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Doesn’t he get that she’s blind?
Barrel racer Amberley James wants to join the premier rodeo circuit more than anything, but she faces the ultimate hurdle when she loses her eyesight to a rare genetic condition. All she’d ever wanted seems out of reach. Giving up is the only option…until her best friend and local hero Jared Cade steps in. The last thing she wants is Jared’s help. But his persistence at encouraging her to get back in the saddle is ridiculously annoying. And undeniably inspiring…
“Howdy,” Amberley called when she made out the outline of a person in a wheelchair.
“Hey,” came a young man’s voice. Ella’s younger brother Dean. “Hope we’re not bothering you. Told my sister we should wait till you’re done working.”
“Timing couldn’t be better. I’m on my break.”
A permanent break. She wouldn’t stop working with children, but her career was over.
“Is that Harley?” the teen asked.
Amberley stepped fast as Harley started forward without her, magnetically drawn, as always, to children. “Yes.”
“He’s friendly.” Dean laughed. Harley’s head looked like it’d lowered, and she guessed he hugged the boy.
“He knows good people.”
In the silence, the only sounds were Harley snuffing Dean and his jingling harness.
“I’m no good no more,” Dean muttered a moment later.
“That’s not true,” Ella cried. “Look at Amberley. She’s still riding, competing.”
Her face felt as though it’d turned to stone. She couldn’t nod or shake her head.
“I saw you race on Friday.” Dean’s voice brightened. He sounded impressed. “How’d you do it?”
“My—uh—friend called my position to me through the walkie-talkies.”
“So, you can’t see anything?”
“Just shapes when I’m close. And colors.”
“You’re not scared?”
“I’d be foolish not to be.”
“Why do it?”
“Because—because.” She hesitated, stumbling over her usual answer about winning. Competing had stopped being about scoring the top spot, she realized. It was about something bigger than that—inspiring herself and others like Dean and the rest of the Spirit Ranch kids. “Because it’s better than sitting home and wishing I’d tried.”
“Even if you don’t win?”
“Just giving it my best means I’ve already won,” she said, the words rushing from some deep part of her. The truth. Showing up for competitions meant she was someone, not nothing like her father would have said.
Sorry, Daddy, but I don’t believe I’m nothing. And I don’t believe you’d think that either. You promised I’d be okay after you passed. You told me I was strong.
I agree, whispered the angel on one shoulder.
Me, too, affirmed the devil on the other.
“Guts means more than glory,” she heard Maverick say and nodded.
“Yeah,” Dean breathed. “Guts…”
“You’ve got them, too.” Amberley nudged Harley aside, felt for the warm chrome of Dean’s wheelchair, then squatted beside it. “Never quit.”
“Can I come here and ride?” Dean asked.
Ella gasped, a watery sound.
“Of course. Harley will even teach you to fly.”
Other Books in the Series
The Christmas they never had.
James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother’s death. With Jesse’s ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn’t save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he’s betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.
About the Author
In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn’t wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she’s now an author for Harlequin’s Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She’s loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother’s Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen’s upcoming books, check out her website.
Other Heartwarming Books by the Author
The Power of Words
I Am A Reader
Nicole’s Book Musings
It’s All About the Romance
Janices Book Reviews
I Love Romance
Getting Your Read On
Hearts & Scribbles
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
underneath the covers
Granny Loves to Read
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Thoughts of a Blonde
The Bookworm Chronicles
Locks, Hooks and Books
Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Book Lover in Florida
Reading Is My SuperPower
January 20th: Grand Finale
– 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card along with print copies of HIS KIND OF COWGIRL, A COWBOY TO KEEP, and CHRISTMAS AT CADE RANCH by Karen Rock
– US Only
– Ends January 24th