Today marks the release of my third contemporary western romance, SHARP SHOOTIN’ COWBOY. This is a unique story as my characters are polar opposites in nearly every conceivable way. When they first meet, Haley Cooper is a college student and Reid Everett is a Marine getting ready to deploy. Although instantly attracted to each other, they are like opposite pole of a magnet. Haley knows she has nothing in common with the handsome Wyoming cowboy.
In Haley’s words:
“I’m a bookish, acrophobic, pacifistic, vegan and you’re a bow-hunting, roller-coaster riding, cowboy, carnivore. I don’t fit in with your family, friends, or your world, Reid. We’ll just end up hating each other in the end. Can’t you see that?”
“No I don’t. I only see you.”
Reid has her in the crosshairs and isn’t about to let her go.
“Being on different sides doesn’t necessarily make us enemies, Haley. Good people are allowed to disagree. Some of the best solutions to the hardest problems result from differing minds coming together, meeting in the middle.”
Reid and Haley are potentially polarizing personalities, something publishers generally warn you against for fear of alienating some of the readers, but the point I wanted to illustrate was that differing minds can come together.
“Part of me wants the same thing you do, but I don’t see how we can ever bridge our differences. Do you honestly think there is any way we could ever make a relationship work?”
“I think that all depends on how much we want to make it work. Do you, Haley?”
And THAT is exactly the message that is deeply embedded in this story – if you want it bad enough, love really can overcome all obstacles.
SHARP SHOOTIN’ COWBOY by VICTORIA VANE
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT, COWBOY…
Weary warrior… After eight years as a Marine sniper, war-scarred Reid Everett is back in his native Wyoming. He knows and loves this rugged land, so working for wildlife services to reduce the booming wolf population suits him to a T.
Caring crusader… Wildlife biologist Haley Cooper is desperate to make a difference. Leaving the world of academia behind, she accepts a position as a wolf advocate to protect the animals she loves.
Raw attraction… Their jobs set them on a collision course, but chemistry sparks like wildfire between Reid and Haley. They’ll have to brave some rough territory if they hope to reconcile their polarizing views with a passion that won’t be denied.