So I know quite a few of you found Her Cowboy Protector when I (quietly) released it last week. Y'all would give Benedict Cumberbatch a run for his Sherlock money!
Her Cowboy Protector was originally titled Cruz and Her Cowboy Protector. It was written *before* Ivan was even published and won a pretty big contest from a certain very well-known romance publisher. It had two offers for publication but a deal couldn't be reached so I set aside the book and wrote something new--the Grabbed books, actually.
Some great books end up "under the bed" and never get published for all sorts of reasons. Now that indie publishing is a possibility those books no longer have to die, unread and unseen, in Dropbox folders.
A short while ago, when I was going through my "under the bed" collection of completed but unpublished books, I thought Cruz and Niall's tale would be a fun, steamy read to fill the release void until the next two Russian books (Kostya and Alexei) are published. (Soon!)
Her Cowboy Protector features a complex, tortured hero and a strong, smart heroine who is a survivor. And a secret baby! Which is--hands down--one of my favorite romance tropes. The story starts off in Austin and has a cartel/DEA sub-plot.
If you're looking for another Nikolai style read? This book definitely isn't it! It's not as gritty, complicated, long or layered as my usual Roxie books.
But! I really love this couple and wanted to share this story now that I have the chance.
Cruz Montes can't believe her DEA Agent brother is abandoning her on a dusty, isolated ranch in West Texas with a cowboy she's never met. Carlos swears Niall is the only man who can keep Cruz and her unborn baby safe but she isn't so sure. One look at the rough ex-soldier and Cruz wonders if she wouldn't be safer on her own.
Rancher Niall Campbell isn't thrilled with the prospect of babysitting his best friend's sister, especially when he learns she's marked for death by an infamous drug cartel assassin. But he swore a blood oath with Carlos in the heat of battle and always keeps his word. He'll defend Cruz and her unborn baby with his life.
Cruz quickly realizes she isn't the only one being followed by a ghost. She's drawn to the haunted Niall. As she chips away at his emotional armor, Niall dares to dream about what it might be like to have a family of his own, to keep Cruz and her baby in his life.
But all those dreams will remain unrealized if he can't protect her.