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Hot Blooded

4/5 (19 evaluări)
100 pages
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Dec 26, 2017


Tough and rough, tall and dark, these are men a woman never forgets. Experience pleasure like no other in the arms of a cowboy. . .

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"Long Hard Ride" by Melissa MacNeal

Rodeo rider Michael White Horse is grateful when Diana Grant stops to pick him up in the middle of a rainstorm. But with one touch his gratitude quickly turns to lust and an uncontrollable desire to lay her down and ride her hard all night long. . .

"Hot Blooded" by Delilah Devlin

Rancher Adam Youngblood is always happy to help a damsel in distress. But before he'll pull the sweetly curvaceous and fiercely independent Cass McIntyre to safety, he demands promises of unconditional sexual surrender. . .
Dec 26, 2017

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Always a risk taker, Delilah Devlin lived in the Saudi Peninsula during the Gulf War, thwarted an attempted abduction by white slave traders, and survived her children’s juvenile delinquency. In addition to Saudi Arabia, she has lived in Germany and Ireland, but calls Arkansas home for now.

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Reaching new peaks

Park Ranger Cass McIntyre isn’t one to sit still. That’s why she’ll climb solo despite the clouds gathering over the Texas Panhandle. It’s the same reason she got tired of waiting for rancher Adam Youngblood to take their flirtation up a notch. Instead, she’ll try her luck with his brother…

But when Cass finds herself trapped on a rock face with no way down, it’s Adam who shows up to the rescue. Something about her vulnerable state takes him over the edge. With a wicked grin under his burning gaze, he makes Cass an offer she can’t refuse. And when she finally discovers what kind of man he really is, she has no problem admitting she will never, ever get enough…

First published in the anthology To Tempt a Cowboy.

Hot Blooded

Delilah Devlin


Kensington Publishing Corp.


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Copyright © 2018 by Delilah Devlin

This title was originally published as part of the anthology TEMPTED BY A COWBOY, copyright 2009 Kensington Publishing Corp.

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First Electronic Edition: January 2018

eISBN-13: 978-1-5161-0865-7

eISBN-10: 1-5161-0865-5

Printed in the United States of America


This is for Kelly who deserves to have a hero there to catch her when she falls.


Special thanks to Blake Phillips for the expertise regarding rock climbing he so generously provided!

Thanks to my critique partners and dear friends for polishing this apple until it shined: Cyndi D’Alba, Sasha White and Shada Royce.

More thanks to Team Delilah, my friends and readers who root for me even when I’m stepping off the ledge.

And hugs for the special inspirations in my life, my sister Elle James and my mom. I love you both!

Chapter 1

When the first small drops began to fall, Cass McIntyre welcomed the light shower the forecasters had predicted. Already halfway up the route she’d chosen, she’d worked up a nice sweat.

The rain quickly cooled her skin, which was caked in a thick, itchy layer of canyon dirt and chalk. The lazy breeze accompanying the rain fanned the burning cuts on her bare legs and arms, giving her a mental boost of energy.

After another fifteen feet into her ascent—chilled and achy now and getting a little impatient with the worsening conditions—she found a narrow ledge. She unhooked her caribiner clip from the rope, and decided to wait out the cloudburst, a rare occurrence in the Panhandle and extremely dangerous because the rock face she climbed had become as slippery as mud.

She took small comfort in the phrase she’d heard over and over since she’d first moved to Canyon, Texas, that ran like a mantra through her head. If you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait a minute.

Her mistake had been believing that piece of homespun advice.

Not that she was anything more than mildly annoyed at this point. The awe-inspiring view from her perch above the canyon floor placated her restless nature and soothed the deep ache in her chest that had choked her at the start of the climb.

Low-hanging clouds obscured the sunlight and provided an unexpected cooling to a hot spring day. Soft, gray mist filled the Palo Duro Canyon, softening the light and air, the moisture causing a burst of brilliant color to erupt from the fading wildflowers carpeting the rough terrain—bright orange from Mexican hat and Indian blanket, and a cheery yellow daisylike flower whose name escaped her at the moment.

Determined to salvage some enjoyment from her adventure, she settled on the ledge, dangling her legs over the side, and ignored the water soaking through her thin T-shirt and shorts.

Half an hour into the storm that had grown steadily more insistent, she kissed off making the summit and planned a quick rappel to the distant hollow below.

However, as she unwound her long rope from the straps of her backpack for a hasty descent, her narrow perch disintegrated. Rock made fragile by the water splintered into rough shards and gravel that tumbled down the sheer precipice.

Cass dropped the rope and jammed her hand into a crevice in the rock to anchor herself while she reached beside her for her pack. But she was too late.

More of the ledge crumbled. The backpack slid away, leaving her stranded with only the shorter rope she’d used between cams—not nearly long enough to attempt a descent.

"Jesus. I don’t fucking believe this," she whispered furiously.

Pissed off with her rookie mistake, she pulled the trigger on the cam she’d used to secure her rope above the ledge and wedged it deeper into the crevice. She attached one end of her short rope to the cam and tied the other to the belay. Then satisfied she’d done everything she could to remain safe, she settled again on the last little remnant of her eroding perch.

She’d have to wait for rescue—something she’d never live down. A frequent climber who often provided advice to weekend enthusiasts, she could already hear the razzing she’d get from her fellow park rangers.

She only hoped the team sent to retrieve her wouldn’t include the one man she’d come to escape. She could only imagine the black, judgmental glare he’d give her for inconveniencing him. Add this fiasco to last night’s and she figured he’d just as soon let her rot on the side of the cliff as drop her a rope.

With nothing left to do to keep her mind from obsessing over mistakes she couldn’t undo, Cass sat on the narrow ledge high above the canyon floor with her head bent against the rain, watching it fall like the tears she refused to shed.

Frustration fueled her emotions—not fear or loneliness—she ruthlessly insisted to herself. Cass never cried, and she sure as hell wasn’t starting now. She’d gotten herself into this mess. She’d just have to figure a way out.

However, the only plans she could come up with required a little patience

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