The Perfect Country and Western Story (paperback)
by Christine Columbus
The Wild Rose Press - Digital $6.00 Retail Price: $11.99
Alexandra has the Stetson hat, now all she needs is the cowboy. But with three days and over 50,000 faces to search, will she be able to find the man who stole her heart?
Ben still can’t believe he was foolish enough to let the beautiful thief walk away with his autographed cowboy hat. If the heartbreaker dares to show up at Country Time again this year, he’ll not only be looking to get his hat back, but aiming for a little payback as well.
She stepped closer, filling the gap between them. “Ben, I want—” Her voice pleaded.
He was drowning in the pools of her eyes and clenched his jaw shut as the hairs on the back of his neck stood up with the remembered comments from Julia. Yeah, you want me, but only because you hadn’t found anything better, right? Anger flared and he narrowed his eyes, adding aloud, “Your parents should have named you Jezebel.”
“What?” Her eyebrows rose as confusion clouded her eyes. She blinked. “I know this looks bad, but I can explain.”
He ignored the plea in her voice, put the hat on his head and swallowed. He took a step backward as she came forward.
“Ben, please listen.” Her voice trembled. “I can explain. I want you—”
He put his hands on her shoulders to prevent her from coming any closer, but as soon as his palms touched her skin, his hands started shaking. Something was wrong, different, he could see it in her eyes. And the way she looked? This couldn’t be the same angel his heart had longed for—had everyone else really seen what he couldn’t?
“I don’t want to hear it. I already know,” he snapped, delving into his self-loathing and fortifying his resolve. “You stole my hat—a hat I was going to give my little brother.”
“No, that’s not how it was.” Alex pressed against his hands and tried to move in closer, her eyes rimmed in tears.
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