Say hello to Dustin Decker, the hero in The Valentine Quest. He first appeared in my book KISS ME, COWBOY. I knew then that I wanted to write Dustin’s story someday. He’s appeared in other Bar V5 series books and also made a brief appearance in A THANKFUL HEART which is Book #2 in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series. I thought I’d share that snippet with you:
“I’ve got two more for you.” Dustin Decker, a wrangler with all-American good looks who worked at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, held onto the leash of a bulldog named Dozer and a smaller cat carrier containing a calico named Patches. “The dog is wet. He decided to play in the puddles on our way out.”
“Oh, Dozer. You water dog, you.” She set her clipboard on a crate and picked up a nearby towel. “Let’s get you dried off.”
The cowboy walked with a slight limp due to old rodeo injuries. He handed her Dozer’s leash and set the cat crate near the other felines.
“A few dogs don’t want to wade through the water, so we might have to carry them.”
She knew who one might be. “River Jack?”
Dustin’s brows drew together. “How did you know?”
“Sounds like him.” River Jack was an obese Golden Retriever who’d been found down by the river over a year ago. He was one of the Lonely Hearts—what the staff called the animals that had been at the rescue for months, some even years. “He’s been on a diet since he arrived, but he has more weight to lose. Be careful if you try to lift him.”
“Doubt River Jack’s heavier than the calves I work with.” Dustin flashed her a charming grin. “I can handle him.”
“Promise me you’ll bend your knees.”
He tipped his hat. “I promise.”
Keep your competition close…and your heart even closer.
When Nevada Parker travels to Marietta, Montana, she anticipates enough peace and quiet to finish her PhD dissertation. Cupidville turns out to be anything but quiet. In fact, it looks like Valentine’s Day—her least favorite holiday—exploded all over the small town.
Among the sea of red hearts, “Be Mine” signs, and pink, pink, pink, Nevada spots a flyer for a multi-day race called The Valentine Quest. The grand prize—a luxury tropical vacation—would be the perfect welcome-home gift for her brother who’s leaving the military.
Dustin Decker sure could use a break from giving city slickers sleigh rides. Even with a bum knee from his bull-riding days, the race’s grand prize is as good as his—until he realizes he needs a partner if he wants to win.
He makes a strategic pact with the prim, bookish Nevada. But with a kiss, their unlikely alliance turns into something more…and soon, racing isn’t the only thing on their minds. As the finish line nears, they must decide if the grand prize is worth more than what they’ve found together…or if one of them will walk away empty handed—and brokenhearted.
The Love at the Chocolate Shop series
Book 1: Melt My Heart, Cowboy by CJ Carmichael
Book 2: A Thankful Heart by Melissa McClone
Book 3: Montana Secret Santa by Debra Salonen
Book 4: The Chocolate Cure by Roxanne Snopek
Book 5: The Valentine Quest by Melissa McClone
Book 6: Charmed by Chocolate by Steena Holmes
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