Meet Victoria Vane, author of ROUGH RIDER
Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.
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DIRK KNOWLTON ON TOUR – Prince-F***ing-Charming
From ROUGH RIDER by Victoria Vane
“What the fuck was that all about?” Grady demanded. “You made me look like an asshole just now.”
Dirk shrugged. “She needs help.”
“And I need money to pay my entry fees. Some of us ain’t as privileged as others,” he added with rancor.
“If you’re short, I’ll spot you a couple hundred,” Dirk offered. “You can pay me back when you win in Thermopolis…or whenever.” He shrugged.
Grady’s expression was still black. “That don’t fix the poor impression she just got of me.”
Dirk laughed. “Since when did you start caring what anyone thinks of you?”
“Since I started thinking about the future,” Grady replied. “I figure I got five, mebbe ten years of rodeo left in me—if I’m lucky—and then what? You got a ranch. I got shit. I need a retirement plan.”
Dirk’s gaze narrowed. “What are you getting at?”
Grady leaned back with a toothpick sticking out of his mouth. “Simple enough. Her ol’ man’s got a decent spread and a contracting business. He’s real sick. If he kicks the bucket, someone’s gotta run it. I don’t see why it can’t be me.”
Dirk felt his fuse ignite. “What the hell are you saying, Grady? You think Janice is gonna be some kinda gravy train for you?”
“A man could do a helluva lot worse. She ain’t hard on the eyes and she’s a good hand to boot.”
Dirk clenched and unclenched his fists under the table. “In case you haven’t noticed, she ain’t interested in you.”
“Only ’cause I haven’t properly applied myself. I can be Prince-Fucking-Charming when I apply myself.”
“And you intend to do that?”
“Yeah. I do. Why do you think we’re traveling together? Look, Pretty Boy, we’ve been friends for a long time now, so I’m feedin’ it to you straight. I’m staking my claim. Right here. Right now. If you’re smart, you’ll go make up to your rich little rodeo princess and stay the hell away from Janice.”
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 3, 2015)
Two wary hearts …
Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect—until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.
Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good—roping, branding, backing broncs, riding bulls, but there's a void he can't seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he bolts…but there’s a certain cowgirl he can’t forget.
When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he's determined to hang on at any cost. Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams turn to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?
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