Friday, May 4, 2018

Spotlight: Excerpt Of Tempting the Rancher by Leslie North

Tempting the Rancher
Leslie North
(Meier Ranch Brothers, #1)
Publication date: April 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Texas rancher Nathaniel Meier always puts his responsibilities first. With his father dead, his brothers away, and his mother off “finding herself,” it’s Nat who runs their sprawling ranch. But with cattle to sell and the bank breathing down his neck, he needs all the help he can get, even when that help comes from the last person he ever expected to see again—his childhood sweetheart January Rose.
Free-spirited January always dreamed of traveling the world. The moment she turned eighteen, she left Close Call, Texas behind and barely looked back. So now that she’s home, she intends to stay only long enough to earn some cash and get back on the road. But when she comes face to face with Nat Meier, she quickly realizes the boy she left behind is now all man.
Even for a nomad like January, wanderlust sometimes gets lonely, and Nat is the one person who’s called to her, even after a decade apart. But for a man ruled by responsibility and a woman whose suitcase is her home, the future is uncertain. And the closer they get, the more Nat worries he’s going to get burned…again.

Enjoy this excerpt:

January heard her name outside the trailer, louder than it should be legal to yell such a thing. That it was tethered to a voice that made her feel all tingly inside made the intrusion like hot butter on a biscuit. She burrowed deeper into the couch cushions and melted back into her nap-time fantasy as Miss Ellie Beaux, badass space outlaw extraordinaire. Quite possibly, she loved Nat Meier for his fictional prowess.
The second and third time he yelled her name—well, that was plain rude.
Dream-logged and cotton-mouthed, she got her knees beneath her and peered past the window curtains. Clouds boiled the landscape dim. Nat sat atop his high horse in a tight gray t-shirt that hugged his muscular arms pectoral muscles. His standard-issue jeans were bleached from the sun and frayed at his boots. This time, he wore a baseball cap. The brim looked like it had a run-in with a bull and lost.
Right then and there, January decided Nat Meier could do any damned thing he pleased so long as he came around looking as hot as a summer revival with no fans. Except for the scowl. They’d have to work on that.
January slipped on Mona’s cow-print slippers and went outside. She aimed for alertness but missed.
“You asleep? It’s four in the afternoon.”
Nat’s tone was an affront to every sexy, non-judgmental thing about him. As if a nap were a luxury for lions and liberals.
“I made dinner, but Mom isn’t back yet. Plus, I didn’t sleep well last night. Was up late. And I am on vacation of sorts.”
Somehow, her laundry list of excuses didn’t shift the pitch of his frown.
“She’s still out working on the palpation cage. Might be awhile.”
January wanted to ask the obvious question but didn’t really want to know past twisting it into a possible joke. Nat really didn’t look like he was in the mood to laugh. Mostly, his gaze kept slipping south.
That was the moment January considered her appearance: boy shorts with cupcakes on them, a pink John Deere tank top that Mona had accidentally shrunk and washed with her reds, and striped basketball socks to her knees. A power outfit while her clothes spun through wash and dry cycles.

Author Bio:
Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.
The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.
Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.


1 comment:

Giselle said...

Thanks for hosting today, Kari! :)