COWBOY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Hits Shelves Today!!
Everyone in town knows that Christmas in Twilight has a way of bringing lovers together . . . but will its magic bring this pair from “I won’t” to “I do”?
Wearing a too-tight “Santa Baby” costume held in by a double pair of Spanx, Paige MacGregor runs headlong into a gorgeous, grey-eyed hunk of a long, tall cowboy. And not just any cowboy, but country-western star Cash Colton, visiting Twilight to perform in a charity concert. Most women would melt at his feet, but Paige knows all too much about self-assured men with cocky attitudes, so she tells him to get lost.
Cash is in town, nursing his own broken heart, but Paige has knocked him off his feet. He’s convinced she’s perfect—someone to inspire his music and share his now-empty bed. True, he’s not marriage material, but he’s determined to convince her that they’re perfect together—at least for a while. But what he doesn’t count on is falling in love with the one woman who isn’t about to give him the time of day!
COWBOY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE excerpt by Lori Wilde
“Dance with me,” she said abruptly, and held out a hand.
“You want to dance?”
“You’ve convinced me that I need to have more fun.”
Waltzing with her, holding her close, was dangerous. He hesitated. She looked at him, anticipation on her lips, a beguiling smile. The boat would soon pass by. The music would drift away. He’d have her in his arms no more than a couple of minutes.
“Paige,” he murmured, “I don’t know if that’s such a good idea.”
She looked so enchanting, those sparkling hazel eyes full of life and joy. Then she whispered the magic word. “Please.”
Weak man that he was, Cash gave in. Reached out. Took her palm. Wrapped her in his arms.
She was light on her feet. Graceful. Controlled. She knew what she was doing. He led her across the small box of the living area, a neat square suddenly filled with motion and feeling. He hadn’t waltzed in a long time.
Paige interlaced her fingers through his hands, leaned her head against his chest as they danced as a unit. His hand was around her shoulder as she clung to him. One-two-three. One-two-three.
They turned, stepping back a bit as they danced like characters from a Hallmark Christmas movie. Eyes glued to each other. Hands melded. Feet float- ing in perfect rhythm. The houseboat rocking gently with their movements. Outside the window the snow was a wild flurry now.
It was the most damn romantic thing he’d ever done in his life, and he wanted to keep waltzing for- ever.
But the paddleboat slid away, the music growing fainter and fainter until they were dancing to nothing but the sound of their comingled breaths.
Cash had to find a way out of this before it was too late. Before he was too far gone.
“I’ve had a great time,” Cash whispered, letting go of her, stepping back. “It’s been lots of fun—”
She leaned into him, her smile a fishing lure, hooking him, reeling him back to her. “So much fun.”
He pressed his chin to the top of her head, loos- ened his arms from around her waist. “It’s getting late.”
“Is there any of that sangria left?” She peered around his shoulder at the kitchen table. “It was delicious.”
“I think we killed it . . .” He could see the pitcher from where they were standing. There was a third of it left.
“I don’t think we did.” Her eyes took on a naughty sheen.
He dropped his hands to his sides, felt like a wooden toy soldier. “You have to get up early . . .”
“I can easily get by on just a few hours of sleep.” “It’s well after midnight . . .” He rotated his wrist so she could see the face of his watch.
She turned up the sugar on her smile. “I don’t have to be up until six.”
“Fritzi needs his beauty rest . . .” His own voice was a desperate climber stuck in the death zone on Mount Everest.
They both turned to stare at the poodle curled into a little ball on the back of the couch, snoring softly.
“Looks like he’s getting by,” she said.
Cash inched toward the front door. “I’ll get your coat and . . .”
Paige went to the window, peered out at the rap- idly falling snow. “It’s really coming down. The dock will be slick.”
He opened the small closet, waved at pair of brown fisherman’s boots. “There are rubber boots—”
“The electricity is out. It’s pitch-black. I won’t be able to see my hands in front of my face.”
“I’ve got a flashlight.” He reached for his coat, settled his Stetson on his head. “I’ll walk you home—”
“Cowboy, it’s cold outside, and the fire is so toasty.” She scooted over to the fireplace, warmed her hands in front of the gas flames.
He draped their coats over his arm, put his hand on the doorknob. “This town is full of gossips and—”
“There’s no one around. We’re out here in the marina all on our own at this time of night on a cold December evening.”
Lori Wilde can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to write. She even went to nursing school so she could have a schedule flexible enough to allow her to write on the side. She nursed for 20 years, working in a variety of settings from the newborn nursery to the recovery room, to dialysis. But she never lost her desire to write.
She sold her first book in 1994 to Silhouette Romance but later discovered she had a flair for comedy and branched out to Harlequin Duets and now, to Blaze.
Lori is an adventuresome soul who loves to travel. She’s taken flying lessons, completed two marathons, rode in a hot-air balloon, performed with a professional jazz band, traveled Europe as a teenager, hiked volcanoes in Hawaii, trod on glaciers in Alaska, shot white-water rapids, water-skied, snow-skied, raced all-terrain vehicles, bodysurfed in the Gulf of Mexico, and photographed grizzly bears in Yellowstone.
She lives in her native Texas, with her own real-life hero, Bill
After enduring the worst year of his life Cash Colton is ready for a reboot, and he is hoping his little visit to Twilight Texas will be just what he needs...but he winds up finding far more than he bargained for when Paige waltzes into his world. There is something about the beauty in a Santa Baby costume that strikes a cord with him, and while he isn't so sure he wants to travel down the road that leads to love, he can't help but want to follow her to the ends of the earth. She is feisty, beautiful, sweet, and intriguing as hell and he has to have her... no matter the cost!
Dressing up in a overly snug Santa Baby costume, doesn't top Paige's list of best career choices, but it's a job and it pays the bills, so she is embracing it the best she can... no matter how humiliating it may be. She is taking the job seriously, trying to prove to her boss that she can handle the task. So, when a devastatingly handsome cowboy tries to sneak in before the show starts, she puts a stop to his little plan... only to realize a few minutes later that she made a huge mistake, when she learns that he is part of the show. He doesn't seem to upset about the mistake though, and actually uses it as a way to try to charm his way into her good graces. But she isn't falling for him or his antics... she is well versed in playboys, and she has no intentions of playing his games!
This sweet and entertaining story is sure to warm the hearts of readers and stir up a little Christmas spirit! From the very first page these wonderful characters pulled me into their world and made me feel right at home, and they put on quite a show, they had me laughing, smiling, and swooning throughout! This was my first visit to Twilight, and after being introduced to it's residents I think it is safe to say that I will be scheduling another visit in the very near future, I can't wait to get a more in-depth view of these endearing folks!! If you enjoy small town romance stories I suggest you make a trip to Twilight, Texas and acquaint yourselves with these endearing folks...you will love them!