Kathleen Ball 
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Wishing on a Cowboy

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Gazing out the window, she remembered how gentle Hunter’s hands were. His kisses always left her reeling. She wished that she had known just how special the chemistry had been.

Her stubborn streak and her I know it all attitude cost her dearly. Now Hunter knew her shameful secret and soon his wife would too. Pity she couldn’t deal with. She’d had enough for herself to last a lifetime. She tried to come up with a plan for her future. Nothing seemed feasible and before she knew it, they were driving up to Hunter’s Ranch.

She reached for the door handle and stopped. She turned and studied Hunter. “Is your mom still living here?” She dreaded the answer. Mrs. Collins had always been kind to her.

“No, she’s at the retirement home. She’d rather play bingo and go on group outings with her friends. She couldn’t drive anymore and I didn’t always have time to drive her.” He smiled at her. “She’s happy there.”

Maggie nodded. She opened the truck door and slowly got out. There’d be a new Mrs. Collins to meet. She’d smile for Hunter’s sake. He deserved to be happy. She was the one that left.

Hunter reached into the cab and gathered Jake into his arms. The little white and brown dog looked so tired. He did manage to lick Hunter’s hand once and then just lay quietly.

The front door opened and the screen door slammed. A young girl with black braids trailing behind her as she ran, came flying toward them.

“Cool! He’s going to be okay isn’t he?” The concern in her brown eyes touched a piece of Maggie’s heart.

Hunter gave her a loving smile. “Sure he will, tidbit. All he needs is your special TLC.”

The girl beamed at him.

“Where are my manners? Cindy this is Maggie. Maggie had some car trouble.”

“Nice to meet you, Cindy.”

Cindy examined her from head to toe. Her big frown said it all. “Hi, whatever. We’d better get Jake inside, Dad.” She accentuated the word dad and glared at Maggie.

Hunter didn’t seem to notice. He smile down at Cindy and nodded. Together they started for the house. Hunter glanced over his shoulder. “Coming?”

“Of, of course.” Too many questions swirled in her head. Starting with who was Cindy and why was she calling Hunter dad?



From The Romance Reviews

It seems that cowboys are the new heroes in many books. In CALLIE'S HEART, the cowboy had major groveling to do since he truly knows nothing about women. It truly amazed me that he was so blind in seeing that Callie was hurting because of his actions, and the amount of rejections that he did. Callie truly had the biggest heart to forgive because I really don't know if I could.

Just the opening of this book and it was like a force of nature to get me to stop reading it. But after Callie's arrival back home after four years, away at college, she was hoping to see her husband and see where they were in their marriage. Only to find him with his arms around a young woman, if I could call her that, sitting on his lap with their lips locked together. What an awful welcome home surprise. After that, it seemed that poor Callie could not get a break in her life; either she was getting injured on the ranch or she was crying because Garret was being an "ass".

Garret is an "ass". I was truly hoping that he would be able to see that he was hurting Callie but it seemed that he did not get it. Sure I understand that he was put in a difficult situation in marrying Callie in the first place, but come on, try and have some compassion. He believed he was too old for her and perhaps she should start dating, since no one knew about their marriage except for one person. When she did go out on her first date, he realized that he did not want her in anyone's arms but his. However, the realization came a little too late, buddy.

There is a killer among the ranch hands and someone wants their land because of the amount of oil that can be found underground. Besides the murder, other incidents were happening around the ranch. They had to watch each other's back, especially Callie since she was threatened twice.

It took me a grand amount of willingness to forgive Garret after what he did to Callie. At one point, I wished that she would forget Garret and go after Stamos, but I knew Callie would never be happy with him. The love of her life is Garret, and no matter what, she would follow her heart. There were two incidents that happened that got me so mad because he was accusing Callie of being a cutter to the point that he really thought she would do something to herself. But soon Garret and Callie have a heart-to-heart talk, and finally he is able to understand her.

There were times that I admired Callie but there were times that I wanted for her to have more of a backbone towards Garret. Now Garret was a man that did what he needed to do in order to move forward with the ranch. Yes, I called him an "ass", but he ended up being a loving husband, once all the secrets were out. He knew how to make Callie feel like she was in heaven, but had a hard time keeping her there. Even though there was so much fighting, bickering and crying, the passion that they shared was amazing and heartwarming.

CALLIE'S HEART was filled with mystery/ suspense that it captivated me from the beginning. The story was well written with just the right amount of romance. I can't wait until book 2 comes out in September and I am really hoping it has to do with the one ranch hand that was so thoughtful with Callie. I want to see him happy like Callie and Garret.

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Reply J.P. Grider
11:07 PM on October 15, 2012 
I love this story already, Kathleen. I can't wait to read the rest.
Reply V.L. Locey
7:40 AM on October 16, 2012 
J.P. Grider says...
I love this story already, Kathleen. I can't wait to read the rest.
Reply Davee Jones
10:53 AM on October 16, 2012 
Ah, yes, the young one, Cindy, might throw a hitch into their giddy-up. Kids have a sense about things and she is protecting her home turf. Wonder how she will fit in? Leading TT, great job.
Reply Lindsay
6:50 PM on October 16, 2012 
No kidding there are alot of questions that need answering.
Reply Karen Cino
9:28 PM on October 16, 2012 
Now that's a cliff hanger. Nicely written
Reply Jean
10:17 PM on October 16, 2012 
Wonderful review and right on the money. Loved this book and have book two waiting on my nightstand.
Reply Jean
10:19 PM on October 16, 2012 
Love this story. I missed last week and need to catch up. There are secrets here and I want to know what they are.