All her life, tomboy Bradi Kincaid has wanted two things-a career as a veterinarian in her hometown of Grayson, Texas...and Mason Montgomery. Problem is, he's her best friend and, according to him, she's ""one of the guys"". Convinced he'll never see her otherwise, Bradi comes up with a sure-fire plan to get over Mason-flirt a little, dance a lot and get laid.What Mason imagines doing to Bradi is just all kinds of wrong. But the woman on the dance floor isn't the girl he grew up with. She's hot and sexy and turning him on. Him and every other man in the bar. She's also had too much to drink and is unaware of the trouble she's inviting. He does what any friend would-he steps in, then sets out to teach her a lesson.But before the sun rises, Mason discovers Bradi has a thing or two to teach him.Reader Advisory: This story contains spanking, biting and some tie-me-up, bucking-hard sex.
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Bucking Hard by Darah Lace
Mason crested the hill overlooking the creek and reined in Rocky, his favored mount for riding the range. He'd heard the bawling calf a quarter mile away and figured he'd find it stuck in the mud. He hadn't expected to find Bradi Kincaid. In fact if he'd known she'd already ridden to the rescue, he would have headed the other way.
But here she was not ten feet away, ass in the air, up to her knees in green slime and mud, her arms around the struggling calf's neck, and she still managed to light a fire in his gut. And dammit, that was just all wrong.
They were best friends, for Christ's sake. Practically raised from the cradle together. They'd fished and hunted side by side, ridden drag to bring up the tail end of cattle drives. And they'd gotten into more trouble than a switch could whip out of them. She was his best bud, one of the guys.
So why did his dick suddenly become a divining rod every time she was near?
She wasn't unattractive. But Bradi was nothing like the women he preferred. She wasn't sleek or polished or sophisticated. Her fingernails were cut close to keep the dirt out instead of long and meticulously painted to match her outfit. Her dirty blonde hair was either in a ponytail or a braid, and as far as he knew, had never been streaked, colored or cut to the latest fashion. And she might carry ChapStick in her front right pocket to ward off the blistering Texas sun, but that was the extent of her makeup.
Bradi was Bradi--natural, earthy and blessed with athletic grace that made ranch work look easy--and more often than not these days left him wondering what that lithe and flexible body would be like in bed.
"You gonna sit there all day, or are you gonna help me?"
Leaning forward to rest his forearm on the saddle horn and hopefully hide his growing erection, he tilted his head to one side and smirked at the picture she made. "I don't know. You look like you're doing just fine on your own."
She blew wispy bangs out of her green eyes and gave him a withering glare over her shoulder. "Throw me a rope."
"Where's yours?" He looked around for her horse but the only other animal in sight was a cow waiting for Bradi to rescue her calf. "Wait, don't tell me. You were riding Dahlia."
That damn horse had a habit of leaving Bradi high and--his gaze wandered over her again--not so dry. Covered in muck, the front of her faded yellow T-shirt was wet and clung to her breasts. Breasts he'd known she possessed but never really noticed until two weeks ago. His gaze locked on the words peeling across the chest. Not that he cared what they said with her nipples prodding so diligently through her bra.
Mentally castrating himself, Mason sat up and reached for the coiled rope attached to his saddle. "When are you going to take that piece-of-shit horse to the glue factory?"
"Just shut up and throw me your rope."
Ignoring her demand, Mason swung the lasso and sent it sailing over the calf's head. He pulled the rope taut, wrapped it around the saddle horn, and directed his horse to back up. The bull calf cried louder as the mud slowly relinquished its hold. As soon as the calf's legs found firm ground, he dug in, resisting the pull of the rope.
Bradi laughed and reached for the calf just as it wrenched to one side and kicked. Twisting, she dodged a hind leg, but her feet were still stuck in the mud and she went to her knees. Another kick and brown sludge splattered her chest and neck. "Shit."
Mason chuckled. "Yep, I imagine so."
Shooting him another scathing glare, she struggled to stand. "You're an ass." Able to finally extract one leg and then the other, she trudged out of the creek toward the calf. "Give me some slack."
He signaled his horse forward and Bradi deftly slipped the rope from the calf's neck. The bull bolted for its mama and together they ambled up and over the high bank then disappeared. Looking back at Bradi, Mason wished he hadn't.
She'd moved up the creek and knelt in a spot of grass to wash the mud from her hands. Tight, faded denim hugged her heart-shaped ass and his hands itched to palm those mounds. She stretched to wet a bandana, causing the waistband of her jeans to dip lower, and a strip of hot-pink lace played peek-a-boo between it and her shirt.
His jeans tightened as his cock strained against his fly. He'd never thought about what kind of underwear Bradi wore--she was naked in his recent fantasies--but if he had consciously thought about it, he wouldn't have figured her for the lace panty type. Last time he'd seen her in her panties, she'd worn white cotton with a Barbie logo. They'd been six and he'd wanted to brag about his Ninja Turtle briefs.
As she rose, he looked away to gather the rope. He stowed it behind him and turned to find her standing beside his horse with her hand out. Fuck. She wanted a ride. And god, he wanted to give her one.
"Well?" She thrust her hand higher. "Give me a hand up."
Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. He hadn't thought this far ahead when he'd decided to stick around and help, and his brain certainly wasn't working now. All he knew was he couldn't have her sitting behind him, her tits rubbing his back, legs spread... Fuck. "You're covered with mud."
"Um, yeah. I kinda noticed that." She stared up at him with expectant green eyes. Why hadn't he ever noticed the flecks of gold or the ring of black that reminded him of the sun coming through shadowed forest trees? At his lack of response, her hand fell to her side. "You're going to make me walk?"
"I don't want that shit all over me." Damn, he felt like an ass. He was an ass. He couldn't let her walk. He'd just have to survive the ride home...and make sure it was a short one.
Before he could offer his hand or an apology, her eyes flashed with anger. And maybe a bit of hurt? "God, Mason, when did you turn into such a pussy?"
She spun around and the metallic whir of a zipper crawled up his thighs and into his balls. Lust rose high but panic shifted into overdrive. "What the hell are you doing?"
"Taking off my clothes so you won't get dirty."
Oh, hell no! There was no way-- Shit. She hooked her thumbs into the waist of her jeans, starting the downward motion that revealed a hint of one cheek.
"Just get on the damn horse." He pulled his foot from the stirrup and stuck out his hand. "But I can't take you home." His place was closer. "I have things to do."
A long second passed, then the zipper made a return trip up. His dick jerked in disappointment as she latched on to his hand, shoved her boot into the stirrup and swung herself onto the horse behind him, mimicking his irritated tone. "Things to do."
The warmth of her body seared his back as she settled into place. His gaze dropped to one side, taking in the slender thigh nestled close to his. The thought of those long legs wrapped around his waist made his balls ache. If she had any idea what she was doing to him, she'd be glad to walk home. Hell, she'd probably run.
But Bradi wasn't wired that way. He doubted she ever thought about sex. She'd never dated in high school and she never talked about anyone in particular at A&M. The only conversation they'd had about sex was short-lived when he confided his loss of virginity to Katrina Forbes and Bradi made it clear right away the subject of sex was off-limits.
The odds of her still being a virgin at twenty-five were slim, but somehow he couldn't imagine her having sex with anyone.
Anyone but him.