First, I want to thank Cait Miller for having me visit today. I’m so excited about an upcoming project that I can barely sit still! It’s the 12 Alarm Cowboys box set which contains 12 brand new firefighter cowboy stories by 12 awesome romance authors. My story, COWBOY’S MATCH is included. Yay! This is the second book in the Poker Flat Series. Poker Flat Nudist Resort that is ;-)
I was thrilled when my fellow romance authors, who started with Cowboy 12 Pack, decided that our next box set should be focused on firefighting cowboys. This couldn’t be more perfect because my husband was a fire chief and I would have an expert in the house.
Ugh, the hardest thing about writing my story was that I had an expert in the house :-} I didn’t realize how hard it is to start a fire these days and get the whole building to burn down. It couldn’t be a finished building because then there would be automatic sprinklers. It couldn’t be an electrical fire because, despite what everyone hears, electrical fires account for only about 1% of all fires. So I made it new construction, but new construction has the problem of fresh wood which takes longer to burn. Oh, did I mention my husband went to Arson School as well.
On the other hand, it was nice to have someone who could explain to me in detail how the fire could be suppressed, how to keep a wildfire from happening and how an investigation would proceed. Oh yes, and my husband was also able to tell me about the workout needed to stay in shape for annual tests ;-)
Why was all this important? Because the hero, Cole Hatcher, thinks his ex-girlfriend, Lacey Winters, started the fire! I hope you enjoy this excerpt from COWBOY’S MATCH.
Following up on the stunning success of Cowboy 12 Pack, your favorite Cowboy authors have returned with another 12 scorching stories featuring cowboys…who are also firefighters!
Check out the hotness in this collection featuring NTY and USA Today Bestselling authors coming August 4th!
Cora Seton, Becky McGraw, Sable Hunter, Elle James, Cynthia D'Alba, Delilah Devlin, Donna Michaels, Randi Alexander, Beth Williamson, Paige Tyler, Sabrina York, Lexi Post
12 ALARM COWBOYS
AFTER THE FIRE by Cora Seton
When a series of fires keeps bringing him to her door, a firefighter must uncover his ex-girlfriend’s secret or risk losing her forever.
WHERE THERE'S SMOKE (A Cowboy Way Novella) by Becky McGraw
Cowboy Austin McBride follows a herd to a new town, but firefighting is his passion, so he applies at a local station. Standing between him and the job is a blonde bombshell who thinks she's a shoe-in.
SADDLES AND SOOT by Cynthia D’Alba
Rancher and volunteer firefighter extinguishes a grass fire accidentally started by the town’s sexy temporary veterinarian but there’s something about her that ignites a fire inside of him.
CONTROLLED BURN (Cowboys on the Edge, Book One) by Delilah Devlin
Rancher and volunteer firefighter assigns himself to watch a reformed firebug during a controlled burn but she lights the fire inside him instead of the dead grass around them.
HIS FIREFLY COWGIRL by Beth Williamson
When an arson investigator returns to her hometown she clashes with the firefighter cowboy who broke her heart. Embers turn to sparks between a cowboy and his firefly cowgirl.
HER VOLUNTEER COWBOY (Book 6: Harland County) by Donna Michaels
Sparks reignite when one-nighters reunite. Can the firefighter/Guardsman convince the reforming bad girl she’s worth fighting for, or will she leave before he finds the courage to volunteer his heart?
COWBOY'S MATCH by Lexi Post
When a cowboy firefighter works a fire at a nudist resort, he’s sure his ex-girlfriend, the bookkeeper, is to blame. But as he investigates her, his gut tells him he’s going to get burned.
HELLFIRE, TEXAS by Elle James
A Cowboy-Volunteer Firefighter helps a runaway city girl put out a car fire only to find himself embroiled in a hot little mess of the mob persuasion.
REKINDLED (Dallas Fire & Rescue, Book One) by Paige Tyler
A hunky firefighter rescues his best friend’s sexy sister from a hotel fire set by her psychotic ex-boyfriend who’d rather see her dead than with another man.
TEXAS WILDFIRE by Sable Hunter
Honored VFD hero is no angel. In love with his Captain’s wife, all hell breaks loose when Titan learns Makenna is abused. The firestorm their love ignites is so intense no one will emerge unscathed.
HOT IN THE SADDLE – Randi Alexander
When a rancher/volunteer firefighter is injured saving the life of a female stockcar racer, she stays to pay her debt of gratitude. Will he regret risking his life when he learns why she came to Texas?
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER—Sabrina York
When offered a second chance to seduce his high school crush, Cade Silver cannot resist. The conflagaration of passion stuns them both, but Lisa Binder has been burned before and resists falling for the sexy cowboy/fireman. Cade, however, is a determined man. He will win her heart, come hell or high water.
Cowboy’s Match by Lexi Post
Two Hearts, Two Fires...
Cowboy Cole Hatcher became a firefighter to support his horse rescue ranch. He never dreamed it would lead him back to his first love, but a fire at the Poker Flat Nudist Resort lands him face-to-face with Lacey Winters. She may have started the fire that ended their relationship, but the sight of her reignites his long buried feelings.
Lacey is shocked the hunky firefighter is the same man who dumped her eight years ago. Cole burned Lacey in the past when he failed to stand by her and she’s determined not to let him back into her heart. But everything about the new Cole is just too hot to resist. He melts her defenses, sweeping her away into a night of erotic passion only to rip open old wounds.
Determined to prove who set the Poker Flat fire and the original fire that destroyed their relationship, Cole investigates both, unearthing ugly truths that reveal even more damage. Now, he's not sure he can catch the arsonist or the heart of the woman he never stopped loving.
Read an Excerpt:
A third explosion rocked the ground and he spun in time to see a gust of wind pick up the roiling flames and throw them toward his men. He pressed the button on his radio. “Fall back!”
One man stumbled backward, catching his foot on the old barn wood and lost his grip on the hose. The other firefighter struggled with it before he went down too.
“Fuck.” Cole sprinted to his men, pulling them back by their coats as the flames licked at their boots. The barn wood caught, feeding the fire.
Once his men were out of harm’s way, he tackled the flailing line. A loose hose was a danger in its own right.
“Lieutenant, do you want us on the wood pile?” The question came through his radio.
Cole slammed his body onto the hose before replying, “Negative. Keep that curtain up.”
The two firefighters that had been blown down regained their feet and grabbed the hose. “Thanks, Lieutenant.”
He released his hold. “Pull back and soak that pile. If the wind shifts again, I don’t want the barn catching.”
The men nodded.
Cole turned around and strode back to the engine. The two women were still there. This wasn’t a movie. Didn’t they have any common sense?
After checking with Mason to be sure the water pressure was steady, he approached his audience, irritation growing at the petite stature of the blonde. Someone so delicate didn’t belong at a working fire, but like the owner, at least she had clothes on. “Ladies, you need to get back.” He pointed to the rise the golf carts had congregated on earlier.
The blonde smiled. “Selma sent over churros and iced tea for your men in case they need something.”
Cole’s blood froze. That voice. He studied the woman and his heart stumbled inside his chest. Her shapely figure proved she’d grown into a delectably curvy woman as he’d always expected she would, but her face was almost the same, just more refined. “Lacey Winters?”
Her brows furrowed and her button nose wrinkled as she peered back at him. Had he really changed so much in eight years? Yeah, probably. He been a bean pole last he’d seen her…the night he broke it off with her.
She gave up trying to figure out who he was. “I’m sorry. Do I know you?”
He should let it go. No need to dredge up the past. He had a fire to control.
His pulse went into overdrive. Another fire. It couldn’t be coincidence. He scowled at her. “You should. I’m Cole, Cole Hatcher.”
Even in the reflection of the flames, her face turned pasty white and he kicked himself for revealing his identity. All he needed now was a fainting woman to contend with.
“You two know each other?” The other woman leaned on one hip, her concern for Lacey evident in the look she gave him.
At the owner’s voice, Lacey recovered her color. Actually, her face changed from white to an angry flush in a matter of seconds. It reminded him of a flashover.
“Not that I want to know him.” Lacey handed the tray over to the owner and stepped up to him. She poked her index finger into his chest. Hard. “So, Cole Hatcher. Are you going to accuse me of setting this fire? After all, I’m here, on the same property. It’s not like you need evidence or anything. Feel free to assume the worst. I’m sure it helps to justify the way you treated me.” She pulled back as if touching him made her feel sick. “Good luck with that.” Turning on her heel, she stalked off, her hips swaying enticingly until he remembered where he was and who he was looking at.
“So you’re the one who broke her heart.” The owner studied him briefly then set the tray on the ground and followed after Lacey.
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About Lexi Post:
Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of erotic romance. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.
But Lexi's first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Her books are known as "erotic romance with a whole lot of story."
Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.