Taming the Country Star by Margo Bond Collins
He’ll do anything to win her heart. She’ll do anything to keep him away.
Country star Cole Grayson is in town, and Kylie Andrews is less than thrilled. As if months of changing the radio station and tearing down his posters weren’t bad enough, now she has to deal with a town of fans swarming toward the man who deceived her the year before. But when Kylie’s eyes meet Cole’s again, she can’t deny the electric chemistry that drew her to him the first time around.
Cole Grayson is on a mission. Ever since Kylie left him, he hasn’t been able to forget her sweet country smile. After writing a song just for her, he sets off for her hometown to prove he’s not the player she thinks he is. But as much as Cole can’t forget her, Kylie wonders if she can forgive him…
Name: Kylie Andrews
Hair Color: Light brown
Eye Color: green
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Profession: Shopkeeper—she owns a Texas-themed gift shop in the Stockyards District of Fort Worth
Dream Car: If she allowed herself to think about it, she would want a Miata convertible—but she’s not that impractical.
Dream Honeymoon Destination: She took her honeymoon a year ago—alone, after her fiancé dumped her. It was a week in the Mexican Caribbean. If she ever heads toward the altar again, she’ll choose something completely different!
Stilettos or Sneakers: Sneakers, usually.
Distinguishing features: Light dusting of freckles across her nose, clear green eyes
Special Skills: Ripping down posters advertising upcoming concerts starring lying country-music stars!
Her idea of Mr. Right: A homebody. Certainly not someone who spends months at a time on tour, followed around by fans and reporters.
Biggest Regret: Walking away from Cole Grayson without letting him tell her who he really was.
Biggest Dark Secret: She stocks Cole Grayson merchandise in her store because she wants to remember her time with him.
Biggest pet peeve: Having her picture in the tabloids.
Favorite pastime/hobby: She doesn’t have a lot of time outside of work (she’s just now seeing a profit on her store), but she often accompanies her friend LeeAnn to yoga classes, concerts, art shows—that way she gets to do fun things, but doesn’t have to plan them, or feel guilty about taking time away from her store.
Kylie Andrews’s Texas-themed gift shop, Cowbelles, sat on the very outer edge of Fort Worth’s Stockyards District, not far from Jimmy’s Honky Tonk. And much to her dismay, no matter how often she cleared it, the wall adjacent to her store remained covered with announcements for local events.
Like, for example, concerts.
She stared at the latest layer of advertisements.
From the topmost poster, Cole Grayson stared out at her, leaning against the edge of an old barn door, guitar at his feet. One booted foot was kicked up against the wooden wall behind him. His dark-blond hair curled around behind one ear and fell down across his eye on the other side. A cowboy hat rested on the ground next to the guitar.
Her hand drifted up toward the image, hovering several inches from the picture of his face. She glanced around. None of the other shopkeepers were outside. No one was watching.
“Bastard,” she whispered to herself, and ripped the poster off the wall.
At least, she tried to. It was thicker than she had expected, attached more firmly, and it resisted her pull.
Chewing on her lip, she took another look around, dropped her bag to the ground, and reached up to grasp the edge with both fists, jerking at it in opposite directions. A tiny tear opened up along the side, and she yanked harder.
Finally, the poster ripped—right across Cole Grayson’s lying eyes.
She tugged at the image some more, glancing around surreptitiously every few moments and dropping ragged pieces of paper on the ground at her feet, until there was nothing left on the wall but a few fluttering strips.
Gathering the mutilated shreds together, she opened her bag and shoved them inside until they overflowed, bright ribbons of color in the morning light.
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About the Author
Margo Bond Collins is the author of contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them. She currently writes for Entangled’s Red-Hot Bliss line.
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