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His Favorite Cowgirl (The Brother's at Horseshoe Ranch #3)(5)
Author: J. S. Cooper

“Is it something that I can join?” Shane grabbed a seat and sat at the table with us.

“No.” I narrowed my eyes at him. “Nice manners, taking a seat before you’ve even been invited.”

“Wyatt!” Sadie hit me in the shoulder. “He’s just joking,” she said to Shane. “Why’d you say that?”

“Why did I say what?” I looked at her. “We were enjoying a meal—”

“Oh, Wyatt, stop being so grumpy.” She looked over at Shane. “He’s just pissed off because I was going on some dates in Idaho, and he thinks that I have bad taste in men. And I guess I hurt his feelings because I said I might have stayed in Idaho, but I didn’t stay in Idaho. I’m here. So there’s no need to be grumpy.”

“I’m not being grumpy. And if you move to Idaho, that’s on you. Though why would you move to Idaho from Montana? It’s a significantly inferior state.”

“I’ve got to agree with Wyatt there,” Shane agreed. “Idaho?”

“I have cousins there.” She glared at me. “And you know that I’m…” She paused. “Anyway,” she said, quickly looking over at Shane. I realized she didn’t want Shane to know that she was looking for a husband. I cleared my throat.

“So, Shane, you know that Sadie’s looking for a husband. She wants to get married and have lots of kids right away. Don’t you, Sadie?”

“No!” She glared at me.

“Is that what you’re looking for, Shane?”

“Um, well, you know, I just got back into town.” He got up quickly, glancing between Sadie and me. “But I guess you guys are busy and eating. I’ll see what you’re up to later. Okay?”

“Okay.” I raised my cowboy hat and nodded at him before turning to Sadie. “Well, I guess he’s not Mr. Right.”

“You’re such an asshole. Why would you tell him that?”

“Why would I tell him what?” I shrugged innocently. “Aren’t you looking to get married and have kids soon?”

“Yeah, but that’s not something you tell a guy before you even go on the first date.”

“So you were trying to go on a date with Shane Wakefield? Really? After he was such a douche canoe in high school?”

“How is he a douche canoe? He and I never even dated. So maybe he’s really sweet.”

“You forget I was on varsity football and baseball with him. And you heard the rumors.”

“I don’t know if the rumors are true.”

“Trust me, the rumors were true.”

Her eyes widened. “I don’t believe it. There’s just no way.”

“Trust me. There was a way.”

“So you are saying it is true that every single member of the varsity cheerleading squad gave him a blowjob?”

“Yep.” I nodded. “Every single member.”

“But didn’t they know about each other?” She shook her head. “That’s so disgusting.”

“They didn’t care, girl. And who knows what lies Shane told them?”

“I guess. But we’re not in high school anymore. He’s changed.”

“Men like Shane Wakefield don’t change. Trust me.”

She sighed. “You think that every guy’s an asshole, but there are some good guys out there.”

“Name me one,” I said.

“Well, there’s Beau, there’s Austin, there’s you, there’s Ranger, there’s—”

“Who’s not a Hamilton.”

“There’s my dad.”

“You want to date your dad?”

“Ew! You’re absolutely disgusting. This isn’t like Oedipus!”

I laughed at the horrified look on her face. “Yeah. Let’s hope not.”

“You’re horrible, you know that, Wyatt?”

“I’m not so horrible that you don’t love me, though.”

“I love you because you’re my best friend. And we’ve been friends for ages, but if I were just meeting you now?”

She wrinkled her nose, and I thought how pretty she looked. I’d missed her. I’d missed laughing with her and bantering with her. I didn’t want her going back to Idaho anytime soon. In fact, I didn’t want her going anywhere anytime soon.

“What are you thinking about?” she asked. “You have a weird expression on your face.”

“I was just thinking that, yeah, maybe I did miss you a little bit.” I grabbed a fry off her plate. “But only because I miss having your annoying little voice in my ear every day.”

“Um, is that some sort of backhanded compliment?” She reached over and took a fry off my plate.

“Is it a backhanded compliment or just a compliment?”

“Does it really make a difference?” She laughed.

“I guess not. Welcome home, Sadie.”

“It’s good to be back,” she said softly. “I missed you, too, you know?”

“Of course you did. How could you not?”

She rolled her eyes. “But you know, I am looking for a boyfriend, Wyatt, and…” She paused.

“What? Spit it out.”

“You make it harder.”

“I make what harder?”

“Goofball. You make it harder for me to find a boyfriend.”

“How do I make it harder for you to find a boyfriend?”

“Because we’re always together. And men just assume that we’re together like boyfriend, girlfriend or something. So they don’t approach me.”

“Um, that’s not true.”

“It is true. When I was in Idaho, all these different guys approached me, and I was telling my cousins that never happens here.”

“Maybe the men in Idaho just aren’t as polite.”

“No, it’s because they see you with me and they think I’m taken, but I’m not taken.”

“So what? What do you want to do?”

“I think I need to hang out sometimes without you.”

“You do hang out without me.” I rolled my eyes. “What are you talking about?”

“I mean, maybe a little bit more.”

“You don’t want to hang out with me? What, are you trying to end our friendship or something? Are you crazy, Sadie? Are you so man-crazy that you’re going to end our friendship just so you can go on the prowl for a man?”

“No, that’s not what I’m saying. I’m just saying that…” She sighed. “Obviously I’m not going to end our friendship, and obviously I’m not going to stop hanging out with you, but I will need more me time.”

“Okay. Is this, like, a feminine thing?”

“No, it’s not a feminine thing, but I guess I’ll be hanging out with Olivia and Lucy again.”

“Beau and Austin aren’t going to like you taking their girlfriends to go prowl for other men. Trust me on that.”

“I’m not going on the prowl for anything. Why are you so condescending to me, Wyatt Hamilton?”

“I’m not condescending to you, and since when have you used SAT words?”

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