Welcome to this month’s #MFRWSteam blog entry. Today I’m showcasing Real Cowboys Love Cats. Like all of the books in the Horse Mountain Shifters series, it’s a smoking hot romance. If you love cowboys, fated mates, curvy girls, shifters are all of the above, you’ll love this book!
Having grown up isolated from other shifters, Abram’s not completely comfortable in his own skin. Nevertheless, after the death of his beloved human mother, he relocated to Horse Mountain to reconnect with his father’s side of the family. Love was the furthermost thing from his mind until he met Maddie.
When Maddie meets Abram, she’s smitten but doesn’t see much of a future. A man, who doesn’t like cats, should be a deal-breaker for a mountain lion shifter like her. Yet every time he’s near, her body goes crazy. Could he possibly be her fated mate?
“I should get the tents up. You brought one, right? Or were you bunking in the cabin?” He talked so fast, he was practically babbling.
“I can put up my own tent.” She started unpacking. They worked separately, not speaking as they did. She got hers up faster, but he caught up and staked his tent down before she got her second rod pounded into the ground.
She picked up the pace, hoping to skulk inside her makeshift abode and die. The sound of heavy steps alerted her to Abram’s approach before he spoke. “Need some help?”
She bristled, not even turning to look at him. “I can handle it.” As she tried to figure out what had gone awry, her pride smarted. I initiated the kiss but he responded with plenty of enthusiasm. As soon as we hit daylight, all of a sudden he didn’t mean it? What the hell is that?
“Dusk’s approaching fast so I’ll build us a fire.” He paused as if he expected a reaction but after a few seconds of silence, he walked off. She secured her tent before crawling inside and unrolled her sleeping bag. I’ll hit the hay early. He can sit by that fire alone.
A few minutes later, she heard scraping against the mesh material of her temporary shelter. “Knock, knock.” Abram’s voice was low.
Every tiny hair on her body stood on end with goosebumps, and a wave of arousal made her squirm. She pressed on her chest with her fingertips as if holding herself back. Don’t be an idiot. Don’t seem too anxious. Be cool. Keep it chill. With trembling hands, she partially unzipped the door but only enough to peep out. “Didn’t you see the sign? No soliciting. Peddle your magazines somewhere else.”
He smiled. “I’m sorry.”
“About what?” She was glad he couldn’t see her quivering.
“Being chicken shit. It’s time to man up—I like you.” His pupils dilated as he blushed. “I know you’re paying Davis for a professionally guided tour, and I’m trying but I keep getting distracted.”
Her stomach simmered with nervous energy. “Distracted by what?” She continued to peek at him through the tiny opening.
He removed his hat and rubbed the side of his head. “You gonna make me say it with this tent door separating us?”
“Yes.” Her pulse raced.
He sighed and looked off in the other direction. “I got a fire started and laid out a blanket for us.”
“Huh?” She threw him a sideways glance. “And just what are you expecting to do on that blanket?”
He blushed. “Sit. Look at stars. They’re really pretty up here this close to heaven.” He was so adorable Maddie’s heart felt as if it might swell up into her throat and choke her.
“Hmm, tempting, but I dunno. You did say something about a spanking.” She felt a slight twinge of guilt for teasing him but not enough to stop.
“Which one will get you to come out? If I promise to do it or not to do it?”
She laughed. “Guess.”
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