By Jennifer Labelle
She’s a tattooed bad girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and he’s the same swoon worthy cowboy she remembered from high school. Their relationship didn’t work out then, so it couldn’t possibly work out now, right? Try telling that to the stubborn stud trying to rope his way back into her heart…
Sawyer Maddox hasn’t had an easy life…
She’s the daughter of Kerrville’s biggest drug addicts and she knows what it’s like to be belittled and neglected. She keeps to herself as much as possible and has nobody to count on but her sister, Carley. She’s loved and failed, and with nothing left to lose the two sisters leave the only home they’ve ever known to start fresh someplace new.
They’ve established a good life in Minneapolis for the past eight years. Sawyer finds her passion through her art and tattooing, and her sister finds the love of her life. Her happiness disintegrates when Carley dies in a fire and she’s left utterly alone in the world.
It’s been a long time since she’s been home, but she decides to say goodbye to Minnesota and returns to the Hill Country of Texas. The town is familiar, and she’s determined to bring beauty back to those horrible memories that plague her. She’s not the same woman she once was, and Mad Ink, her very own tattoo shop is how she plans to make those dreams come true. What she doesn’t expect, however, is to run into the dark haired, green eyed, sexy cowboy she left behind.
Jagger Hale is instantly drawn to the brunette beauty sitting at the bar the moment he walks into Hardbodies. She looks eerily similar to the woman he once loved, and the moment he finds out she is indeed the one who got away he has his own agenda in mind—getting Sawyer back. But first he needs to come up with a plan to woo her. Now that he has her in his sights again he doesn’t plan on ever letting her go. All he needs is that second chance…
About Jennifer Labelle
Jennifer Labelle resides in Canada with her husband and three beautiful children. After her third child she became a stay at home mom. In her busy household Jennifer likes to spend her down time engrossed in the stories that she creates. She is an active reader of romance, mystery and anything paranormal. With an education in Addictions work she's decided to take a less stressful approach in life and hopes that you enjoy, as she shares some of her imagination with all of you.
Excerpt – Chasing Butterflies by Jennifer Labelle
Sawyer actually googled him, and pigs were surely about to fly. Mr. Jagger Hale of Hale’s Custom’s had done good for himself and it actually made her happy to know it. If someone had mentioned a month ago that she’d be intentionally looking him up she’d have told them they were out of their damn minds, but there she was driving down a country road to see the man.
Was she crazy? Probably.
Curious? Most definitely, and had acted on an impulse.
Once she’d finished her phone call with Toby she’d felt too melancholy and needed an escape. The Jagger she once knew was incredible at distractions, and she desperately needed a break from the pain of losing the only family she had left.
She was all alone in the world.
So after putting all but one of the roses in a vase, she’d got the information she’d needed off of her phone and put it all in her GPS, hoping she wouldn’t be interrupting anything too important.
About ten minutes later she stood in front of a beautifully refurbished barn listening to loud country music coming from the inside. Sawyer leaned against the door and admired the shirtless, sexy cowboy busy at work. His dark hair was tousled as if he’d run his fingers through it several times, messy. His tanned skin glistened, oily, slick, and a few drops of sweat ran from his temples down to his pecs going lower across his washboard abs and she licked her lips. Taking advantage of the opportunity to ogle him without being caught, her gaze continued south. Thick thighs, a fine ass, and a very nice bulge was encased in blue jeans that molded him to perfection.
Sweet Lord! She fanned herself, and gripped the rose in her hand tighter as she walked inside to make her presence known. It hadn’t taken long for him to notice her, his eyes widened, he pulled the white mask down that was covering his mouth and nose, tossed it aside and he smiled big. Her heart swelled, and she took a deep breath to calm her nerves.
Jagger turned off the music.
“Got your gift.” Sawyer held up the single flower she’d brought and sniffed it. “They’re beautiful thank you.”
“Had to get your attention somehow.” He shrugged. “Still have to talk.”
“I know.” She sighed. “And, I suppose we will. What are ya working on over here?” She’d decided to give him a chance once she realized how persistent he’d become to gain her attention, but she needed to take it slow before they got into anything heavy. The past was hard for her to relive, she was better than that now. No longer the trash they all thought she was.
“Just doing some finishing touches on the trailer.” He grunted.
“It’s amazing. Tebow?”
Jagger nodded. He’d gotten the brand from the sign as you entered the McCoy ranch. His work was his own form of art and he liked to add a few personal touches to each individual customer. It was a large uppercase letter T with a curved line on the bottom. He’d been able to spruce it up by giving it a 3D effect.
“Wow, so you’re like a jack of all trades huh?” Sawyer smiled and nudged his arm with her shoulder. From what little she’d read on his business she knew he was a welder, but when she’d arrived she’d seen him painting this on the side. It was impressive.
“Sort of.” He grinned back. “Enough about me, I’m more interested in you right now.”
“Really?” She stepped closer, so close she could smell him and nearly groaned. There was that magnetic pull again that she remembered. Fate was such a fickle bitch.
“It’s good to see you.” He nodded, and reached out to tuck a lock of hair behind her ear.
“You know, I’m on the phone with Toby catching up and talking about Carley, and then there’s someone at my door with a note and these gorgeous flowers. It got me thinking about the other sweet gestures from you and you succeeded in gaining my attention again. It was perfect timing too.” She said, and then took a step away from him so she could pace while she continued. “Lord knows I love Carley with all of my heart, but there’s so much going on I can’t think about her right now. It hurts too much. Do you know what it’s like to lose everything important?”
“Who’s Toby?” Jagger asked, and it made her laugh so hard.
“Out of everything I just said your main concern is who Toby is?”
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