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Count This Cowboy In

By: Misty Malone
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: �2014 by Blushing Books� and Misty Malone
15 chapters, 72,000 words
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Samantha, or Sam to her friends, feels betrayed and leaves Texas, heartbroken. She's looking for a job that will take her back to her one love; ranching.

Trevor is suddenly running a large ranch on his own after the sudden death of his parents in a plane crash. The ranching is not a problem, but he has no clue how to keep the books or run the office and is frustrated when Sam shows up at his door looking for a job as a bookkeeper. She is familiar with his bookkeeping program and when she quickly gets his past due bills paid for him, he hires her on the spot.

She soon comes across a mystery in his books, though, and sets out to investigate. After finally getting her to talk a bit about her past, he hears something that doesn't sound right to him and hires his old friend, who is now a private detective, and they do some investigating of their own.

The feisty little redhead sure knows how to get under his skin, but she also works her way into his heart. Her temper doesn't scare him off like it did other men because he has his own special way of dealing with her tantrums. It may be effective, but she's not sure she can live with his unique way of showing her how much he cares.

Follow along as the persistent pair make their way past stampeding cattle, a mountain lion, and other twists and turns in their path.

Samantha Simmerly pulled into a Motel 6 parking lot and looked around.� She wasn't in Texas and she wasn't real sure how she felt about that.� She'd been born in Texas, grew up in Texas, went to college in Texas and unfortunately, gotten a job and ultimately gotten fired in Texas.� But still, Texas was home.

Sam, as she was known to everyone who knew her at all, shook her head to clear those memories and squared her shoulders.� Just because Texas had always been home before didn't mean she couldn't make a new home somewhere else.�

She wanted to forget about what all had happened the last three years.� Sam headed west, then changed her mind and went north.� Or northeast, she wasn't paying real close attention.� She simply turned onto whatever road looked inviting.� Somehow she had wound up in a little town in Oklahoma before she stopped.� Now looking around again, this didn't look like a bad little town.� She much preferred small towns over big cities and after her fiasco trying to make it in the business world, she'd finally admitted to herself that no matter how much she tried to forget about it, ranching was now and probably always would be a part of her.� She'd grown up on a ranch and it was in her blood.

First she went to the little mom and pop's grocery store and bought a newspaper, then drove three doors down to the diner and took the paper in with her.� Once she ordered a hamburger and fries, she opened the paper to the want ads.� She was so engrossed in the paper that she didn't notice the waitress standing there with her dinner.

"You looking for a job?� Maybe I can help.� What kind of job you looking for?"

Sam jumped a bit, startled by her words.� "Oh, sorry, I didn't see you there," she said, quickly moving the paper out of the way.� As she folded it up, she said, "Actually, yeah, I am looking for a job.� I want something, anything to do with ranching.� Do you know of anything around here?"

The waitress's eyes grew as she asked, "Ranching?� Do you mean like being a cook or housekeeper or something like that?"

With a slight frown Sam answered, "Yeah, I could do something like that.� I'd rather be one of the hands, but I realize it might be a little tough to get a job like that."

The waitress didn't even try to hide a smile as she asked, "Seriously?� A little thing like you wants to be a ranch hand?� Have you ever even been on a ranch?"

Sam squared her shoulders and held her chin high as she said, "Of course I have.� And for your information, I'd make a damn good ranch hand."� Seeing the waitress's hurt look, she quickly softened her voice and said, "I'm sorry, it's been a long day.� But to answer your question, yes, I have certainly been on a ranch.� And I know it would be difficult to get a job as a ranch hand, but I have experience keeping the books.� Maybe I could do something like that, or a cook.� I'm not a bad cook."

The waitress's smile returned when Sam apologized.� "I like you.� I'll bet you could do anything you set your mind to."� Setting the hamburger down, she said, "I'm Sally.� I'm not sure about any of the ranches around here looking for someone like that right now, but I'd be happy to do some asking for you.� Give me a day and I should have something for you."

Now Sam looked surprised at the waitress.� She held her hand out to her, saying, "Hi, Sally, I'm Sam.� Do you really think you could ask around for me?� I'd appreciate that.� There's nothing in the paper."

Sally laughed.� "You're right there.� There's nothing in that paper at all.� It's pretty useless.� Let me do some checking for you.� Some of the ranchers and a lot of the hands come in here to eat.� Why don't you go get you a room at the Motel 6 and come back in tomorrow.� Hopefully I'll have something for you."

"Okay, thanks, Sally.� But why the Motel 6? Is it nicer on the inside than the outside?� It looks a little run down."�

Sally laughed as she said, "Because the Motel 6 beats sleeping in your car at the roadside rest down the road."

"Not a lot of choices around here?"

"You could say that," Sally answered with a grin.� "That's why the ranchers and hands come in here to eat.� It's us or McDonald's."

Sam smiled. "Motel 6 it is then.� Thanks for your help, Sally."

"No, thank you for giving me something to do.� I've got a mission now.� This'll be fun.� Why don't you give me your phone number.� If I come up with anything I'll call you right away."

"I'd appreciate that."

When she left half an hour later, Sally promised, "I'll call you when I find something.� You just go get a room and rest.� You look tired."

"Thanks, Sally, I'll do that."� She hadn't realized it before, but Sam was exhausted.� She'd driven all day, only stopping once for gas and a bottle of water.� She turned around and headed back to the motel, hoping their beds were comfortable, anyway.

* * * * *

Sam woke the next morning to the sound of the alarm clock.� No, wait, it was her phone.� But who would be calling this early?� Glancing at her watch, she was shocked.� It was eight o'clock.� She never slept that late.� She reached over and grabbed her phone and managed a groggy, "Hello?"

After a giggle, an energetic voice said, "Wake up, sleepyhead.� I have a lead for you."

"What?� Who is this?"

"Boy, you really aren't awake yet.� This is Sally at the diner."

Sam bolted upright.� "Hi, Sally.� Sorry.� I can't believe I slept in.� You have something for me?"

"Maybe.� I'm not sure if it's really what you're looking for, but I thought I'd pass it along to you.� It's better than nothing."

"At this point I'll look into just about anything.� What is it?"

"The Babbling Brook Ranch is looking for a lady to be their cook and housekeeper.� That's all I know about it.� One of the hands was in this morning.� He didn't know how much it pays, or if room and board come with it or anything else.� He just knew they were looking for someone."

"Hey, it's worth a phone call anyway."� Sam got the number and promised to tell Sally what she found out.

Sally called two more times during the day with two more leads.� Sam called them both and set up an interview with each.

Sam waited until after the majority of the evening rush had been in to eat before she went to the diner.� Once things slowed down, Sally sat down across from her new friend.� "I thought of one more person you may want to call, but I'm not really sure he's looking.� Have you gotten ahold of any of the three ranches I told you about?"

"Yes, I did.� Thank you so much for your help, Sally.� I have interviews at all three of them tomorrow.� Can you tell me anything about any of these ranches?"

"The Babbling Brook Ranch is owned by a man in his early sixties.� His wife died a few years ago and he hires a lady to clean and cook for him.� His kids are all grown and moved out of the house, so it's just him.� It doesn't sound like it should be too bad, but it seems like no one he hires stays very long.� I'm thinking maybe he's hard to get along with or something.� Or maybe he doesn't pay much.� I don't really know."

"Okay, I'll remember that.� Thanks.� How about the others?"

"The Crooked Elm is looking for a cook for the ranch hands.� I don't know much about that job, either, except that it's a big ranch.� You'd probably be cooking for a lot of men."

"I wonder if they'd hire a woman.� Ranches usually want a man since they're around men so much and then they stay with the men in the bunkhouse.� I was actually a little surprised that they set up an interview.� Maybe they're desperate."

"Maybe."

Sam thought a moment, then said, "Maybe they'll offer me the job, but no place to stay.� How much is it going to cost me to get an apartment or something around here?"

"There's not a whole lot of vacant apartments around and The Crooked Elm's a ways out of town.� It would probably be at least 20 minutes each way, maybe more."

"That would mean I'd be getting up really, really early.� I'll have to be sure and ask if the job includes a place to live.� Thanks for warning me, Sally.� How about the other one you told me about, The Bar T?"

"The Bar T's closer to town, maybe a ten minute drive.� They're looking for a housekeeper and cook.� The couple that owns that seems nice.� They have four kids and he runs the ranch while she teaches.� I guess she'd rather spend her time teaching than taking care of her house and cooking."� She shrugged her shoulders and said, "I can't really say as I blame her.� I'm not much on cooking, either.� That's why I'm out here waitressing and not in the kitchen cooking."

Sam smiled. "Not me.� I'd rather cook the food.� Thanks for these leads.� Did you say you know of another one?"

"Well, maybe, I'm not sure.� Trevor Nottingham runs The Circle N.� His sister used to live there, too and she did the bookkeeping and ordered what he said they needed.� I guess she kind of did all the office work.� Anyway, she just moved to Connecticut, so I assume he's doing it all himself.� If he is, he may be looking for some help."

"You haven't heard that he is looking for anyone?"

"No.� His sister, Carol, was a friend of mine.� When their parents died, he inherited the ranch and she got the summerhouse in Connecticut.� Last summer when she was there on vacation she met a guy and fell in love.� She just got married a couple months ago and moved there, so I assume Trevor's doing it all himself.� It's a good-sized ranch, so I don't know how it's going for him.� He may be looking for someone to do what she did."

"That'd be great.� I'd love a job like that."

"Then give him a call.� You can tell him I gave you his name.� The worst that can happen is he says no."� After they visited a bit more Sam left, anxious to call Trevor and see if he would at least talk to her.� That sounded like the best job of the four.

�* * * * *

Sam was up early the next day, dressed and in the diner for breakfast by 7:30.� As Sally gave her more coffee, she asked, "Did you get ahold of Trevor?"

"I left a message on a machine, but he hasn't called me back yet.� I was hoping he would and maybe I could talk to him today, too.� Oh, well.� I'll just have to see what anyone else says.� If I get a job offer maybe I can ask for a day to think about it and see if he returns my call."

"That sounds like a good idea.� You be sure to come back in here tonight and let me know which job you took."�

Laughing, Sam assured her. "I'll be in for supper and I'll fill you in."�

She went out and climbed into her old Ford pickup and headed off toward The Crooked Elm and her first interview.

Two hours later she was thinking about the offer she'd gotten, while on her way toward The Babbling Brook.� They had offered her the job, but didn't have anywhere she could stay.� By the time she neared her next stop, she was hoping one of her other possibilities panned out.�

As she was going down a straight stretch of road she saw a small herd of cattle in a pasture by the road, acting awfully antsy.� She looked around in the pasture and spotted what was spooking the cows.� Down low in the grass was a wild boar!� She looked straight ahead of it and sure enough, it had its eyes set on a calf.� Sam pulled over to the side of the road and grabbed her gun from behind the seat.� She quickly loaded it as she got out of the truck and moved a little closer to the pasture.� Just as she got her gun aimed at the boar a few of the cows crashed through the wooden fence and the boar took off after the calf.

With no hesitation Sam fired and the wild boar dropped.� She ran towards it, getting close enough to tell it was dead, then took off back in the direction the cows had gone.� Luckily for her, when they heard the shot they ran to a nearby clump of trees and brush and stopped.� She was able to go around and come in behind them and easily herded them back into the pasture.� She was standing there studying the broken fence, trying to decide how to give it a good enough temporary fix to hold them while she went to find the owner, when a man came riding up on a horse.

She could tell he was a bit leery of her and she didn't blame him a bit.�

"Are you the one doing the shooting out here?" he asked.

"Yes, I am.� I shot that wild boar over there in your pasture as it was taking off after a calf."

His eyes shot open wide as he looked in the direction she was pointing.� He saw the dead hog and looking back at her asked, "And the fence?"

"A few of the cows were antsy and when the hog got too close they went through the fence.� I got them back in, but I'm not sure how to fix the fence without any materials.� If you want, I can wait here and watch the cattle while you go get a couple boards and hammer and nails.� That'll fix it for now."

The corners of his mouth turned up as the cowboy said, "I know we haven't met because I'm sure I would have remembered you.� My name's Joe.� I'm the manager here at The Babbling Brook.� Are you from around here?"

Reaching out to shake his offered hand, she said, "I'm Sam Simmerly, nice to meet you.� From Texas originally, but I'm looking for work here.� Did you say The Babbling Brook?"

"Yes.� That's whose cattle you just rescued.� Thank you for that, by the way."

"You're welcome.� I couldn't just watch that feral pig take a calf.� Uh, I'm looking for a Ralph Morton.� Can you tell me where I can find him?"

"Ralph's up at the house.� Just go down this road a little further and you'll see the entrance to the ranch.� What are you looking for Ralph for?"

"I have an interview with him."

"For a job?"

"Yes."

Smiling, he asked, "What kind of job?"

Smiling back at him, she couldn't stop herself from saying, "Ranch hand.� Think he'll give me the job?"

Joe outright laughed before saying, "Sam, I think you'd make a fine ranch hand, but there ain't no way in hell Ralph would hire you."

"Why not?"

"There's no way he'd have a woman ranch hand.� He's old school all the way."

"Yeah, I figured as much.� Actually, as much as I'd like to be a ranch hand, I didn't think I'd ever get hired as one.� I'm here for the job as cook and housekeeper."

"I'd say you've got a better shot at getting that, though you look more like a ranch hand."

"I am more of a ranch hand, but I'll take what I can get.� At least this'll pay the bills."� What he said sank into her head then and she said, "Oh, my gosh, I didn't even think of that, though.� I probably should have worn a dress instead of my jeans.� Will that keep me from getting this job?"

Smiling again, Joe said, "I honestly don't know.� I sure hope you get the job, though."

"Why's that?"

"You'd definitely add some excitement around here.� Can you cook?"

"Of course I can cook.� Why?"

"Because I usually eat supper with Ralph every evening and we discuss the ranch.� I'd have a ringside seat to watch you and Ralph butt heads."

"What?� Why do you think we'd butt heads?"

"Like I said, he's old school.� He thinks a woman should wear a dress and cook and clean and ��"

When he paused, Sam offered, "And not open her mouth?"

Joe grinned as he said, "Something like that, yeah."

She shook her head.� "Joe, it was nice meeting you, but I'm wondering if I should even go talk to him."

"Your choice.� Like I said, I'd love to have you workin' here, but I have to admit, I can't see you bein' real happy about it."

"Well, I told him I'd come talk to him today and I keep my word, so I'll at least go talk to him."� She glanced down at her watch and said, "But if I don't get going, I'm going to be late."� Looking back at the fence, she said, "But since I probably won't take the job anyway, if you want to go get the wood you need to fix this, go ahead.� I'll watch the cattle until you get back."

He looked back at the fence a bit before saying, "If you'll help me a minute here I think we can prop this back up with this log.� That'll last for a half hour.� I'll be back by then."

Working together, they got it fixed temporarily.� Joe said, "Thank you, Sam.� You go on up to the house and talk to Ralph.� If you're late, tell him you were with me.� Good luck."

"Thanks," she said, smiling.� "Does that mean you hope I get the job or not?"

"Not real sure."

They were both laughing as she got back in her pickup and went on down the road.� She saw the entrance to The Babbling Brook and went in.� It was a pretty house off to the right, with the barn and buildings on the left.� She parked in front of the house and went up onto the big porch and rang the bell.

A big man, who looked anything but friendly, answered the door.� "Yes?"

"Hi.� I'm here to see Mr. Morton."

"What for?"

"I have an interview with him."

"You're late."

Glancing down at her watch to see that she was eight minutes late, she said, "Yes, I am and I apologize.� There were some cattle out down here ��"

"I'm not much interested in excuses.� I want someone who can read a watch and be on time."

"I'm sorry, sir, but there was a ��"

"Again, not interested in excuses.� If you think you can be on time when you're working here you can come on in."� He moved out of the way and walked into the house, obviously expecting Sam to follow him.

She watched his retreating back a few moments, turned around and looked back toward where she'd been talking with Joe and turned back toward the house.� "Excuse me, Mr. Morton?"

He stopped walking and turned around, looking at her.� He sighed and said, "What?"

In a calm, level, sweet voice that was extremely difficult for her to maintain, she said, "If I'm driving down a road again and see a wild boar about to attack an innocent calf, and cows so worked up they charge through a fence, I'm going to stop and do what I can to help the animals.� If that makes me eight minutes late getting here or anywhere else, I will apologize, but there's not much else I can do.� If that makes me not acceptable to you or up to your standards, I'm sorry, but that's not acceptable to me and I just don't think this job is up to my standards.� Have a good day."

She turned around to leave, but walked right into a solid mass of something.� That solid mass had arms that came out to steady her and it appeared to be chuckling.� She looked up and saw Joe, smiling down at her.�

"I see you've met Ralph," Joe said.

Mr. Morton was back at the door now and asked his foreman, "Do you know her?� Do you know what the devil she's talking about?"

"I just met her, Ralph.� I'll explain it all later, but in my opinion you should offer her a job as a ranch hand."� Holding up his hand to stop the objection he knew was coming, he said, "But I know you won't.� I don't think you two would ever get along with her as your housekeeper and I think it would be wasting her talents, so I think you two should part ways now, before either of you has time to get any more upset with the other."

He turned to Sam. "I wish you luck finding a job around here.� If you need a reference, tell them to talk to Joe at The Babbling Brook.� Most ranchers around here know me."

Sam smiled as she said, "Thank you, Joe.� I appreciate it."

"Thank you for your help.� That hog and a few others have been causing a ruckus around here for a while now.� That was the big one and I'm real glad it's gone."

"You're welcome.� Sorry I just let it lay there.� I trust you'll take care of it?"

"I will.� I hope I see you around town."

Sam smiled at him as she climbed back into her pickup and turned around.� She waved at Mr. Morton, who was still scowling, now at both her and Joe and headed down the lane.�

She drove toward The Bar T, hoping to have better luck there.� So far she'd pretty much struck out.� She checked her phone, but was disappointed.� Still no call from Trevor at The Circle N.� That was the job that sounded best to her, but apparently he wasn't looking for anyone or he would have returned her call.

An hour and a half later Sam was leaving The Bar T, job offer in hand.� The problem was, she wasn't at all happy with the offer.� They had an extra bedroom in their house she could stay in, but they expected an awful lot, in her opinion.� She would be fixing breakfast and dinner all the time for the whole family and lunch for just him during the school year, all of them in the summer and on Saturday.� She would also be doing all the cleaning in the house and laundry, as well as watching the kids at times when their mother was busy or out doing something.� She had the impression that would be quite often in the summer and on Saturdays.� She would have Sunday off, but would be expected to make meals on Saturday that just needed to be heated for Sunday.

With four kids, that sounded like an awful lot to ask of one person, especially for the salary they offered.� She'd told them she wanted to consider all her options and would let them know.� Although she wasn't really considering the job offer at The Crooked Elm, she did have options.� She could always move on down the road a ways and try looking for work again.� But she liked this little town and she liked Sally and was hoping to find something here.� She had a lot to think about tonight.

As she was driving back toward town she saw a sign up ahead that said The Circle N. She pulled into the lane and looked toward the house and barns.� The Circle N was a nice looking ranch.� She really wished he would have returned her call.� On a whim she went up to the house.� Maybe he never got the message.� What harm could it do to stop and ask?

�* * * * *

Trevor Nottingham was sitting in his office staring at his computer, wishing something on it made sense to him.� He glanced outside at the sunshine and growled.� He had work he should be doing out there.� Heaven knew he'd rather be doing it.� Even fixing fences beat this blasted office work.� But somehow he had to figure out why he got 144 pairs of welding gloves instead of 12 and he had to pay some bills.� He got a past due notice in the mail and he knew if he got one, there'd be more coming.� If only he knew how to work this blasted thing.�

Just as he had convinced himself it was time to concentrate on the computer again he noticed a pickup coming up the lane.� He looked at it closer, but didn't recognize it.� Great.� One more thing to slow him down.� It was probably someone wanting paid for something.� If he knew how to work that darn computer he'd be happy to pay him.�

He watched as a cute little strawberry blond pixie slid out of the old pickup and headed toward the house.� She was cute as a button.� She looked like a gal on a mission, but she sure didn't look like a bill collector.� He stood and went to the door, opening it just as she was raising her hand to knock.� He saw her jump and apologized.� "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to startle you.� I saw you pull in."

He watched the pretty little lady, intrigued.� She was even prettier up close, but now seemed nervous about something.� "What can I help you with?"

He watched as she nervously looked from him to her feet, then back up at him.� "I'm looking for Trevor Nottingham."

He smiled as he told her, "Congratulations, you've found him.� What can I do for you, Miss ��"

Sticking her hand out, she quickly said, "I'm sorry, I'm Sam."

His eyebrows rose. "Sam?"

Her face turned pink as she said, "Sorry again.� I'm Samantha Simmerly, but please call me Sam."

"I'll call you Sam if you call me Trevor."

"Okay, Trevor.� Thanks."� She tried not to stare, but for some reason she'd been expecting to see an older guy.� She wasn't ready for this younger, more her age or a couple years older, absolutely gorgeous, total hunk of a guy she found herself face to face with.� He was tall and obviously strong, but the sexy kind of strong.� It was the kind of strong that you can't buy in a gym, but that comes from honest, hard work.� His dark hair had just the right amount of wave to it and his gorgeous brown eyes were full of confidence.� She could lose herself in those eyes.

Trevor was looking at Sam in much the same way.� She was a little smaller than he normally preferred, but she was built like he believed a woman should be.� She wasn't the stick figure normally seen these days, but had all those wonderful, womanly curves he loved.� Her reddish blond hair caught his eye right away.� He had to put his hands on his hips to keep from running his fingers through all those lovely curls.� When he started to lose himself in those beautiful blue eyes, he quickly shook his head, forcing himself back to the issue at hand.� He smiled at her. �"Now that you've found me, why don't you come inside and tell me what I can do for you?"�

His question brought her back to reality as well. "Uh, yeah, thank you."� She followed him into his office, where he motioned for her to sit down.� Looking around, she blurted out, "Wow, I love this office.� Perfect for a ranch."

He smiled at her comment, wondering what was behind it.� "Thank you.� I'm glad you approve."

She immediately felt her face blush and feeling foolish, she suggested, "Maybe I should just get to why I'm here."

He loved seeing her face redden like that, but didn't want to embarrass her.� "Yeah, I've been wondering what brings you out here."

"Well, you see, I � I was talking � I was in at the � what I wondered is ��"

When she paused again, he said, "Sam, I don't often bite and I'm terrible at guessing games, so why don't you just go ahead and say what's on your mind."

His smile was so unnerving she blurted out, "I want a job."

Trevor sat up straighter. "A job?"

He watched as she sighed and her shoulders slumped.� After taking a deep breath, she quietly said, "I've made a mess of everything.� It's probably best if I just leave.� I'm sorry I took up your time."�

She stood to leave, but he said, "No, wait a minute.� Sit back down."

She had turned away, but something in his voice made her stop.� He repeated, "Sit back down."

She turned and sat, but couldn't look up at him.� She'd made a fool of herself.� To her surprise, he got up and came over and sat in the chair beside her.� He gently took one finger and slowly lifted her chin so she was looking at him.� She expected to see him laughing at her, but he wasn't.� He looked concerned.� "Sam, talk to me.� Your face is red and you won't look at me, but I don't know why.� You don't have anything to be embarrassed about

karla on 06/16/2015 08:07pm
Misty is one of my favorites.
karla on 06/16/2015 08:07pm
Misty is one of my favorites.
Kathie on 05/06/2014 10:26am
Sweet story, enjoyed reading.
Kathie on 05/06/2014 10:26am
Sweet story, enjoyed reading.
Kirsty on 04/19/2014 10:23pm
I loved this. A great plot (and a REAL plot) and lots of spanking action. Highly recommended!
Kirsty on 04/19/2014 10:23pm
I loved this. A great plot (and a REAL plot) and lots of spanking action. Highly recommended!
mitzi on 04/09/2014 09:55pm
I loved this book! It had everything I look for in a book. It was a longer book, which I really prefer over the shorter ones that most of them are these days. It was long enough to allow you to get to know the characters, which I really liked. I'd love to find a Trevor of my own! It told the story of a budding relationship, one where they took the time to get to know each other, which is important to develop the trust they had. I felt Sam was a virgin, although it never actually says for sure. To me it hints that she is a virgin, and Trevor is a true gentlemen and doesn't push her, which was refreshing to me. Throw into all that a strong cowboy and lots of action through the whole story, and it was a terrific book! Definitely will read another by this author.
mitzi on 04/09/2014 09:55pm
I loved this book! It had everything I look for in a book. It was a longer book, which I really prefer over the shorter ones that most of them are these days. It was long enough to allow you to get to know the characters, which I really liked. I'd love to find a Trevor of my own! It told the story of a budding relationship, one where they took the time to get to know each other, which is important to develop the trust they had. I felt Sam was a virgin, although it never actually says for sure. To me it hints that she is a virgin, and Trevor is a true gentlemen and doesn't push her, which was refreshing to me. Throw into all that a strong cowboy and lots of action through the whole story, and it was a terrific book! Definitely will read another by this author.
Jaycee on 04/06/2014 02:54pm
"This was a light, sweet story that focused on the budding DD relationship between Trevor - a ranch owner, and Sam - a slightly troubled young woman. Like Misty Malone's previous book, it focuses heavily on the relationship development, but this one had more action and less of the internal dialogue that I felt bogged down her previous story. The characterizations were well done, however, I felt that Trevor was too ""overprotective"" and unreasonable at times. I mean really - spanking a grown woman for climbing on a log and up a tree? He also punished her several times for not trusting in him, yet he didn't trust Sam when she repeatedly told him that she was capable and knowledgable about ranch life. I kept waiting for her to point that out. Sam had years of independence under her belt so it seemed odd to me that she would simply sit back and allow Trevor to dictate to her - especially scenes like the branding when he didn't even want her near enough to watch! Overall a nice read with enough action to keep the reader involved, but could use stronger female characterization."
Jaycee on 04/06/2014 02:54pm
"This was a light, sweet story that focused on the budding DD relationship between Trevor - a ranch owner, and Sam - a slightly troubled young woman. Like Misty Malone's previous book, it focuses heavily on the relationship development, but this one had more action and less of the internal dialogue that I felt bogged down her previous story. The characterizations were well done, however, I felt that Trevor was too ""overprotective"" and unreasonable at times. I mean really - spanking a grown woman for climbing on a log and up a tree? He also punished her several times for not trusting in him, yet he didn't trust Sam when she repeatedly told him that she was capable and knowledgable about ranch life. I kept waiting for her to point that out. Sam had years of independence under her belt so it seemed odd to me that she would simply sit back and allow Trevor to dictate to her - especially scenes like the branding when he didn't even want her near enough to watch! Overall a nice read with enough action to keep the reader involved, but could use stronger female characterization."
Barbara on 04/04/2014 11:47am
This is a sweet, sexy story & well worth buying. I really felt I got to know Trevor & Sam & enjoyed their story.
Barbara on 04/04/2014 11:47am
This is a sweet, sexy story & well worth buying. I really felt I got to know Trevor & Sam & enjoyed their story.
Barbara on 04/04/2014 11:47am
This is a sweet, sexy story & well worth buying. I really felt I got to know Trevor & Sam & enjoyed their story.
Barbara on 04/04/2014 11:47am
This is a sweet, sexy story & well worth buying. I really felt I got to know Trevor & Sam & enjoyed their story.
Barbara on 04/04/2014 11:45am
This is a sweet, sexy story & well worth buying. I really felt I got to know Trevor & Sam & enjoyed their story.
Barbara on 04/04/2014 11:45am
This is a sweet, sexy story & well worth buying. I really felt I got to know Trevor & Sam & enjoyed their story.
Kathy on 04/03/2014 05:08pm
I liked the love story and the domestic discipline in the story. I would liked to see a little more sexually.neither of them were virgins so it seemed a little unrealistic. I also had a hard time getting through the book. It took me while when most of these books I breeze. It just kept losing my attention.I'm not really sure why it kind of just dragged at some chapters
Kathy on 04/03/2014 05:08pm
I liked the love story and the domestic discipline in the story. I would liked to see a little more sexually.neither of them were virgins so it seemed a little unrealistic. I also had a hard time getting through the book. It took me while when most of these books I breeze. It just kept losing my attention.I'm not really sure why it kind of just dragged at some chapters
Tabby M. on 03/30/2014 09:41am
This is a sweet cowboy romance that tells the story of Trevor and Sam. Sam's a cowgirl at heart, but tried to work at a big city job. That ended and she decided to return to her roots and try to find work on a ranch. Trevor is the cowboy who hires her, and he has a distinct idea of how a woman should behave and what she should do. Of course Sam doesn’t agree and ends up being on the receiving end of quite a few spankings! They soon realize there’s more than an employer/employee relationship between them and we get to watch their relationship develop. Along the way they work to reveal the truth about an event in Sam’s past that leaves her scarred. All in all a great spanking book with an engaging plot!
Tabby M. on 03/30/2014 09:41am
This is a sweet cowboy romance that tells the story of Trevor and Sam. Sam's a cowgirl at heart, but tried to work at a big city job. That ended and she decided to return to her roots and try to find work on a ranch. Trevor is the cowboy who hires her, and he has a distinct idea of how a woman should behave and what she should do. Of course Sam doesn۪t agree and ends up being on the receiving end of quite a few spankings! They soon realize there۪s more than an employer/employee relationship between them and we get to watch their relationship develop. Along the way they work to reveal the truth about an event in Sam۪s past that leaves her scarred. All in all a great spanking book with an engaging plot!
JK on 03/30/2014 08:51am
I loved it! Simply put, this book had everything in it to make it great: a great plot, great characters, including a fantastically feisty heroine and a sweet, caring (a bit too much sometimes) alpha male cowboy, and a lot of spankings! It was very well written and I would highly recommend it!!
JK on 03/30/2014 08:51am
I loved it! Simply put, this book had everything in it to make it great: a great plot, great characters, including a fantastically feisty heroine and a sweet, caring (a bit too much sometimes) alpha male cowboy, and a lot of spankings! It was very well written and I would highly recommend it!!
dani on 03/29/2014 09:31pm
I really liked this book. I love longer stories like this, and this one was packed with action, and spankings. The writer did a good job of developing the characters and the relationship between them.
dani on 03/29/2014 09:31pm
I really liked this book. I love longer stories like this, and this one was packed with action, and spankings. The writer did a good job of developing the characters and the relationship between them.
KatD on 03/29/2014 07:17pm
Sweet story but needed a little more danger excitement for me
KatD on 03/29/2014 07:17pm
Sweet story but needed a little more danger excitement for me
Anon on 03/26/2014 06:17am
When is this going to be on amazon?
Anon on 03/26/2014 06:17am
When is this going to be on amazon?
Mattie on 03/25/2014 03:42pm
I love a strong man in a cowboy hat. Sam is lucky to find a job working for Trevor instead of at one of the other farms. The story is well written and does a good job of developing the relationship between Sam and Trevor.
Mattie on 03/25/2014 03:42pm
I love a strong man in a cowboy hat. Sam is lucky to find a job working for Trevor instead of at one of the other farms. The story is well written and does a good job of developing the relationship between Sam and Trevor.
KArc on 03/24/2014 11:41am
I thought this story had a fresh approach. It didn't have a lot of highs and lows. It was a smooth and gentle story. That's not to say that there was no excitement, because there was. It was just very sweet and fluid. Trevor hires Samantha to do bookkeeping at his ranch. They soon begin a romantic relationship. As Trevor gets to know her he has concerns about her past. His close friend, Clay is a private investigator so Trevor hires him to look into it. He soon discovers some secrets that Sam is glad to hear and they just get bigger the deeper Clay digs. While that is going on Trevor becomes more and more protective of Sam and Sam discovers what happens when she is careless with Trevor's rules and feelings. This is a great lazy, sunny afternoon story
KArc on 03/24/2014 11:41am
I thought this story had a fresh approach. It didn't have a lot of highs and lows. It was a smooth and gentle story. That's not to say that there was no excitement, because there was. It was just very sweet and fluid. Trevor hires Samantha to do bookkeeping at his ranch. They soon begin a romantic relationship. As Trevor gets to know her he has concerns about her past. His close friend, Clay is a private investigator so Trevor hires him to look into it. He soon discovers some secrets that Sam is glad to hear and they just get bigger the deeper Clay digs. While that is going on Trevor becomes more and more protective of Sam and Sam discovers what happens when she is careless with Trevor's rules and feelings. This is a great lazy, sunny afternoon story
Marybeth on 03/23/2014 09:50pm
This is a wonderful story about a young woman named Samantha and a young cowboy named Trevor. Samantha wants to work on a ranch again. She has been driving aimlessly and ends up in Oklahoma. She goes to a local restaurant to look at the help wanted section in the local newspaper. The waitress there decides that she will help Sam by asking around. She finds three places that are looking for help and tells her about a fourth place that probably needs the help. Sam ends up there and Trevor hires her to do the bookkeeping. Eventually, Trevor finds out about her background and helps her fix it. I think the only thing that I had a problem with is that even though Sam is experienced at working on a ranch, Trevor won’t let her help out because he wants to keep her safe. This leads to lots and lots of spankings. I do think that Trevor is over-reacting, but it does work in this book and he makes Sam feel secure. It she doesn’t mind, who am I too? lol I enjoyed this book by Misty Malone. She is a new author, but she does a great job writing a very detailed, thorough story. I really like that it is longer than most stories that are being published lately. I am going to go back and read her first book now.
Marybeth on 03/23/2014 09:50pm
This is a wonderful story about a young woman named Samantha and a young cowboy named Trevor. Samantha wants to work on a ranch again. She has been driving aimlessly and ends up in Oklahoma. She goes to a local restaurant to look at the help wanted section in the local newspaper. The waitress there decides that she will help Sam by asking around. She finds three places that are looking for help and tells her about a fourth place that probably needs the help. Sam ends up there and Trevor hires her to do the bookkeeping. Eventually, Trevor finds out about her background and helps her fix it. I think the only thing that I had a problem with is that even though Sam is experienced at working on a ranch, Trevor won۪t let her help out because he wants to keep her safe. This leads to lots and lots of spankings. I do think that Trevor is over-reacting, but it does work in this book and he makes Sam feel secure. It she doesn۪t mind, who am I too? lol I enjoyed this book by Misty Malone. She is a new author, but she does a great job writing a very detailed, thorough story. I really like that it is longer than most stories that are being published lately. I am going to go back and read her first book now.
Redrabbitt on 03/23/2014 06:58pm
"First off, this story was longer than most, but that is a positive. I liked the interaction between Samantha ""Sam"" Simmerly and Trevor Nottingham. Sam is high strung and impulsive and Trevor is a protective sort of man. Sam goes to work as a bookkeeper for Trevor because she wants to work on a ranch, but Sam is in for more than working as a bookkeeper, she is in for lots of spankings for her behavior and disobedience. Trevor believes in DD, even for a female employee and expects obedience, or else he spanks. Sam keeps a red bottom too! I guess what shocked me, but not in a bad way, is there is NO SEX at all in this book. The way the story ended, maybe a follow-up book, but if not, it ended ok. This story was actually a very interesting story and I highly recommend it. *I received an ARC book for an honest review*"
Redrabbitt on 03/23/2014 06:58pm
"First off, this story was longer than most, but that is a positive. I liked the interaction between Samantha ""Sam"" Simmerly and Trevor Nottingham. Sam is high strung and impulsive and Trevor is a protective sort of man. Sam goes to work as a bookkeeper for Trevor because she wants to work on a ranch, but Sam is in for more than working as a bookkeeper, she is in for lots of spankings for her behavior and disobedience. Trevor believes in DD, even for a female employee and expects obedience, or else he spanks. Sam keeps a red bottom too! I guess what shocked me, but not in a bad way, is there is NO SEX at all in this book. The way the story ended, maybe a follow-up book, but if not, it ended ok. This story was actually a very interesting story and I highly recommend it. *I received an ARC book for an honest review*"
SH on 03/23/2014 04:19pm
There is a real story here with a great plot. The romance between Sam and Trevor builds slowly and honestly. Trevor believes in a traditional HOH relationship with DD and Sam has to learn exactly what that entails. Very well written and I loved it! I received this book from Blushing Books Publishing as an Advanced Reader Copy.
SH on 03/23/2014 04:19pm
There is a real story here with a great plot. The romance between Sam and Trevor builds slowly and honestly. Trevor believes in a traditional HOH relationship with DD and Sam has to learn exactly what that entails. Very well written and I loved it! I received this book from Blushing Books Publishing as an Advanced Reader Copy.
angel on 03/22/2014 01:44pm
This story is a very sweet romantic western It has lots of love with themes of domestic discipline I really enjoyed the interaction between sam and the others It has a great plot and is a must read
angel on 03/22/2014 01:44pm
This story is a very sweet romantic western It has lots of love with themes of domestic discipline I really enjoyed the interaction between sam and the others It has a great plot and is a must read

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