What happens when you mix a Manhattan workaholic with a Colorado ranch boss? Casey Harrington’s life is her career. Bonner Blue Boyd’s life is the ranch. So why can’t they keep their minds or their hands off each other? They know opposites attract and that city and country might mix for a week but it can’t work for a lifetime. Or can it?
Casey Harrington is bored with her job. Marketing for World Bank while a stable position, it wasn’t utilizing her creative skills. When a headhunter calls with a job offer as Director of Marketing for Maverick Western, it brings back memories of her obsession with cowboys from a young age.
The only pre-requisite, a week training at the ranch to get a feel for the company philosophy and the life style it represents. She knows she can bring the company into the web-based world successfully and looks forward to her time at the ranch.
Bonner ‘Blue’ Boyd runs the working cattle ranch. His boss and mentor, Jake Maverick lives on the ranch traveling to the city or to NY only when necessary. He’s not pleased to find out he has to babysit a corporate bigwig. Especially when he discovers he is a she. This is a favorite scene as Bonner admits to himself that he is attracted to this city girl.
After a restless night’s sleep, Bonner pulled his truck up to the main house and put it into park. The sight that greeted him had his hand slipping off the gearshift.
Their visitor was awake? At sunrise? He’d figured he wouldn’t see her until the noon meal.
This woman was full of surprises, the first being that she was a woman. He’d assumed Casey was a he and it turned out she was most definitely a she. He glanced at her on the front porch now.
Yup, Casey Harrington was all woman, with chestnut hair that cascaded over her shoulders and big green eyes; not to mention curves a man could get lost in. She held a coffee cup as she stood gazing at the mountains in the distance. The bulky white sweater that came to past her waist didn’t do shit to hide how her dark blue jeans cupped the perfectly rounded cheeks of her butt.
When Bonner could yank his attention away from that tempting asset— and the thought of how nice it would be to get to know that part of
her a little better— he was surprised yet again. She was wearing cowboy boots.
Last night when he’d helped carry her matching luggage into the house, all three pieces of it, she’d been in some suit kind of thing. City girl to the bone, right down to her fancy cell phone that apparently didn’t work around these parts, according to her rant in the car. He hadn’t stuck around to learn more last night.
He’d dumped her and her baggage with Mrs. Jones and taken off to deal with this new bit of information. He was not only babysitting a city girl for the next week, but one who had him waking up from a dream starring her last night.
How was he supposed to deal with this?
At least this morning she was actually dressed appropriately for a day on the ranch. She wouldn’t be tiptoeing around the cow manure in high heels. But did she have to look so damn good in jeans? Even if they did look like they’d just come off the shelf of some overpriced city store, they sure did the job of drawing his gaze right to where it shouldn’t be.
He swung the truck door wide and got out.
She broke her gaze away from the landscape and turned to smile at him as he climbed the stairs onto the porch. “Good morning.”
“Morning.” Bonner tipped his hat. Her gaze swept to where his truck was parked.
“Where’s your dog?”
Hm, she sure was observant. He’d always thought city folk were blind to their surroundings, being as their heads were usually up their asses and all.
“Back at the bunkhouse with the boys. She’ll be along later. I didn’t expect to see you out so early.” More accurately, Bonner had been hoping she’d sleep the day away so he’d have to spend less time babysitting her— and less time being tempted.
“I’m still on East Coast time. I would’ve been at my desk by now, probably on a conference call with the London office if I were still at my old job at World Bank.”
“Ah.” He nodded. That made more sense. He hadn’t considered the difference between Mountain and Eastern Time, or the possibility of London offices. Jeez. It all seemed like another universe.
“This is… just amazing.” She shook her head while gazing again at the sunrise. “There are no words. When I got here last night in the dark, I had no idea how beautiful it was. I never imagined this.”
Again impressed that this New York woman could appreciate the beauty of the country, Bonner took the time to glance at the colored hues starting to already disappear as the sun rose higher above the horizon. He saw the sun rise every morning over these mountains and had since he was born.
It sure was a sight. He supposed he should appreciate it a little more. This city girl was a reminder that not everybody was as lucky.
“Have you ever been to New York?” she asked.
Bonner shook his head. “Nope.” And he had no desire to.
“Well, I can tell you, there’s nothing there that compares to this.”
He shot a sideways look at Casey again as she continued to stare at the surroundings. The tip of her nose was beginning to turn pink from the nip in the air. She didn’t seem to care as she cupped the coffee mug in both hands but didn’t drink. It reminded him why he was here, besides to pick up his latest assignment from Jake Maverick.
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After an educational and steamy week, Casey’s cowboy romance has to come to an end. Although she would love to spend more time here, she has a job to do. The next month flew by as Casey set the new marketing plans for launch on Black Friday. Bonner was never far from her thoughts though and she missed him more than she cared to admit.
At Thanksgiving dinner Jake took great pleasure in teasing Bonner with Casey’s plan for him and the boys to tweet pictures of what they do during the day. Unfortunately what Jake thought was indigestion was the heart attack that kills him.
As shock runs through the company, the will is read. A well kept secret comes to light when Jake leaves controlling interest in both the Ranch and the Business to Bonner instead of his grandchildren.
An emotional and uncertain Bonner meets up with Casey in New York. She is determined that he will succeed in this new position as President of Maverick Western and he is determined to make her his.
I loved this journey for Bonner and Casey. I suspect Jake planned for these two to get together. I laughed and sniffled a bit too. No question this book will heat up the coldest winter night.
I would love to see more of this couple and maybe the ranch hands as well as Bonner takes over everything and institutes change.
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