Title: The Cowboy’s Forgetful Bride (Brothers of the Cooper Ranch, #1)
Author: Leslie North
Publication Date: December 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Bella Whitmore is the heir to the Whitmore Shipping fortune. Refusing to be pigeon-holed into the socialite box, Bella has worked her entire life to show her father that she can be the son he never had and take over the Whitmore Shipping Empire. So when she wakes up, on a ranch in Montana, missing the memories of the last month of her life, you’d think that would be the worst case scenario. And it is…until she realizes the devil she’d worked so hard to avoid for the last year is now her husband.
Sawyer Cooper knows he’s a devil. Handsome, charismatic, and with an eye for feeding people’s vices, Sawyer’s reinvented himself as a shark in the business world, but very few realize that he’s actually a Cooper of the Country Coop fortune. But rather than resting on the laurels (and red-neck reputation) of Country Coop, Sawyer wants to show the world exactly how important farming can be. To do this, he needs Bella Whitmore’s help. Every bit as beautiful as her name suggests, and smarter than everyone else in the room, Sawyer knows that she could make his dreams come true, both inside and outside of the bedroom. And after a year of pursuing her, she’s finally said yes — to everything.
But after a horseback riding accident, Bella’s brain has reset back to the beginning, and Sawyer was never good at starting a game over. Especially not after he’d already won. Now, Sawyer needs to figure out how to woo her for a second time. Because this time around it’s not just his professional pride on the line: it’s his heart.
“Bella, where do you think you are?” Sawyer asked her.
“Don’t be ridiculous. We’re in Boston,” she said confidently. If this was Sawyer’s idea of a prank, then she really didn’t appreciate it.
The room went suddenly silent. It was only then that Bella noticed the lack of familiar sound, or any sound at all—there was no hum of activity, no blaring of car horns, that indicated the morning traffic of Back Bay.
“We’re in Montana,” Sawyer said. “At my family’s ranch. You took a tumble off a horse yesterday morning and hit your head.”
“I…I don’t…” I don’t remember any of this! she wanted to scream. “I was on a horse?” was the pathetic question that managed to eke out past her trembling lips.
“After a fall like hers, it’s perfectly natural to experience some memory loss,” Dr. Billson was saying, but Bella could barely hear him through the sudden, panicked ringing in her ears. “It’s uncommon, of course, but not unheard of. I was told the doctors at the hospital discussed the possibility of it with you, Mr. Cooper, before I flew in.”
“Are you saying Bella has amnesia?” Sawyer demanded through clenched teeth.
“Stop talking like I’m not here!” Bella tried to force her voice louder, but even a whisper-shout made her head ring. “What the hell happened to me?” Her eyes shot between Sawyer and Dr. Billson, desperate to make sense of what they were saying. A sharp pain flared in her forehead as a result of the rapid eye movement, and she touched her temple with a wince. Her fingers pressed a tender spot covered by a bandage. She drew her hand away and stared at it as if it might be covered in fresh blood.
Sawyer swooped in. He dropped down into the chair by her bedside and reached for her, but she cringed back. Sawyer had never reached for her before. He only barely acknowledged her half the time at parties. It was all part of the game.
When had their relationship, and the rules, changed so drastically? Where had she been?
“Bella, it’s been a month since the art opening in Boston,” Sawyer murmured.
The unfamiliar room tilted suddenly, violently, and for a moment Bella feared she would blackout again. She had never been one to faint, and considering she had just spent the last twenty-four hours unconscious, she definitely wasn’t eager to do so now.
An entire month?
“An entire month?” She echoed the thought into the room. “An entire month? I can’t remember anything!” She stirred beneath the blankets. Her limbs were all there, but they suddenly felt foreign, like somebody else’s. Was it her imagination, or were her calves more muscled, her inner thighs and stomach tight, as if she really had been riding a horse? But a horse made of what? Vapor? She couldn’t remember what color its coat had been, couldn’t remember its name. She didn’t even know how to ride a horse!
Bella let out a small, distressed cry, but then Sawyer really was there. His arms encircled her and pulled her in against him, indelicate and impulsive. She heard Dr. Billson protest, but he seemed a long way away. The warmth of Sawyer’s embrace encased her completely. “You’re all right now, Bella,” he crooned. “You’re all right.”
He’s talking to me like I’m one of his brother’s prized horses, Bella thought, and she hated that it worked so well. She had never heard Sawyer Cooper speak so softly to anyone. She had heard him schmooze, of course, and ingratiate—God knows she had heard him flirt more times than she cared to admit, and with more women than just herself—but his tone was so strikingly different now that she couldn’t help but listen. Relief flooded through her as he continued to murmur low, sweet nothings, and she caught herself leaning into the caress of his fingers as he smoothed a strand of hair from her temple. She didn’t fall into his eyes so much as she allowed herself to sink unresistingly into them when she saw that he meant every word of what he was saying. The panicked beating of her heart subsided, though her pulse picked up again the next instant when he took her hand in his. He gripped it tenderly, and Bella was surprised to find her first impulse wasn’t to deflect the gesture. She let the solid warmth of his palm engulf her own completely. Callouses? The tips of her fingers brushed hesitantly along the creases of his hand, exploring. The surprises continued.
The look in his eyes when he drew back was almost too much to bear. Bella had no idea why Sawyer Cooper was looking at her like she was the only thing that mattered in his expensively furnished room, but it wasn’t unpleasant. In fact, it made her cheeks heat self-consciously beneath his stare. Before she could defuse the situation by asking if there was something on her face—or worse, dare him to act on whatever it was he was thinking, the hovering doctor be damned—she felt Sawyer twist something around her finger.
Bella glanced down at their joined hands. A giant, glimmering diamond adorned her ring finger. Sawyer fidgeted with the band again and didn’t appear to realize he was doing it.
Dread pooled in her stomach, which then opened up and became a sinkhole.
“Sawyer?” Bella asked unsteadily. “Did I get married? Who am I married to?”
Sawyer glanced at the doctor, then turned back to her.
“Me, Bella. You’re married to me.”
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About Leslie North
Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.
The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.
Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.
She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don’t hesitate to contact her via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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