Today my Guest is Kirsten Lynn and boy does she have a story to tell! This is one book you will not want to miss reading.
This story was a true labor of love as the heroine Lena is inspired by my great-grandmother, Lena. My great-grandmother never really had the happily ever after she deserved. She worked hard raising six children on her own after her husband abandoned them. So, I gave this Lena a better man and though she has to work hard for it, too, a happily ever after.
My great-grandmother was a trick rider as was her brother. Her brother, Morton “Alt” Boden went on to star as a rough rider in the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show. So, without further ado let me introduce you to Kyle Allaway and Lena Gowan. A couple so strong, their story will launch two new series.
He’s the All American Cowboy…
Kyle Allaway is riding tall as one-half of the greatest act in Frank Perry’s Wild West Show. He’s his own man far from Big Horn, Wyoming and the family who betrayed him driving him from his fondest dream…well at least one of his dreams…
She’s the Sweetheart of the West…
Lena Gowan is barely holding onto the reins. Tired of constant travel, the applause of the crowd means nothing to her. She longs to return to the ranch co-owned by the Gowan and Allaway families. To leave Kyle would mean walking away from her dearest friend and heart’s desire.
Together they’ve been a team since childhood…
When a surprise lands in Kyle’s arms, he’s forced to become two things he swore he’d never be… a father to a child born outside of marriage and Lena’s husband. His world continues to tumble when he takes his new family to the one place he both loves and hates … the A&G Ranch. As the world erupts in the Great War, the Allaways and Gowans face a battle years in the making. Kyle and Lena must hold tight to each other and fight internal questions and doubts and external forces seeking their destruction, or risk a fall that will knock them out of the saddle for good.
Sometimes the safest place to fall…is in love…
KYLE didn’t know what the hell he was gonna do. His gaze fell to Katie. He didn’t doubt for a second she was his. If the black thatch of hair didn’t prove it, the deep blue of her eyes branded her an Allaway sure as any hot iron. But this was no life for a baby. Hell, when he wasn’t thanking God, he was cursing himself for ever letting Lena follow him into this crude life. And he made his decision.
“I’ll try to find her a home, Frank. I’ll put ads in the papers over here, and I’ll have her a home in no time.”
A small gasp brought his attention to Lena. “You’d give her away, Kyle? But your mother…”
“Has nothin’ to do with this.”
“That’s all well and good, but what ya gonna do ‘til then?”
“I’ll help him, Frank. When he’s performing, I’ll watch her, and I’ll help other times, too.”
God bless Lena Gowan. Kyle’s shoulders dropped as the weight lifted.
“And need I remind you, you perform with Kyle during a couple acts?”
Alt gave a short nod to Katie. “I’ll watch the tyke then…while the young’uns entertain the folks.”
Kyle couldn’t drag in a decent breath. “Thank ye, Alt. I’m sorry…”
The older cowboy waved him off. “I know your temper by now, boy. Plus I’m doin’ it for Lena. Tryin’ to earn me a kiss on the cheek.” He sent a wink toward Lena.
Lena didn’t hesitate, but stepped forward and brushed a kiss on Alt’s weather-hardened cheek.
“As touchin’ as all this is, ya need to get your ass…”—Frank’s gaze shot to Katie and he cleared his throat—“…your backsides ready; show starts in ten minutes.” Their boss stomped from the tent, barking at the showmen eavesdropping outside.
Cool, damp air entered on Frank’s exit, and Kyle tugged Katie’s blanket more securely around her. He smiled into wide blue eyes searching his face, probably as confused as he was about how they fit in each other’s lives. He traced the curve of one smooth cheek with the tip of his forefinger. When he lifted his gaze from the baby it met Lena’s, but he looked away from the honest, green gaze begging him to reconsider his decision.
He swallowed “She’s cute.”
“Yes. She looks like you.”
“Lena, she don’t belong in this life. I’ll make sure she ends up in a fine home…the best.”
He took Katie from Lena’s arms and transferred the baby to Alt. “Come on, we’ll talk later. You better get ready for your introduction, and I gotta check on the horses. Thanks again, Alt.”
Lena’s forehead scrunched into a frown as her arms dropped from the loss of Katie’s weight. Kyle braced for the tongue-lashing, but instead, she turned and followed Frank’s footsteps out.
“That’s a good woman there.”
“The best.” Kyle didn’t look back at Alt or Katie, but snatched up his rope and headed into the night.
RIDIN’ FOR A FALL by Kirsten Lynn (Copyright 2015, Kirsten Lynn)
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