Sky Cowboy by Kasey Millstead
Book #2 in the Downunder Cowboy Series
Release Date: October 15th 2013
Ava Crawley only had one dream in life; grow up and marry the boy next door, Jeremy Henley. When she was twenty, her dream was crushed by her nasty, vindictive, deceitful sister Kennedy. Unable to handle the hurt, Ava fled.
Jeremy Henley is a Sky Cowboy in Australia’s Northern Territory. Along with his twin brother, Jackson, he is Pine Creek’s finest catch. Jeremy doesn’t give a damn about that, he only cares about the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen; Ava Crawley. After years of waiting for Ava to show an interest in him, an opportunity presents itself and Jeremy takes it. Then, Ava up and leaves for France. No explanation. No goodbye. Nothing. She doesn’t come back for three years, and when she does, Jeremy has a baby son.
Will Ava and Jeremy be able to overcome the pain of the past and give their love a chance? Or, will Ava lose her life just as she’s starting to live her dream?
I read Cowboy Town before starting Sky Cowboy, so I had already met Ava and Jeremy. They were snuggled up in a sleeping bag last I remembered, so I was excited that they were getting a chance to tell their story. I was equally excited that Jeremy is the strong, silent one out of a sexy set of twins.
I am, and will always be, a HUGE fan of first love books. For a person (read: character) to carry a torch for years, unrequited, only makes it that much sweeter for me. It takes me back to the boy-next-door innocence that love just seems to lose as you get older.
“… I’d been thinking about kissing you since the day I started thinking about kissing girls…”
I loved Ava and Jeremy just as much as I loved Edie and Jackson. I think I may have loved them just a little more because of Oscar, Jeremy’s son. Oscar added something to the story that just made it that much more real for me. It made my heart sigh, like watching a romantic comedy. Maybe a romantic comedy with that one jealous, vengeful, bitch of a woman that you always hope will get punched in the throat. Enter Kennedy, Ava’s sister. Trust me when I say you’ll love Ava even more by the time Kennedy pulls her last stunt.
There were a couple unexpected plot twists that seemed to come out of the blue. At times I thought the story was headed down a certain path and it would end up turning around on me. They didn’t affect my overall feelings for the book, but they did stick out in my mind.
I hope Ms. Millstead is a speedy writer, because I want to know what happens with Jules!
~ Review by Jennifer
“Hey, Jeremy,” I slur. The alcohol was definitely bringing out my inner bravado.
“Hey Ava.” He smiles at me and I melt. I feel like I could slide right off the stool and pool on the floor in a big alcoholic puddle. “What’s going on?” He says nodding towards the Patron.
“Nothing much.” I slur again and then use my fingers to shove my tongue back in my mouth and wipe away any escaping drool at the same time.
“Want some company?” He grins cheekily and all I can do is stare at his mouth; hypnotized. I’m pretty sure my tongue is hanging out but I can’t do anything about it. My reflexes are too slow and besides, Jeremy is just too delicious.
He chuckles, snapping me out of my reverie, and slides onto the stool beside me.
As we finish off the bottle of tequila together, we start to flirt. Harmlessly at first, but then things start getting heated. I shift in my seat as he blows in my ear and whispers something that I can’t make out. It doesn’t matter though, it’s still hot as hell.
“I need to pee,” I slur. Wobbling as I stand, I make my way slowly outside, towards the ladies room. Once there, I use the facilities and try to give myself a pep talk. I need to calm down. Focus. Sober up a bit so I can enjoy Jeremy and actually remember having this time with him in the morning. I wash my hands and walk out, running smack bang into a hard wall of warm solidness.
“Sorry,” I giggle before looking up into the hypnotizing clear blue eyes of Jeremy. He grips me around the waist and pushes me back into the wall. His hand travels down my leg, pausing at my knee to lift up. Automatically, I curl my limb around his waist. He leans in and I smell his sweet, warm, alcohol induced breath as it mingles with mine for a split second before he touches his lips to mine. I moan involuntarily and then gasp as he grinds his hardness against my softness. His tongue sweeps in and teases mine in an erotic dance. My hands dive into his soft chocolate brown hair and I grip and tug causing a deep groan to rise from his throat.
“Get a room, Henley,” a voice calls as they walk by. I immediately drop my leg and push him back slightly. We’re both panting heavily. I try my hardest to focus. I’m so turned on its unbelievable. I would have let him take my virginity right then and there if we hadn’t been interrupted. But, we were. I take a deep breath and stumble back inside ignoring him calling my name.
Kasey Millstead lives a quiet life in country New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and their four young children. She enjoys baking, singing (ridiculously out of tune) & spending time with friends and family. Kasey has always harboured a deep love for reading and writing, and she is now lucky enough to be living her dream of being an Author.
Cowboy Town, Book #1 in the Downunder Cowboy Series is also available