Best Friends in the Show Me State
She’s the girl next door. He’s always just out of reach. When violent weather sparks an unexpected attraction, has love’s lightning finally struck?
Marlowe Glass happily accepts the responsibility of bringing up her orphaned niece. But the struggling stepmom reaches the end of her rope when a terrifying storm destroys her house. So she doesn’t hesitate to accept her sexy-but-forbidden neighbor’s offer of temporary lodging.
Handsome farmer Clark Hudson longs to be free from his ex-wife’s manipulations. Although preparing to fight for custody of his son, he jumps at the chance to help out his best gal pal from way back in high school. But when their “forever-friends” bond turns complicated as desires become too hot to handle, the upstanding man fears giving in to his heart might ruin a beautiful connection.
As Marlowe grapples with rebuilding or cutting her losses, she worries she’ll mess up the relationship she holds most dear. And when Clark’s former spouse makes money-grubbing demands, the single father must risk it all to guarantee them both a loving future.
Can a history of close companionship unite two souls for a lifetime?
Best Friends in the Show Me State is the wholesome first book in the Cowboy Crossing Western Sweet Romance series. If you like Christian-themed stories, delightful discoveries, and true devotion, then you’ll adore Jessie Gussman’s clean courtship.
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Sold! In the Show Me State
The town outcast buys a date with Cowboy Crossing’s own A-List movie star.
Ivory Haines is the daughter of the town’s resident retired prostitute and possibly the town drunk, although her mother wasn’t entirely certain.
She resents her position in the town – and especially resents the teasing she’d been subjected to – and has vowed to show everyone that she is just as good as they are.
She can hardly believe her luck when Chandler Hudson donates a month of his time to the highest bidder at the charity auction to benefit local victims of the recent tornado damage.
Chandler wasn’t sure what he’d been expecting when he’d offered a month of his time to charity. Maybe for a young woman to buy him and make him her one-month temporary boyfriend. Possibly his brothers would buy him and work him to death for a month. Worst case would be some elderly lady purchasing him just to decorate her dinner table with his presence for a few weeks.
It never occurred to him that Ivory Haines would buy him and drag him out to her run-down, ramshackle, snake-infested bunkhouse for a month of labor on her dirt-poor farm.
But as he gets to know her and sees beyond the reputation the town has given her- undeserved – he changes his focus from one of enduring to one of ensnaring.
Can they put the past behind them and step into a bright new future…together?
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A Secret Baby in the Show Me State
A midnight tryst, an unknown admirer and a baby that is delivered to church with just a short note.
On the day Deacon Hudson was set to be ordained, a bundle shows up at the church with a simple note on it. Deacon Hudson is the father. Take care of her.
Deacon knows he’s not the father. The Immaculate Conception was a one time thing. But the baby needs a parent, and he has to decide if he will give up his life dream of being a pastor to take the child, despite the fact that the note is a lie. Can he do it without resenting the child?
Blair Dixon made an unthinkable decision and sacrifice, driven by the unfathomable love a mother has for her child.
She served her time. Now she’s back to fix the mess she made.
It might not be possible to straighten everything out.
It’s definitely not possible for her to get everything she wants – the best everything for her daughter and the love of the cowboy she chose to be the father.
But small town gossip can be vicious, and unless she comes up with a plan, she could ruin his life a second time.
After what she’d done, love was impossible. Or was it?
The Beast Gets His Cowgirl in the Show Me State
A celebrity chef that can’t cook. A scarred cowboy who hates cameras. And the little girl who could bring them both together.
Madeline Reese has a successful cooking show, a best-selling line of cookbooks and is considered one of the top celebrity chefs in Hollywood.
One small problem – she can’t cook.
Loyal Hudson doesn’t want to open his world-class kitchen to the cameras Madeline will bring with her, but the celebrity chef could be the bridge between him and a future with his little girl.
Madeline can’t cook and could use his help. He can’t reach his little girl and could use hers. Can they overcome the vast differences between them and work together for the benefit of each other?
A loose Beauty and the Beast retelling, The Beast Gets His Cowgirl in the Show Me State will have you in stitches and possibly shedding a tear or two.
A Marriage of Convenience in the Show Me State
Zane Hudson just got custody of his four young children. Only problem is, he can’t watch his kids and run his farm, too. He needs a permanent housekeeper. He has every intention of hiring someone until…
Waverley Madris is two months behind on her rent and about to lose her house and her children. Getting stuck with handsome Zane Hudson and his four kids in the Diner bathroom seems like just the type of thing that was just her luck.
Except she emerges from that bathroom an engaged woman.
It’s a marriage of convenience only, except, after a hard day of work on the farm, they can’t help but look into each other’s eyes, the heads of their children between them, the notes of the music they make together fading off into the twilight, and wonder, separately, if the sweet life they’ve made together might be even more beautiful if they fell in love.
A Second Chance in the Show Me State
They were high school sweethearts, but money and pride came between them. Can their twin sons trick them into falling in love again?
Reid Hudson would be happy on his Missouri farm except he’d always thought he’d be sharing it with his soulmate, Emerson. Instead, he gets six months with each of his boys and splits the holidays. Not the life he’d planned.
Emerson Mahoney hadn’t expected her family to fall into a fortune. When her new husband flatly refused to use any of their money to ease the financial burden from the birth of their twins, she couldn’t believe how hard-headed he was. She’d taken the opportunity to fly to the Swiss Alps and become a temporary member of her father’s new business team, never expecting it to last eight years.
When one of their boys deliberately misses his flight to stay on the farm with his twin brother in Missouri, Emerson is forced to come back to the states and confront the husband she is still married to and the man she’d never fallen out of love with.
When fuel shortages ground all airplanes, she’s forced to spend a month on the farm.
Can their twins trick them into falling in love again?
A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State
A man who hides fear with courage. A woman who needs a house but longs for a home. And the dog with anxiety issues who brings them together.
Fire Chief Andrew Coleman has two rooms for rent. Reagan Boyle and her little brother need a place to stay, and fast.
It should be cut and dried – she rents the rooms, he lives his life.
Except for the memories of the mistletoe kiss they shared.
But he’s still dealing with the death of his close friend and because she was weak and trusting she’s carrying another man’s child.
Except, as they slowly make their shared house into a home of love and laughter, they start to realize that maybe fear is the natural result of death, but love is the supernatural result. And Christmastime and the birth of a baby is the perfect time to allow love to overcome fear.
His Best Friend's Sister in the Show Me State
Preston Harding witnessed his best friend’s death in the prime of his life. Alcohol has numbed the pain.
Until his son’s mother drops the boy off on his doorstep and tells him she is dying. Suddenly he’s responsible for a young life and is facing another death. Thankfully, hospice is taking care of everything except the child.
Athena Coleman loves her job as a hospice nurse. She also loves Preston, her big brother’s best friend, and has all of her life.
But he’s too wrapped up in self-medicating with alcohol and hiding his pain from the world by doing crazy stunts that she wouldn’t have him even if he finally did notice her.
But everything changes when she’s assigned to the mother of his child and Preston sobers up to be a father to Bret.
Can they fall in love despite the death between them?