Colorado Territory. June 1869. A young woman disguised as a man. A bounty hunter hiding his identity. A dangerous war criminal pretending to be one of South Park’s own. A love that will no longer be denied. This ain’t no ordinary rodeo, folks – this is Colorado Cowboys, Book Four. So excited to celebrate the audiobook release of Falling For The Cowgirl written by Jody Hedlund and published by Tantor Audio!
This fourth installment in the McQuaid family saga was so much fun to narrate! I have adored the character of Ivy McQuaid since we first met her in book one, and Falling For The Cowgirl centers squarely on the romance between Ivy McQuaid and Jericho Bliss, a romance that has been steadily gaining speed until it can no longer be contained.
Ivy McQuaid is no ordinary heroine … she’s a tomboy through and through, peppered with a whole lot of sass, and known as foolish, and impulsive and wild. Paired with handsome, no-nonsense Jericho Bliss, a cowhand turned bounty hunter, sparks fly whenever these two get around each other.
Book four opens with Ivy, now almost nineteen, disguised as a man, in the middle of a cowhand competition – or what would be known today, as a rodeo. The problem is, it’s 1869 and women are not allowed to participate in this type of competition. Never one to let a little detail like this stop her, Ivy disguises herself as a young school teacher, under the alias of Buster Bliss. So far so good. This plan is working great. That is … it was – until she spots her childhood infatuation, Jericho Bliss, at the competition. Holy Saint Peter. Ivy hasn’t seen Jericho for almost two years, not since he left town and took her heart with him … again.
Meanwhile, Jericho is also pretending to be someone he’s not. Currently undercover as a bounty hunter, he’s tracking a dangerous war criminal, whom he suspects is hiding in South Park. Things heat up a might when Jericho and Ivy’s eyes meet after she almost plunges to her death in a Roman-style riding competition! Realizing he’s recognized her, and unable to take the risk of Jericho blowing her cover, Ivy quickly exits stage left, grabs her horse and hightails it out of there, hoping to escape a meeting with Jericho. There is never any escaping, where Jericho is concerned, however … probably why he’s such a great bounty hunter! He’s fuming at what almost happened to Ivy and chases after her with the intent of giving her a piece of his mind for putting herself in such danger. But that’s the funny thing about the mind … it can quickly be overtaken by the heart. And this love – a love that has been vehemently denied by both parties for years – well … it might finally, and ultimately, have its way …