Tempting the Cowboy: A Paint River Ranch Book by Elizabeth Otto
After taking a job on a quiet Montana dude ranch, ex-cop Rylan Frederickson finds herself surrounded by unbelievably sexy cowboys. Too bad the one she wants is her boss...and the single dad of a four-year-old. It doesn't matter anyway, because after a recent tragedy, there's simply no more room in her heart.
Letting a new woman into their life is the last thing Cole Haywood wants for him and his daughter, Birdie. But as Rylan's presence at Paint River Ranch breathes new life into his family he can't ignore his growing attraction.
When the sparks between them turn into fireworks in bed, Rylan's torn between the family she's lost and the one she may have found. Now she must decide if something that feels this good is worth the risk.
About the Author
Elizabeth writes steamy contemporary and paranormal romance by day, and works as an Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate by night. The night shift provides never-ending fodder for plots, characters and story lines! When not creating characters or saving lives, she wrangles three demonic children and tends to her heirloom garden in the beautiful Midwest.
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Rylan Fredrickson looked at the mass of beer-chasing cowboys crammed inside the small, dark bar, reaching instinctively for the reassurance of the gun she no longer kept at her waist. This hole-in-the-wall couldn't possibly be what her therapist, Dawn, had in mind when she'd told Rylan to stop rocking her ass in the corner, step out her front door, and start experiencing new things.
Just breathe, Rylan, and let life happen.
She'd stepped out her front door, all right, and straight down a testosterone-and beer-fueled rabbit hole. She was supposed to take the bus from Madison, Wisconsin, to Greenbrook, Montana, where a ride to Paint River Ranch would be waiting for her. Not fearing for her life on the threshold of a horror-movie-worthy bar called The Reaper. "Experience new things" was starting to look like a fail. If Dawn weren't also her best friend, Rylan would have strangled her hard and slow for the shitty life advice.
Dawn's "let life happen" mantra was supposed to help heal Rylan's emotional wounds. But so far she'd spent twenty-four hours on a packed Greyhound with broken air-conditioning and then gotten dumped at a run-down gas station slash bus stop. The bucktoothed station attendant broke the great news to her that she'd gotten off in the wrong town. Paint River Ranch was twenty minutes away, and to add fuel to her fire, no one answered when she'd repeatedly hit the ranch's number on her cell phone's speed dial. Life was happening, all right, and it wasn't doing much to make her feel better.
From the moment she'd answered Paint River's online help-wanted ad to when she'd sold everything but the clothes and few mementos in her travel bag and hopped on the bus, she'd been second-guessing the sanity of taking this leap. She was interviewed over the phone and hired via e-mail for crying out loud. What had she been thinking?
Escape. A clean, far, far away escape from the ache in her heart and the emptiness that never went away, that's what. Rylan hugged herself and took a deep breath to steady her nerves. She'd been a cop in one of the busiest college towns in the country. Making this journey shouldn't have her so undone. But the sun was setting behind the mountains and soon she'd be stranded in a town the size of a postage stamp. Undone was too light an expression.
"Suck it up, Buttercup," Rylan muttered as she drew a big breath through her nose, hitched her duffel bag over her shoulder, and crossed the threshold. The beat of a Little Big Town song blasted in her ears. Surveying the interior, Rylan spotted the bar across the room behind several scattered tables. Her nerves jacked; she'd have to cut through a mass of drunken men to reach it. The memory flashed in her mind — the sound of gunfire, searing pain, blood on her hands.
Rolling her shoulders back and standing tall, Rylan smoothed the front of her jeans with sweaty palms before weaving through the room. Chatter paused. Cowboys turned to look her way with halfhearted interest. She stomped down her unease at having so many eyes on her, and let out a relieved huff when conversation and the sounds of drinking and cards being shuffled started up again as quickly as they'd paused. Shake it off, she chastised herself. This is a different place, a different bar. After six years in law enforcement, it was hard to forget that not every man in every bar was packing a weapon, just waiting to put a bullet in her.
Once bitten and all that.
A baritone voice wafted by as she approached the bar. "Help you, young lady?"
Rylan glanced around but couldn't see the source.
She followed the tones and blushed to see a very short person whose forehead cleared the bar by only the fraction of an inch. How that huge voice came from such a small man, she had no idea.
"I'm sorry." Rylan gaped. "I didn't see you there."
"Statement of my life." The man stepped up onto a stool and grabbed a tumbler from the rack. "What'll ya have?" He was balding, with a ring of chestnut-and-gray-peppered hair, the top of his head dotted with age spots.
"A ride?" Rylan asked. The bartender stopped halfway to getting a napkin with the rise of one bushy eyebrow.
"With these stumpy legs of mine, that's not a request I personally get very often." He winked and set a napkin in front of her. Rylan laughed.
"The gas station guy said I might find someone heading to Greenbrook in ..." A loud boom upstairs cut her off, and the floor above shook with violent boot stomps. The bartender sighed, shaking his head. No one else seemed to mind or notice. Rylan glanced over to see a door at the top of the stairs open. Voices and laughter rang out from behind it, and a man clomped unsteadily down the staircase.
"Dammit, Cole! You lost. Get your drunk ass home!" a voice from upstairs shouted a second before a hat flew down the staircase after the man.
The bartender sighed again as the upstairs door slammed. "Poker game going on." He pointed with one finger to upper level. "So, where exactly are you headed?"
"Paint River Ranch," Rylan said, eyeing the cowboy as he slapped his hat against his thigh before attempting to settle it on his head. The hat fell off. He snatched it and tried again, completely missing this time. Glossy black hair curled around his ears and the nape of his neck. A dark T-shirt hugged his broad torso, the one arm Rylan could see defined with smooth, bulging biceps as he put the hat back on. A warm flush settled in her chest. Drunk or not, if he was this sexy from across the room, how hot was he up close? Rylan's brow furrowed at the thought. Yeah, that's what she needed to be thinking about right now.
The bartender gave an enthusiastic guffaw. "No kidding." He pulled a tap of beer and held it to her. "Drink up. You're going to need it."
Rylan accepted the glass with a questioning look. "Why's that?" The bartender nodded to the cowboy who swayed his way around a row of tables. "'Cause that's your ride."
She'd survived being shot, a couple car chases, and the swine flu. There was no way in hell Rylan was getting tangled up with a six-foot-plus, drunk-ass cowboy. Sexy or not.
"Why exactly is he my ride?" Rylan crumpled a bar napkin in her palm while watching the cowboy stagger through the crowd. Somehow, he maneuvered his tall, lean body against the far end of the bar, hip jutting out with one leg cocked as though he had all the time in the world. She half expected him to fall over ... and was slightly disappointed when he didn't.
"He's Cole Haywood."
The name had a ring of familiarity to it. "So?"
"Haywood, as in the Haywoods of Paint River Ranch."
Rylan clenched her eyes shut. Oh, shit. Maeve Haywood had been her contact at the ranch, the one to conduct her phone interview. If her brain weren't so tired from this disaster of a day, Rylan would have made the connection right away.
Time to get her intel straight. "So, he's the ...?"
"Oldest son. Co-owner."
She rolled her eyes. "Right." And technically my freaking boss! Great. Add drunk, hot boss to the list of surprises today.
She'd been hired as the executive housekeeper — a fancy title for cleaning lady — but it didn't matter. She'd wanted a simple job, an escape from the rigors of being a police officer and the constant cycle of misery she couldn't seem to pull herself out of. When Maeve had offered her the job, Rylan had eagerly accepted. She'd do laundry and clean toilets until her fingers bled if it would help ease the empty feeling in her chest. Fourteen months hiding away in her house, trying to deal with debilitating grief and crushing lawsuits, had led to this. A huge change. A fresh start.
The bartender slid a new napkin next to her glass. "There are three Haywood boys — Cole, Tucker, and Levi. They run the ranch, along with their mama, Maeve. Mr. Haywood died last year, and since then, you could say ... well, things ain't been the same. Cole isn't a drinker, for instance. And he's a wasted sombitch right now." He smiled wide when Rylan raised her brows. "Come on now," he chided. "You don't seem like the type of woman I need to mince words around. Am I right?"
"No mincing," Rylan confirmed, wiping condensation from her glass with a flick of her thumb. She might be a woman, but she was harder than most, and it showed. Her demeanor and the way she carried herself equaled all cop and no nonsense. Feelings and emotions? Nicely tucked away, thank you very much. She both loved and hated that part of herself, knowing that the rough parts of her former career, and especially her life, had taken some of her softness away.
"So you're telling me that intoxicated cowboy is my best hope of getting to Paint River Ranch tonight?"
The bartender gave a sympathetic shrug. "Yep. And you'd better catch him before he starts drinking again."
He indicated that he'd watch her bag as she slipped off the stool with a hissed expletive. This ought to be fun.
"What's his normal? You know — happy drunk, mean drunk, gotta-tase-him type?"
The short man hunched his shoulders and winked. "I've never seen him drunk before, so you tell me when you find out."
"Great." Rylan frowned. The place seemed louder all of a sudden. Or maybe that was the blood rushing in her ears. Sounds banged in her head, her heart thumping painfully as she started toward Cole. The closer she got, the more the nerves tore up her insides. The crowded bar was making her cop Spidey-senses go off — that was all.
When she slipped into an opening between Cole and the man next to him, all her senses went haywire, calling bullshit to her theory.
Cole leaned his elbows on the bar, his profile to her. Tan skin, slight stubble on his square jaw, one perfect curl of black hair peeking from beneath his hat. Close-up Cole was so much better than faraway Cole.
Rylan cleared her throat, more to get a grip on herself than to get his attention. "Mr. Haywood?"
Cole glanced at her, tipping his beat-up hat back a little to rest his eyes on hers. Rylan's mouth went dry, from nerves, fatigue, or whatever was making her brain swirl. Cole Haywood had a delectable lower lip and a top one that curled up just a bit, making him look inviting and sexy as sin. His eyes just had to be the brightest turquoise she'd ever seen, too. They were brilliant, even in the dim light.
"Yes, ma'am?" The muscles in his arms flexed as he braced one hand on the bar. Her skin heated, and a teasing ache stabbed her right between the legs, making her jolt a little, her right hand shooting out to grab the bar in response.
Mortified but holding it in like a pro — at least, she hoped she was — Rylan let go of the bar and offered him her hand. "I'm Rylan Fredrickson."
Cole's eyes lowered to her hand, but he didn't take it. His gaze made a slow ascent, up over her chest — paused there — then moved to her face and settled on her lips as a half-grin decorated his own. She smirked at his appraisal. At least she'd been covert in checking him out. He wasn't even trying to hide it.
"Ah ... Is this a conversation we should have, you know, in private?" The wicked glint in his very blue-green eyes made her insides squirm. Her mind went wayward for a second to all the sweet possibilities "private" might entertain with a man this gorgeous before her rational self bitch-slapped that thought into next week.
"No!" Her lip curled. "Definitely not."
"So you're not coming on to me?" He hitched a finger at the female bartender, and she promptly placed a beer in his hand.
Rylan rubbed her forehead and took a steadying breath. "I have no clue why you'd think that, but considering you're my boss, Mr. Haywood, that would be highly inappropriate."
The guy behind her choked on his drink with a snicker. Cole's eyes went wide. "What?"
Rylan spread her hands. "The new executive housekeeper? That's me, and apparently, you're my ride to the ranch, so —" She should probably ditch the sarcasm, but he was drunk, so they were even.
"What the hell?" He turned to fully face her, grumbling something about a man not even being able to get drunk without work interrupting. His tight shirt dipped into the lines of his chest, creating a tempting outline of firm pecs, narrow waist, and tight abdomen. A thick leather belt with a square silver buckle set the tone for the snug, well-worn jeans clinging to his long legs. Rylan hitched an eyebrow. At least there was one good thing about this trip — the hype about cowboys being sexy as hell was true.
More than a little irritated with how her lust was playing tennis with itself, Rylan crossed her arms. "Hell is appropriate, actually. Now down the drink, and give me your keys." She had one hand on her hip — habit, she supposed, from reaching for cop toys to make jerks like Haywood behave. His eyes fell to her lips again and stayed there.
"You were supposed to take the bus to Greenbrook. Tomorrow." His tone implied she was an idiot.
"Right, well, sometimes things just don't work out the way they're supposed to."
His hand cupped the beer glass while he studied her. Rylan stared right back, wishing the butterflies would take a hike. What was this reaction about? Cooped up too long with too little interaction with the outside world, she guessed. Her body was reacting to the first enticing man she'd seen in too damn long. Good thing Cole was her boss so she wouldn't be tempted to act on her brain's internal "look at the pretty cowboy" jumping and pointing.
Cole pulled his lower lip between his teeth and narrowed his eyes. "You're a little ornery." He reached one hand to her shoulder and flipped a chunk of her hair.
Rylan's breath ran away as the back of his hand brushed over her collarbone. A shiver raced over her body, warm and sweet. She leaned away from him. "Excuse me?"
He shrugged, a slow smile crossing his face at her reaction. "That's okay. Ornery is good."
Her lips parted to sling an insult, but she refrained. No sense in wasting perfectly good angst on a drunk who wouldn't remember it in five seconds. "I'll play along. Why is that good?"
Cole took a slow breath, his eyes darkening. "Because you're pretty. I like pretty. But I don't like ornery. So we should be just fine." He nodded as though he'd just made a deal with himself and was quite pleased about it. Before she could even think of a response, he shoved his beer away, untouched, and moved from the bar.
"Let's go." He dug in his pocket, produced a key and some cash. He threw the cash on the bar and turned to walk away. Still mulling over his words, Rylan grabbed his wrist on instinct.
"You're not driving." She put her hand out for his keys.
He scoffed and shook his head, words a bit slurred. "Boss, remember?"
Rylan pursed her lips. "I can see the headlines now: Paint River Owner Cole Haywood Kills Employee in Alcohol-Related Crash. Goes to, oh, I don't know, prison for vehicular manslaughter." Rylan swallowed hard. Drunk driving was something she'd had enough of over the years — more than. The offense hadn't just been a daily part of her life as a police officer; it had ripped through her personal life like a meat grinder on steroids.
His nostrils flared like he was trying to hold back a laugh. "You're not driving my truck."
Since first impressions had already gone right out the window, she was okay with expressing herself. If it got her fired, so what? She'd figure something out. Let life happen, right?
She gave a resolute nod. "That's fine. I don't need this job that bad. Thanks anyway, Mr. Haywood." Rylan turned back where the short bartender was watching her things. There was no backup plan, but sleeping in the alley was preferable to getting into a truck with him driving. She'd made it four steps when Cole's strong hand gripped her shoulder. Shocks raced down her spine as his warm fingers pressed into her flesh.
"Dammit, woman. Fine." He spun her around fast. She tipped forward right into him. Her heart short-circuited, her breath stalled in the single moment her chest made contact with his. With a gasp, she put her palms on his hard body and shoved herself back. He grabbed her left wrist with one hand and flipped it over. His thumb made a soft back-and-forth sweep over the pulse point before he dropped a set of keys into her palm with the other.
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Copyright © 2013 Elizabeth Otto.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great love story! Must read the others!
I had such a hard time reading this book...it could have been great but there was no connection to the charaters. There was so much inner dialog the charaters hardly talked to each other. Disappointed i wont be reading more from this author.
This book had it all. The book had great characters, real interactions, chemistry, drama, heartbreak, loss, and romance/sex. I will forever want a wishing tree of my own. These two characters needed each other to heal from their sad, broken, and tortured past. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Love it when the book makes you cry. Yep, have tissues handy for this one. I can't wait to read more by this author. Loved the second book in the series as well.
When you laugh and cry it's a good book... Loved the characters who turned a lot of heartache into a happy ending... Cole and Rylan were very believable and the romance was hot and well handled by the author... Birdie and Mauve added a sympathetic touch, while also real... Tucker (the brother of Cole) has his story coming next and is entitled One Night With A Cowboy... Pre-order now... The third brother Levi is currently in the Marines in Afghanistan and I hope we get to meet him in a book to come... Story was well set on a ranch that caters to celebrity events in addition to being a working ranch... Just love those sexy cowboys!!
What a fabulous read! I was roped in from the very beginning and couldn’t put this book down until the end – and now I can’t wait for the next book in the series! This book is so much more than your typical cowboy romance novel and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great love story with steam and heat as well as some emotional angst thrown in. I loved Rylan – she is such a strong character, trying to get on with her life after the recent tragedy she has gone through. A former cop, she is self-confident and strong, and I love her sassy mouth – or as Cole would say, she’s a little “ornery.” You can feel her pain as she struggles with her emotions throughout the book, and it was heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at the same time to see how her relationship with Cole’s daughter Birdie developed. Cole is just delicious – and to quote Rylan: “Cole Haywood had a delectable lower lip and a top one that curled up just a bit, making him look inviting and sexy as sin. His eyes just had to be the brightest turquoise she’d ever seen, too. They were brilliant, even in the dim light.” Yum! But he’s a man who has been burned by love in the past and has centered his life on his young daughter and running the ranch. From the first moment that Rylan and Cole meet the sparks fly, but Cole is reluctant to pursue any type of relationship with Rylan since she works for him…just refer to the “Handbook” section on fraternizing with the employees, which was put in place after Cole crossed those boundaries once before. Of course when you have an attraction as potent as the one between Cole & Rylan you know the handbook is going out the window and boundaries are going to be crossed – which leads to some hot & steamy time for the two! But nothing is ever easy, mistakes and events from the past tend to shape the future, and Cole and Rylan have to come to terms with their own issues before they can move forward. I loved the family that Elizabeth Otto has created. Maeve Haywood is wonderful, looking out for her sons, so sweet to Rylan and helping Cole raise his daughter. And I can’t wait to learn more about the two other Haywood brothers, Tucker and Levi – if their stories are half as hot as Cole’s we’ll all be in for a real treat! I must admit that after reading this book I have a new found appreciation for cowboys!
I loved this book can't wait for the next one
I received and ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book. Is was a true testament that even though you have been majorly hurt in the past, you can still find happiness in the future. Cole and Rylan have both had rough pasts that they don't like to look back on. Rylan is trying to take her friends advice and start to actually live her life after everything she has gone through. What better way to do this, then to be a house keeper at Paint River Ranch in Montana? When she gets to the ranch, the first things she notices is the beauty of the place, and then of course Cole Haywood. Cole had a messy divorce and isn't ever interested in letting himself fall for another woman again. The only woman he needs in his life is his daughter Birdie, who is the sweetest little girl you've ever met. But when Rylan comes to the ranch, he is starting to see that he may be doing the one thing he swore never to do again, fall in love with another woman. Rylan has started to fall for Cole, but she doesn't know if she will be able to be the woman she needs him to be. Cole doesn't know if he can take another chance of falling for someone and then being left in the dust again. He has his daughter to think about, and she always come first. While Cole and Rylan dance around their feelings for each other, there is a incident with Birdie. When Birdie gets hurt, this may either bring them together or totally rip them apart. I really liked this book! There were a couple of really steamy scenes, but nothing that took away from the story. I loved going on this journey with Cole, Rylan and even Birdie to their road of happily ever after!
This book was egifted to me. I never read anything by this author well that is going to change....Boy am I glad! It was fantastic!!! I could not put it down. The push and pull between the main characters was crazy. I am excited for the next one!
3.75 stars TEMPTING THE COWBOY is the first storyline in Elizabeth Otto’s new Paint River Ranch contemporary adult series focusing on the Haywood Brothers and the women they love. This is Cole and Rylan’s story-a story of forbidden love and second chances. The storyline follows Rylan as she begins working at the Haywood family ranch as a housekeeper and assistant for the Haywood matriarch who is having some difficulties caring for the household duties, feeding the ranch hands and looking after her granddaughter on a daily basis. Rylan is a strong female presence but one that is scarred down to her very soul. But Rylan has a few secrets and one in particular that will tear at her heart every time she looks at Cole’s four year old daughter Birdy. Cole is a single father and works hard keeping the ranch profitable. But Cole made a mistake years before and he has made a promise to himself as well as his brothers that he would never put himself in that position again. But something about Rylan calls to Cole’s inner soul and the sparks fly from the moment they met. As difficult as it is to be in the same room with Rylan, it is more difficult to be separated for any length of time. The relationship between Rylan and Cole begins under dubious circumstances when Rylan discovers that the drunken cowboy at the local bar is her new boss and owner at Haywood Ranch. Their subsequent encounters mask a building sexual attraction between each other and one that is not missed by Cole’s brother and ailing mother. Both Rylan and Cole must overcome painful pasts that continue to affect their current situations and until one or both is able to forgive and forget, our couple are caught in a never ending loop of heartbreak and failure. The secondary characters are colorful but play only minor roles in this particular instalment. We are introduced to Cole’s brother Tucker and there is mention of a brother who is serving in Afghanistan at the time. Elizabeth Otto pulls the reader into a storyline of forbidden love and a second chance at love. Cole is a man who has been burned by his past and Rylan is a woman whose life was sent spiraling out of control by a loss so devastating that she does not know if she will ever recover. Tempting the Cowboy is a wonderful story about struggling to move forward when all you want to do is runaway and hide. Elizabeth Otto has written a sweet storyline of second chances and letting go; loss and recovery; friendship and love. If you like a romantic storyline with a happily ever after, Tempting the Cowboy is the perfect Sunday afternoon read. Copy supplied by the author.
I read it in just one sitting and loved every minute.
I loved this book! The author did a wonderful job of making the story so real. It has been quite some time since a book has made me cry and this one did. I consider this a testimony to the great ability of the author to weave their story in a believable way. Kudos!! I look forward to discovering more great works by this author!
Rylan Frederickson is an ex-cop who is running from her past and the demons that haunt her. She runs to the Montana Paint River Ranch and works for Cole Haywood and his family...including his four year-old daughter Birdie. The longer she stays at the ranch the more she wants her new Boss Cole, but she can't find the room in her heart for his daughter and fights her feelings for Cole. It took me a bit to get into this book...because in the beginning you didn't really understand all that was going on. You just knew something horrid happened and it broke Rylan. The further I read the more and more I fell into the story and was gripped but what would happen next. Elizabeth Otto doesn't give it all away in one blow and that is what keeps the reader longing for more. She doesn't make things too obvious and that is what I liked most about this story. Once you get settled and comfortable with the characters thinking everything will be ok...BAM! Elizabeth pulls the rug from under you and I liked it. I hope there will be more and I cannot wait till the next story appears from the Paint River Ranch!
It took me awhile to actually get into the story but the book is really good. I didn’t like the way Rylan handled the drama and the fact she’s always running away, but she made a good mom for Birdie and we can really see love in this new family. Cole was not an easy person since the first night and Rylan was having a hard time, but these are great together and they needed to overcome some pains from the past to start loving again. I liked the family and the ranch story, but for me Rylan could be better, fight harder and make a good second chance, but every time she come into some problem she just runs and I can’t help but think Cole one day is going to get tired of never knowing what to expect. There’s not much family drama but we can see that now all the brothers are going to find happiness one way or another.
I can't say enough good things about this book. Rylan Fredrickson, former police officer, who lost her 18 month old daughter in a car accident caused by her husband, who also died in the accident. She needs a break from her train wreck of a life. She decides to take a job as a housekeeper on Paint River Ranch. Cole Haywood, Co-owner of the Paint River Ranch, single father of the cutest 5 year old little girl, Birdie. The story sounds typical but it's far from it. The tragedies Rylan has had to endure coupled with the hurt and betrayal Cole has suffered at the hands of Birdie's mother, make for some hesitant but EXPLOSIVE chemistry between them. They know they shouldn't but can't help themselves, which makes for some sizzling hot cowboy love scenes!!! But wait, can Rylan give Cole more when she can hardly bring herself to interact with Birdie, who means the world to Cole? This is a MUST read! It's not your typical cowboy love story. It's better! Elizabeth Otto has written an amazing book and this reader can't wait to see what this author comes up with next. I love her writing style. The story flows smoothly with no hiccups. Even though this is not a long book, there is so much of a fabulous story packed between the pages that I had to give it 5-stars! This is one of those books that I can read over and over.
Have you ever started a book and thought "this is going to be a gut wrenching read." It doesn't to often to me, but every now and again I get that feeling. I definitely got that feeling when I started Tempting the Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto. In Tempting the Cowboy, both Rylan and Cole are dealing with their own emotional baggage. Each of them has been burn by someone they thought loved them. So, when they meet each other they are both leery about the attraction they feel towards one another. Rylan who was burned by a husband who wanted to keep a clean image while he was whoring around with prostitutes. In the long run costing his life and the life of their daughter. So, we have Rylan basically picking up the pieces of her life. Now Cole was burn by an ex-wife who was pretty much a gold-digger. Once their child was born decided to pack up and leave and never looking back. Yeah, Cole has a trust issue when it comes to women. Also he has to lookout for the best interest of his daughter. You can say it's a bit emotionally charge story. I like how Cole and Rylan are both afraid to let anyone close to them for fear of getting burned again. Yet, they are slowly able to break-down the barriers. Of course, we have a few bumps in the road. Rylan's fear of forgetting her daughter if she lets another child into her life. Completely understandable. Cole's issue is his daughter. Overall, a really good read. It might cause a bit of a punch to the gut, but still worth the read. So, if you like having both hero and heroine bringing emotional baggage to the table, you might enjoy Tempting the Cowboy. Copy provided by publisher
4 solid stars from me!! I really enjoyed reading this book. This is one of those that once you start, you can't stop until the whole darn book is over. I love Rylan. Thank God I have never experienced the loss of a child, but I can only begin to imagine the pain a mother must go through. I felt my heart breaking over and over with every interaction with Birdie. Poor thing. Cole. Um, yum. What is not to love about a sexy, broody, did I mention sexy cowboy. He doesn't want another woman. He is too dang busy and has been too burned to even thing about going there, but there is something about Rylan that he can't let go of. Birdie, oh goodness. I heart her. She is just beautiful! Man oh man, is this a good book! Towards the end, with the incident with Birdie and Rylan, I cried my eyes out. I mean hiccuping, ugly splotchy face, tears. The way Rylan handled it, ugh. What a man! I wanted to punch him so badly. Such a good book!! I got my eye on you Elizabeth Otto ;) *Copy kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 4.5 Stars For being close to only thirty years old, former police officer, wife and mother, Rylan Frederikson has experienced a lifetime. She grew up happily on a ranch in Wisconsin and eventually migrated to the city of Madison, became a police officer and married a judge. Her husband was a user, and exploited her heroic actions to better himself politically. He was also a philanderer, blackmailer, and drunkard, which naturally caused Rylan's life to be miserable, heartbreaking and tragic. She needed a new life and a new occupation, where people did not know about her past. Rylan was able to find a job as an executive housekeeper with the Paint River Ranch in the town of Greenbrook, Montana. After his caustic father died, Cole Haywood and his brother Tuck, took over the Paint River Ranch full-time. Cole is a single, manly cowboy with a loving and sensitive side. His four year old daughter Birdie is the highlight of his life. Maeve, Cole and Tuck's mom, is a nurturing grandmother that looks after Birdie most days. Her poor health is a major concern for her sons. Rylan's arrival brings a new dynamic to the ranch. She is well liked and does a good job. Her love of the ranch is contagious and brings new life into her soul and the Haywood household. She and Cole share a scorching chemistry, unlike anything else they have experienced before. For Rylan, loving Cole is a non-issue, but sharing her heart with his daughter is an impossibility, due to the recent tragedy in her life. Cole's ex-wife did a number on him, so he is extremely skeptical about forming a new relationship for himself as well as for Birdie. Overtime a short period of time, Rylan and Cole become more than friends, however an accident at the ranch pulls them a part temporarily. The combination of Birdie's acceptance, Maeve's kindness, and Cole's love creates the family Ryan so desperately seeks. Wow, this is an amazingly heartfelt read. While devouring this story in less than a day, I experienced every emotion known to woman; I laughed, cried, got angry and even panted from the steam created by Rylan and Cole. Their magnetism was over the top and the heat they were able to create while on a horse was imaginative and sizzling. I loved all the characters and their connection to each other was real and undeniable. Ms. Otto's attention to detail made me feel like I was watching a play on Broadway, absorbing everything going on in my field of vision. This is a well-written, emotional romance that should not be missed!
3 stars - A great quickie! This book is a quickie. It's only 158 pages but it packs a punch. Good characters, sexy scenes and an interesting story make this one enjoyable. The characters are well developed and I'm either loving them or yelling at them - always a good sign. There is clear attraction between Cole and Rylan but they both fight it. Cole's not making the mistake of falling for an employee again - that ended so well the last time. *dripping sarcasm* The problem is that Rylan wiggles into his heart with her love of his ranch and family. But that wasn't Rylan's plan at all. She came here to forget about what she had lost not find a replacement. Too bad Birdie has something to say about that. I love Birdie. She's a sweet little girl who so loves her daddy. Cutest thing ever. The story is fast pasted and interesting. I will admit that I had it mostly figured out but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy watching it unfold. It also didn't stop me from yelling at Cole when he makes a stupid, if not expected, call. It was fun watching them give into their attraction, figure out if they could let the other one in and make normal mistakes. It's a great quickie and just want I needed after some not so good ones lately. Indulgence has great sexy reads and if you enjoy them, then this is a great one to pick up. It's contemporary adult romance.
After taking a job on a quiet Montana dude ranch, ex-cop Rylan Frederickson finds herself surrounded by unbelievably sexy cowboys. Too bad the one she wants is her boss...and the single dad of a four-year-old. It doesn’t matter anyway, because after a recent tragedy, there’s simply no more room in her heart. Letting a new woman into their life is the last thing Cole Haywood wants for him and his daughter, Birdie. But as Rylan’s presence at Paint River Ranch breathes new life into his family he can’t ignore his growing attraction. When the sparks between them turn into fireworks in bed, Rylan’s torn between the family she’s lost and the one she may have found. Now she must decide if something that feels this good is worth the risk. Review: This is one of those books that you don't want to end. I got so invested in these characters that I just wanted to story to keep going and going. The story of these two people who have both been hurt and lost, is so well written that it stands out compared to other stories I have read recently. I am going to warn you, to have tissues ready because I was so moved by the characters and story that there were parts that I cried along with the characters. The story is about Rylan; a former police officer, who has lost her young child and husband in a car accident. To get away from her past and hopefully move on, she takes a job as a housekeeper on a ranch. As a mother I cannot imagine losing any of my kids and having to deal with that loss. Through the writing of this story you feel her grief and sympathize with Rylan. When she gets to the ranch she finds out that Cole her boss is a single father to a young girl, which is very hard for Rylan. Cole has had his share of loss too. Cole got involved with his ex when she worked for him and ended up falling for her and marrying her. She ends up leaving Cole and Birdie (their daughter), so you can see why he has trust issues and has vowed not to get involved with an employee again. These two emotionally scarred people have a rocky road of emotions and misunderstandings to overcome, but they are perfect for each other and help each other heal and love again. Would love to find out, say five years down the road, what is happening with them. I am going to say this again, that the writing and the story really are first rate and I just loved the book. 4.5 stars
Rylan Fredrickson goes to Montana to work at the Paint River Ranch as a housekeeper. She lost everything she loves in life. She needs to get away and heal. When she arrives at the ranch, she knows she's in trouble. The cause is one hot cowboy, Cole Haywood. He's her boss and a single father. Birdie, his daughter, is the love of his life. Her own daughter is dead. Can she cope caring for another child? She doesn't think so. The past controls her. Elizabeth Otto has written a beautiful emotional romance which explores how we deal with loss. Will Rylan be able to take a chance on happiness? Rylan and Cole are a wonderful match. The sparks fly as they struggle to come to terms with their attraction. Birdie is a such a loving child. She will win your heart. Can they become a family? This story is filled with wry humor and tear inducing emotion. A wonderful story that will keep you reading until the last page. Keep a box of tissues handy.
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Tempting the Cowboy was so much more than I was expecting. Rylan Frederickson is a former cop who has been hiding out in her Wisconsin home for over a year, dealing with her own personal hell and heartbreak. Cole Haywood is a single dad who has a hard time trusting women after getting his heartbroken and losing a large amount of money in a divorce. This is the story of two people who are drawn to each other, but do their best to keep their distance because they don’t want to cross the employer/employee line. They soon realize when they let their guards down, that the other is just what they want, need and is truly looking for. Rylan is tough, brash and isn’t afraid to throw a punch when the time calls for it. She also doesn’t give a second thought to laying her life on the line to save someone else. Cole is a family man through and through. He will do anything to keep and protect his family. Even if it means blinding himself to what’s right in front of him and possibly losing it all. Tempting the Cowboy is touching, heartwarming, and heartbreaking. Prepare yourself to fall in love with Rylan and the whole Haywood family. You should also prepare yourself to cry and read through tears. Source: Publisher
Cowboys rank up there with cops, fire-fighters and the military in terms of the perfect hero. Cole Haywood? One cowboy who doesn't let the side down. The things he can do on a horse... Tempting the Cowboy is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Otto and it won't be the last. I’ve read many many of Entangled's Indulgence line and I can say it's up there as one of the best. Beautifully written, it has a captivating storyline, wonderful realistic characters, excellent steamy content and it touches your emotions; I found myself going from laughing to fighting the tears and everything in between. Rylan Fredrickson has left her life as a city cop behind and decamped to the country as housekeeper on a busy ranch. I loved her and despite her personal tragedy she's a strong, kind and caring lady. Following his father's death, Cole is at the helm of Paint River Ranch. Protective, brooding, thoughtful and very sexy, he is also an amazing single Dad to the sweetest 4 year old little lady. Both have had more than their fair share of heartache, both have surrounded themselves with emotional barriers but neither can fight the chemistry... It's a passionate, intimate, hot yet heartfelt journey of trust and acceptance and with touching moments combined with those that pull on the heartstrings, I felt their joy and their pain. Fabulous secondary characters bring valuable content as do the lovely sweet moments from Cole's daughter. A superb first outing to the ranch. Can’t wait to return and see if Tucker can live up to the high standards his big brother has set.
I received an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book. There were funny moments, but at times it was absolutely heart wrenching. The story is about Rylan, who's moved to a working ranch in Montana to escape her life. She's gone through something traumatic and has spent some time dwelling in her depression. The move is supposed to be the beginning of her new life. Cole took over the duties of the ranch when his father passed. He's a single dad, who doesn't like outsiders. The employee handbook has one really big rule. Hands off the employees. The story follows the preconceived notions they have about one another as well as how they deal with their pasts. I loved the teaser at the back of the book and can't wait to continue the series!