TITLE: Makes You Stronger
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Tori eased down from the truck, careful to keep the weight on her right leg. Even though the bullet wounds had healed, the surrounding muscles and tissues protested when she stayed in one position too long. She was tired of being injured. Sick of being observed. She wanted to be anonymous. To live again. Maybe then the ache would go away.
“You’re expecting too much, Victoria. The wounds, both physical and psychological, are fresh. Give your mind time to absorb and accept it all.”
Hopefully a Montana vacation would push her in the right direction. No one here would demand answers or watch her with questions haunting their eyes.
“Well, howdy there young missy. Welcome to the Silent K. You must be the city gal Margie’s been telling me about.”
Young missy? Howdy? Really? Tori turned and came face to face with a genuine western stereotype.
Grizzled gray hair stuck out from under an old cowboy hat. A handlebar moustache drooped past his chin. His faded denim shirt sported one of those string ties and faded jeans highlighted the most bow-legged legs she’d ever seen. A huge gleaming silver belt buckle – showcasing a bucking bronco no less – set off the entire look to perfection. Wow.
He touched the brim of his hat, “I’m Bo Palmer, ranch foreman”
Tori stuck out her hand, “Nice to meet you Mr. Palmer. I’m Tori Carter. You’ve got a beautiful place here. Makes me feel whole just breathing in the air.”