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When his father announced his engagement to a gold-digger with a lying, scheming fourteen-year old daughter, seventeen-year old Tripp Warner left Warner Ridge Ranch and never looked back. Until the day he got the phone call that his father had died unexpectedly.
Reggie Reed lives with guilt every day but can't quite work up the courage to track down the son of the man who raised her as his own. When Tripp shows up at his father’s funeral eleven years later-and a hell of a man to be reckoned with-he has no interest in her too-late apology. Worse, they’ve inherited half shares of the family ranch—but only if they work together to catch Mason’s Gold, the stallion a young Reggie let escape and made sure Tripp took the blame for.
Tripp proposes a secret competition to the beautiful witch who stole his life: whoever catches the stallion first gets the ranch all to themselves. It sounds simple, but once they’re out on the range, tempers and passions flare in the Texas heat and nothing goes as either of them expects.
“Well, well, well. Seems the princess became a queen.”
The sardonic drawl from the barn entrance sent Reggie's heart ricocheting off her ribs in wild panic. Adrenaline swept through her, leaving her light-headed. Eleven years had passed since she'd last heard that voice, and though it had deepened considerably in adulthood, she recognized it instantly. How could she not when the person behind it haunted her guilty conscience every day.
“Hell will freeze over before I step foot on this ranch again!”
The hate-filled vow of seventeen-year-old Tripp Warner sounded in Reggie's mind like it’d been shouted only yesterday. Fourteen years old at the time, she'd smiled with malicious satisfaction when he walked away without looking back. He'd kept his word until today. Maybe Hell had frozen over—because despite the above ninety temps, she suddenly felt chilled to the bone.
Reggie swallowed hard as guilt threatened to overwhelm her. She'd wondered if he'd show up for the funeral, but the blustering coward inside had resolutely ignored the possibility and left her completely unprepared to face him.
The prickle along the back of her neck from his stare told her she didn't have a choice now. She dashed the remaining moisture from her lashes and drew in a shaky breath before willing herself to turn around.
Another jolt rocked her senses.
No longer the lanky boy she remembered, the man Tripp Warner had become stood before her, larger than life, lounging against the doorway with one shoulder, his hands in his pockets. A white dress shirt stretched across his broad chest , contrasting with a black tie and tailored slacks that hugged lean hips.
The sun at his back glinted off dark blond hair as it cast his face in shadow, but his words and the chilling animosity in his voice left no doubt as to the hate she would find there.
She forced a tight smile to her uncooperative lips. “Hello, Tripp.”
The sound of her name off his tongue raised the hair on her arms. His deep voice had a rough, sensual edge that sent a flutter through her stomach. She sucked in a breath while thrusting the disturbing sensations aside. Nerves, that's all.
With a last fortifying caress of her palm down his velvety nose, she stepped away from Prince's comforting presence and eased toward the barn door in hopes of heading back to the house. Her step faltered when Tripp's intense gaze locked with hers. She’d forgotten the shocking blue of his eyes.
Forcing her feet to keep moving beneath her ankle-length black skirt, she nervously brushed her long dark curls back over her shoulder. “I go by Reggie now.”
Tripp's gaze swept from the top of her head to the tips of her boots, leaving a tingle of awareness in its wake that unnerved her even more.
“I'll stick with Regan, it fits the bitch inside.”
A reflexive flash of indignation warred with guilt. “People change, Tripp,” she said with cool d
I want to start off by saying I am a huge fan of another book Stacey wrote called Lost in Italy. I have been eager to find out if I am in love with the writing style of Stacey or simply in love with the story she told. Now that I have Chasin' Mason under my belt I can assure you it is the writing style of Stacey Joy Netzel that captivates me, and her art of telling a great romance story.
Chasin' Mason is one of my favorite kinds of romances, a romance where the leading characters start of hating each other. I love it I just eat it up! I enjoy a good conflict in my romance novels, and what better conflict then hating the very person you love? I feel like in a "hate romance" you as the reader see the good in both characters, but you read in anticipation as they learn the good in each other. Mentally I am yelling at my book "No! He doesn't mean it", but of course my characters aren't listening. Reggie and Tripp have a long history of hate only making this story more interesting.
Tripp leaves home at the young age of seventeen, haunted by the memory of a young girl named Regan who took over his life. When Tripp returns home eleven years later to the funeral of his father he discovers that Regan is still in his house, most likely happy to collect his father inheritance money. Tripp's father has the last laugh when the final portion of his will states that if Tripp and Regan do not go on a mission to bring home Mason a wild house that ran away, then the ranch would be sold, and the money given away. Regan who has lived at the ranch is on a mission to save it, while Tripp is on a mission to get payback.
Regan is a rough tough cream puff, with an overwhelming sense of guilt, and a troubled past. I loved Regan, she isn't the kind of girl to take no for an answer, even when her own safety is on the line. Tripp, oh Tripp, he is this rugged sexy man in tight jeans on a horse. Does it get any better than that? I don't think so.
So with all of the above said, do I really need to tell you that I recommend this book? Well if you didn't get it from the review then yes, I do recommend this book. I was given this book from Stacey Joy Netzel but I loved it so much I wanted to show my support for the author, so I purchased my own copy.Read more ›
I'm usually not drawn to the cowboy romance genre. This book, however, had me hooked from the first few pages. I won't go into a long description of the story, as others before me have done so. The conflict between Tripp and Reggie was believable and consistent from the start to finish. The underlying resentment Tripp had for Reggie, and her attempt to prove to him that she wasn't the same immature teenage girl he left behind was a very compelling read. The sexual tension between the two kept me entralled, because it starts on the first encounter and simmers throughout the book. Tripp is really a hero to die for. He's so sexy you literally can't stop reading because you want these two to get together. Reggie, the heroine, is a strong, competent woman you want to cheer as she goes on her quest to capture the elusive stallion and prove herself to Tripp. Netzel is a talented storyteller, able to weave together a fast paced, compelling plot with a tough/tender hero that will make you wish you were Reggie when he's ready rock her world.
A very good contemporary romance that held my interest throughout the whole story. It is also part of the Sugar and Sin bundle that includes titles from five other authors.
Tripp and Reggie haven't seen each another for over eleven years. Now they are enemies and will own his father's ranch equally. They both want it but there is no way they are willing to share, so they agree to a competition to determine who will be the sole owner. The first one to capture the stallion wins, and the loser will walk away. Tempers rise while they are searching, but they are beginning to realize that the tension is not from anger but from the chemistry that is forming between them.
This was a great book. It was part of the Sugar and Sin boxed collection. It is the story of Tripp and Reggie. They haven't seen each other for 11 years and their parting was on bad terms. As they try to work together to keep control of the ranch after Tripps father dies, they struggle to not give in to the feelings they have for one another. Its a good read
I love a story with a sexy cowboy. Although just a tad predictable I thought it was very entertaining the things we learn about each character and why they are the way they are. I loved Reggie and Tripp's getting to know each other again and Reggie getting to apologize and Tripp learning a lot of why things happened the way they did. very sweet and romantic read with a tad sexy in it. Gotta love Mason that tough free stud that he is. 4 stars review by Nanee At upallnightreadallday.blogspot.com
I enjoyed this story right from the start. Tripp and Reggie are both great characters with believable flaws and a past marred by conflict and misunderstanding. The characters are well-drawn and there's off-the-charts sexual tension and just plain good sexy fun. Oh, and there are horses and a contemporary western backdrop too! Tripp is one very sexy cowboy, and I liked that Reggie was his equal in every way.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader of heartwarming and pulse-pounding romance, and she loves all movies with a happily ever after. She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a horse and some barn cats. She enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North), at the family cabin on the lake. Travelling anywhere to the mountains to do some hiking is a bonus she wishes she could do much more often than every couple years.
She writes romantic suspense, small town contemporary romances, and paranormal ghost stories. Colorado, Wisconsin, and Italy are favorite settings, which explains why her bestselling books include the Romancing Wisconsin Series, Italy Intrigue Series, Welcome to Redemption Series, and the Colorado Trust Series.
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