Blazing Bedtime Stories, Volume VIII: The Cowboy Who Never Grew Up
Stay up late with two delightfully naughty fairy tales from bestselling authors Kimberly Raye and Julie Leto…The Cowboy Who Never Grew Up by Kimberly Raye:Some wild boys never grow up and rodeo rider Pete Gunner is no exception. So when Wendy Darlington asks him to represent a new clothing line, Pete is willing to sign…but only if she’ll let the bad girl in her come out to play for one night! Hooked by Julie Leto: Rodeo owner James Hooker and his ex, Allie Barrie, have spent years playing a red-hot game of break-up, then kiss-and-sex-it-up. But now Allie is back, and she’s playin’ for keeps! But is wickedly hot sex enough to put aside their turbulent past?
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Blazing BedtimeStories,Volume VIII
The Cowboy Who
Never Grew Up
The Cowboy Who
Never Grew Up
About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author KIMBERLY RAYE started her first novel in high school and has been writing ever since. To date, she’s published more than fifty-eight novels, two of them prestigious RITA>® Award nominees. She’s also been nominated by RT Book Reviews for several Reviewer’s Choice awards, as well as a career achievement award. Kim lives deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country with her husband and their young children. She’s an avid reader who loves Diet Dr Pepper, Facebook, chocolate and alpha males. Kim also loves to hear from readers. You can visit her online at www.kimberlyraye.com or follow her on Twitter.
For my oldest son, Josh,
who is growing up way too fast!
I’m so proud of you.
And for the supertalented Julie Leto,
it was great working with you on this story.
I knew you had a little Texas in you!
HE WAS THE PERFECT COWBOY for the job.
Wendy Darlington stared at the man who slid off the angry bull in the middle of the massive rodeo arena in Fort Worth, Texas, and her breath caught. Dust exploded. The crowd roared. The animal twisted and turned as the wranglers tried to get him under control, but the rider wasn’t the least bit nervous. He sidestepped her and headed for the dusty Stetson he’d lost during the most amazing ride Wendy had ever seen. Eight seconds and then some. The buzzer had come and gone, but Pete Gunner had kept at it until he’d snagged bragging rights to breaking yet another world record.
He parked the cowboy hat back on his head and flashed a grin before heading toward the gate and the cluster of reporters waiting to swallow him up.
The scores went up and, sure enough, they were high enough to push Pete into first and solidify a place in the upcoming Professional Bull Riders finals.
Not that she’d had any doubt.
Pete Gunner was the best of the best. An eight-time PBR champion and record holder on the fast track to win number nine.
Unfortunately he had a weakness for loud parties and lots of women, and so he was even more notorious for his behavior outside of the arena. He was a wild child. Unpredictable. Uncensored. Unmanageable.
Trouble. Big, big trouble.
That’s what Wendy had told her boss when he’d come up with the crazy idea of making Pete Gunner the newest spokesperson for Western America, the biggest leatherworks company in the Southwest. They made everything from custom cowboy boots and specialty chaps to one-of-a-kind hand-tooled saddles. The company was launched during the late seventies at the height of the Urban Cowboy craze, with their products targeted toward the sophisticated, professional types eager to jump on the chuck wagon and play weekend cowboy.
They’d managed to maintain a decent profit share over the years, too, although their early heyday had long since faded with so many competitors flooding the marketplace.
Wendy had come to Western straight out of college as an intern and had slowly worked her way up from administrative aide to senior marketing representative. She’d put in nine years at the company and managed to keep up sales in an economic downturn. She’d fought tooth and nail to make a name for herself within the company, and she deserved to be moved up for it. She’d even told her boss, Fred, as much when she’d asked for a promotion last year.
But the man didn’t want to maintain his company’s position. He wanted to sell the company for a hefty profit and buy his own private island in the Bahamas. Something that wasn’t going to happen, at least for the kind of money he wanted, if he didn’t get his market share up by twenty percent.
At least that’s what a private-business consultant had told him six months ago. Hence the creation of Outlaw Outfitters, a line of modestly priced products geared toward the younger segment, and the brainstorm to have Pete Gunner as the front man.
A real cowboy backing the new line would up its credibility and get the attention of the multitude of younger rodeo fans. As the senior marketing rep, it was Wendy’s job to make it happen. Or else.