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Excerpt from 8 SECONDS TO LOVE by Paty Jager


Which will it be, a life-long dream, or the love of a lifetime?


BOOK SUMMARY

Book one of the Tumbling Creek Ranch series

Lacey Wallis has put blood, sweat, and tears into her dream of making it to the National Finals Rodeo and isn’t about to let an injury stop her. However, she didn’t expect the ER nurse to be the man she had a crush on years ago, or to discover that crush hadn’t been one-sided.

Jared McIntyre lived through loving and the death of one thrill-seeking woman, and wasn’t about to let that happen again. Especially not to Lacey. But that would mean he’d have to allow himself to love again.

Which will it be, a life-long dream, or the love of a lifetime?

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by Paty Jager

“Hey, you need to remain flat for a while yet, or you’ll have a headache worse than when you came in.”

She aimed her gaze at the sound of the voice. It had a familiar tone. When her gaze landed on the man’s face, there was no mistaking those dimples or those dark blue eyes. Jared McIntyre. She continued staring, taking in the more chiseled features that proved the boy had grown into a man. His dark hair was just long enough to curl in her fingers, if she got the chance to run her fingers through it as she’d fantasized about many times as a teenager and even as an adult.

Jared was the one boy she’d wanted to notice her when she was thirteen. He’d been the handsome high school quarterback and one of the highest scoring players on the basketball team. His features had matured into an even handsomer man. And he still worked out. Muscles stretched his short-sleeved, blue, scrubs. Her cousin hadn’t said anything about Jared becoming a doctor or that he lived in Bozeman. She’d only heard he’d joined the military.

“Cat got your tongue?” Jared asked.

“N-no. I’m just surprised to see you. Here. In Bozeman.” Since she’d started riding bulls, she never thought much about how she looked. She needed to fit in, be tough, and not care if her hair was mussed. But at this moment, she wished she was a model or anything but a dirt sucking bull rider.

“How does your head feel?” he asked, picking up her wrist and taking her pulse. His gentle touch sent her heart racing.

One dark eyebrow lifted, and he set her right hand back down on the covers. He held out a thermometer. “Open up. I need to monitor you for infection. That arm of yours looked like you’d been in a Jeep hit by an IED.”

She shuddered, thinking her arm had to have looked pretty bad for an ex-military person to say such a thing.

He checked the IV sticking out of her right arm. “Were you really on a bull when this happened?”

The skepticism in his voice was the same she’d received every time she said she was a bull rider. She’d been riding bulls since high school. Once the boys, and now men, learned she had as much passion and heart to ride a bull as they did, they didn’t give her any guff. In fact, they helped her with her technique and watched out for her when a newbie came along and talked smack about her. She’d been working her way up the circuit and trying for a shot at the National Finals Rodeo. She’d finally made it. Riding Red River and staying on until the buzzer, had clenched her spot in the NFR, but now… She turned her head to her left. “My arm. How soon can I get back on a bull?”

“Lacey, you can’t be serious.” His tone sounded like her parents’.

She peered into Jared’s eyes. “Dead serious. This ride clenched my spot in the Finals. Do you know how long it took me to make this goal?”

He shook his head. “I don’t. Brett said you were riding in rodeos, he didn’t say you were sitting on top of two-thousand pound animals. Is this what you’ve been doing since high school?”

“Yes. I’ve been working my way through the ranks to be the first woman to ride a bull at the National Finals. This ride did it. I stayed on eight seconds. Red River is one of the highest scoring bulls in the circuit. My score had to have put me in the top three and that’s all I needed to secure my spot.” She glanced toward her strapped down arm. “I would have had a clean ride if my feet hadn’t gone out from under me when I dismounted.” The stumble could have cost her her dream.

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Copyright © by Paty Jager

Learn more about this book and order a copy by visiting the author's website. 8 SECONDS TO LOVE was released March 24, 2018.


AUTHOR BIO: Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 32 novels, 6 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

www.patyjager.net

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8 Seconds to Love by Paty Jager

Genre: Contemporary Western Romance

Type: Novella

Heat Level: 5

Language Level: 3

Violence Level: 2

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