The Cowboys of Cavern County Book One
By Bella Settarra
Cavern County in the mountains of South Dakota houses an eclectic mix of folk. Ménage is very common (although not compulsory!) and most of the residents have a laid-back, open-minded approach to life. Here, the hillbillies rub shoulders with the landed gentry and the line between the ‘have’s and the ‘have-nots’ is a distinctly blurred one – especially after a trip to the local bar!
Folks here are friendly, unfriendly, quiet, noisy, helpful, unhelpful – just like anywhere else, really, but one thing they all have in common: they sure love to love!
She can hide her secrets, but she can’t hide her heart…
While on the run from Jerome Pearson, her dangerous boyfriend, Carla Burchfield falls in love with hunky twin cowboys, Matt and Dyson Shearer.
When Pearson turns up in town Carla’s first instinct is to flee. Reluctantly leaving the guys, she makes her escape, only to be met with an accident en route. Local rancher, Aiden Fielding finds her and takes her back to his palatial spread, where he calls the doctor and the sheriff’s office. To Carla’s horror she discovers that the local Deputy Sheriff is, in fact, Dyson Shearer.
Feeling upset and betrayed she flees the ranch, taking with her a broken heart and a head full of secrets the guys would never believe.
When Pearson catches up with her, so does her past. Can she ever convince her cowboys that her reasons for hiding the stolen cash from a shop-raid are actually honorable? And can they persuade her to stay with them even though the affluent Aiden Fielding appears to have so much more to offer her?
Carla’s Cowboys – Story Excerpt
Matt Shearer arrived at the general store just after six o’ clock and was disappointed to find Carla gone. He had hoped to get there a little earlier, but the dang fence he’d been mending was more damaged than he had thought. The whole spread badly needed work, but that was going to cost money he didn’t have right now.
“She left just a few minutes ago,” Delores told him, “she can’t have gone far.”
“Where’s she staying?”
“I don’t think she said,” Delores said with a shake of her head. She was a fine-looking woman and her gray, curly hair shook as she spoke. “Frank, do you know where Carla’s staying?”
Frank came out from the back, also shaking his head. “I didn’t like to ask.”
“Hopeless!” Delores rolled her eyes with a tut.
“There can’t be too many places around here,” Matt said as he turned to go.
“Have you checked the diner—she might have gone for some supper?” Frank offered.
Matt waved his hand in acknowledgement and went to find out. After that he tried every shop and even a few houses where they sometimes offered bed and breakfast. No one had seen her. There wasn’t a hotel in Pelican’s Heath, so he had soon run out of options. She must have found somewhere further afield but he had no idea which direction to look in.
With a disgruntled sigh he went over to the bar and ordered a cold beer.
“You look like you’ve lost a dollar and found a penny.”
Matt looked up and saw his brother sauntering toward him.
“Hey, Dyson. It’s not a dollar I’ve lost—it’s a girl.”
The bartender brought over their drinks and Matt chugged his eagerly.
“Any girl or a particular girl?”
“A particular one—a very particular one, actually.” Matt couldn’t help the smirk that spread across his face when he thought about Carla.
“Anyone I know?” His brother gave him a sideways look as they both chugged their drinks.
“I wouldn’t think so. She’s new in town. Carla Burchfield. Got a job with Delores over at the store.”
Dyson’s eyebrows shot up. “I haven’t met her yet. Mind you, I haven’t been around here much today.”
“Well I hope you got a good price for those cattle, bro, ’cause there’s a whole lot of work needs doing up the road.” Matt glanced hopefully at his brother but was disappointed at the look in his eyes.
“Nobody’s got any money by the looks of things, bud. I got what I could but it won’t make us rich, I’m afraid.” Dyson shook his head glumly.
“Hey, guys, how’s it going?” Aiden Fielding strolled up to the bar.
“Hey, Aiden. Same as ever, you know. Matt’s lost a woman, though, you seen any?” Dyson winked at their friend as he teased his brother.
“Well, I reckon he needs to get his eyes tested, ’cause there’s a fair few in here tonight.” Aiden snickered, looking around the room.
“Very funny,” Matt scorned. “I met a beautiful woman today and now I don’t know where she is. You seen a new face in town? Real pretty, she is—long wavy brown hair, big seductive eyes and a mouth that was just made for kissing.” He noticed Aiden shift a little uncomfortably before he replied.
“Was she working at the general store, by any chance?”
Matt felt his heart lurch. “Yes, that’s her! Any idea where she’s staying? I wanted to meet up with her after she finished work but I missed her.”
“I think maybe you should take the hint, bud. I’ll bet it wasn’t an accident she left early.” Dyson chuckled.
“Oh, ha ha! She didn’t know I’d be coming by. I just thought I’d surprise her. Maybe take her to dinner or something, you know?” Matt protested.
“So it wasn’t actually a date or anything, then?” Aiden appeared a bit happier.
“Well it would have been if I’d been a little earlier.” Matt felt quite defensive, given his friend’s demeanor. “Do you know where she’s staying?”
Aiden shook his head as he drank his beer. “I wouldn’t be standing here right now if I did.”
Matt felt the heat sear his body and he stared at him. “I saw her first. I’m going to ask her out.” He spoke through gritted teeth and seethed as Aiden straightened up and looked him straight in the eye.
“I intend to ask her out.” His voice was calm, which infuriated Matt even more.
“Now boys, we don’t want any trouble,” Dyson giggled. “You just play nice now, d’ya hear?”
“Tell him to leave my girl alone, then.” Matt’s teeth were still clenched, as were his fists.
“Your girl? I think I remember you saying that you hadn’t exactly asked her out and then you were late picking her up anyhow. Doesn’t sound very promising to me.” Aiden’s smarmy attitude was getting on Matt’s last nerve, and he slammed the bottle on the counter.
“Not in here,” Dyson growled in his ear.
Matt nodded, biting his lip angrily. “I’m off to get some air,” he muttered as he left the bar.
He could hear Aiden Fielding’s raucous laughter, but he didn’t look back.
Carla’s Cowboys – Adult Excerpt
“Oh no you don’t.” He was way too quick for her and grabbed her arms, pulling her close to him with a smile that could light up the sky on a foggy winter’s night.
His spicy scent surrounded her as his mouth came down to meet hers and he took her lips in a long, lingering kiss. Carla felt her insides turn to mush and she reached up and ran her fingers through his dark, wavy hair as he loosened his grip on her arms. He took her in his embrace and she moaned into his mouth as the kiss seemed to last forever.
She gradually became aware of Dyson snuggling in behind her and she gasped.
“Shh,” Dyson whispered in her ear and she felt a clench in her pussy.
Feeling both guys’ arms around her, Matt kissing her mouth while Dyson nuzzled her neck, was like heaven on earth. Relaxing slightly, she reached back with one hand, eager to touch both of them at the same time.
Dyson chuckled, his voice reverberating through his chest and tickling her back, as his hand took hers, placing her trembling fingers against his hot face.
Carla felt a burn in her stomach as she tipped her head back, relishing the tenderness of the two guys, who continued to caress and stroke her fevered body.
Eventually she opened her eyes to see Matt smiling back at her with a glazed expression. Dyson moved into her line of sight, also smiling, a languid look on his face, which reassured her that everything was all right. Their arms were still draped around her, surrounding her in their warmth.
She stared from one handsome face to the other, as myriad questions flooded her addled brain.
“You ever had two guys before, baby?” Dyson’s question somehow seemed to answer all of hers and she shook her head slowly.
“You don’t know what you’ve been missing,” Matt growled salaciously.
She felt her pussy clench and gawped up at him.
“We like to share,” Dyson explained. If that was an explanation! It was actually a statement which threw up a whole host of new questions in her mind and she gulped as she tried to take it all in.
Their calm smiles told her they could read her mind, and, though she didn’t quite know why, she found that a comfort.
The guys shifted positions slightly and Dyson slowly moved forward, taking her mouth in a sensual kiss which felt like it could last all day. His soft tongue tangled with hers and she gently probed his cool mouth. Dyson’s calm serenity surrounded her, reassuring and relaxing her, while he covered her in tender kisses and gentle caresses.
She could feel Matt behind her this time, his stubble deliciously tickling the back of her neck as he nibbled his way down to her shoulders. He carefully pulled back the elasticized neckline of her gypsy top and she gasped as she felt his hot mouth explore her upper back.
She closed her eyes and relaxed into the confident ministrations of the two gorgeous hunks, losing herself in the feeling of sensuality and tenderness.
Matt’s long fingers found their way around to her stomach and she gasped as he ran his hands up and down her torso, not quite reaching her breasts then almost—but not exactly—probing her waistband. She balked as anticipation mounted within her, and felt her breathing become heavier as she let the feelings wash over her.
“Shh,” Matt soothed in her ear and she gulped, realizing how much he could sense her excitement.
She leaned back into his heaving chest and noticed that she wasn’t the only one who was becoming affected. Dyson licked and teased his way down her neck and throat as she gasped for air, and she felt the smoothness of his face as his kisses gradually sank lower down her body. The elastic of her top was being stretched as Dyson’s mouth sought its way south, and she suddenly felt abandoned and wanton. She willed him to pull her left breast from the confines of its cup as he nibbled and nipped his way down with his hot lips. His deep chuckle told her that he had once again read her mind, but he didn’t act on her wishes.
“Wanna get more comfy?” Dyson whispered, lifting his face momentarily and leaving her feeling bereft.
Her eyes sprang open and she gasped as she took in his dazed, dark green eyes.
About Bella Settarra
In Bella’s world all the heroes are gorgeous hunks and the heroines are always beautiful. Having said that, she firmly believes that ‘handsome is as handsome does’ and that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. (She is also a big fan of clichés as well as alliteration!)
She has been hanging out with her ‘imaginary friends’ for a couple of years now and finds the profession exhilarating and intriguing. Her stories are all Erotic Romances, although they vary considerably in subject-matter.
One of the things she absolutely loves to write is light BDSM and her Collar and Cuffs series (Etopia Press) received an ARe Bestseller Award for Waiting on Summer, which has also been nominated for a BDSM Con Golden Flogger Award. This series was set in a BDSM club in Miami, and was a joy to write.
She also loves writing Cowboy Romances and was thrilled when the first book in her The Men of Moone Mountain series, (Etopia Press), entitled Ménage on Moone Mountain, received a nomination for the Ménage Romances Fan’s Award 2015 and became an ARe Bestseller, and the third book in this series, Ménage on Ryder Ranch was also nominated for the Erotic Ménages Romances Award 2016. The fourth book in this series, Ménage at the Mode Boutique is now also available in digital format. She is currently writing another Cowboy series, Midnight in Montana (Siren Publishing), the first of which, Dallas at Midnight, is already available in digital and print formats, while the second book, Meet Me at Midnight, has recently been released and is available only in digital format at present. Her latest release is Carla’s Cowboys, which is the first of her brand new series, The Cowboys of Cavern County (Totally Bound Publishing).
Her writing career began, however, in the fantasy/myth genre, with her first series Sirens and Sailors (Siren Publishing). Although this was a series of six novels, it actually started out as a short story! This was a delight to write and was proof positive that her High School Classical Studies lessons weren’t entirely wasted.
She has also had a couple of short stories published in Men for Hire and Men for Hire 2 (Luminosity Publishing) and even had some rather raunchy poems included in Coming Together in Verse.
Not everyone is perfect – but it’s the character flaws which make them interesting, she believes. As in life, things don’t always run smoothly, but it’s the twists and turns which provide the drive to keep going, even when it just feels like an uphill struggle. Bella is currently fighting her own battle against breast cancer – a battle which she is determined to win – and believes that all women have the right to feel sexy even when they are battle-scarred.
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