Just Shoot Me (Cowboy Way, #1) a new series by Becky McGraw, author of the Texas Trouble Series
Tina Montgomery needs to find her Texas Tomcat. Her promotion and livelihood depend on it. That promotion could mean a new life for her, her sister and her niece. It’s a big risk however, because if she fails in her bid to head up a new menswear line at her company, she could lose everything. That’s why finding the perfect model to represent the line has become her sole focus. At the point of thinking she would …never find that man, one with both experience and attitude that shows in his face and eyes, she meets Dean Dixon. His gorgeous eyes tell a story she definitely wants to hear and the man has more attitude than any she’s ever met. Physically he’s perfect for the job. But that attitude she thought she wanted in her cowboy quickly becomes her biggest downfall when she tries to convince the sexy, but hard-hearted rancher to help her.
Dean Dixon is done with women. His cheating ex-wife has shown him just how untrustworthy women are. He has a ranch to run, and a son who might not be his to raise alone. That’s more than enough for any man to handle without dealing with his sister-in-law’s friend who is determined to convince him to model for her company. He has seen what that industry has done to his brother. Dean is a rancher, not a model, and he isn’t about to abandon his family or fall into the same trap his brother had. He stands his ground, until his sister-in-law tells him why Tina needs the promotion she’s wanting so badly, and asks for his help. Hope had bailed him and his family out when they needed her the year prior. How could he refuse to help her now?
“Just do the damned photo shoot, Dean,” Cord said following behind him.
“I’d rather be shot. I’ll even load the shotgun for you,” Dean offered tossing the saddle onto the saddle rack. “I’m not going to shave all the damned hair off my body, and coat myself in oil so I can prance around in my underwear. I’ll leave that to you, baby brother.”
“I did not prance around in my underwear,” Cord corrected indignantly.
“But you did shave your ass, so you looked like a ten-year-old boy. I saw the proof in those magazines.”
“You saw my pictures?” Cord asked with surprise.
To Dean’s own surprise his brother’s face heated, and he looked a little embarrassed. Embarrassed wouldn’t begin to describe how Dean would feel if he were in his brother’s shoes. And that is exactly where Tina Montgomery wanted to put him. So she could get a promotion. What the fuck did he get out of it, other than getting the money to pay back a loan he didn’t even take out?
Cord and Hope had decided on that plan of action themselves, without his permission or knowledge even. But that loan had saved the ranch, and saved his Daddy’s life. It also resulted in his brother settling down. Dean did owe her a lot.
“Yeah, I saw ‘em.” He’d seen his brother shaved and shirtless looking like a greased pig in those jeans ads in every fucking magazine and newspaper he picked up. Why women would want to see a man like that, Dean didn’t know. It might sell jeans, but it just wasn’t reality. He knew one thing for sure. That was not how he wanted the world, his family or his son to see him.
“Is shaving the only thing you have against doing it?” Cord asked following him out of the tack room, then back down the aisle toward Blaze.
“Hell no, it’s not the only thing,” Dean grated. His brother had been gone too long to remember how much work it took to run this ranch. For three years, Dean had been the one doing that work. “Who is going to manage this ranch while I’m off prissing in front of a camera? And I have a son to raise,” Dean replied shortly, as he grabbed the towel off of his shoulder and rubbed at the sweat on Blaze’s black coat.
“I’ll do the work. Just tell me what you want done, and I’ll make sure it gets done. Mama and I will help with Jeremy, while you’re shooting. Besides, you’ll be here too.”
“She wants to take the pictures out here?” Dean asked.
“That’s what Tina told Hope on Saturday. I agreed, because we need the money.”
His brother sure agreed to a lot on his own these days. But he was right this time, they did need the damned money even if it didn’t go toward paying Hope back. Dean couldn’t help but wonder how much is dignity was worth. “Did she mention how much?”
“Probably a grand an hour for your time, and she offered five to use the ranch for the location.”
Dean’s heart shot to his throat, and his knees went weak. “Holy, fuck!” he shouted as the towel slipped from his hand to the dirt floor.
A cocky smile eased up his brother’s mouth. The same smile Dean had seen on his face in those magazines, the same one that women all over the country seemed to go weak-kneed over. “A lot more than ranching or rodeoing, huh?” Cord asked smugly.
“That’s just stupid. Those companies have more money than sense,” Dean said trying to regulate his breathing.
“Understand now why I shaved my ass and moved to Dallas?”
Dean picked up the towel, then met his brother’s eyes. “No, I’ll never understand why you abandoned your family for money.” Dean made one more pass over Blaze’s back with the towel, while he thought about it. He didn’t have much choice really. Hope was forcing his hand. Dean hated to be pressured into anything, and usually came out fighting when it happened. This time his sister-in-law had him down on the mat for the count. “I’ll do it, but I’m not shaving my ass,” he said firmly.
“You got it. No ass shaving,” Cord agreed with a chuckle. “I’ll let Hope know, so she can call Tina.”
Becky McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. She resides in South Texas with her husband and dog Abby.
A jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a real estate broker, and now a graphic artist, web designer and writer. She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own cover art, along with writing the novels.
Becky has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was a teenager, and has been known to read up to four novels of that genre a week, much to the dismay of her husband, and the delight of e-book sellers.
She has been writing fictional short stories and novels for fun, as well as technical copy for her jobs for many years. She was a member of the Writer’s Guild on AOL, as well as a founding member and treasurer of the first online chapter of the Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers. Currently, she is a PAN member of RWA and a general member of FTHRW.
You can find Amazon Bestselling Author Becky McGraw at:
Texas Trouble Series by Becky McGraw:
The Cowboy Way Series by Becky McGraw:
Hope for Christmas, a novella included in Santa Wore Spurs (Christmas 2013)
Just Shoot Me (Dean’s Story) (#1, The Cowboy Way, est. release March 2014)