“Oh, a cowboy book.” Humphrey leaned over my shoulder, his cigar-smoke-breath tickling at my nostrils.
“No not exactly,” I mumbled, waving away the smell. I returned my gaze to the Kindle, where I’d been admiring the cover of Barb Han’s first ever Harlequin Intrigue: Rancher Rescue. “The hero is a rancher, and—”
“Potato, pohtahto,” Humphrey said. “And he’s wearing a cowboy hat. We haven’t read a good cowboy story in a while. May I?” He made a grab for the Kindle. “I don’t believe I’ve reviewed a Harlequin Intrigue before.”
I held it just beyond his reach. “I haven’t finished it yet.”
He cracked his knuckles. “Did you remember to buy more Fig Newtons? There were only three left this morning. And a sherry would be nice.”
Several hours later I was tap, tap, tapping on the keyboard when Humphrey swaggered into the office and put the Kindle on the desk. Sheesh. Take off the Christmas socks, put a hat and a bandana on him and he’d be cowboy bear.
“Read it straight through.” He puffed out his chest, dropping crumbs onto the office rug. “Good characters. Great tension. Fast pace. Liked the fiesty heroine. Hero is just like me, Caleb is—”
“What?” I looked up from the snowstorm of cookie crumbs on the floor and frowned. The hero was not a cigar smoking, sherry drinking, Fig-Newton-eating white stuffed English bear. “How so?”
“Brave. Honorable. Trustworthy. A jolly good chap.”
“Well, yes, I agree. Of course.” I turned my head and suppressed the grin that hovered around my mouth. “So how was the romance?”
“Excellent. You see there was this scene where—”
I stuck my fingers in my ears and did a la la la la lah, just in case. Even if I had already read that scene, I most definitely did not want it described to me by Humphrey. My fault really, because I did introduce him to romantic fiction.
He finally got the message. “No spoilers. What’s for lunch?”
I grabbed the Kindle, and headed for my recliner. “You’re on your own, Humphrey. Maybe go catch a salmon. I’ve got some reading to do.”
He looked puzzled for a moment, and then he chuckled. “Catch a salmon. Good one.”
He continued to mutter as he wandered to the kitchen.
“Five paws,” he yelled. Then he stuck his head around the door. “Forgot to tell you, I give it five paws. Oh, and yes, I like those books. Those Harlequins. I’d read more of them. And that author in particular, Ms. Han. Good writer.”
I nodded, but my mind was elsewhere. I was back on the ranch.
Getting tangled up with another woman in crisis is the last thing rancher Caleb Snow needs. The handsome cowboy has been badly burned too many times. But this one feels different—Katherine Harper is injured and reeling after an ambush in which her nephew was kidnapped. Caleb wants nothing more than to protect the beautiful, headstrong woman and help her find the missing child. If only he could ignore the feelings she stirs in him.
But as they search together, it’s clear someone wants Katherine dead. Soon the two are running for their lives, dodging bullets, and not knowing who to trust…or if they’ll survive long enough to bring a little boy home.
Barb Han’s writing career spans 14 years and most media. Barb’s held positions ranging from Sports Reporter at her college newspaper to Opera newsletter editor to News and Feature Writer for a Fortune 100 company. Barb has penned hundreds of articles in both U.S. and international markets and holds a bachelor of arts in journalism. A member of Romance Writers of America, Barb has served as committee chair for her local chapter. She may be reached at www.barbhan.com or you may follow her on Twitter or Facebook.
Rancher Rescue is available in stores in paperback, as well as on Amazon in both print and kindle formats: http://amzn.com/B00EFPXXM8