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A rugged bachelor is up for charity auction in this special Valentine's Day romance from New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare.
Jack Watson doesn't want anything to do with the dating scene in Painted Barrel, Wyoming, but when his sister-in-law guilts him into joining a bachelor auction, Jack can't say no to a charity event. He's not totally heartless. And if all the winner wants is an extra ranch hand for a few days, he can do that. Of course, Jack changes his mind as soon as he meets the winner, shy Layla.
As the local accountant, Layla isn't used to being noticed by men. She's sure not the type to bid on a bachelor. But when she tells her mom she’s bidding on someone she has a crush on—and her mom shows up to check—she has no choice but to offer for the gruff cowboy. It's for a good cause after all…
Neither one of them thought the auction would be a success. But Layla finds it hard to keep her hands off the cowboy, and Jack falls for her sweet smile and wild sense of humor. True love should run smoothly, right? Except Layla's got a secret, and Jack's right in the line of fire. Does she risk everything for her Valentine cowboy or does she betray those closest to her?
A shy accountant gets a lot of bang for her buck in Clare's satisfying sixth Wyoming Cowboys romance (after Her Christmas Cowboy). Layla Schmidt's narcissistic mother, Janet, is aware of her daughter's attraction to cocky cowboy Jack Watson and attempts to outbid her for a date with him at the Painted Barrel, Wyo., Animal Shelter's bachelor auction fund-raiser which is just what Layla needs to goad her into acting on her crush. Jack only agreed to participate in the bachelor auction as a favor to his sister-in-law, who runs the shelter, but he's thrilled when Layla, whom he's wanted for months, bids on him. Spending time with her and Oscar, a dachshund they're tricked into co-adopting, becomes Jack's favorite pastime. But when the scheming Janet attempts to interfere in their relationship, Layla who's never been able to stand up to her mother faces a difficult decision. Clare's character work is impeccable: Layla's quick wit belies deep insecurities, and arrogant Jack is humbled by her attention. The other residents of Painted Barrel are as lovely as ever and the story is loaded with small-town charm. The drama never feels manufactured or prolonged, but there's no easy fix either. The result is a delightful series installment.