Stetson’s Storm (Lasso Springs #3)
by Kathleen Ball
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Western Romance, Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Dessert Breeze
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 64,000
Hunky, Rodeo Star, Stetson Scott is back in town after a 5 year absence. Storm McCrory has what he unknowingly left, his son.
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language which may be considered offensive to some readers.
The bells above the diner door rang eerily in the still of the night. Storm startled then whirled around. It’d been quiet all night; the graveyard shift usually was. The money wasn’t the greatest, but somehow she managed. Her eyes widened and her heart raced faster. It couldn’t be, but it was. Stetson had returned.
He noticed her. Storm saw no sign of recognition in his eyes. Maybe it was a good thing. She knew she looked drawn and tired. The circles under her eyes never seemed to disappear anymore, her hair no longer shone, and she was rail thin.
His lack of recognition cut deep. The pain in her heart overwhelmed her. He didn’t remember her, but she hadn’t forgotten him for one day during his five-year absence. Grabbing the glass coffee pot, she quickly walked over to where he sat at the counter. “Coffee?”
“Sure, honey,” Stetson replied, looking over his shoulder at a group of new customers.
Disappointment filled her being as she poured the hot liquid into his mug. “Anything else?”
Storm nodded, put the pot down, and walked into the kitchen to regroup. He unnerved her.
“She’s not the one for you.” Storm heard one customer comment.
“I’m not interested,” Stetson’s familiar voice responded.
“Good thing. She’s got a bit of a reputation.” The busybody female’s voice sounded sultry, as though she wanted Stetson for herself.
Tears welled up in Storm’s eyes waiting for his reply. All she heard was the ringing of the bells. She hoped she hadn’t been stiffed again. Last time it had come out of her pocket. She walked back behind the counter. Stetson had left. He was always leaving.
Storm had finally and firmly written him off, but her heart didn’t agree. Thankfully, she had a strong mind. No man would ever play her for a fool again. Stetson had cost her everything, her home, her family. Most of the members of the town wouldn’t talk to her.
If it hadn’t been for Nellie, Stetson’s sister, she wouldn’t have survived the last five years. She had to admit he looked damn good in his jeans, boots, and blue chambray shirt. Blue always brought out his striking, sky blue eyes. He had a few more lines on his face, his handsome, tanned, chiseled face. His thick blond hair curled out of control, and she had to stop herself from remembering how it felt to run her fingers through it.
He’d filled out. He had a man’s body now, with big shoulders and a slender waist. He probably had his share of women over the last five years. The thought crushed her. She’d been left to suffer and he’d gone on to fame.
It still stung that Stetson never even said goodbye. He just up and left town one day. Storm had waited and waited to no avail. Finally, she had to tell her daddy she was pregnant.
About the Author
Kathleen Ball has been writing a little over three years. She has four published novels: The Lasso Springs Series–Callie’s Heart and Lone Star Joy are available now. Stetson’s Storm will be available in Feb 2013 all from Desert Breeze Publishing. She also has the Dawson Ranch Series from Secret Cravings Publishing. Those titles are Texas Haven and Ryelee’s Cowboy.
Kathleen lives in
Texas and loves the fact that she can drive out of her subdivision and see cattle. She is a native New Yorker from . Rochester, New York
Kathleen is married and has one son who is a Marine. She started writing when she realized that she was facing an empty nest. Always an avid reader, she writes what she likes, Contemporary Western Romance.
Visit her at her website at www.kathleenballromance.com.
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