Through Better & Worse, a Contemporary Western Cowboy Romance

Through Better & Worse, a Montana Love Story

Getting a boot in the door almost costs Jake Jarvis his life. It does cost him two good hats, some jail time, and a whole bunch of money.

But Dree won’t see him for dust.

Guns, roses, and the flow of raw whiskey takes them both Through Better & Worse.

More About This Montana Love Story

Dree Blake thinks Jake Jarvis is a jackass after he nearly runs her off the road. Jake doesn’t think much of the dumpy girl or her mule and beat-up, old trailer. When the two finally meet and Dree doesn’t tell Jake’s hard-nosed cattleman grandfather about the near miss, Jake’s surprised and grateful. When she saves his life, he knows, for sure, she’s made of different stuff than the gals he’s been dating.

Jake wants to get to know who this Dree is, up close and personal, but Dree won’t see him for dust. Attempted date rape and her own parents’ vitriolic marriage have put her off men completely.

The battle of wills gets violent, and the families step in when blood spills, but even that won’t stop their headlong rush for a showdown.

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REVIEW

This is a big R Romance, so you have an idea of how it turns out. What will surprise the hell out of you is how.

Not many books are perfect, but this one’s darned close. Readers who are sticklers for details will be pleased.

This is not your bare-chested, sexy cowboy romance (though Jake ain’t bad). Those are mere cotton candy representations of real ranch life and real ranch people. Author C.J. “Country” James knows the people she writes about far better than most.

…The pseudonymous James write[s] truly and honestly about the modern west…you can’t go wrong reading or listening to her books.

–Marva Dasef , published 8-8-2015 by The Contrary Canadian http://thecontrarycanadian.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/the-contrary-canadian-49/

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING

“I love this book. It is down-to-earth, uplifting, fun, serious, exciting, and interestingly informative about a culture I have not experienced. And it is romantic in the finest sense.” – Anita Lewis

“The one thing I love about this author is that I never feel like I’m reading, I so get lost in the story. Masterfully done. I’ll be purchasing the audio version as well for my husband, because this is a read that both men and women will enjoy.” – Elizabeth Bonecher-Brenaman

“This is not your bare-chested, sexy cowboy romance (though Jake ain’t bad). Those western-romance-lite books are mere cotton candy representations of real ranch life and real ranch people. Author, C.J. “Country” James, knows the people she writes about far better than most” – Cellophane Queen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, C. J. “Country” James

“Country” James is a pen name. My pen name…one of them. Under it, I write “country”–good country novels starring somebody “country” or somebody “city” who’s trying to “go country.” Key words there are “good” and “country.” In other words, I write about people of rural America, where rugged individualism is fostered and celebrated, where integrity counts, and truth and honor are paramount. Think ranch, farm, homestead, western, Midwestern, rural, small town, cowboy and trucker, think “country,” and you get what I’m talking about. Better, think of your favorite Country Western song–its hero, its heroine, its story …and the story behind that story. That’s what I write as C. J.

I’ll start releasing some of my “Country” James novels this year…if my editors let me, that is.

And to the question, am I really “country” myself or just a pretender–a drugstore variety, city-slicker wannabe? Well, I was put on a horse at a year-and-a-half in New Mexico, and once they let me go it alone, I never got off.

I’ve hazed cattle, roped with the hands, and taken my knocks with the best and the worst of them. Taken under the wing of one of the best wranglers of the bunch, a man who was a legend even in his own time, I learned the tricks and the secrets of gentling a horse, and even of busting rank broncs. I even learned to braid my own black snake, then fill it with shot, as well as to shoe my own horse, building the shoes myself from blanks.

I’m good with a rope and a tractor, can string fence and castrate a calf, a hog, and just about anything “livestock”, though I never did master the art of making good biscuits and gravy over a campfire. I’ve wrangled horses, mules, Herefords and Longhorns, wrestled hogs, and out-maneuvered mean dairy bulls. So, generally-speaking, and even specifically, yeah, I’m “country” and love it.

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Hearts of the West: A Christian Historical Western Romance Collection

by Leah Atwood, Heather Blanton, Lynnette Bonner, Patricia PacJac Carroll, Cynthia Hickey, Susette Williams

A sampler of Christian historical western romances by half a dozen authors that’s received excellent reviews by readers, this collection is available in eBook, free to KindleUnlimited subscribers.

Now together for the first time! 6 complete Christian historical western romances that will transport you back in time and are sure to warm your heart. Whether you have just a few minutes to enjoy a novelette, or the time to really get immersed in the dust and grit of a western town, there’s something here for everyone.

Step into a day when outlaws ran free, the land was wild, and guns blazed at the drop of a hat!

After the Rain
Rand McCade made a promise to his dying wife to one day remarry. He doesn’t want to remarry, but a promise is a promise.
Pressured to marry a violent man, widowed and pregnant Lettie Morgan seeks out an agency which finds brides for men in the west.
Can two hearts, broken and grieving, put their pasts aside and blend their lives into one?

A Lady in Defiance
Charles McIntyre owns everything in the lawless mining town of Defiance. When three sisters show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a “nice” hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay…especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest.
Naomi wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, “Why?” Does God really have a plan for each and every life?

Rocky Mountain Oasis
When Sky Jordan hears that his nefarious cousin has sent for a mail-order bride, he knows he has to prevent the marriage. No woman deserves to be left to that fate. Still, he’s as surprised as anyone to find himself standing next to her before the minister.
Brooke’s new husband turns out to be kinder than any man has ever been. But then the unthinkable happens and she holds the key that might save innocent lives but destroy Sky all in one fell swoop. It’s a choice too unbearable to contemplate…but a choice that must be made.

Bounty
Luke Jordan’s mother’s dying words rang in his head. “Take these to your brothers.” His brothers? The Jordan gang of outlaws. Why did he have to waste time tracking them down?
Cat Cahill’s morning rides are a pleasant diversion from her mother’s lectures on marrying a civilized man from the east. Despite her prayers, Cat hasn’t found the man she would want to spend the rest of her life with until she runs into Luke.
One town trying to avoid a buyout, one gang worth their weight in gold, bounty hunters intent on taking the Jordan gang in more dead than alive = two in love and a bunch in trouble.

Charity’s Gold Rush
After Charity saves handsome Gabriel Williams’ daughter from being trampled he asks her to marry him. And Charity believes he’s the answer to her prayers.
Gabe and Charity agree to a marriage in name only, although Charity is upset that now that she has found a man she could see herself making a life with, he isn’t interested in anything more than someone to watch his children, and he’s a gambler to boot – just like Pa who got her into this mess.
By the beginning of the following spring, if both parties are in agreement, they’ll annul the marriage and part ways.
Neither expects love to interfere with their plans or for God to intervene with a plan of His own.

Jessie’s Bride
Jessie Kincaid doesn’t plan to follow in his three older brothers’ footsteps, which seems to include being bachelors.
Jessie begins writing Sarah Engle and sends her money, along with a stage coach ticket, to come see him so that they can be married.
Not everyone is happy with their decision to wed. When the preacher said, till death do you part, did he mean literally? Or can a mail order bride and her groom truly have a happily ever after ending?