Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kissing Her Cowboy by Adele Downs (spotlight, excerpt, review)

A Lunchbox Romance Short Story
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A cowboy with a fractured back and a cop with a broken spirit heal on a Texas ranch with the help of a stallion named Big Blue.

Treymont Woods is forced to take light duty work around Breezy Meadows Ranch after a rodeo accident. While Trey’s body heals, he offers riding lessons to Houston locals on the greatest horse that ever lived, Big Blue. When police officer Daisy Phillips arrives for her first session, sparks fly. But her invisible wounds run deep, making it hard for her to form connections. KISSING HER COWBOY is the story of two broken people who heal on the road to their happily ever after.

“Oh, Lord.” Treymont Woods kicked up dust on his boots as he sauntered from the stables to the woman who just had to be his new riding student. Her flaming red hair swooshed from one side of her shoulders to the other as she watched his stallion, Big Blue, canter inside the corral. Her hands, knuckles white, clutched the fence and every muscle in her tall, slim figure looked tighter than rail posts. Before he could get to her, she pivoted toward the parking area, moving her feet like she was fixin’ to run.
“Hey there!” He called out as a distraction. By the time Trey reached the woman’s side, he could hear her breathing like she’d raced a Texas mile. Before he could introduce himself, she turned to him with wide green eyes and shouted, “He’s huge!” Pink splotches bloomed under the freckles on her pale skin.
She licked her bottom lip and shook her head. “No, no, no, no….” and started backing away. “I can’t do this. Keep my deposit. I’ll figure something else out.”
Trey lifted his hands in mock surrender. “Okay. No problem. You don’t have to ride if you don’t want to.”  Her jeans looked too tight for riding, anyway, and that white blouse would be smudged inside five minutes. Hadn’t the woman ever been to a ranch before? 
She stopped moving then and frowned at him, causing twin lines to form above her nose. Her adorable nose, now that he’d gotten a decent look. In fact, everything about the woman seemed downright appealing, despite her reaction to Big Blue. Who in their right mind wouldn’t love the greatest horse that ever lived, on sight?

About Adele Downs:

 Adele Downs writes contemporary romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines inside the USA, UK, and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report), the trade journal of Romance Writers of America, and has presented workshops for writers. When she isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.

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3 3/4 out of 5 stars

“Kissing Her Cowboy” by Adele Downs is a contemporary romance short story that introduces a police officer, Daisy Phillips, who has moved to Houston looking for a new start.  Treymont Woods survived a serious rodeo accident and is rebuilding his life by teaching others to ride while he works on regaining his own ability to do so.  They each have formidable obstacles to overcome and may learn to help each other navigate them.

This is an entertaining but all too short story that whets one’s appetite for more.  The challenges that each of the pair must overcome requires that a traumatic experience must be put behind them and I think that is a bit glossed over but this is undoubtedly due to the strictures imposed by the length of the story.  This is a great beginning and hopefully will be expanded at some point.

A copy of this title was provided to me in exchange for an honest review


  1. Thanks for hosting me, Elf!


    1. Happy to have you visit, Adele. That's a delicious cover and I really hope we get a longer story featuring these two yummy characters.