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Book 18: Eighteen Bowties and Counting PREORDER (Three Rivers Ranch Romance™)

Book 18: Eighteen Bowties and Counting PREORDER (Three Rivers Ranch Romance™)

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ABOUT EIGHTEEN BOWTIES AND COUNTING: 

He's her older brother's best friend and completely off-limits. She's got a way with horses...and a heart condition. Can Beau and Charlotte navigate close quarters to find their happily-ever-after?

Beau Peterson has been to seventeen cowboy weddings over the years he's lived and worked at Three Rivers Ranch. And now, his best friend is getting married, making it eighteen.

He used to be a real ladies man, and he didn't get serious about dating until a few years ago. Then he couldn't find anyone worth being serious about. Then, as he's conducting interviews for a new Stable Manager at the ranch, he watches as someone faints right there in his kitchen.

And not just someone. Someone he's met before and been told to stay away from.

Charlotte Wisenhouer.

His best friend's younger sister.

Charlotte has been nannying for her brother and his wife, but their last child is now in school. She used to train and show horses, and she's desperate to get back into the saddle. Literally. Her heart condition has kept her out of it for years, and everyone around her has kept a close eye on her ever since her diagnosis in her late teens.

She's sick of it, and now she's ready to strike out on her own. So she doesn't tell Beau about her health issue, and she's thrilled when she gets the job.

However, there's a catch. The cabins at Three Rivers are full, and the only place for her to live is in the foreman's cabin.

With her very single, very attractive boss: Beau.

He's not sure if God is playing a trick on him or blessing him for his patience and hard work, both in his personal life and around the ranch. Charlotte knows her brother wouldn't approve of her budding relationship with Beau, so she does what she always does: She doesn't tell him.

But the truth has a way of always coming out, and when it does, will both Beau and Charlotte get burned? Or will they be able to forge their way forward to a future together?

Read this long-awaited novel in the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series and meet old favorites, new friends, and fall in love with the cowboys in this small Texas town!

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Beau Peterson poured himself a cup of coffee, the feeling down deep inside him starting to bubble to the surface. He hadn’t decided if it was a good feeling or a bad one, and he glanced over to the clock ticking away in his kitchen.

His parents had owned it, but it had originally belonged to his grandfather on his dad’s side. So the grandfather clock seemed fitting. It told time precisely, and if Beau knew his best friend, Bennett would be arriving any minute.

He stirred sugar into his coffee and lifted the hot liquid to his lips, his gaze skating by the championship photos of his younger sister and the horses she used to show. The coffee stung bitterly against his tongue, and he went back to get more sweetener. The first chime on the clock had just sounded when Bennett knocked on the front door and opened it at the same time.

“Ah, coffee,” he said, his grin permanently in place these days. And why shouldn’t it be? The man was getting married this weekend.

Ruby lifted her head from where she lay on the couch, her breakfast long gone. Pepper, Beau’s black lab, jumped down from his pre-work nap to greet Bennett.

Beau glanced past the man he’d lived with and worked with for just about twenty years now. Of course he was happy for Bennett and his soon-to-be-bride. He absolutely was. He’d show up on the day and play the part—and heaven knew Beau had been a best man or a groomsman enough to do his duties in his sleep.

The seventeen bowties hanging from the long two-by-four in the hallway spoke of that. Bennett had made the display for him one day last year; he’d made one for himself too. Before he’d met Ellie. Before they’d started dating. Before things got serious. 

Beau had no idea where his best friend’s bowties had gone. His still hung in the hallway of the foreman’s cabin, where he’d moved six months ago when he’d become the foreman of Three Rivers Ranch.

Bennett threw a box on the counter. “Look what I got for you.” He bent down to scratch Pepper’s ears, cooing at the dog like he was a baby instead of a seven-year-old black lab with gray starting to grow around his mouth.

Beau took another taste of his coffee instead of looking at anything. Neither of them wore their cowboy hats inside, so Beau’s raised eyebrows landed squarely on Bennett as he poured himself a cup of coffee as if they still lived together.

Beau could admit that it had been hard living alone. He’d never really done it, and his momma had told him for the entirety of his life that he wasn’t meant to be alone. He did have the two dogs, and he had a small herd of donkeys who brayed and brayed whenever he found time to go visit them. If three could be considered a herd. To Beau, it was, and he was the only one calling them that anyway.

Too bad he’d never been able to find anyone to get serious with, the way Bennett had. And Squire. Pete. Brett. Tom. Garth. Reese. Ethan. 

The list went on and on. Times seventeen.

Seventeen weddings he’d attended. Seventeen wedding parties. Seventeen bow ties.

Dear Lord, he thought. Will it ever be my turn?

God did not answer, and Beau hadn’t really been trying to find anyone anyway. Not since his new job appointment, that was. Running a ranch the size of Three Rivers was the job of at least six men, and Beau was still learning the ropes despite having lived and worked on this ranch for a couple decades now.

“Are you going to look?” Bennett asked, drawing Beau back to the kitchen. Back to the present. Back to his current loneliness.

He reached over and picked up the box, knowing exactly what it was. Only one thing came in a frilly blue box with silver engraving on the top. 

Sure enough, a purple bowtie sat inside, and Beau forced a smile to his face. “For the wedding,” he said needlessly.

Bennett must’ve heard something in Beau’s voice, because he swept the bowtie away. Before could even blink, Bennett had his fingers curled around the back of his neck. “I’m sorry,” he whispered.

“It’s fine,” Beau said back. No questions needed. He knew exactly what Bennett was apologizing for, and they both knew it wasn’t fine. Sure, they’d been flirtatious and maybe even considered playboys back in the day.

Both of them had gone out with any number of women. Beau couldn’t even pinpoint exactly when he’d decided he’d had enough of the fun-loving dating life. When he’d wanted to find a single woman he could fall deeply in love with and build a life with. It felt like it had been eight or nine years now, but time had warped in a lot of ways.

For example, Beau couldn’t believe that shortly following Ben’s wedding, he’d turn forty.

Him.

Forty.

Still single.

Texting his momma that he was still alive, still liked West Texas more than New Mexico, still missed his daddy like crazy, and no, still hadn’t found anyone to call his.

Bennett pulled his hand back and cleared his throat. “Where we at today?”

“Well, I have some paperwork to go over in the admin trailer,” Beau said, the words accompanied with a big sigh. “Then I’m gonna help with the loft tear-out in the hay barn, and then I have interviews this afternoon for the new Stable Master.”

Ben nodded and nodded. “Where’d you put me?”

“Not anywhere you’d get sunburnt or hurt, I know that.” Beau grinned at his best friend, most of the melancholy melting clean away. “Ellie would never forgive me if I let you show up to your wedding in a cast or looking like Rudolph.”

Ben laughed, and it felt good for Beau to join his voice in with his friend’s. He didn’t ask if Beau had found a date to the wedding. If he had, he’d have texted Ben to say so. He didn’t ask if he’d be there to calm him down only minutes before the ceremony began. Of course he would be.

He didn’t ask if Beau would be okay once Ben had moved off the ranch to Ellie’s house in town. He wouldn’t be—neither of them would be. So many changes had entered their lives in the past year, and Beau had to remind himself daily that change was good. Change encouraged growth. Change could get a cowboy moving in the direction he was meant to be moving.

Simultaneously, Beau felt utterly suspended in time, unable to move forward or backward, left or right, up or down. Nothing.

“Let’s get goin’,” he said, mostly because he’d seen the concern enter Ben’s eyes just now. He didn’t want to answer any more questions, and he didn’t need another apology. Ben shouldn’t even have to apologize for meeting a great woman, falling in love with her, and getting married.

This weekend.

You can make it through one more wedding, he told himself. One more weekend. No big deal. 

Maybe if he recited it enough, it would somehow be true.

“Come on, dogs,” he said to Ruby and Pepper. “Time to get to work.” His faithful pups trotted out with him, Bennett hot on their heels, and as Beau took a taste of the morning air, he decided his life wasn’t all bad just because he didn’t have a girlfriend.

* * *

Hours later, with hay seemingly clinging to every part of his body, Beau made his way back to the cabin on the end of the row. The biggest, nicest one, where the foreman lived. He had three bedrooms, a loft, and two baths in addition to a bigger living room, dining room, and kitchen. Oh, and a full deck off the back door. A real back lawn. A real front one too, which none of the other cowboys had.

The foreman’s cabin sat the furthest from the homestead and the closest to the administration building. It was shielded from the worst of the animal smells on the ranch, the loudest of the squabbling chickens, and all of the traffic that came to the ranch for riding lessons, equine therapy appointments, rodeo horses, and any other business on the ranch.

Beau had finished his paperwork quickly that morning, which meant he’d been working in the hay barn, tearing out the rotted and soft wood in the loft, for long enough to be starving, dirty, sweaty, and covered in what felt like hay splinters up and down his arms.

“Despite wearing a long-sleeved shirt,” he muttered. He headed toward his cabin, ready for a shower and something to eat. He checked his phone as his cowboy boots crunched over the immaculate gravel running in front of the row of cowboy cabins, and which separated the housing of men and women from the housing of horses, chickens, and even a few pigs.

Ducks, dogs, cats, and even calves sometimes. Three Rivers Ranch had it all.

Beau made the turn to go down the short sidewalk to his front steps, and he’d gained them all when he realized his front door stood open a few inches. He immediately slowed, though having someone come to the foreman’s cabin certainly wasn’t all that abnormal.

He’d had a nasty head cold a few months ago, and he’d conducted all his business from home, through texts, or not at all. 

But today, he wasn’t expecting anyone until after lunch. He wanted to put a pizza in the oven, take a fast shower to scrub the hay shards from his skin, and prep for the interviews.

A visitor? Not on the agenda, and Beau’s irritation grew as he stepped lightly toward his door.

He used a couple of fingers to nudge the door open further, now annoyed that his air conditioning—which he had to pay for, thank you very much—had been leaking out and cooling the brutal Texas July.

His gaze immediately got drawn to the blonde woman standing in front of his grandfather clock. Pepper surely saw her too, as he darted inside to go greet their visitor. The black lab loved people as much as he loved tennis balls, sticks, and the blue Frisbee Beau threw for him every night. Well, every night the wind wasn’t howling behind the cabin. So most nights.

The woman didn’t turn from the clock—or perhaps the pictures on the credenza beside it—to greet Pepper, much to the canine’s displeasure. Beau wasn’t entirely sure what she was looking at. He knew she shouldn’t be in his house, but he paused in the doorway to watch her for some reason.

She sure seemed familiar to him, but he couldn’t quite be sure as she hadn’t faced him fully yet. Her long, blonde hair hung a few inches past her shoulders, and she wore her cowgirl hat inside. Blue jeans. A blue shirt that looked like she might have bought it from the men’s section at The Boot Barn. A pair of sturdy work boots. 

Ruby, his collie, trotted over to the woman too, and as she stood a little taller than Pepper, and she definitely had more fluff, she brushed up against the woman’s hand. She sucked in a breath, looked down at the dog, and seemed to sway on her feet.

Or maybe the earth had moved.

Because Beau suddenly recognized her. With that slight tilt of her head toward him, as the woman looked down at the collie, he knew her.

Charlotte Wisenhouer. 

He hadn’t seen her in forever—clearly. She’d grown all the way up, and he reminded himself he wasn’t a twenty-year-old anymore, flirting with anyone wearing a lipglossed smile and earrings.

And Charlotte had been off-limits for as long as he could remember anyway. Her older brother Mason was Beau’s age, and he’d warned Beau away from Charlotte years ago.

What in the world was she doing here now? Standing in his cabin, examining his grandfather clock with those stunning aquamarine eyes.

And crumpling to the floor right in front of him.

“Whoa.” Beau wasn’t sure if he’d spoken or not, but he did manage to propel himself out of the doorway and toward the woman who’d just suddenly and unexpectedly clattered to the floor. Pepper barked, and by the time Beau reached her, Ruby hovered over Charlotte in a very protective stance.

“Charlotte?” Beau asked. Then Ruby started licking her face, as if her rough tongue would surely wake her. Beau prayed it would as he took in the unconscious woman now in his kitchen.

“Come on,” he said, a hint of desperation in his voice. He had no idea what to do with his hands, where to touch or not touch. “Charlotte? Can you hear me?” He pressed on Ruby’s chest to get her to back up.

Pepper barked again, and Beau felt at an utter loss.

Then he remembered he had a phone, and he knew Charlotte’s brother. Mason and his family had just moved onto a ranch on the southeast side of Three Rivers, and perhaps he’d know why his younger sister had literally just passed out for no reason.

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Escape to Three Rivers, Texas for small-town charm, sweet and sexy cowboys, and faith and family centered romance. 

This is the series that started it all, and the world continues to grow in other cowboy romance series by USA Today bestselling and Top 10 Kindle All-Star Author, Liz Isaacson. You'll get second chance romance, friends to lovers. older brother's best friend, military romance, secret babies, and more! The Three Rivers cowboys and the women who rope their hearts are waiting for you, so start reading today!

  • Book 1: Second Chance Ranch

    A wounded Army cowboy, a divorcée with a child, and their second chance to heal old hurts...As Squire and Kelly work to save the ranch and navigate their complicated relationship, can they also give love a second chance, follow God’s plan for them, and build a family out of heartache?

  • Book 2: Third Time's the Charm

    He’s her brother’s best friend, and she’s so broken she’s sure not even the strong Army cowboy and his therapeutic riding program can help her… Can Pete and Chelsea confront their insecurities and learn to trust in love, acceptance, and the promise of a brighter future together?

  • Book 3: Fourth and Long

    A cowboy contractor, his ex-wife, and the son he never knew he had… Will their love be enough to heal the wounds they've inflicted on one another? Or will they allow the bitterness of their past to tear their family apart forever?

  • Book 4: Fifth Generation Cowboy

    A shy cowboy, a single mother, and their journey out of the friend zone. Can they face the challenges of single parenthood, past traumas, and societal expectations to build a life together? Or will their leap of faith leave them all broken-hearted?

  • Book 5: Sixth Street Love Affair

    In the heart of Texas, where the sunsets paint the sky with fiery passion, a rugged ranch foreman and a courageous veterinary technician find themselves entwined in a tale of second chances, faith, and unyielding love—even in the face of danger. Can these two wounded souls discover that love and redemption are within reach, but if only they dare to take the leap of faith…together?

  • Book 6: The Seventh Sergeant

    A veteran cowboy, his care coordinator, and the chance to heal their hearts together. Will Reese allow Carly into his guarded heart so they can build a happily-ever-after together?

  • Book 7: Eight Second Ride

    A champion bull rider, a barrel racing winner, and the ride of a lifetime as these enemies attempt to become lovers. Torn between their familial obligations and their hearts, can Ethan and Brynn embrace a different future together? Or will their hearts be broken on the rodeo circuit the way they have been before?

  • Book 8: The Ninth Inning

    The Christmas season has never felt like such a burden to boutique owner Andrea Larsen. But with Mama gone and the holidays upon her, Andy finds herself wishing she hadn't been so quick to judge her former boyfriend, cowboy Lawrence Collins. Well, Lawrence hasn't forgotten about Andy either, and he devises a plan to get her out to the ranch so they can reconnect. Do they have the faith and humility to patch things up and start a new relationship?

  • Book 9: Ten Days in Town

    Sandy Keller is tired of the dating scene in Three Rivers. Though she owns the pancake house, she's looking for a fresh start, which means an escape from the town where she grew up. When her older brother's best friend, Tad Jorgensen, comes to town for the holidays, it is a balm to his weary soul. A helicopter tour guide who experienced a near-death experience, he's looking to start over too--but in Three Rivers. Can Sandy and Tad navigate their troubles to find the path God wants them to take--and discover true love--in only ten days?

  • Book 10: Eleven Year Reunion

    Pastry chef extraordinaire, Grace Lewis has moved to Three Rivers to help Heidi Ackerman open a bakery in Three Rivers. Grace relishes the idea of starting over in a town where no one knows about her failed cupcakery. She doesn't expect to run into her old high school boyfriend, Jonathan Carver. A carpenter working at Three Rivers Ranch, Jon's in town against his will. But with Grace now on the scene, Jon's thinking life in Three Rivers is suddenly looking up. But with her focus on baking and his disdain for small towns, can they make their eleven year reunion stick?

  • Book 11: The Twelfth Town

    Newscaster Taryn Tucker has had enough of life on-screen. She's bounced from town to town before arriving in Three Rivers, completely alone and completely anonymous--just the way she now likes it. She takes a job cleaning at Three Rivers Ranch, hoping for a chance to figure out who she is and where God wants her. When she meets happy-go-lucky cowhand Kenny Stockton, she doesn't expect sparks to fly. Kenny's always been "the best friend" for his female friends, but the pull between him and Taryn can't be denied. Will they have the courage and faith necessary to make their opposite worlds mesh?

  • Book 12: Lucky Number Thirteen

    A wounded rodeo champion and a tender-hearted nurse find healing and love where they least expect it—with each other. Has God put him in Three Rivers for a reason, and is this the divine plan that will finally lead him to happiness and love?

  • Book 13: The Curse of February Fourteenth

    A runaway tennis star with a secret identity, a single dad cowboy, and the Cinderellaesque fairy tale romance that changes their hearts. Will she take a leap of faith and embrace her role as Cal's Cinderella no matter the cost, or will she continue to run from the shadows of her former life?

  • Book 14: Fifteen Minutes of Fame

    A nurse seeking for answers, a skeptical cowboy, and the legends of Three Rivers that help them see past their differences to the possibility of true love. Can love and legend come together for Gavin and Navy to create a tale of true love? Or will the walls around Gavin’s heart be too strong for Navy to break down?

  • Book 15: Sixteen Steps to Fall in Love

    A cowboy veterinarian who works sixteen steps from the woman of his dreams...and doesn't even know she's there. Can a chance meeting in a different location open his eyes to happily-ever-after?

  • Book 16: The Sleigh on Seventeenth Street

    When sparks fly in Three Rivers, can love light up the Christmas season for these two opposites? Can Camila and Dylan finish the build without breaking up or losing their shirts? Will they be able to traverse the delicate balance of water and electricity, the spell of mistletoe and Santa’s sleigh versus reality, without losing their hearts?

  • Book 17: The First Lady of Three Rivers Ranch

    A dance with destiny at Three Rivers Ranch between the sexy cowboy owner and the woman he hires to clean the cabins…who ends up stealing his heart. Will she return to school to fulfill her dreams or follow her heart and stay in Three Rivers with Frank?Can their faith in God and each other guide them to the sweetest of happy endings?

  • Coming Soon! Book 18: Eighteen Bow Ties and Counting

    Coming soon - summer 2024!

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From the rolling ranchlands to the intimate corners of small-town life, these stirring stories are filled with emotional trials, inspirational transformations, and love's redeeming power. Whether it's a chance encounter, a second chance at love, or an unexpected competition, these tales of faith, hope, and love highlight the enduring bonds of community, the healing power of forgiveness, and the irresistible pull of the heart.

 

"Isaacson artfully combines disparate threads in her contemporary Western Christian romance…in her Three Rivers Ranch series." ~BookLife, Publisher's Weekly

 

Inspirational tales of love, faith, and second chances in the heart of Montana. Come fall in love with your next cowboy boyfriend!

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