Covert Cowboys, Inc.
Excerpt from book:
Chase sat back in his chair at the Lucky Lady Saloon in Fool's Fortune, Colorado, letting the three-hundred-dollar-a-bottle whiskey and the lilting sound of Sadie Lovely's voice wash over him.
Today marked the anniversary of his obligation to his grandfather's will. In order to inherit all of what his grandfather left him, he had to agree to live at the Lucky Lady Ranch for two entire years without leaving for more than one month out of each year.
Finally, he was free to choose wherever he wanted to go, whatever he wanted to do and whomever he wanted to do it with.
But he wasn't really. In the past two weeks, he'd gone from anticipating leaving the ranch to his overseer to promising to stay until things settled down with Sadie.
Fifteen years older than him, she was a friend from his former playboy life, really an acquaintance who'd saved him from being mugged by thugs and drowning in a gutter when he'd been too drunk and stupid to help himself.
Tough as nails, with a heart of gold, Sadie had held off the thugs with a .40-caliber pistol she kept strapped to her thigh beneath her evening dress. She'd dragged him into her home, sobered him up and asked for nothing in return.
He'd offered her his friendship, and even got to know her grandson, Jake, a cute little boy with curious green eyes. He wasn't sure what had happened to cause Jake's mother to crash her car, hadn't asked and Sadie hadn't volunteered the information. It was clear she was raising the boy to the best of her ability.
When she'd come to him two weeks ago, scared and in need of his help, he'd opened his doors to her, set her up with a job at one of the businesses he'd inherited from his grandfather and helped her move her and her grandson into his big empty house on the Lucky Lady Ranch until she could get set up in a place of her own.
Sadie ended her song and descended from the stage to sit in the chair opposite Chase. In her late forties, she was still an attractive woman, with smooth curves and a sultry smile. "I'm glad you came."
Chase sat forward, the mild buzz from the alcohol clearing as he leaned forward. "I came as soon as I got your message. I must say I'm surprised you agreed to perform tonight."
She shrugged. "I never know when a threat is real or just a threat. All I know is that I can't live my life like this. I have to work to support my grandson. Speaking of which." She bit her lip, the lines around her eyes more pronounced than usual. "I want to make sure you're still good for my backup should anything happen to me where Jake's concerned."
"I'm his godfather now. I'd do anything for the kid."
She reached across the table and touched his arm. "Even raise him as your own?" Sadie held his gaze.
Chase's chest tightened. "That won't be an issue. He's got you."
"I'm serious. I have a bad feeling."
"We moved you from Leadville to give you a new start. Hopefully, whoever burned down your house won't follow you here. You should be okay."
She smiled. "I have a limited number of skills. Changing my name and hair color hardly constitutes going incognito when all I'm qualified to do is sing and
Chase covered her hand. "Look, Sadie, you're done with that other life. You don't have to go back to entertaining men. You have a good job here, where all you have to do is sing for a living." Though he subsidized her earnings, he wasn't telling her. He owed her his life.
She nodded. "Thanks to you. I'm just afraid my past is catching up to me."
"Why? What has you scared?"
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A wickedly handsome billionaire rancher, Chase Marsden is past his dissolute playboy days. With Covert Cowboys' Kate Rivers posing as his fiancée, he's determined to find the culprits trying to murder an oldand notoriousfriend many would kill to keep silent.
From the moment Chase eyes Katebeautiful, tough, but vulnerablehe knows she's the one. Kate, a former Texas Ranger, fears nothing but Chase's reckless kisses. As they investigate together, each clue puts their lives further in jeopardy. Will Christmas find them under the mistletoe
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