A gung ho PR person in charge of getting a reclusive country western singer to perform live at a small function is responsible for him possibly losing his ranch for children. Tyler Davidson would rather deal with a large concert hall audience than come face to face with a few people. Such thoughts are beyond Abie Halloway’s thinking, but as she learns to understand what the ranch means to Tyler and comes to care for him, she realizes she does not want to be the one to cause his downfall.
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Abie accepted the platter from Tyler with a smile, then using the serving tongs, took a piece of chicken and put it on her plate before passing the platter to the young man sitting to her right. She turned her attention back to her main objective.
“Thank you for inviting me,” she said to Tyler.
He looked at her, waiting for her to go on. She gulped. He knew darn well he hadn’t invited her.
“I really enjoyed your singing today.” How inane could you get? But he hadn’t told her to shut up yet.
She laid her fork and knife on the edge of her plate and leaned toward him. “Look, I have to admit, I’ve tried to contact your manager, and haven’t got a response.” At least not one she could accept. Anyone else would realize no response meant no. Honesty forced her to at least be truthful with herself. “I’m trying desperately to meet a deadline.”
Tyler lay his own silverware down. Abie noticed some of the others at the table were definitely interested in what was going on. Just what she wanted.
“What do you think I can help you with, Ms. Halloway?”
“Abie,” she said automatically. “The City’s Centennial Committee is putting together their gala and they would love to have you there.”
Tyler nodded his head. “Certainly I’ll buy a few tickets. But Paul would have been happy to handle that.”
Abie tried not to squirm, wondering if the man was being purposely obtuse. “Umm… They want you to sing.”
Tyler leaned back in his chair, totally at ease. “I don’t do small performances.” His tone was matter of fact.Flat. It might have dissuaded a lesser person.
“Why ever not?” The words were out of her mouth before she thought to phrase it a little more diplomatically.
“It’s a rule I made some time ago,” he said. His voice was even, but she couldn’t ignore the steel underlying it. “I never do that kind of thing.”
“What’s ‘that kind of thing’?” Sure, she wanted to know because it would keep her from her goal, but she genuinely wanted to know. It made no sense to her.
“It is not open to negotiation, Ms. Halloway.”
“Of course,” Abie nodded. That didn’t mean she was finished. She turned to the young man on her right, determined to make polite conversation. All the while, one part of her brain worked on how she could convince Tyler to change his mind. She knew the man did concerts; she wasn’t asking for anything different. She had to admit he had sounded pretty final. Not that it mattered to her. Final was just an additional challenge.
Born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, I just knew at least one book was going to be set here. Taking Chances, my sweet romance, is that book. Tyler has a ranch. Abie works in the city. I had to find a place that would work for both. One thing about the area, everything is close. Half an hour out of Pittsburgh and you can be milking cows.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author Tara Manderino loves to create stories and situations for the people running around in her head. She first began writing in third grade when she realized she couldn’t afford her reading habit.
Tara resides in her native town in southwestern Pennsylvania. When she’s not writing her own stories, or reading, she likes to bake, watch old movies, and do a variety of crafts
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