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Bent, Not Broken
     

Bent, Not Broken

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by Carol Lynne
 

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Book thirteen in the Cattle Valley Series After the tragedy at Cattle Valley Days, Carol McGowan woke in the hospital to find George Manning hovering over her. George confessed he’d fallen in love with her, but Carol is skeptical. She knows George is bi-sexual and has been in an ongoing secret affair for years. She’s been down that road before and ended up

Overview

Book thirteen in the Cattle Valley Series After the tragedy at Cattle Valley Days, Carol McGowan woke in the hospital to find George Manning hovering over her. George confessed he’d fallen in love with her, but Carol is skeptical. She knows George is bi-sexual and has been in an ongoing secret affair for years. She’s been down that road before and ended up on the wrong side of lonely. Carol learned from her previous relationship and isn’t in any hurry to jump back into another ménage. George Manning has spent the last nineteen years hiding his love for his closeted friend and country music legend, Trick Allen. After almost losing Carol, George decides to grab hold of the love in front of him, instead of the dream he’s always chased. Trick Allen spent years building his career. With the reputation of being a typical love ’em and leave ’em superstar, Trick hid his love for George from the rest of the world. When presented with the choice of losing George forever, or stepping out of the glittered closet he’d become accustomed to, he is faced with the ultimate decision. Is a real life worth risking his career? Three people, with very strong personalities, try to blend love and home amidst a national outcry of vehemence. Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907280191
Publisher:
Totally Entwined Group Ltd
Publication date:
09/21/2009
Series:
Cattle Valley , #13
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
87
Sales rank:
806,929
File size:
185 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Carol opened her eyes to the sight of George Manning’s gorgeous face asleep beside her. How many times had she dreamt of waking with George? The beeping of the heart monitor on the opposite side of the bed brought her back to reality.

She remembered waking several days earlier to see George’s face hovering over her bed, his hazel eyes filled with concern. What had prompted such emotion in the man? Although they’d spent a great deal of time together in the previous months, George hadn’t even made a pass at her, much to her disappointment.

She lifted her hand and ran her fingers through his short, dark brown hair. George’s eyes fluttered several times before opening.

“Hey,” Carol said. Even though it had been several days since her surgery, there was still a slight rasp to it.

“How’re you feeling?” George asked.

Despite being awake, George continued to allow Carol’s fingers to stroke and pet.

“Probably more rested than you. Why don’t you go home and get some sleep.”

George shook his head but not enough to dislodge Carol’s hand. “I’m okay. At least I’m in here with you. Mario slept in the lobby for two days.”

“Have you gone home at all?” she asked as she traced one of his eyebrows with a fingertip. Although Sheridan was only forty-five minutes from home, Carol knew the man hadn’t spent one night in his own bed since the accident.

“I’ve been running back to Cattle Valley every day to shower and change. I don’t know that they’d let me stay with you if I smell.”

Carol started to laugh and grabbed her stomach.

“Should I get the nurse?” George rose to his feet and offered her a drink of water

Carol shook her head and sipped at the water. “Just don’t make me laugh anymore.”

George took Carol’s hand in his and leant down to place a kiss on her forehead. “I’m sorry.”

Carol grinned. “Don’t be silly. You didn’t do anything on purpose.”

She stared into his eyes. There was so much she wanted to ask him. His actions since the collapse confused her. “Aren’t you supposed to be at the fire station?”

George’s Adam’s apple bobbed several times before he answered. “I don’t want to be anywhere but with you.”

Narrowing her eyes, she reached for George’s hand. “What’s going on?”

George resumed his seat and rested his cheek on their entwined hands. “I’m in love with you.”

Shocked, Carol gasped. “What? You can’t be.”

Leaning his arms on the bed, George leant towards her. “I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve wanted to kiss you. To just take you to my bed and keep you there, but certain things always stopped me.”

“Like Trick?”

George lowered his gaze. “Yeah, like Trick. It wasn’t until the collapse that I realised I was wasting my time with him.”

Carol shook her head. She could see the mixed emotions in George’s eyes. “You’ve been with him a long time.”

“Nineteen years, too damn long to be shoved into the role of secret lover. I’m tired of that. I want a real life, with a real partner.”

With her head swimming, Carol released George’s hand. She may have only had one serious relationship in her life, but it had ended with her being alone. It had been years since she’d moved to Cattle Valley with Rodney and Lyle. At the time, she’d thought they would finally be able to openly be a family. That had all changed when her men decided they made a better twosome. Rodney and Lyle had taken off to Seattle without a backward glance.

No. She couldn’t travel down that road again. She shook her head. “You still love him. I can’t…”

George stopped her with a soft kiss. Their lips lingered in the chaste kiss until he eventually pulled back. “Give me a chance.”

Her immediate reaction was to tell him thanks, but no thanks, but her heart stopped her. How many times had Quade teased her about staying in Cattle Valley? In a town where most of the men were either gay or bi. She seemed to be tempting fate. Carol countered that she wasn’t, she was ensuring she never fell in love again.

With the feel of George’s kiss still fresh in her mind, she wondered whether she could ever again trust a man with her heart. Trick was the wildcard. Although she’d met the handsome man, she’d never thought of him as anything other than George’s lover.

“What about Trick?” she asked again.

“I told him I was done.”

“Give me some time to think about it.” She wouldn’t tell George, but what she really wanted was to see if things were really over with the country music singer.

After everything she’d been through, Carol knew her heart couldn’t take another betrayal. She had no doubt George would do everything in his power to keep his word regarding Trick, but the heart didn’t always agree with the mind.

“Please don’t shut me out,” George begged.

“I’m not, but I learned the hard way that what someone says and what they do aren’t always the same.”

“Will you let me stay?”

“Of course. You’re my dearest friend next to Quade. How could I do without you?”

“Hey. I thought I was your dearest friend.” Nate said as he stepped into the room.

Even feeling like shit, Carol felt well enough to give Nate a hard time. “Biggest pain in my ass, you mean,” she said in her typical dry tone.

Nate grinned and bent to give her a kiss on the forehead. “You must be feeling better.”

Carol gave Nate a mock growl. “Why’re you so chipper? Are you that happy to see me flat on my back?”

Chuckling, George stood and gave Carol another brief kiss. “I’m gonna run home and shower. Okay if I come back?”

“Only if you bring me some tacos. I may be in here, but I haven’t forgotten what day it is.”

George shook his head. “I don’t think you’re up to Jay’s spicy taco meat yet. But as soon as they spring you from this place, it’s a date.”

Carol felt the blush creeping up her cheeks. “You’ve got yourself a deal.”

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Meet the Author

An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of erotic romance. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. These days, you can usually find Carol either cleaning jelly out of the carpet or nestled in her favourite chair writing steamy love scenes.

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Cattle Valley: Gone Surfin' 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Jambi More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Cattle Valley series starts off with a threesome (you can read about their meeting in Carol's Good Brother series.) I really enjoyed finding out more about Ryan, Nate and Rio and their move to Cattle Valley. Also, you find out more about the actual town and all the wonderful people living there. Once you read this you'll want to know more and have to pick up the next book. I love everything Carol writes.
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I just finished 1-28 of the Cattle Valley Series - that is all that has been published at this time. I did read the Good series where these main characters were introduced too. I highly recommend them all. The characters are all so different but they are all hot, sexy and lovable in their own way. Not only are are the characters unique, their stories also differ greatly making each story highly entertaining in its own way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your looking for a hot sexy story this is not likely it. The book is written to be more about two best friends with one that is killed. Very touching at times.
st65 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed....you know it is good when you wish the book is 5 times as long!
Luv2ReadAG More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. Must Check out this series!
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