It’s only days away until the release of Heartbreak’s Reward. I thought I’d come in with a teaser. You won’t find this in the book though. This is a deleted scene. My own heart bleeds for this heartbroken cowboy. If you’ve read Cowboy Boss, you know the details that led up to this. Otherwise, it’s self-explanatory. This is a standalone novel.
Jase Carlson rolled in with the empty horse trailer at 2:30 a.m., unhooked it, and took a stroll through the barn. Before exiting, he patted his horse and gave him a cookie. He dragged himself into the house, tired and worn out, driving longer than he should have. Dropping into a chair at the table in the kitchen, he removed his dusty boots, grabbed a beer, and set it on the table in the living room.
He went in to kiss his kids goodnight, turned the knob, and slowly opened the door to Joey’s bedroom. “What the hell?” He flipped the light on and ran down the hall to Jaelle’s room. Everything was gone. “She took my kids!” He burst through his bedroom door. Rebecca’s closet was empty. He pulled open dresser drawers. Nothing.
Venturing through the rest of the house, the only things gone were the kid’s toy boxes and their bedroom furnishings, some items from the bathroom, and food from the cupboards. He opened the door to the back—her car sat there. “She didn’t take her damn car?” He stumbled back against the wall. What hell did they go through when she took them? What did she tell them?
Jase grabbed hold of his head with both hands. “Dammit!” He slammed his palms against the hallway wall to hold up his quivering body, lowering his head and pushing in and out, torn to bits in an instant. Sonofabitch! No… He backed into the opposite wall and dropped to the floor, his face going into his hands. My angel’s gone. My boy…
After he quit shaking, he dialed his brother’s phone. “My kids are gone. She took them, Tristan.” And he hung up.
Text Copyright 2014 Mary J. Dressel
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