by Sandi Whipple
Lucy Baumgardner, working partner in a law firm in Philadelphia, works too hard. So says the senior partner, who just happens to be her father. When she's forced to take a two week hiatus, she assumes two weeks of pedicures, massages, and poolside relaxation with a glass of wine won't kill her. But things aren't always what one expects.
To her horror, city girl Lucy ends up stuck on a working ranch with no phones, cell service, or Wifi. Her acute shock dictates she will NOT play cowgirl for two weeks. Making matters worse, Stace Levin, the very handsome owner/operator, does nothing to make things easy for her. Her days are filled with manual labor, and one mishap after another amuses Stace to no end. In fact, he finds her not only funny, but smart, stubborn, and very beautiful.
Knowing it's for only two weeks, Lucy succumbs to the ranch lifestyle. Every day something happens to change her mind about the good looking cowboy, Stace. One day he's a pompous ass, and the next, well...
Those inviting arms, and his generous warm lips and mouth can sure as hell change one’s mind about the guy.
When Lucy's hiatus comes to an end, and she gets involved in a legal mess of two other ranch guests that may have harrowing consequences for Stace, will she lend her expertise to rescue Stace and save the ranch; or will she turn up the music?
270 pages ~ 51,000 Words
Written: June, 2014 ~ Published: October 2014
Reviews are in:
5 of 5 Stars
Dancing With A Cowboy
September 22, 2014
I was given a free pre-release copy of Dancing With A Cowboy in exchange for an honest review. I don’t care for westerns and wasn’t sure about this book. But I read the author’s other two and enjoyed them immensely. When I started reading this one and realized it wasn’t a western, I was surprised and happy that I was given a chance to read it. Lucy, a lawyer from Philadelphia, who works like a dog, gets locked out of her office and has to take a two week vacation. It was bought and paid for by her Dad, who’s also her boss. She’s expecting to go to a resort, but winds up at a kind of dude ranch. First, she’s riding in a small airplane and scared to death, but it’s the only way to get to the ranch. Her description of the plane nearly sent me over the edge in laughter. She thought her vacation had gone downhill when she arrived. But it gets worse for her. The ranch owner, whose name is Stace, though he’s attracted to Lucy, isn’t making things easy for her. She’s smart though, and figures out how to cope. She’s quick witted, and does and says some hilarious things. I laughed through the entire first half of the book. At times, I had tears from laughing so hard. Some of Lucy’s experiences while working on the ranch are creative, realistic and well written. I even pictured them happening to me. When all the people staying at the ranch go on a four day cattle drive, Stace really starts paying attention to Lucy. They take long walks in the evenings and do a lot of talking and start getting to know each other. When two men at the ranch start acting strange and a legal problem surfaces, Lucy, as an attorney, helps Stace . I will say, after Lucy managed to fix the problem for Stace, I was shocked when she went back to Pennsylvania. I even counted to see how many pages were left to read because I couldn’t believe it. But once she’s back home, she gets a package. I cried when she opened it! The ending is beautiful and heartwarming. I loved the characters and I loved the story. It’s beautiful and heartwarming. Months from now I’ll read this again. It was an excellent read. I’ll be watching for Sandi’s next book.
5 of 5 stars
Dancing with a Cowboy
Donna Gott review
October 13, 2014
Lucy Baumgardner had worked very hard for her partnership in her father’s law firm. She felt that she had to prove that she was good enough so she worked many, many nights and most Saturdays. Her father Gerald appreciated his daughter but felt that she was missing out on a lot and in fact was working really hard to kill herself with work. On her current case her father gave her another ultimatum that she would indeed take 2 weeks off at the expense of the law firm if she won. Arriving back at the office after winning Lucy tried to enter her office to no avail. Fuming she confronted her father, he handed her an envelope with all the details of her forced hiatus, rather than vacation. Reaching into the envelope she pulled out the tickets and a brochure. On the top it read: Retreat. Get away from it all. She barely saw the rest, keeping the ticket and itinerary and dropped the rest on the floor. She was speechless, but she realized that he was going to force the issue. Looking up she said, “Well, I suppose I have no other choice. I will have to just force myself to deal with two weeks of being pampered.” Leaving the room she told her father that she would never forgive him. As she left, she heard him say, yes you will. Let’s just say that Lucy should have taken the time to read the rest of the paperwork as this would be a vacation of a life time. What did I like? Having a background in ranching, I’m very familiar with the life, the work that goes on without the luxury of holidays or weekends off. It’s hard but a very enriching life style for those who can stick it out. Loving the animals and even taking pride in the work accomplished. Knowing your roots go back for 100’s of years working the soil and animals. This book touches on those values that have been sorely missed in this day in time. The characters were so loveable with touches of vulnerability that make them real. I loved the dialog, especially the one about the orchestra and the one about "This must be where God sleeps". The story line is developed in so many ways that it touched my heart.What did I dislike? In the book nothing, but in real life the type of people that think that they can just use the system and get what they want without the value of hard work. It’s sad to think that these people cannot understand what it means to appreciate the beauty of the land and the offerings that it will give you if you just apply yourself to it. Of course, that not only applies to this type of living but all in general. What will you like? First and foremost a book that will capture your heart. A story line that has been thoroughly been researched down to the smallest details. The descriptions of the land and buildings will come alive in your mind along with the characters. A very real experience in living the life of a rancher and in the most vivid way, a very romantic love story that will remain in your mind for a very long time. And last but certainly not least another book that will be added to your “To Be Read” list, to be read over and over again. Our country was built on these values spoken of in this book and if you want to remind yourself what they were just pick up this book and read. It will jump out to you on every page. Happy reading, I know I did!
About the author (from her site):
I’ve always maintained my work ethic with a strong emphasis on professionalism. But now that I’m retired, I have surprisingly new desires. I want to acquire skills and abilities in the written word. I consider engaging in putting my imagination into words for others to read as time well spent. My friends, and the readers of my work are important to me.
And don’t we all just love talking about ourselves? So what do I tell you about me? I have to admit, I’m much better at answering questions. I’ll give a little info here, and if you want more, just click above on “Contact Me”, send me an e-mail, and I’ll shoot you an answer.
Though I was born in Waukegan, Illinois, with the exception of time spent in the military as an Air Traffic Controller, I spent most of my teen and adult years in the San Francisco Bay area.
In June 2000, I bought my house on the internet, packed up a 25 foot U-haul, and moved to a small town in North Dakota. As a California girl, all my friends said I'd be back after one winter! Fortunately, they're still my friends as they didn't hold their breath! My only mistake was not making the move 30 years ago.
A few years ago, in 2007 to be exact, after major surgery, I was in a wheelchair for eleven weeks, and wow, was I bored! I was reading two, and sometimes three Romance novels a day. I shared my disappointment with a friend regarding a novel I read, and she suggested I write my own.
So, I wrote "Loving Adonis", and stuck it in a drawer. A few months later I wrote "Twisted Engagement", and it too ended up in a drawer.
Some time later, (and we're talking years here, not months) I took "Loving Adonis" out of the drawer and worked on it again. When I asked a few friends to read it, you can't imagine my shock when I was asked how long before my next novel would be ready. So, after some fine tuning, "Loving Adonis" and "Twisted Engagement" are available for everyone to enjoy, in both paperback and ebook. And soon, they'll be available in audio book format!
I now find myself enjoying just the thought of writing. Well... almost as much as reading.