Title: The Bull Rider's Return
Series: The 79th Cooper Mountain Rodeo #2
Author: Joan Kilby
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 28, 2018
No good deed goes unpunishedâ¦
Rough rider Cody Starr relishes his reputation as the bad boy on the rodeo circuit. When he impulsively leaves his prize money as a tip for a struggling waitress so her little boy can get a heart operation, Cody keeps quiet about it, knowing heâs only atoning for past sins. His good deed is outed when Kelly Reid drives across three states to thank him in person. Despite the fact that Kelly forces him to confront his past and question everything, Cody starts to fall hard for her.
Single mom Kelly Reid thinks Cody is a Hero with a capital H. She believes in Cody, but she knows that nothing long term can come of their intense attraction until he believes in himself. Is Cody the love âem and leave âem guy he claims to be or could he possibly be the man of her dreams?
Ricky tugged on his momâs arm. âGive Cody his present.â
âAll right.â Kelly wiped her fingers carefully and moved the soiled food containers out of the way. Then she reached into her tote bag and took out a folded article of clothing wrapped in tissue paper. âI hope it fits. I had to guess at your size.â
âItâs a lucky vest for you to wear when youâre bull riding,â Ricky spilled the beans excitedly. âMom made it to match your chaps, didnât you, Mom?â
âYes, but Ricky, you know he has to wear a protective padded vest when heâs riding, right?â She glanced at Cody. âUsually heâs telling me how rodeo works.â
âI forgot.â Rickyâs small shoulders slumped. âIf you canât wear it riding, it wonât bring you luck.â
âJust owning it will do that, little dude,â Cody said. He held up the tailored black leather vest. The western-style yoke was trimmed in black snakeskin and the front closing studded with buffalo and Indian head buttons. All hand stitched from the looks of it. He ran a hand over the soft leather. No one had ever made him anything like this before.
âThank you,â he said, incredibly touched. âI donât know what to say. This vest is so special Iâll save it to wear for good.â
âI know it doesnât begin to repayââ Kelly began.
Finally they were getting to the crux of her visit. Cody was shaking his head before she finished the sentence. âThat money I gave you was a gift, no strings, no expectations. Seeing Ricky looking so healthy is payment enough.â
Seeing her looking beautiful and carefree was a bonus.
âWell, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Iâm not sure I said that at the time.â Her cheeks pink, she gestured to the vest. âTry it on.â
He pulled the vest on over his chambray shirt and buttoned it up. âIt fits like a glove.â
âPerfect,â Kelly agreed happily. âIâm so glad.â
âHonestly, you didnât have to,â Cody said.
âNeither did you.â Her smile was so sweet it pierced his heart.
Award-winning author Joan Kilby writes sweet, sexy contemporary romance with a touch of humor. When sheâs not working on a new book Joan can often be found at her local gym doing yoga or being dragged around the neighborhood by her Jack âRascalâ terrier. Her hobbies are growing vegetables, cooking, traveling and reading--not necessarily in that order. Happily married with three children, Joan lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to hear from readers so feel free to drop her a line. For contact details and more info on Joanâs books, go to www.joankilby.com.