Breathless for the Bachelor

Breathless for the Bachelor

by Cindy Gerard

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Breathless for the Bachelor by Cindy Gerard


With her creamy skin, sultry eyes and luscious mouth, Carrie Whelan was ripe for the plucking, and Ry Evans was starving for a taste of her! Still, he wasn't about to ravish his best friend's virginal baby sister, no matter how appetizing she looked. It was his job to keep her out of trouble and safe from predatory males. But there was only so much one cowboy could take, especially when Carrie's little crush on Ry exploded into passion, and Ry staked his claim on her—body, heart and soul!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426883019
Publisher: Silhouette
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Series: Texas Cattlemans Club: The Stolen Baby , #1564
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 218,923
File size: 486 KB

About the Author

The only thing Cindy had in mind when she started writing her first book was finishing it. The issue of actually selling it came much later. Only after she made that life-altering first sale did she realize that one book would never be enough. Now, over 20 books and numerous awards later, Cindy laughingly admits that she can barely remember life before...well, was there life before writing?

Actually, yes there was, and still is. A professional career woman, Cindy is a trainer for the Iowa Department of Human Services, a position she states is both challenging and rewarding. "Human Services is a front-line, real-life event. Everything about the job is immediate, from serving families in crisis, to assisting staff with difficult situations, to meeting tension-fraught deadlines."

Cindy's career has taught her much about the human condition, its frailties, its strengths, and its spirit. The evocative emotions that pour from the pages of her books are a reflection of some of her work experiences. Her writing celebrates life's richness and trials, offering a wide range of emotions-- hope and elation, anger and indecision, laughter and, of course, love. And, according to her readers, her powerful love scenes run the gamut from steamy to tender to lusty to just plain fun.

Cindy's writing has netted her spots on bestseller lists, numerous RT nominations and awards, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, a National Reader's Choice Award and two RITA nominations.

Between writing and working full time you wouldn't think Cindy would have much time for anything else. And while she does find her work and her writing rewarding, there does have to be more. Cindy has more. Much more. She is happily married to the perfect man. Tom's a cowboy, ladies!

Yes, even Iowa has its share of that saddle-straddling, Wrangler-wearing species who love their horses almost as much as they love their women. As a matter of fact, recently a whole herd of Texans gathered at the Gerard "Ranch" to treat their little ones to real horseback rides. Go figure.

Cindy has a passion for pink depression glass--she always has her eye out for the special piece to add to her collection. Cindy's down time often takes the form of the classic "busman's holiday." She loves to read and most of all, she loves to read at their summer place, a cabin in the woods on Lake Kabetogama in northern Minnesota.

Both Tom and Cindy enjoy gardening and have recently expanded their annual beds into a perennial garden. Cindy says she can hardly wait for spring and the promise of all that reawakening and the colorful blooms.

In addition to the horses, the Gerards have two dogs, Ellie and Boomer, who pretty much get anything they want. Tom and Cindy have one son, Kyle, who, after years of keeping them in suspense, found Eileen, the perfect woman.

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Breathless For The Bachelor

By Cindy Gerard

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-76564-9

Chapter One

"If you call me cute one more time, I swear I'm going to break every bone in your foot."

Ryan Evans lifted a considering brow and gauged the scowl on Carrie Whelan's face across the booth where they sat in the Royal Diner. She meant business. She wasn't just scowling; she was close to breathing fire as hot as the straight, shining length of silky red hair brushing small shoulders stiffened in a pique of anger.

Carrie was way too much fun to tease. Always had been. And hell, at fourteen, she had been cute. At twenty-four, however, it was obvious the idea that he - or any man - would regard her that way, rankled.

Sheer orneriness prompted him to push another hot button. But safety first. He cleared his throat, pulled himself up straighter and very deliberately drew his long legs back under the faded red plastic booth seat so the simmering Ms. Whelan couldn't stomp the three-inch stiletto heel of her designer boots into his instep.

"That time of the month again, is it, sweetie?" he asked with the sage and patronizing compassion of a wise and understanding man.

When she growled, he blinked, all innocence and mystified male guile. "What? What'd I say?"

She tilted her head to the side and studied him as if he were a wad of gum she'd like to scrape off the bottom of her boot. "You know, for a man of such reputed and vast experience with women, you know exactly the wrong things to say to impress a lady."

He couldn't help it. He gave it up and grinned. "Oh, so you're a lady now, are you?"

It wasn't all that long ago that little Carrie Whelan - cute little Carrie Whelan, his best friend, Travis Whelan's, kid sister - had declared to anyone within earshot that she was gonna be a cowboy and she'd have to be dead before anyone would catch her in anything but denim and her cowboy hat and boots.

Well, he could testify for a fact that she was still alive - very much alive - even though she'd traded denim for silk and her worn Ropers for butter-soft Italian ankle boots a few years ago. She also wore a different kind of hat these days - several different kinds, actually. Thanks to the trust fund Trav had set up for her, she didn't have to work, but the darling of Royal, Texas, society was always involved in something. If she wasn't volunteering at the Royalty Hospital burn unit or at the library, she devoted many hours a week at a tax-supported day-care center - and all that was in between organizing fund-raisers and squeezing moldy money from kindhearted old and not-so-old men with deep pockets, who were sympathetic to her causes and suckers for her smile.

And yes. She was definitely alive, Ry thought again before he could curb a quick, appreciative glance at the full, healthy breasts pushing against the ivory silk of her blouse.

But he wasn't supposed to notice that. He wasn't supposed to notice anything remotely sexy or female about Carrie.

He tugged his hat brim lower over his brow. The problem was, she was right about one thing. She wasn't cute anymore. She was beautiful ... supermodel gorgeous, in fact, with those snapping hazel eyes, her tall, willow-slim body and a mouth that made a man wonder what it would feel like pressed against his bare skin.

Not him, of course. He didn't think of her that way. At least, he tried like hell not to.

Frowning, he schooled his gaze to her face again - to those mossy-green eyes - and forced a mandatory return back to surrogate-brother role. "What's got your tail in a twist, Carrie-bear?"

The look she threw him could have peeled paint off the bumper of his black four-by-four Ranger. "You're worse than my brother," she sputtered, and tipped her coffee - muddy tan and loaded with cream and sugar - to her lips. "Neither one of you takes me seriously."

Ry slumped back in the booth, resisting the urge to own up to exactly how seriously he did take her. How he'd seriously like to take her and how she could seriously mess up his head if he didn't herd his thoughts back in the right direction.

"What'd Trav do now?" he asked instead.

"What does he always do? He treats me like a child."

"He loves you," Ry said softly, and watched some of the starch ease out of her stiff spine.

She turned those hazel eyes on him. They made him think of wispy, glittering smoke. Like a night fire, embers banked but smoldering.

"What are we doing here?" she asked abruptly and with such earnest inquiry, he sobered.

"Well, the way I remember it," he said carefully, because he didn't want her getting wise to the fact that at Trav's request, Ry had been sticking pretty close to her for the past week or so, "I called to see how you were doing, you said you'd had a long day, wanted to unwind and asked me to meet you here for a cup of coffee."

She was already shaking her head. "No, I don't mean, what are we doing here, at the Royal Diner. I mean, what are we doing here - you and me? Look at us. It's Saturday night, for Pete's sake. Why aren't we out on the town with our respective dates, drinking champagne - or in your case, your beer of choice," she added with a smarty-pants smile, "and looking forward to a night of hot, passionate se -"

"Hold it right there." He sat up straight, pushing a hand into the space between them.

When she actually shut up, he wiped that same hand over his jaw, then resettled his hat. This was territory he had no intention of invading. "I don't think I want to be discussing my love life with you."


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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
An adorable quick read, yet another that made me get up and buy the next in the series immediately. This book is classic Harlequin Desire style, with hot chemistry and good characters. Ryan's best friend's little sister has grown up, and she never did shake the crush she had on him when she was 16. He's trying to protect her from danger which popped up in Book 3, and not get killed by her big brother for “compromising” Carrie. And boy does she rub it in when he uses that word! It's easy to visualize this cowboy butting into Carrie's life and driving her up the wall, and the characters are very realistic. The few times he loses control with her, he hurts her and drives her into danger. There's no big mystery or twists here, just a classic little romance book. But sometimes you need something to just cheer you up and take you away for a few hours, and this is well written with a great cast of characters. I love the Cattlemen's Club, and this is certainly worth a couple bucks to read while waiting in rush hour. The next book in the series (Pretending with the Playboy) was disappointing, but Breathless for the Bachelor was great.
Booknerd68TD More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite one of this series. Great story. Make sure you read all six books of this series.
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