Newly retired bull rider Bodey Landrum figures to settle down on his ranch and raise a family. But his ideal woman is still Eve Burns, the convent-schooled girl who snubbed him way back when. The last place he expects to find her is waiting tables in their hometown of Rainbow, Louisiana.
After school, Eve put her dreams of being an artist on hold to care for her dying mother. Now she's working three jobs to pay off medical bills. When Bodey walks back into her life, he makes her heart pound just like he did when they were teenagers, but they're still worlds apart.
Everyone warns Bodey that Eve is his complete opposite. Only a miracle could bring them together. But Rainbow is known for small miracles, and Bodey never backs away from a challenge. Maybe Eve is hoping he won't give up so easily this time around.
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"Anything else I can bring you?"
She intended to leave, and he wanted to prolong the moment. "How about some company to help me celebrate?"
She seemed puzzled and glanced around as if seeking other patrons who might want to sit at his table. The pass went right over her head.
Eve Burns--still an innocent. Go figure.
"I mean, what time do you get off? Maybe we could go on into Lafayette and do some dancin' at one of the clubs."
"Oh! I--ah--don't get off until nine, and I have an early class."
"You still a student?" Bodey figured she had to be thirty-one now, thirty-two in the fall. Now why did he remember that when he had forgotten the names of half the women he'd ever bedded?"
"I teach an art class at the Academy, also riding."
He noticed that flush rising along her cheekbones, same as the time he thought she'd use her crop on him. "Must not pay much," he said.
"Well, no." Her cheeks grew redder.
A spoilsport from a nearby table hissed, "Miss, can we get our check?"
"I have to go."
Eve sprinted to the kitchen and Mama Tyne. She felt safer next to the deep fat fryers and steaming grill than she did near Bodey Landrum.
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