It’s now 1:15 a.m. and, obviously, I’m still awake though I had planned to be in bed at 11 p.m. (so I’d be ready for that next battle with the dragons tomorrow morning). I blame it all on Stacey Joy Netzel.
I only wanted to have a tiny, itty-bitty mini-peep at the beginning of her novel “Chasin’ Mason,” which I had bought at Fictionwise earlier today. And then the story sucked me right in -wooooooosh! And there I was, poor little me, and couldn’t stop reading despite the fact that the hero was a bit grumpy at the beginning (but only a little bit!).
Here’s the blurb:
When his father announced his engagement to a gold-digger with a lying, scheming fourteen-year old daughter, seventeen-year old Tripp Warner left Warner Ridge Ranch and never looked back. Until the day he got the phone call that his father had died unexpectedly.
Reggie Reed lives with her guilt every day but can’t quite work up the courage to track down the son of the man who raised her as his own. When Tripp shows up at his father’s funeral eleven years later–and a hell of a man to be reckoned with–he has no interest in her too-late apology. Worse, they’ve inherited half shares of the family ranch—but only if they work together to catch Mason’s Gold, the stallion a young Reggie let escape and made sure Tripp took the blame for.
Tripp proposes a secret competition to the beautiful witch who stole his life: whoever catches the stallion first gets the ranch all to themselves. It sounds simple, but once they’re out on the range, tempers and passions flare in the Texas heat and nothing goes as either of them expects.
Can they work together to keep the ranch, or will their past get in the way of their future?
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
And now please excuse me while I totter off to bed … Good night!