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Caribou Crossing #6
Susan Fox
Released Sept 29th,2015
Kensington: Zebra

With its breathtaking terrain and welcoming people, the Western town of Caribou Crossing is the perfect place for a heart to heal, and for love to blossom once more…

Since the death of her husband three years ago, young widow Sally Ryland has kept to herself and focused on her struggling business, Ryland Riding. Folks assume she’s still grieving, because Sally has never shared the truth about her abusive marriage, or the trust issues that remain. But when a sexy rodeo rider from her past turns up for a visit, he’s a reminder of the feisty woman she once was—and maybe still could be…

Ben Traynor was always attracted to Sally, but he didn’t move fast enough. Now what Sally needs is patience and gentleness. With an injury keeping him from his next rodeo, Ben has the perfect excuse to stick around and help with her chores—and her healing. And as Sally finds the courage to face her demons and open her heart again, she’ll have to decide if what she has with Ben is more than safety, gratitude, and short-term passion, but a forever love…

“Fox knows how to strike just enough sway between sweet and bitter, homespun and steamy.” --Publishers Weekly

Idly, he glanced at the write-up on the back of the menu. It said that the Gold Pan had been open for ten years, and its name was in honor of the town’s history. Caribou Crossing had its origins in the 1860s gold rush. When the gold ran out, it became a ranching community.
            Terry returned. “Just a couple more minutes.”
            “No rush.”
            “It was such a tragedy,” she said, returning to their earlier conversation, “Pete dying that way. So young, and totally unexpected. Goes to show you never can tell, right?”
            “That’s the truth.” He’d been riding bucking broncs for more than fifteen years and the worst he’d done was break some bones.
            “It’s so sad, Sally out there all alone with a broken heart. For a while, folks thought she was dating Dave Cousins, though he denied it. But it seems he was telling the truth and they only ever were friends. Guess she’s got no room in her heart for another man.”
            Maybe that was the reason she hadn’t been receptive to his flirting. Still, a woman had to move on at some point. His grandma had learned that, after his grandpa died.
            Terry turned to get Ben’s order. She slipped take-out containers into a couple of string-handled paper bags with the diner’s name and logo. Eyeing his sling, she asked, “You gonna be okay with these, hon?”
            “Sure. Thanks, Terry.” He paid, leaving a good-sized tip.
            “Hope to see you again.”
            “Thanks, but I’m just passing through.”
            Unless Sally gave him a reason to stay. Which, he had to admit, didn’t seem likely. Still, he’d always been an optimist. Couldn’t survive long in the rodeo world if you weren’t.

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Award-winning, international best-selling author Susan Fox (who also writes as Savanna Fox and Susan Lyons) is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor.