When Patricia Talbert first met Katie Pierson, her immediate response was pure jealousy. A natural reaction, considering Katie wrapped herself around Talon Carlson like sparkly Christmas paper.
But Katie, Chance Davis, and Talon have history together, having been raised in the same town and participating in the same rodeos. Katie calls them — and everyone on the Circle Bar Ranch — “horsehide kinfolk.” Her appearance on the scene may have come as a surprise to Patricia and Marie, but it was inevitable.
Despite the rough beginning, though, Patricia and Katie became good friends — especially now that Katie runs Marie Lambeau Davis’s store, the Quad-B, while Marie is on her honeymoon. Without Katie around, Patricia would have a hard time putting up with Aunt Adele.
Katie was aware of Patricia’s jealousy, especially when she danced a polka with him, something they’d done together for years. But she was also aware of how Talon looked at Patricia. He hadn’t looked at a woman like that since his first love, Janet, died eight years before.
When Janet was murdered, Talon withdrew, perpetually enveloped in a black cloud. He spoke of it with only a few, and Katie was one of his confidantes. After her horse rolled over her during a barrel racing event, Talon spent hours with her while she was in the hospital, telling her about Janet and the dreams they’d had.
Then Patricia came to Texas, and Katie — and everyone on the ranch — watched Talon come to life again. Although Pat had hang-ups of her own, she was good for him.
Time has proven Katie’s assessment right, though the two still have a lot to work out. For instance, is Talon and Pat’s love for each other strong enough to overcome a broken promise? Only one way to find out . . .
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