Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spurs & Stilettos by Ashley Johnson

Hope Trahan has everything she wants and everyone she needs…except her sister and someone who really is deserving of her. Who knew two separate events would turn everything completely upside down? When her best friend drags her down to the rodeo to help clear her head the last thing she expects is to meet a sexy, sweet talking cowboy. That's not what she came for but fate had other things in mind.

Wesley Tyler owns two national titles and is riding his way to the next. The day he meets Hope, he knows there's no going back. He soon learns Hope carries ghosts with her she can't quite shake. She holds things she wishes she could let go of. Wesley just may hold the key to helping her overcome it all. Can he win her over and help mend her broken walls or will her past hold her down?
“Excuse me ladies.” The voice comes from nowhere and I look around spotting Amber first with her jaw on the ground. She’s speechless, this never happens with her. My eyes roam to find what’s got her in a comatose state and standing right in front of us is a guy in Wranglers so tight it should be a crime and a baby blue dress shirt with those snap buttons. This guy is playing this cowboy part a little too seriously. His boots are even worn like they are the only pair of shoes he owns. Oh brother, is he kidding me? I roll my eyes while Ambers jaw is still on the floor.
She slowly closes her mouth and manages a weak smile. “Hi.”
My eyes feel like they are constantly rolling, this is a damn joke. We’re next at the concession stand and I lean forward asking for a Bud Light. The girl hands me a big plastic cup filled to the brim. Thank you God. I take a big sip letting the cool liquid slide down my throat. I look back to see he’s still standing there and he’s looking at me. Practically staring. His green eyes are sparkling like emeralds and it takes a second before I’m able to tear mine away.
“I’m Wesley.” That drawl in his voice is almost making me swoon but I stop it. He extends his hand out to me. I can practically hear Amber scoff and I’m agreeing with her. Why isn’t this guy talking to her? I am nowhere near ready to speak to another guy.
Baffled, I just stand there trying to decipher what’s going on. “I’m Amber, this is Hope.” Amber interjects and I shoot daggers at her begging her to shut up. She’s smiling, and I know exactly what she’s doing.
“Nice to meet you Hope. I won’t bite, I swear. I may nibble and that’s it.” Oh man Wesley sure has some nerve! I’m rolling my eyes again and I’m really praying he doesn’t notice because I’m not trying to be rude.
“Nice to meet you too,” I mumble.
“I hope you like the rodeo tonight.” He says never taking his emerald green eyes away from mine. The intensity of his stare takes my breath away.
4 Star Review
Hope appeared to have it all. The love of a fiancée and best friend who adored her...looks can be deceiving. Brad was anything but what he appeared. He wasn't supportive or compassionate. He was demanding and selfish and oh yeah did I mention he was a lying cheating sick son of a .... Anyway you get the point. Hope came home to find the pig in bed with another woman and I was so hoping she would kick him in the nuts or something to make him suffer but well it didn't happen.
He friend (Which also happens to be the cousin of the lying pig fiancée) Stands by her side and makes sure she forgets about the arrogant ass she has already wasted to much of her life on...
And in walks Wesley Tyler the hot beefy cowboy at the rodeo. He is instantly attracted to Hope and ask he in the sweetest way for a good luck kiss.
The innocent front she puts up is completely opposite of the flames she feels inside.
The downfall in the relationship that blossoms between Wes and Hope...
He travels...A LOT!
They barely see one another and that in itself causes great issues in their relationship.
This story was fast paced and an easy read. It was one that held my attention and in the end I was happy with the outcome.
I do wish there was a little more regarding there time together because I loved these characters when they got together.
My name is Ashley Johnson and I live in Lake Charles, La with my fiancé and our daughter. I graduated high school in 2003 and graduated college in 2008 with an associate's degree in Criminal Justice. I've always loved to read and write and that's what I do :)

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