His Last Rodeo
Back in the saddle again…Tyler Ellis catches Kit Hayes completely offguard when he swaggers back home and into the bar she manages. Since high school, he's been a champion rodeo star...a notorious playboy...and now, apparently, a bar owner. She accepts his offer of a hefty bonus and helps him transform the place because she's desperate to escape their tiny town in the Sierras. She doesn't expect him to work this hard beside her. Where's the cocky cowboy he's supposed to be? Instead she discovers he's still the sweet, genuine young man she once knew. And so much more...including a threat to the adventurous life she craves.
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Back in the saddle again...
Tyler Ellis catches Kit Hayes completely off guard when he swaggers back home and into the bar she manages. Since high school, heâs been a champion rodeo star...a notorious playboy...and now, apparently, a bar owner. She accepts his offer of a hefty bonus and helps him transform the place because sheâs desperate to escape their tiny town in the Sierras. She doesnât expect him to work this hard beside her. Whereâs the cocky cowboy heâs supposed to be? Instead she discovers heâs still the sweet, genuine young man she once knew. And so much more...including a threat to the adventurous life she craves.
âIâll help youâteach you how to run this place.â
Tyler wanted to hug her, his relief was so deep. He put a hand to his heart instead. âThank you. Seriously. Thank you.â
Kit nodded. Then glanced at the sky. âItâs getting late. Youâd better go get that booze. And this week weâll fill out the order form for the bar together. Maybe we can come up with a form thatâs less confusing, too.â
It was all he could do not to fist-pump the air. She was going to help him. But he kept his voice steady. âThat would be great. And weâll get a contract drawn up, with the terms of our partnership, so you can be sure youâll get everything we talked about.â He turned toward his truck, then looked back. âSee you soon.â
He liked saying it. He liked knowing it was true.
Backing his truck down the driveway, he paused for a moment. He felt funny. Lighter. And he realized it was Kit. With her on his side he knew he could do anything. With her help they could make The Dusty Saddle a success. Heâd just have to remember not to fall for her, because he was pretty sure he was already partway there.
The Sierra Legacy series has been about many things, but overall itâs about the legacy left by Nora, Wade and Arch Hoffmanâs father, his crimes and his abuse. In the first three books of the series, Nora, Wade and Arch all had their chance to come to terms with their past, to discover their purposes in life and to find the loves of their lives.
But thereâs one person still reeling from everything thatâs happened: Kit Hayes, the woman who loved Arch, and who has never been able to move on from that love.
His Last Rodeo is Kitâs story, her chance to realize her dreams and break free of the past. And itâs the story of Tyler Ellis, a man trying to come to terms with his own past as a rodeo champion, as a son and as someone who struggles to overcome a hidden disability.
It was such fun to write their chemistry, humor, friendship and love. I hope you enjoy their journey. And thank you for reading the Sierra Legacy series!
His Last Rodeo
CLAIRE MCEWENLIVES by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. She loves writing stories where strong heroes and heroines take big, emotional journeys to find their happily-ever-afters. When not dreaming up new books, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb. She loves discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling and reading, of course!
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His Last Rodeo is for all the readers who have embraced the Sierra Legacy series and taken the Hoffmans into their hearts. Thank you for your letters, your encouragement and your enthusiasm!
And for my editor, Karen Reid, whose incredible talent, patience and faith make it all possible.
I couldnât have written His Last Rodeo without my son and my husband cheering me on, picking up the slack, and assuring me over and over that I would figure out the best way to tell Kitâs story. Arik and Shane, all of my books are for you, but this one really is your achievement as well as mine!
KIT HAYES STOOD on the steps of the Benson library and watched the love of her life leave town. Again.
Arch Hoffman, duffel bag in the back of his truck, was waiting at the last red light before Main Street turned into highway.
He never used to have a truck. When sheâd last seen him a year ago, he was just out of prison and didnât own much.
âThat jerk.â Kitâs best friend, Lila, moved to stand next to her. âWhy was he even in town? I though heâd moved to San Francisco.â
Kit shrugged. âHe must have come to see his family.â If heâd been here any longer than a day or two, sheâd have been sure to run into him in this tiny California town. It was just a few picturesque roads mushed up against the east side of the Sierras.