What if the bank robber she’s after is the childhood sweetheart she might not be over?
After Regina, longing to be an investigator, spots a pattern in far-flung bank robberies, she wins approval to go undercover at three rodeos to find out more. The first day of the first rodeo, she runs into – literally – her childhood sweetheart, Chapin.
And has the horrifying realization that W.C. Johnson, one of three prime suspects who fit the robbery pattern, is her Chapin -- William Chapin Johnson.
To keep Reggie from blabbing his name in that first instant, Chapin grabs her and kisses her. One word and she can ruin what he’s been working for.
Chapin is trying to make a comeback on the QT. He’d been on the cusp of stardom as a bronc rider until a nasty injury and botched recovery leaves experts saying he’s done. As far as the rodeo world’s concerned he’s retired and living happily on his ranch. But he can’t let it go. Needing time to work his way back in, he’s been rodeoing far from home, in unfamiliar events, and under the name Bill Johnson.
Now, to keep from being outed just as he’s making progress, he has to take Reggie into his confidence. But even after all these years he knows her too well not to realize she’s keeping a secret from him. What on earth is she up to?
Will Chapin find out what Reggie’s doing? Can Reggie trust Chapin with proof he’s not the bank robber? How will Chapin react if he finds out he’s a suspect? Can they overcome the issues that drove them apart in the first place? Who the heck is robbing banks on the rodeo circuit and can he (or she) be stopped?
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Ride the River: Rodeo Knights is a contemporary western romance with a hint of intrigue that will captivate fans of RaeAnne Thayne, Barbara Freethy and Debbie Macomber. The Rodeo Knights collection is a group of 10 interconnected yet stand-alone western romances written by national, New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Patricia McLinn, Laura Marie Altom, Debra Clopton, Margaret Daley, Cathy McDavid, Barbara McMahon, Lisa Mondello, Stephanie Rowe, Marin Thomas and Lenora Worth.
In this Rodeo Knights story, Ride the River characters go to three fictional Wyoming towns used as settings in other Patricia McLinn books or series. So if you’re a longtime reader, you’ll recognize ranches and other landmarks from Sherman (the Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series), Bardville (the Bardville, Wyoming trilogy) and Park (Wyoming Wildflowers). There will be cameo appearances by characters from the other books, too.
Wyoming Wildflowers series
Prequel — Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry)
Almost a Bride* (Indian Paintbrush)
Match Made in Wyoming* (Fireweed)
My Heart Remembers* (Bur Marigold)
-- A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)
Jack’s Heart (Yellow Monkeyflower)
-- Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)
Where Love Lives: The Inheritance (Threadleaf Phacelia)
A Cowboy Wedding, coming in 2017
* Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set (3 Books in 1)
Buy the entire Wyoming Wildflowers collection (Books 1-6, plus prequels) for one great price .... Wyoming Wildflowers: The Collection
The Bardville, Wyoming Trilogy
A Stranger in the Family
A Stranger to Love
The Rancher Meets His Match
A Place Called Home series
Lost and Found Groom
At the Heart’s Command
Hidden in a Heartbeat
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post after stints as a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.) and assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.). She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.
McLinn is the author of more than 40 published novels, which are cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, contemporary western romances, contemporary romances elsewhere in the world, historical romances, and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.
She has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian Institution.
She is now living in Northern Kentucky, and writing full-time. Patricia loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter.