March 20, 2014
by Laura Drake
You may or may not know, we recently relocated from Southern California to West Texas. Can you say “Culture shift”?
What I’ve learned in my first week:
1. I never thought I’d live anywhere that I’d write “Rattlesnake repellant” on a shopping list. But I did today.
2. In a restaurant, I have to designate if I don’t want ‘sweet tea’. Guess I’m in the South now.
3. I told Alpha Dog that we’d have to hire someone to clean the windows, inside and out. I showed him a film of red dust on all the sills. He laughed, and told me not to say that around relatives…I’d look like an idiot. Apparently if you start washing windows here, you’ll never get done – like painting the Golden Gate – you’d finish, and start over at the beginning. He suggested getting over my dirty window issues. He said after a sand storm, you’ll find sand in a closed bottle of water in the fridge. He’s kidding right? RIGHT?!!!!
4. I’ve always been a ‘live and let live’ kinda gal. Right up until I saw a fresh gopher hole in my front yard. I’m hiring THIS guy.
5. A good skin moisturizer is not vanity. It’s a MUST. I’m using baby oil on Alpha Dog so he doesn’t tear off his skin. (don’t tell anyone about the baby oil, he thinks real men don’t wear baby oil).
6. We were in an attorney’s conference room the other day – plush carpet, burled wood conference table, diplomas and law books on the wall. Very impressive. Until one of the attorneys started surreptitiously spitting tobacco juice into a Dixie cup he held under the table.
If they don’t tar and feather me, I think I’m going to like it here!
4 ½ Stars Hot!
Drake writes excellent c contemporary westerns that show the real American West – not a dude-ranch fantasy. Her characters illustrate the problems, changes and bedrock strengths of ranchers and their communities. This one’s not to be missed.
Summary: Left with only nightmares and an ugly physical scar, Aubrey Madison is on the road looking for a new life with more freedom. On a whim she answers an ad for a groom on a Colorado ranch. The job gives her plenty of hard work and a quiet place to heal – and it also introduces her to hot, old-school rancher Max Jameson. Max has been raising cattle and breaking horses for all his life, just like his father did before him. Now he’s faced with the fact that those skills are not enough to keep the land in the family. Bree has an idea to save the ranch, but can she risk getting attached to the land and the cowboy who comes with it?
Can Max trust a stranger with his future?