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I’m in a cowboy kinda mood this month as I work toward finishing THREE WEEKS WITH A BULL RIDER (Oklahoma Nights, Book 3). Pro bull rider Jace Mills is proving to be hotter and sweeter than I’d ever imagined he would and I can’t wait to share him with you. Unfortunately, the release probably won’t be until early 2014. But, how about a little tiny taste of him now. Here’s an unedited scene from Chapter 1 of book 3 featuring Tuck (who you might remember from book 1 ONE NIGHT WITH A COWBOY) and Jace. Enjoy!
THREE WEEKS WITH A BULL RIDER (Oklahoma Nights, Book 3)
Chapter 1 (unedited draft)
“You’re really not gonna come with me?” Eyes wide, Jace Mills stared across the driveway at his supposed best friend.
“It’s not that I don’t want to.” Leaning back against his truck, Tucker Jenkins drew in a deep breath and then let it out in a huff. “I can’t.”
Jace ran his hand across his forehead beneath the band of his hat. “Because why again?”
“I told you already.”
“Tell me again, just so I can be sure I heard you right the first time.” Jace waited for the response. He already knew the answer but he needed to hear Tuck admit the foolishness out loud one more time.
Tuck sighed. “I have plans to go out with Becca and Logan and Emma.”
“And this double date of yours is to where, exactly?” Jace made sure he stressed the most ridiculous part.
Another sigh proceeded Tuck’s answer. “A winery in Drumright.”
“Yes, indeed. A winery.” Jace nodded, lips pursed. “You hate wine. Always have. You do remember that small detail, don’t you? Or did marriage give you brain damage or amnesia or something?”
“Listen, Jace. When you get married you’ll see. A man has to choose his battles.”
And there it was—that annoying defense that all married men loved to throw in the face of smart, unmarried men like Jace. When you get married, you’ll see . . .
“Fine, Tuck. Pick your battles, and I’m telling you right about now would be a damn good time to stand your ground and fight. There’s fifteen-hundred added money. How can you pass that up? We don’t even have to travel far for it. It’s an hour away. Right off the damn highway in Shawnee.”
“I know, but apparently it’s this vineyard’s big annual festival and harvest event or some shit like that. They only have it once a year. Look, I’m not happy about it either, but I gotta do it.”
It was small consolation to Jace, but Tuck’s expression did say he’d rather be riding in Shawnee than sipping wine any day. Jace figured it all came down to the path of least misery. Becca could make Tuck’s life harder than Jace could, so she won this battle.
“Look Jace, just go to Shawnee on your own, win the purse and be happy I’m not there as competition to spank your ass.”
“Oh, you’re not my competition.” Jace shook his head, not willing to concede to Tuck’s boasting, just because Tuck had won a few championship buckles way back when. “Maybe you used to be, before you got soft, but not anymore. Besides, you know how I feel. When I’m on the back of a bull, it’s me against him. I could care less who rode before or who’s fixin’ to ride.”
“Fine. I’ve gone soft. Whatever.” Tuck dismissed Jace’s insult with a wave of his hand, which didn’t give Jace as much satisfaction as if he’d gotten a rise out of Tuck. “I still can’t ride tonight and there’s nothing I—or you—can do about it.”
“I don’t see why Becca and Emma can’t go alone. They can drive themselves. Hell, it’s like twenty minutes away. You guys are always going to Drumright for that smoked bologna you love so much at that restaurant. What the hell’s the name of that place again?”
“Yeah, Joseph’s. The point is, Becca knows the way to Drumright by now. This wine tasting crap is a chick thing anyway. Or, hell, you know what? Logan can take the girls. He probably likes wine.” Jace felt far less camaraderie toward Logan since he’d stolen Emma away from him.
“I already suggested that.”
“Really?” That was interesting. Maybe Tuck hadn’t handed his balls over to Becca along with the wedding band after all. Jace settled back against his own truck, parked next to Tuck’s in his and Becca’s driveway. “And?”
“It went over like a fart in church.”
Read more about Tuck, Becca, Logan, Emma and Jace in the Oklahoma Nights series from Kensington Brava
ONE NIGHT WITH A COWBOY (out now in paperback & eBook)
“Fish Out of Water” in the HE’S THE ONE anthology (preorder now for July 2 release)
TWO TIMES AS HOT (preorder now for Sept 24 release)
THREE WEEKS WITH A BULL RIDER (coming in 2014)