Sharp Shootin' Cowboy

Sharp Shootin' Cowboy

by Victoria Vane

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Overview

"Spicy and fun...A spirited, heartwarming story."—Long and Short Reviews

Tempers and passion flare when former Marine, turned rancher and hunting guide, Reid Everett, clashes with conservationist Haley Cooper in the middle of the Wyoming wilderness. Can they remain on opposite sides of the fence with such ardent chemistry threatening to explode between them?

Weary warrior... After eight years as a Marine sniper, war-scarred Reid Everett is back in his native Wyoming. He knows and loves this rugged land, so working for wildlife services to reduce the booming wolf population suits him to a T.

Caring crusader... Wildlife biologist Haley Cooper is desperate to make a difference. Leaving the world of academia behind, she accepts a position as a wolf advocate to protect the animals she loves.

Raw attraction... Their jobs set them on a collision course, but chemistry sparks like wildfire between Reid and Haley. They'll have to brave some rough territory if they hope to reconcile their polarizing views with a passion that won't be denied.

Hot Cowboy Nights Series:
Slow Hand (Book 1)
Rough Rider (Book 2)
Sharp Shootin' Cowboy (Book 3)
Saddle Up (Book 4)

Praise for Slow Hand:
"For erotic passion and one-liners, the first in Vane's new series will satisfy." —RT Book Reviews
"Deliciously wicked banter... rich storyline and vibrant characterizations make this an intense and satisfying read." —Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492601180
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: Hot Cowboy Nights , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 628,319
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of the Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers Goodreads group and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog. She lives on the east coast of Florida.

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Chapter 1

Mojave Desert, Southern California

Lying on his belly behind an outcropping of rocks, Reid squinted into the scope of his rifle. He was sweating like a pig in his dirt-encrusted ghillie suit and didn't even want to think about how he smelled after three days in hundred-plus temps. He shifted his body. His legs were numb from hours of observation, but he still felt the gravel chewing through the suit and into his skin.

"You got plans after this, hermano?" asked his spotter, Rafael Garcia. They'd met during basic eighteen months ago and had done two tours together. Six months after returning, they'd both earned the coveted Scout Sniper hog's tooth they proudly wore around their necks.

"Nothing special," Reid answered. "You?"

"Oh yeah. Big plans, considering this is our final weekend of freedom and the last chance to score some ass. You need to come along this time."

Reid squinted through his riflescope at the village below where the USMC had re-created a near-perfect model of their mission theater, complete with hundreds of Arabic speakers who wandered the streets and haggled in the staged marketplace. It was quiet below; maybe too quiet.

"No can do, Raf. I've got phone calls to make and a ton of shit to take care of before we deploy." In truth, he was still licking his wounds.

What pissed him off most wasn't so much getting dumped, as he'd half-expected that, but her chosen method. That's what really sucked. Rather than a letter or even a phone call, she'd sent a Dear John text on New Year's Eve: Can't wait for u anymore. :( So sorry Reid. Take care. Tonya.

After two years together, she hadn't even allowed him the satisfaction of tearing up a letter. Five months later, he still wasn't over it. After seeing so many guys dumped during deployments-and now having experienced it himself-he'd banished any thought of women from his mind.

"C'mon, hermano," Garcia cajoled. "You've still got all next week to take care of that shit. You gotta get some while the getting is still good. We're looking at eight straight months of chaqueta."

"Chaqueta? Jacket?" Reid translated with a frown.

"No, man." Garcia grinned, fisting his hand and mimicking jacking off.

"You speak English as well as I do. Why can't you just use it?" Reid asked.

"You're not in Wyoming anymore. You need to learn some Spanish. Hispanics are the fastest growing minority. Especially here in SoCal. Who knows? We may even outnumber you gringos before the end of the century. Just think of it as broadening your cultural horizons."

"Yeah? Well, I think my cultural horizons are gonna expand real soon, considering where we're headed."

"And the hijos de puta madres over there will kill you for touching their women. Shit, they don't even let you look at them. For the next eight months, we'll all be doing punetas."

Garcia was right. The coming months would be almost monastic. No sex. No booze. A supreme test of both celibacy and abstinence. Most of the grunts would spend the next week drinking 'til they puked and fucking anything that moved. He didn't judge, but that didn't mean he wanted to be part of it.

"Tell you what, esé," Garcia continued, as he raised his binoculars, "if you go this weekend, I'll even take you someplace where your cowboy ass will feel right at home."

"In Southern California?"

"Yeah. We have rednecks in tejanos out here too. Mierda," Garcia swore softly. "Insurgent sighted at two o'clock. He's got an RPG shouldered."

"Fuck. Can't see him."

This was the final test of a grueling, sleep-deprived seventy-two hours, and he was about to fail. Reid pulled back from his scope to blink the dust out of his eyes, then scanned for his target again. "Sighted," Reid confirmed with relief. "Got the son of a bitch in the crosshairs."

"Too slow, hombre. He's already taking cover. Looks like he's going to launch from behind that concrete wall."

"The hell he is." At twelve hundred yards, it was the longest shot Reid had ever attempted, but his bipod supported the deadliest weapon he'd ever fired. The M82A3 with fifty-caliber rounds could certainly handle the distance and even a concrete wall. Hell, it could probably take out a fucking tank from a mile away.

"Wind call?" he asked.

"Steady at seven miles per hour. No cross breeze," Garcia replied.

Reid doped his scope.

"Push it left point two," Garcia instructed.

"You sure about that?" Reid had estimated point three. He was rarely off, but Garcia knew his shit. He'd proven to be the best spotter in their class.

"Yeah, I'm sure. You gotta trust me." Garcia echoed his own thoughts, but Reid was accustomed to relying on his instincts. It was hard to turn that over to someone else. "Tell you what," Garcia continued, "if you miss the mark, you're off the hook. If you hit, you're the designated driver."

To any other guy that kind of bet might provide incentive to miss, but Garcia knew him too well. Reid took pride on never missing a shot and had an entire trophy room of big game back in Wyoming to prove it.

"All right by me." Reid made the necessary adjustment and honed in once more on his target, a silhouette behind a concrete wall that stood over half a mile away.

One shot. One kill. The scout sniper mantra. It was time to take it.

Reid inhaled slow and deep. Exhaling, his finger tightened on the trigger. He held the next breath for a three count and then slowly and deliberately squeezed. The recoil rammed his right shoulder. The discharge blasted his ears. Three seconds later, half the concrete wall disintegrated before their eyes.

"Mierda!" Garcia lowered his spotting scope with a grin. "That thing's a fucking cannon. So, are we gonna take a taxi or do you wanna drive?"

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Sharp Shootin' Cowboy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
Victoria does write some hot cowboys! Two people with completely differing ideas about life and the value of life come together in a clash of passion. Haley Cooper has no use for men with guns, especially Marines. When he kills animals for food and to protect livestock, well, this just gives him even more strikes against him. Now, if only she can get him out of her head. Reid Everett is a man of honor, a man of principle, and a man of the frontier. He’s lived his life with a gun in his hand, and went on to use that skill as a Marine sniper who has seen his fair share, and more, of death but values what’s necessary to keep the balance. Meeting Haley Cooper has him rethinking things even as he butts heads with her. His desire for her drives him to reconsider many things, including his tactics to win her heart. Victoria Vane certainly knows how to write some sexy cowboys and some stand by her principles women. SHARP SHOOTIN’ COWBOY is the third book in the Hot Cowboy Nights series and as with the first two books, we meet men with some old-fashioned ideas about what kind of women fit into their world, and then we meet the women who change their minds. Haley is such a woman. She carries a passion for protecting the wildlife of this planet and cannot wrap her mind around how a man, who puts his life on the line to protect the freedoms of our country and others, can hunt animals, particularly wolves, in good conscience. Of course, her self-proclaimed prejudice against Marines doesn’t do much to gain him favor in her eyes, but Reid isn’t one to give up easily either. Compromise and understanding become the name of the game in this passionate, banter-filled relationship that constantly teeters on the edge of falling apart. A deep attraction and sexually charged desire keep them coming back together until love finally conquers their bullheadedness. I’m not going to give anything away but when you read the epilogue, you’ll discover yourself grinning from ear to ear. It’s truly difficult for me to choose a favorite in this series and I suspect with each addition, it’s going to become even harder. The strength of Victoria's imagination and writing speaks for itself...and her cowboys rock the pages. I highly recommend reading SHARP SHOOTIN’ COWBOY by Victoria Vane. It’s a sweet, compassionate contemporary romance starring a sexy, sharp shooter cowboy turned Marine, who reveals just how honorable a man he truly is, and in a way, which will surely surprise you. Each novel in this series easily stands alone but this one does it the best. If you haven’t tested out the cowboy love of the Hot Cowboy Nights series yet, do it with SHARP SHOOTIN’ COWBOY. I think you’ll have a very good time. ***eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
DebDiem 5 months ago
Sharp Shootin' Cowboy by Victoria Vane is a fantastic contemporary western romance. Ms. Vane has given readers a well-written book loaded with an outstanding array of characters and a few twists and turns through the story. Reid leaves the Marines and goes to work for wildlife services to reduce the wolf population. Haley is a wolf advocate and is rabid in her belief that they should be protected. Ried and Haley's story is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle and suspense. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to my next book by Victoria Vane. Sharp Shootin' Cowboy is book 3 of the Hot Cowboy Nights Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I read a print copy of this book.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend SHARP SHOOTIN' COWBOY to anyone who enjoys delicious contemporary western romances with plenty of substance. "Times may change, but I guess cowboys don't." SHARP SHOOTIN' COWBOY by Victoria Vane is a really good western romance featuring two opposites in the powder keg controversy of destruction versus restoration of wolves in the west. The debate is seldom debated rationally in public and wildlife management was most assuredly a hot political issue for our hero and heroine in this tale. This is the story of Marine sniper Reid Everett and wildlife biologist Haley Cooper. Even though this is the third book in Victoria's Hot Cowboy Nights series, and there are interconnected characters, SHARP SHOOTIN' COWBOY can be fully enjoyed as a standalone if that is your preference. Reid had enlisted in the Marines after being dumped by his girlfriend. He'd actually purchased an engagement ring that he'd planned to surprise her with at Christmas, then he'd received a text unceremoniously telling him it was over between them. The experience had soured him on women so when his best friend talked him into visiting a club near Camp Pendleton before they were sent overseas, he wasn't looking to hook up. However, that was before he met Haley Cooper and, from that point forward, he couldn't get her out of mind. Haley wasn't a party girl; She was a book nerd. She wasn't thrilled about visiting the club that night, but her best friend who loved to kick up her heels had insisted. The club was packed with Marines from the nearby base, but Haley wasn't interested in dancing nor the Marines, especially that one with his sexy body and striking blue eyes who'd paid her way into the club. Fate, though, had other ideas. When she wagered him a game of pool and then was the cause for him being booted from the club, he gave her a ride home and loaned her his jacket when she was cold. That jacket provided a tenuous connection between them during his deployment as evidenced by the following texts: "I've been accepted to UC Davis. Heading to Sacramento in a few weeks, so I won't be here when you return. Should I send your jacket to Camp Pendleton? - Haley Negative, Haley Cooper. Will collect it in person... along with something else I promised myself. - Reid In your dreams, Marine - Haley Every single night, sweetheart - Reid They were undeniably attracted to each other. The two had scant encounters over a span of years, but it was never the right time or place for more. Would Haley ever give their relationship a chance to be more? You'll have to read SHARP SHOOTIN' COWBOY to find out! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
Dina1 More than 1 year ago
I was happily surprised at how much I loved this story. It has everything a love story should have; a military love my country cowboy and a hard to convince beautiful woman. Why? Their different views from politics, to military all the way to what they do for a living. Regardless, this man is persistent in his pursuit of what he wants, trying for years to get her to accept him. Through school, moving, changing careers and having a lover, every time he shows up at her door she knows he makes her feel things she doesn't want to feel. Through thick and thin he's there for her and unexpectedly she for him. Can they come to terms with their differences? Well since I hate to do spoilers you'll just have to read the book. You won't be disappointed; this is not your usual cowboy meets girl story. Author Victoria Vane has done a magnificent job telling both sides of the story that is filled with ups and downs, conviction, passion, misunderstandings, heartache and love. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading of military, cowboys and the women they want
Sailon More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you create a slow building romance between two people on the polar opposite sides of a political powder keg? You get a romance you can really sink your canines in to. I'm not talking about canines of the supernatural variety but the canines of wolves. The topic, reintroducing wolves into the environment and the effect they have on that environment. Marine sharpshooter and hunting tour guide, Read Everett has a chance encounter with wildlife biologist and wolf advocate, Haley Coopers. They have sparse encounters with long distance contacts that span years. It was never the right time, right place or shared ideals, until their paths cross once again in an explosive situation between hunter and wolf. Victoria Vane has really done her homework. She provides the facts on both sides of the wolf reintroduction controversy while promulgating an unbiased perspective. You, the reader, will have the opportunity to create your own opinions while you experience both sides of the debate through the characters journey to understanding and compromise. I really enjoy a good quick and easy romance but I devour a storyline that has substance, that engages you in the characters plights and stays with you long after the story is over. Sharp Shootin' Cowboy is just such a story. I received this copy of Sharp Shootin' Cowboy from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for a honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Vane has crafted yet another intricate & thought provoking tale that can definitely hold your attention.  The flow of the writing leads readers right into the tale, while the narrative and descriptions paint this world before your eyes.  I really enjoyed how there was more to this novel than simply the relationship between the main characters.  Family, friends, wildlife all come in to play in the meantime.  Nor do we rush through a whirlwind romance.  I loved seeing the relationship build, and implode more than once throughout.  This sense of reality kept me grounded. I’ll admit that I had very high hopes for this one.  I’ve loved this series up until now, and don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book, but it didn’t quite live up to the rest.  When we get to characters, I run in to my big issue with this novel.  The heroine got on my nerves, repeatedly.  I tried to like her, I really did.  Admittedly there were a number of things that I liked about her.  She stood up for what she believed in.  She was willing to go her own way.  She was a caring individual.  But she was so closed minded about things that she was at a standstill as an individual.  As much as I understood her point, but about half way through the book she had me so annoyed that I simply didn’t like her much anymore.  It kind of ruined the story for me.  That said, I absolutely loved our hero here.  Reid was caring, compassionate, and friendly.  He was also strong and a military hero.  He was the perfect man, but still had his flaws which made him so very real. There was so much about his novel that I loved, that kept me coming back, wanting more.  The plot was great, there was a fantastic male lead, the writing was phenomenal.  But Haley…  *FacePalm*  Honestly, however, I really did enjoy the novel, especially once I got over the fact that I just won’t like everyone. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
This is the third in Ms. Vane’s latest western series and I liked it the best.  This latest release went into great depth with the hero’s and heroine’s thoughts and past histories, wounds that needed healing and their hunger for love.  The back and forth, to and fro of their on again-off again relationship was so understandable from both the hero’s and heroine’s points of view; and I did get impatient at times with both Reid and Haley to get their heads on straight and communicate better!  I think they both finally realized that good communication allows trust to build in relationships and that it takes perseverance and hard work to get to mutual understandings.  This romance was very well thought out and the author was a virtuoso getting through all the twists and turns and having all the tangles come out to a happy ending.  
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Opposites attract in this sexy Cowboy story. Reid has come home after leaving the Marines to work with the wildlife services to control the Wolf population. Haley is a wildlife biologist out to save the wolves. These to have a rocky past with a chemistry that can’t be denied. Can they find common ground and make it work? Reid is one sexy cowboy that loves his family and home, Haley is on a mission to save the world. An enjoyable read the characters are interesting and the story held my interest throughout.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This is the third and best book in the Hot Cowboy Nights series by one of my favorite authors, Victoria Vane. Readers of this blog know that contemporary romance is not my usual thing–it just doesn’t seem to offer enough escapism for me from my stressful twenty-first century life–but I really, really enjoy Vane’s writing voice. It’s clear, readable, engaging, and she just tells a darn good story. Additionally, her research is always impeccable and very impressive, something my librarian self appreciates as I always learn something new every time I read her books. This story has it all. A passionate love story, overcoming obstacles, a dreamy and truly kindhearted hero, and a sweet heroine who grows and matures in many ways. I am an eco-conscious minimalist and a vegan but I could respect Reid’s sensible opinions and views on the other side of politics and ethics. It’s easy to see how Haley’s heart could fall for him while her head tries to reason that it could never possibly work. I also learned a lot about wolves, wolf behavior, the political hotbeds of the controversy with the National Park Service, ranchers, environmentalists, and hunters alike, and wolf population control and management. These fascinating aspects in the story added a lot to my enjoyment. Reid Everett is a hero almost too good to be true. He’s handsome with a hot body, very smart, loves his family, respects women, values animals and humans alike, and is head over heels in love with Haley Cooper. Haley is a petite little thing who steals Reid’s heart. She’s ambitious, feminine, yet has a boldness that turns Reid on. Her own painful past–her father was a marine who abandoned her and her mother, who then left Haley to be raised by her loving grandparents–mars her first impressions of Reid. He’s a marine sniper and his family runs a very successful hunting expedition business in Wyoming. All of these things collide with Haley’s vegetarian, animal-loving and saving nature.  But their attraction is more than mere lust. Both Haley and Reid are strong-willed and devoted to their causes with a passion, but there must always be one person who is willing to break down those barriers and Reid does it with kindness, love, and determination. Their love story takes seven years to get to a happy ending, when fate throws them together at different times in their lives. But that love and attraction and respect is always present. It is only when Haley finally acknowledges it that it finally works out. A truly enjoyable and engrossing love story. You won’t be disappointed. I may not love contemporary romance, but I will now read anything that Victoria Vane writes. Brava!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
A wild bronc ride of a book! Haley and Reid seem to have nothing in common besides an explosive sexual chemistry, but while Reid is willing to try and have a relationship, Haley is so stubborn that she cannot see how she could ever make any compromise to try to make it a go with Reid.  SHARP SHOOTIN’ COWBOY is definitely not a formulaic book; Ms. Vane does not take the easiest road and this is why this book is so fabulous. SHARP SHOOTIN’ COWBOY is an honest love story, with characters so genuine you feel you know them. Victoria Vane makes us see both characters’ points of view: it’s not a case of who’s right or who’s wrong; it’s not the issue, wherever our own beliefs lie.  It’s a wonderful, complicated, unforgettable story that will make you think and will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. Fantastic!
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
This story is different. And the first difference would be the true tale from the blurb. Because before we get into that part of the story, in about half way through, there's the whole history and past the characters have with each other, that actually spread over seven years of time. And that history is not easy, smooth, or painless. Reid and Haley have a physical attraction, there's no denying that. But they don't see eye to eye on many things, when it comes to, well, just about anything at all. Haley has trust and self esteem issues from her childhood. She has strong convictions about everything, from hunting, wildlife, military, to eating meat, just to name a few. Reid is a marine, cowboy, and has been hunting all his life, so there are many conflicts to be faced. Also Haley's personal problems make her push and pull constantly in their relationship, and make some questionable decisions. It really is amazing that Reid has the overwhelming attraction towards her, that last over the years of separation. Haley is not easy to like, or understand, she is running hot and cold every time they meet over the years. Reid is really attractive, kind, caring, old fashion, with family values. Haley likes to think all marines are like her father, that she didn't even know. With amazing patience and understanding, Reid and Haley work out their differences. The story contains lots of detailed information about wildlife preserve, that at times slows the story down, too much in my opinion. I did struggle with this book, mainly because of Haley, and the story was moving so slow, at times. The saving force of the story was Reid, and because of him I will give the story ~ Two Spoons and a teaspoon on the side
Christy_English More than 1 year ago
This one is delicious! I literally devoured it in less the 24 hours. Once again, Victoria Vane takes us into  the Wild West. American Sniper meets the Wolf Whispererin this scorching hot romance, and sparks fly. I am happy to say that this one ends happily, as all good romances must, but it is a wild ride. With her usual in-depth and brilliant research, Victoria delves into the world of the activists who work so hard to save endangered species in the wild, but she does a wonderful job of also showing the side of the ranchers whose livestock is constantly threatened by those wild creatures. And did I mention there is a hot Marine in this one? Yes, indeed, Reid is a bad ass sniper who serves his country for over eight years, but he is also the kind of man who finds the woman he wants and pursuers her, unrelenting, working to make her love him in spite of their differences. And those differences are abundant. Reid and his family run a service that takes rich tourists out to shoot big game. Haley is a woman who has devoted her life to saving wolves specifically, and all species  through her activism. So to say that Reid has his work cut out for him, I am understating the case. In spite of my own lack of interest in big game hunting, I rooted for him the entire time.  Haley also warmed my heart, as I watched her struggle between idealism and the realities of ranching in Wyoming. If you pick this book up, I think you'll love it. I gave it five stars because it held my focus, and I simply could not put it down. A great read.  
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Opposites attract but can they be together long term?  Cowboy Marine Reid Everett wants to give it a try but wildlife biologist Haley Cooper is scared to try.  These two are day and night.  She is an only child who grew up indoors in her head reading and following intellectual pursuits.  He grew up in a loud boisterous family outdoors.  She is left and he is right but there is that spark of something that makes the country gentleman think the city girl might just be the one for him.  Her heart and body agree but her brain just can’t let her take the risk.  Follow these two through an eight year journey to finding a middle ground.   I loved this book because I can identify so much with these characters.  My husband and I are opposites and have learned to agree to disagree about several hot button topics. It was a blast watching these two find common ground outside the bedroom.