The McCutchen and Armano family welcome you to Love House for Christmas.
Four years later, Velia and Caulder finish up another year of bull riding. They settle into their comfy abode on the McCutchen Ranch in the snowy Allegheny Mountains to celebrate the Christmas season with a houseful of guests. La vita e bella! But why does their happily-ever-after have to come with an expiration date? Without warning, their most chilling nightmare comes true. An innocent misunderstanding, and a startling realization discovered too late—puts their contented little family at risk.
On top of everything else, watching a new love bloom between two of the McCutchen guests, isn’t part of their agenda. Reece “Foley” Wilson, a former teammate, comes into contact with Velia’s cousin at the last show of the season and again while visiting for the holiday. Grown up and feisty, Natale Valente-Armano fell in love with this cowboy as a lovesick teen. Now, life has changed for both of them. How will they handle the unfamiliar thoughts and urges overtaking them? And, how will la famiglia respond to this unexpected romance?
A little Christmas magic will be a welcome guest at Love House, but regardless if it arrives or not…during this bittersweet interlude—Velia and Caulder dare their happily-ever-after to be anything less than, “forever.”
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Natale first met Foley when she was fourteen. Here’s a refresher from Hey, Cowboy #2. No spoilers.
“What does it look like down there?” Velia asked, trying to hide her shaky hands.
“It looks like a bunch of, how you say…cowboys?” said Natale, her eyes large. “One is very, very handsome.”
“Yes, my Caulder.”
“One more,” said Natale, giggling.
“Dad, please look out there to see who she’s talking about.”
Ric peeked out and Natale scooted under his arm to direct him to who she looked at. He closed the door and said to Velia, “You call him Foley.”
Natale’s face beamed. “Sì. I like Foley!”
“Well, he’s a bit old for you, Natale, but younger than most of the other riders. And, sì, he is handsome.”
“Belli eyes,” she replied, swooning.
Velia smiled to herself and nodded to her father…
Another quick refresher from Hey, Cowboy:
Caulder sat beside her before Foley nodded to the gate man. Again, he had a crazy-wild bull.
“Looks like he knows what he’s doing thanks to you,” said Velia, her voice filled with pride.
“If he takes it slow he’ll be okay. He wants to rush everything. The big score last night boosted his confidence. He’s becoming distracted.” Caulder jumped up when Foley got bucked off, and he hit the ground hard. “See what I mean?”
Foley picked himself up from the sand. He went down on one knee and lifted his hand and eyes upward. Yet, he limped out of the arena.
“I bet you were the same way.”
“No I wasn’t. Not by time I got to the pros. This isn’t a game anymore, Velia. If he wants to continue in the pros, he has to listen to someone who’s been there.”
“Well,” Velia pointed to Foley as he hobbled to the back, “there he is, go tell him.”
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