One Texas Cowboy Too Many (Burnt Boot, Texas #3) by Carolyn Brown EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY!
Title: One Texas Cowboy Too Many
Boot, Texas #3
Pubdate: March 1st,
Carolyn Brown’s New York Times and USA Today
bestselling cowboys prove that love is bigger in Burnt Boot, Texas
She’s got too many cowboys on her hands
Leah Brennan has always been the good girl of the Brennan
family, groomed to become the matriarch of the clan. When a dark-eyed,
tattooed, ponytailed bad boy saunters into her life, Leah knows he’s
off-limits—but his mesmerizing gaze makes her forget everything she used to
think was important. As town-wide tension rises, Leah wonders if love really
can conquer all…
And the whole town’s taking sides
When Rhett O’Donnell roars into Burnt Boot on a hot July
evening, the first thing he sees is a beautiful blonde. She puts a little extra
giddy-up in his heartbeat, but when Rhett’s desire throws him into the middle
of a love triangle and a hundred-year-old feud, he realizes that winning his
cowgirl’s heart will be a lot more complicated than he thought.
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author and RITA Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than
seventy books. She has written historical single title, historical series,
contemporary series and single titles, cowboy romance and women’s fiction.
These days she is concentrating on her two loves: romantic women’s fiction and
cowboy romance. She and her husband, a retired English teacher, make their home
in southern Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren
to keep them young. When she’s not writing she likes to spend time in her back
yard with her two cats, Boots Randolph Terminator Outlaw and Chester Fat Boy,
and watch them protect the yard from vicious critters like field mice, crickets
She hoped he couldn’t see the tremble in her hand as she finished
the apple and threw the core out into the river. An instant splash said that a
big fish had snagged it.
“They’re too smart for me today,” she said as she pulled her rod out
of the sand. She reeled in the line, removed the soggy bait, and fed it to the
dog. She carefully wound the hook and line around the rod and stuck the tip in
the cork handle.
“You leaving?” Rhett asked.
“Not yet, but they aren’t bitin’ today. Did you come from a big
Rhett followed her lead and brought his line in also. Dammit wasn’t
a bit interested in a soggy grasshopper, so Rhett tossed it back out on the
water. Before he could get the line wound around the rod, a splash out in the
river said that a fish had eaten the free food again.
“Dammit!” Rhett said.
The dog rose up and cocked his head to one side.
“Not you. That smart-ass fish,” Rhett said.
The dog resumed his position and his tail started again, this time
in a different spot in the sand.
“He knows his name and he understands you.” Leah laughed.
“I raised him from a puppy. We’re pretty good friends.”
“You mentioned a sister in the store that first day. Is she your
Rhett shook his head. “No, but she’s the baby of the family. I have
three older brothers, then me, and then Katie. O’Donnells throw pretty good-sized
families. You should see us when we all get together over in Ringgold, Texas,
for a reunion.”
“My Uncle Cash has a horse ranch there, and it’s kind of a central
location. The reunion is the last Saturday in September. Maybe we’ll be good
enough friends by then that you’ll go with me.”
“Maybe. Or maybe we’ll be Sunday afternoon fishing buddies,” she
Dammit got mentally moved back to the rug beside Rhett’s bed. He had
to earn that spot on the foot of the bed, and he hadn’t done it that day.
“Time will tell,” Rhett said.
“Guess I’d best get on back up to the ranch. Granny and I usually
watch a movie together on Sunday night,” Leah said.
“So you live with her?” Rhett shut the lid to his tackle box.
“Have all my life. My dad, Russell, was born in that house. He’s the
firstborn of five sons. The Brennans are a big family, but we all pretty much
stayed on River Bend. Declan is my older brother, and both of us live with
Granny and Daddy in the main ranch house.”
“Left when I was a toddler and never came back. Granny and Daddy
“Maybe I’ll see you at the bar tomorrow night?”
She shook her head. “I’ve got to go to the school again and do some
“Do you like teaching at a private school?”
“I never thought about whether I liked it or not. I got an education
so I could teach at our school, but sometimes I wish all the kids in Burnt Boot
went to the same school.”
“It would better fit them for the world. They only see kids from
River Bend and don’t get as much outside contact as they need, and I’m tired of
“Did you go to the private school?”
“Yes, I did, and then to college, but I was not at all prepared for
They bent to pick up their tackle boxes and her hair brushed against
the side of his face. He gently tucked it behind her ear, and the soft dreamy
look in her eyes drew him closer and closer until his lips found hers in a
sweet kiss. It was impulse, spur of the moment, letting the heart lead the
mind. And chaste as it was, it absolutely rocked Rhett’s emotions to the core.
“Hey, can I have your phone number in case I need someone to talk to
later tonight?” he asked.
Leah hesitated but then she rattled it off. “You won’t remember it,
but I don’t have a thing to write with or anything to write it on.”
“I’ll remember,” he said. “See you later, Leah Brennan.”
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