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Kissed by a Cowboy: a cowboy inspirational romance (Heart of Oklahoma Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lacy Williams
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Kissed by a Cowboy by USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams, a sweet inspirational romance
Just shy of her thirtieth birthday, Haley Carston returns to Redbud Trails, Oklahoma, to care for her dying aunt. She thinks she’s ready for this homecoming. She’s spent years escaping her perpetual shyness and being Katie Michaels’ tag-along friend, but being back in her hometown brings back a lot of old memories, especially when she is faced with the cowboy she never forgot—Katie’s older brother, Maddox.
Twelve years ago, Maddox Michaels was supposed to be somebody. He had everything. A football scholarship. A Division I team scouting him. Maybe even a chance at the pros. Now, he’s a burned-out cowboy working day and night to stay ahead of his brother’s medical bills and keep their family farm from going bankrupt. And trying to be a father-figure for his niece, Olivia.
When Haley and Olivia start spending time together, Maddox can’t help remembering those dreams that died alongside his sister. Will being with Haley open his heart to new dreams?

Available March 15, 2014 - the First Kisses Collection:
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Necessary Proof by Camy Tang
Kissed by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams


*  USA TODAY on Lacy Williams’s historical romance ROPING THE WRANGLER:  "A great pick to toss into your beach bag for one of those last weekend trips before the leaves start to fall… a sweet inspy romance that will draw you into the old west and send you away smiling."   
*  Wendy the SuperLibrarian on Return of the Cowboy Doctor:  "Writing is never easy, but sometimes I think achieving "sweet" (or "gentle") is exceptionally hard for a writer to pull off.  Lacy Williams is my go-to author for when I simply want a sweet, gentle read that won't send me into a diabetic coma."  

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>  Western Love Stories 
>  Cowboy Romance  
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Editorial Reviews


Wendy the SuperLibrarian on The Homesteader's Sweetheart: "Just a nice, sweet, romantic story.  It's now official, I'm declaring Lacy Williams as one of my go-to authors in the inspirational market," and "if you're a fan of gentler westerns and like a family vibe to your romances?  This is a good one."
USA TODAY on Roping the Wrangler: "author Lacy Williams has woven a touching story, placing humor and angst in just the right places to round out her characters."
Wendy the SuperLibrarian on Roping the Wrangler: "This was a quick, sweet read that had a nice, uplifting message without beating me over the head.  For readers who like cozy historical western romances, Williams has written another good one."
USA TODAY on Return of the Cowboy Doctor: "If you enjoy Western romance series with fresh characters in each book, you'll enjoy this series from author Lacy Williams."

From the Back Cover

This was a mistake. 
The words reverberated through seventeen-year-old Haley Carston's head. Pulsed painfully through her heart.
They even trembled in her hands.
The pale pink princess-style prom dress poufed around her. There was no other word to describe it other than poufed. She looked like a strawberry cupcake.
The girl staring back at her in Katie's full-length mirror looked like a stranger. Too much blush, too much mascara. Dark pink lipstick. How had she let her new friend talk her into this much makeup?
Because everyone let Katie. Katie was that kind of person. The shining star.
Nothing like tag-along Haley.
But that girl in the mirror--she was a stranger.
Except for the scared eyes. Those were all Haley.
After Katie had found out she wasn't planning to go to the senior prom, she'd promised to find Haley a date. And no one said no to Katie.
But who could she have found? 
Haley's dad had dragged her to Redbud Trails, Oklahoma in the middle of her senior year, after a job he'd been chasing hadn't panned out. They'd planned to leave after a few weeks, but Haley's Aunt Matilda had seen how unhappy she was at the prospect of moving again and offered to let her stay until her first semester of college.
Haley had expected to hate the minuscule high school, graduating class of a whole dozen. She'd never imagined she'd fit in, figuring she'd stick out like the outsider she was. 
Instead, she'd found an immediate friend in Katie, who'd taken Haley under her wing and drawn her into her circle of friends--the popular kids--and made Haley forget that she hadn't been born and raised in small-town Oklahoma.
Most of the time.
Tonight, she felt like a silk flower in a room full of hothouse roses. Pretending she was one of the crowd but woefully inadequate.
The three-inch pumps that matched the dress were already pinching her toes. She wobbled into the hallway and hesitated outside Katie's bedroom doorway.  How in the world was she going to get to the first floor without tumbling down them?
"What are we waiting for?" Haley recognized the complaining male voice wafting up from the living room--Katie's boyfriend-of-the-month, Ronald Walker. Katie had commented more than once about how fine they would look in their prom pictures together. Haley thought maybe that was the only reason her friend was dating the jock and half-expected a breakup soon after tonight.
"Haley will be down in a minute," Katie said. 
There were other voices laughing and talking. Katie had convinced the group to meet up at the Michaels' farm and carpool. Which meant more people to see Haley descend and face whatever sap Katie had found for her, some guy who felt sorry enough for Haley to be her date.
Her feet didn't want to move. But she was afraid Katie would come upstairs looking for her if she didn't go. She took the first step and let her momentum carry her down, down...
Voices got louder. It sounded like Katie had a crowd of friends in the living room.
"Maddox, heads up!"
When she heard the name, Haley lifted her gaze from the stairs, and she stumbled on the last step. She barely registered the projectile flying toward her until it whacked the back of her shoulder. Her foot caught in the long dress, and she tilted precariously.
A strong pair of hands caught her waist and steadied her.
And a kid-sized play football fell to the floor. 
"Sorry," Katie's younger brother Justin, a freshman, muttered from somewhere off to the side. 
Haley looked up . . . and up . . . and up into the strong-jawed face of Maddox Michaels, Katie's older brother.
Who should've been in jeans and a Stetson but instead was wearing a smart black suit and white shirt and black tie...
No. Oh no.
"Great, we're all here!" Katie sang out. "Let's have mom do her three hundred pictures so we can go."
Maddox let go of Haley's waist, but only after he made sure she was steady in the uncomfortable heels. "All right?" he asked easily.
She nodded dumbly, her cheeks burning hotter than the face of the sun. She'd only met Maddox twice before, and she'd found herself tongue-tied both times.
He was handsome. A college guy. 
And she couldn't even stutter out a sentence!
"I think this belongs to you." He presented her with a simple wrist corsage of white roses. His fingers were hot on her wrist as he slipped it over her hand.
"Oh, um..." Thank you. How hard would that have been to say? But she only had one thought blaring through her brain. Find Katie!
She excused herself--had she even said pardon me?--and moved faster than the shoes should have allowed, pushing through the other bodies crowding the room. There Katie was, coming out of the kitchen. Haley took her friend's arm and ducked back into the brightly-lit room.
"I can't go to prom with your brother," she hissed.
Katie patted her hand, looking over Haley's shoulder back into the other room. "Look, I know he's an old curmudgeon..."
Curmudgeon? Was Katie insane? Her brother was...was amazing. Sure, he occasionally got irritated with Katie's wild schemes, but then, who wouldn't? 
He'd just finished his freshman year on a football scholarship--quarterback, no less. And there was talk that a Division I team wanted to recruit him. He was that good.
And that far out of her league. What would she even say to him? Had Katie lost her ever-lovin' mind?
Katie's smile turned apologetic. "But he was the only one..."
...who would go with you.
Her friend didn't have the finish the sentence. The words Katie didn't say hurt just the same.
"Look, I don't have to go to prom," Haley whispered frantically. "I can just go home, and then he won't have to pretend to be my date."
"Quit worrying." Katie waved her hand like she was brushing away a gnat.  "Everything will be fine. Everyone will be so focused on him, they won't even notice you."
And Katie was right.
Against her better judgment, Haley squeezed into the suburban Ronald had borrowed from his mom. She would've pressed up against the window but her voluminous skirt prevented her from scooting far enough in. Her face burned as Maddox calmly settled his lanky body beside her, one long leg pressing into the pink layers.
His shoulders were so wide he had to rest his arm behind her on the seat. 
It took all her energy to keep from falling into him as Ronald showed off for the guys, speeding around corners until Haley thought she might get carsick. By the time they got to the banquet hall, her whole body ached from tension, and she hadn't danced a single song yet. 
Maddox helped her out of the vehicle, and within seconds, they found themselves surrounded by guys offering high-fives and talking about the last games of the season. Girls flirted with him as if Haley weren't even there. 
She couldn't believe Katie had done this to her.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2834 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lacy Williams Books (February 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7JK0FG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Book That I Highly Recommend February 15, 2014
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I loved Kissed by a Cowboy and thoroughly enjoyed the quick read. I found the characters so easy to identify with and fell in love with them quickly.

Haley Carston, also know as tag-along because of her perpetual shyness, returns to Redbud Trails, Oklahoma, to care for her dying aunt. Haley is about to turn thirty years old and she left the town of Redbud Trails when she went away to college and never returned except for a few visits. Upon returning to the place she considered her hometown old memories come to the forefront, especially when she runs into Maddox Michaels, the cowboy she has never forgotten. He was her best friend's brother and had taken her to the senior prom as a favor to his sister.

Maddox Michaels was on the fast track to college football and possibly the pros when life intercepted his plans and he ended up back home running the family ranch. He is embarrassed and angry that he did not realize his dream, especially when he was called home one year shy of earning his degree. When he runs into Haley old feelings begin to niggle at him but he knows he is in no financial situation to consider a lasting relationship.

There were many things I liked about this book, one being the lack of angst. This author is new-to-me and I am excited to read more of her work. She writes so well and without profanity and sexual exploits, that you don't miss it at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kissed by a Cowboy February 12, 2014
By Liz
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Kissed by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams
I loved this book and you will just fall in love with the characters. Haley Carston's aunt has been with her through dark times after Paul walked out on Haley. Now it was times for Haley to help her aunt that had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Haley goes to Redbud Trails, Oklahoma back to the town where she grew up and left. Maddox Michael ,was a football player in high school and now was stuck in Redbud Trail and he was trying to save a family farm, his brother, and be a father to his niece, Olivia. Olivia's mom died when she was a baby. Haley and Katie grew up together and everyone knew Haley as Katie's tag-along . Olivia and Haley gets to be good friends and they go into business together. Now this business is something that is really cool. I hope you will love this story as much as i Did.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read February 15, 2014
By Fiona
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This is a really nice book to settle in with on a snowy Saturday. A good clean romance that I enjoyed very much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Kiss, Forgiveness, Bright Future! February 12, 2014
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Kissed by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams is a story with a delightful cast of characters. Maddox, the high school quarterback and Haley, the young lady known as the `tag-a-long' most of her life find themselves in different roles after graduation. Maddox works hard to make things work a certain way not realizing what he may be missing while waiting for things to work out. The innocence of a `first kiss' adds to the adventure. I love a well-written story with a rugged cowboy! This fits Kissed by a Cowboy. The theme that runs through this story besides a first kiss is forgiveness, putting the past behind, learning from mistakes and moving toward a brighter future. Lacy Williams is a new-to-me author, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future! Definitely a must-read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kissed by a cowboy February 15, 2014
By Yvonne
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Interesting story. Really quick read. Glad I picked it. I would definitely read more stories by this author. I wish it were a series so I could figure out how the gourmet ice cream business goes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, clean story June 30, 2014
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Since this was recommended by a friend, I'm not certain how this book is categorized. It's a clean story about loss and love. The characters are likeable, and the plot seems plausible...real. Although church is mentioned a few in mentioning they had gone to church, had friends from church, had a funeral at church, I would not label this as a "Christian" story. Don't get me wrong. It's most certainly not anti-Christian. I just don't see the needed faith element required for that classification. I loved the story. It was a good, wholesome read.

Here's my constructive criticism.
There are issues in the editing...or I should say in the incomplete sentence fragments. I wish the author had found a way to use complete sentences where she only used fragments.
I would have liked to know more about whether or not either brother went back to college, more about Livy's business, and more about the relationship that ended just after they agreed there was something there. The story needed a couple more chapters in my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special February 18, 2014
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There are a lot of summaries and reviews, so I'll just confirm that this is a sweet (not steamy) romance. It's not particularly exciting or memorable, just a quick, easy read. The author tried to make out as if there had been something between the H and h years ago but there wasn't really anything substantial. Briefly this novella just lacks substance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read February 6, 2014
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this was a cute cowboy romance. It is a short story only 92 pages. It is the story of Lacey and Maddox and their romance years after high school when they meet again.
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It was a very good read. I will read the next book also. I love cowboy romance it is very exciting and fun to read thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please!
My only complaint about this book is that I want more! I would love to see where the story goes from here. This bittersweet romance is a fine short read.
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More About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author Lacy Williams grew up on a farm, which is where her love of cowboys was born. In reality, she's married to a right-brained banker (happily with three kiddos). She gets to express her love of western men by writing historical romance. Her books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards (2012, 2013 & 2014), the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award. Stay up to date with Lacy's new releases by joining her email newsletter list (copy and paste the address into your browser).

Lacy also writes YA action romance under the pen name Lacy Yager. She has a soft spot for bad boy heroes and heroines with swords. Although her teen years are long behind her, she enjoys writing about the drama and first love that comes with this time in our lives.


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