Fangirl Friday

It’s Friday, and we have some amazing weekend reads for you! Our own Liz Talley has a new release featuring a sexy cowboy. And Ruby Jacie Floyd’s first two Billionaire Brotherhood books–both Golden Heart finalists under different titles–are available with special offers this week at Amazon. Read on for all the details!



by Liz Talley

New Release!

Cowboy for hire  

Pro bull rider Cal Lincoln is back home in Coyote Creek, Texas, recovering from an injury and bored out of his mind. Then she walks in—a stunning brunette with sinfully kissable lips. She was definitely not a local. Suddenly things are lookin’ up… 

Maggie Stanton can’t let herself—or her starved libido—get distracted by a broad-shouldered cowboy with a sexy-as-all-hell smile. She needs to fix up the dilapidated ranch she’s inherited and sell it fast. If that means hiring Cal to help, she will—temptation be damned. But she and Cal can’t deny their attraction and agree to work hard on the ranch during the day and then play hard at night. Even knowing that every wild rodeo ride usually ends with someone getting hurt.

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