A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Wednesday, April 23, 2014



by Cora Seton



Bella Chatham will lose everything - her veterinary practice, her animal shelter, and even her home - if she can't find another source of income, fast. So when her best friend signs her up for the hot new reality television show, Can You Beat a Billionaire, Bella accepts the challenge and hopes against hope she can win the ten million dollar prize. If she doesn't, it's bye-bye pet clinic and shelter, bye-bye Chance Creek, Montana, and hello to marriage to the billionaire for a year!

Evan Mortimer, billionaire, can't believe he's reduced to competing in a television contest to win a wife. Unfortunately, it's the only foolproof way to secure his position as head of Mortimer Innovations. At least he'll be able to dump his "spouse" at the end of the year; he's much too busy to be tied down to a country bumpkin cowgirl.

Bella doesn't expect her adversary to be handsome - or funny, or compassionate - but Evan's all three, and he's proving a tough competitor, too. When they end up sharing a tent - and a sleeping-bag - her body betrays her with a longing so deep it cuts her to the core. Still, this cowgirl must stay strong. If Evan uncovers her secret fears, he'll use them to win the contest - and then he'll own her for a year. She'll be out of luck, out of cash, and stuck being Mrs. Mortimer until he kicks her to the curb. Too bad she can't decide which is worse - winning the show and losing Evan forever, or losing the show and only being his temporary wife.

Evan can't believe he's falling for the one woman who doesn't want him. This cowgirl's not impressed by his money, his name, or his inability to sleep in a tent with her for an entire night, but every look and touch she gives him sends his desire through the roof. With a director determined to use his claustrophobia to make him look like a fool, and an adversary so sexy he can hardly see straight, he'll need all his savvy to come out on top. Too bad he's going to lose no matter how this show turns out. If he beats Bella, he'll destroy the first woman he's ever loved. If he doesn't beat her, it's bye-bye Mortimer Innovations.

Will either of them remember in time that it's not who wins or who loses - it's how they play the game that really counts?



"We’ll all help out while you’re gone," Morgan said.

Rob nodded and put an arm around his wife’s waist. "Don’t you worry about a thing. We’ve got your back, Bella."

"The show’s coordinator is coming in twenty minutes," Hannah said. "She’ll ask you a lot of questions, go over the paperwork and you’ll have to sign a bunch of forms. Your flight to Canada leaves tonight at seven."

"Tonight?" Bella squeaked. This was all happening way too fast. "I haven’t even agreed I’ll do the show! And why Canada?"

Hannah bent forward and gripped her face in her hands. "Five million dollars, Bella. Focus on the five million dollars. All you have to do is win a couple of contests. It’s in Canada because it’s located in Jasper National Park—you know they use a new exotic location for each show. Just be grateful you don’t have to fly to Australia."

"Although Australia would be pretty cool," Morgan put in. "But Jasper’s great, too. I’ve been there a bunch of times."

Fine, she was grateful. Not. She couldn’t believe Hannah and Morgan were ganging up on her, and just because Morgan—a Canadian by birth—vacationed in Jasper, didn’t mean it would be any fun at all to film a reality television show there. In fact, it sounded downright cold. "What if I lose?"

"Uh… you’ll have to…" Hannah held the clipboard in front of her face and mumbled something unintelligible.

"I’ll have to what?" Bella demanded.

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Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

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Hannah’s face grew red again. "I already agreed to that part—there’s no way to change it now," she said, lowering the clipboard slowly. "If you lose, you have to marry the billionaire for a year."
The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire (Cowboys of Chance Creek #4)The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire by Cora Seton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire by Cora Seton is a 2013 One Arce publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Bella, a veterinarian will lose her business and countless homeless animals that need care will suffer if she doesn't come up with a large chunk of change in a hurry.
Evan is a billionaire with his own agenda and that is how he and Bella become contestants on a reality show called "Can you Beat a Billionaire". Bella could walk away with millions if she wins, but if she loses she will have to marry Evan and live with him an entire year.
Like all reality shows, this one features some difficult challenges and some really silly ones too. Evan and Bella go for the jugular and fight each other every step of the way. But, as the competition heats up, each of them will learn something about the other that puts things in a new perspective.
Bella is haunted by an event that took place in her childhood that caused her family to undergo serious financial hardship. For years she has blamed her carelessness for what happened and her family has never contradicted that feeling.
Evan had an isolated childhood and a clingy, sickly, controlling mother that caused him many issues in adulthood. These issues are often misunderstood by others and he has managed to gain a reputation for being selfish lover who loses interest in a woman after only a few weeks.
This installment is really light and is very much like a real reality show. It turns out to be a good experience for both Bella and Evan and many old wounds are finally healed. The thing I liked best in this one was the message that if we would only communicate with one another so many misunderstandings could be cleared up before they turn into bitter feelings that tear relationships apart. I also loved that animals were a part of the story and caring for them was a theme throughout.
I must confess though, that of all the books in this series, this was my least favorite. I don't really like reality shows so maybe that was part of it. I also didn't feel like I got enough of Evan's story and the ending was just a little too rushed. Other than that , it was still a quick, enjoyable read.
This one gets 3 stars.

Cora will award a $100 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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  1. Great Review - I am even more excited to pick this book up. I like your statement:

    "The thing I liked best in this one was the message that if we would only communicate with one another so many misunderstandings could be cleared up before they turn into bitter feelings that tear relationships apart. I also loved that animals were a part of the story and caring for them was a theme throughout."

    I'm like you - I love great examples of how relationships can work out with communication. I love how the healing process begins and then there is always a happy ever after to follow.

    Of course any life experience dealing with animals melts my heart right away. I'm a big animal lover and supporter. Thanks for your review.


  2. Thanks for hosting my tour and thanks for stopping by, everyone. I have a real soft spot for this book - I had the premise in mind for months before I got to write it. BTW - the working title was "Bella Beats a Billionaire" but people told me that gave the wrong impression. :)

    Keep a look out for Vol. 7 in the Chance Creek series - The Cowboy Rescues a Bride. It's due out on May 4, which is coming right up! The Cowboy Earns a Bride will be out this summer.

    Also, I'm starting a follow-on series - The Heroes of Chance Creek. Volume 1 - The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride - is out now as part of the SEALs of Summer Box set. The set contains 10 Navy SEAL romances by 10 authors for 99 cents. We had so much fun putting it together - I hope you'll enjoy that too. You can find it here: http://amzn.to/1t0xe0P

    Feel free to ask any questions - I'll pop by again later to answer them!

  3. Sounds like a good read.


  4. I'm intrigued!


  5. Waiting patiently for May 4th so I can read the next book in the series.. starting the box set tonight


  6. Great giveaway Cora. I will be watching for this one.

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  7. Nice review

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