a growl at the formality, his fingers digging a little harder into the delectable flesh of her thighs. He nipped her ear just enough to make her gasp. Rylan turned her head and broke free, her hands palming his cheeks and positioning his mouth in line with hers. Their breath mingled, hot and sweet.
“That’s how I should think of you.”
His fingers slid under the bunched skirt, over bare flesh to grip the bones of her hips. Her legs quivered, her eyes going heavy with desire.
“But is it?”
Without hesitation, she shook her head. Cole brought his lips to hers, tasted her with a quick slide of his lips from one corner of her mouth to the other. She shuddered, leaned in just as he pulled away.
“Say it. I want to hear your sexy voice say my name.”
Her eyelids fell halfway, her lips parted just enough to show him the small tip of her tongue as she wet them.
Fucking. Christ. His cock squeezed and throbbed with fury. Cole nudged her legs wide with his hip and settled between her thighs as he pulled her hips down to his pelvis. Her bottom slid to the edge of the stool, her center joining him in a soft, hot caress against every inch of his aching, demanding erection. Her hands assumed a vise grip on his face, her lips grinding against his with a fire he needed more of. Wanted more of. Right damn now.
“Say it again,” he demanded. She slanted her head to take his mouth fully, the dance of her tongue creating amazing friction against his. God, his head was swimming, and it was so, so good.
“Cole.” The gravel in her voice nailed him. “I’ll say it all night if you want me to.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elizabeth Otto grew up in a Wisconsin town the size of a postage stamp, where riding your horse to the grocery store, and skinny dipping after school were perfectly acceptable. No surprise that she writes about small communities and country boys. She’s the author of paranormal, and hot, emotional, contemporary romance, and has no guilt over frequently making her readers cry. When not writing, she works full-time as an Emergency Medical Technician for a rural ambulance service. Elizabeth lives with her very own country boy and their three children in, shockingly, a small Midwestern town.
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