Not Just a Cowboy

By: Caro Carson



A HURRICANE BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER

Heiress Patricia Cargill was out to prove she was more than just a big bank account. Running Texas Rescue and Relief gives her the greatest satisfaction she could imagine. Until she meets volunteer Luke Waterson. He’s a little younger, a little brasher and a lot more dangerous than anyone she’s dated. He could be everything she needs.

A STORM OF EMOTIONS COULD TEAR THEM APART

An unexpected change of fortune, however, reveals Luke is more than just a nomadic cowboy. Falling for a millionaire rancher, especially one who keeps secrets, was not in her plans. But committing to a man who sees her as a desirable woman, not dollar signs, could be worth making an exception to this rule.





This was what her life was like, he realized.

Everyone came to her when they needed something. She didn’t expect Luke to be there for any other reason. Did no one seek her out just to talk during a work shift? To play a game of cards in the shade when they were off duty? To share a meal?

He didn’t feel like smiling at the moment, but he did, anyway. She’d asked if he needed anything. “Nope. Nothing.”

She tilted her head and looked at him, those eyes that had opened so wide now narrowing skeptically. “Then what are you doing here?”

I can’t stop thinking about you. I want to feel you against me again.

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Texas Rescue:

Rescuing hearts…one Texan at a time!





Dear Reader,

I’m so glad you chose Not Just a Cowboy. Luke Waterson, the hero of this book, appeared in my very first Harlequin Special Edition book, Doctor, Soldier, Daddy. He played high school football with the MacDowell doctors and grew up outside Austin on a ranch that bordered the MacDowell homestead.

Luke’s never been able to leave his family’s ranch, actually. While he seems easygoing on the surface, he’s truly shackled by his responsibilities to the place where he was born and raised. Wanting a little adventure beyond the too-familiar fence line, he’s volunteered as a fireman with the Texas Rescue and Relief organization. Working on the Gulf Coast after a hurricane, he meets heiress Patricia Cargill. Just as he may not be as carefree as he seems, she may not be as cool and controlled as she appears. They are both wearing masks to some degree, but their attraction is real, and their undeniable emotions force them to choose between the lives everyone expects them to live and the life they could have together.

I’d love to hear from you. You can send a private note through my website, www.carocarson.com, or find me easily on Facebook. Meanwhile, enjoy Luke and Patricia’s romance!

Cheers,

Caro Carson








Chapter One

Patricia Cargill was not going to marry Quinn MacDowell, after all.

What a dreadful inconvenience.

She’d invested nearly a year of her life to cultivating their friendship, a pleasant relationship between a man and a woman evenly matched in temperament, in attractiveness, in income. Just when Patricia had thought the time was right for a smooth transition to the logical next step, Quinn had fallen head over heels in love with a woman he’d only known for a few weeks.

A year’s planning, a year’s investment of Patricia’s time and effort, gone in a matter of days.

She tapped her pen impatiently against the clipboard in her hand. She didn’t sigh, she didn’t stoop her shoulders in defeat, and she most certainly didn’t cry. Patricia was a Cargill, of the Austin Cargills, and she would weather her personal storm.

Later.

Right now, she was helping an entire town weather the aftermath of a different kind of storm, the kind that made national news as it made landfall on the coast of Texas. The kind of storm that could peel the roof off a hospital, leaving a town in need of the medical assistance that the Texas Rescue and Relief organization could provide. The kind of storm that let Patricia drop all the social niceties expected of an heiress while she assumed her role as the personnel director for a mobile hospital.

Her hospital was built of white tents, powered by generators, and staffed by all the physicians, nurses, and technicians Patricia had spent the past year recruiting. During Austin dinner parties and Lake Travis sailing weekends, over posh Longhorn football tailgates and stale hospital cafeteria buffets, Patricia had secured their promises to volunteer with Texas Rescue in time of disaster. That time was now.

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