Authors: Esther Banks,BWWM Club
the story of Kate, a fashion consultant with her own boutique, and
Bruce a billionaire who likes nothing more than relaxing on his ranch
and getting back to his cowboy roots.
have been together for over a year, and are now fully in love. Bruce
is the ever adoring and supporting boyfriend, and Kate appreciates
all that he does for her. She wants to give him the same level of
love in return, but can't shake the feeling they may be moving too
family and friends can see she needs to recognize and appreciate the
love that she and Bruce share, before he walks away. But Kate had not
envisioned falling in love before she got where she wanted to go with
her career in fashion. Now the two main things in her life are
competing for her time and attention.
taking on more consulting jobs as well, how will the couple balance
out their relationships as well as their careers? Find out in this
all new BWWM western romance story by Esther Banks.
for over 18s only due to scenes of a cowboy extensively pleasuring
his African American queen.
in the series, but can be read as a stand alone romance.
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The glistening diamond on Kate's finger kept her distracted. She
could not stop staring at it. Although it was on the ring finger on
her right hand and not her left, it still stood for something
Bruce was full of surprises and had gifted it to her at his own
birthday party. He was like that, in love with making her happy. What
woman would not want a man like that?
Twirling the jewel around her finger, it was a reminder of the
commitment that she and Bruce made to one another. He promised to
love her all of his days and she did as well. The love between them
was not the issue.
Kate walked a tightrope between love and career on a daily basis.
Being the CEO of her own fashion consulting company as well as a
thriving boutique left her with little time for anything leisurely.
During the past year of their relationship, Bruce had also picked up
more work as well. He was a private consultant in the accounting
sector, which took him on trips to meet with various clients.
When they first met, Bruce had not immediately won her over, although
it did not take long. He had walked in to her boutique, looking like
a deer frozen in headlights. Every time she thought about that
moment, it made her chuckle. He was completely out of his element,
which was why he came to her to get some help with finding the right
apparel to wear for a fundraiser gala.
After his fitting, he'd invited her out to have a bite to eat. An
innocent meal resulted in interesting conversation and allowed Kate
to see that she had more in common with the cowboy boot, jeans, and
ten gallon hat wearing gentleman that she bargained for.
Bruce's chosen sense of style was in stark contrast to the swanky
city apartment that he owned. Kate wondered for a moment why a man
that had such rugged looks would live in such a contemporary abode.
She soon found out that Bruce had once been an accountant at a
Fortune 500 company and he had in fact done some consulting as well
and that, along with his investments had made Bruce Stanger a
To this day, Kate did not understand why he had gone back to
consulting. It was not like he needed the money. And with him
constantly complaining that she was working all of the time, it
seemed odd that he would go back to the very thing that would take
him away from home when he longed for a more conventional lifestyle.
The ring was not quite an engagement ring, more like a promise ring.
Kate was not exactly ready for engagement and marriage and it was not
because she had not found the right man. She found the perfect man in
Bruce and it was obvious, just the thought of marriage itself was
She held her promise ring and the promise he made to her dear. And
she knew what the next step was. Bruce wanted to settle down and into
a life with Kate and he was making it known more and more day by day.
Soon, he would be proposing and she needed to prepare herself for it.
Real life was not like the movies. In the movies, the woman would
gush over her proposal, crying and full of joy as she gladly accepted
the proposal. Her beau would be on a bent knee in front of all of
their family and friends and he would pull out a velvet box when
everyone least expected and profess his undying love for his woman.
When her proposal came, she was not sure if she would be overwhelmed
with happiness or filled with anxiety about her future.
She knew that buying the promise ring was his way of allowing her
baby steps. Bruce knew Kate well enough to know that asking her to
marry him straight off would cause her to back away from him. She was
happy that he gave her the promise ring. It let her know that they
were going in the right direction. If she could just have a little
time to adjust to the idea of forever, it would be even better.
"You've been up all morning twirling that ring around your
finger. A penny for your thoughts."
Kate rolled over. "I had no idea that you were awake."
Wrapped in the blanket, she scooted her body a little closer to where
"One of the joys of my day. I like to lay here next to you and
watch you sleep. You are so peaceful when you sleep."
Kate smiled, still groggy. "Are you trying to say that you
prefer me quiet?"
Bruce gently stroked her hair on her forehead. Lightly planting
kisses on her temples and then her cheek, "No, not at all."
"Of course," she giggled.
Lying there, snuggled in his arms, it felt natural and as if she was
where she was supposed to be. He held her tightly against his chest
while running his hands through her hair. Early morning had become
Kate's favorite time of day. It was the time when she and Bruce were
alone and calm in their own space and it was just the peace she
needed to start her day. She had grown to appreciate the way he
brought such serenity into the life.
"I want you to know that I saw the wedding magazines you have
stashed in the bathroom."
Kate sat up quickly. At first, she thought about trying to make up a
reason why she had the magazines, but decided against it.
"I just thought that it would make sense to start looking at
dresses. I mean, just in case." She tried to shrug it off.
A gentle hand touched her shoulder. "It's okay. I did not know
that you were ready to even discuss weddings and marriage and such."
"What woman do you know that doesn't like to nose dive into a
world of wedding dresses and bridal mania? I don't know. You know how
much I love fashion. I thought it would not hurt to take a look.
Bruce inched closer to her, wrapping his arms around her. "Why
can't you just admit that you are this much closer to considering
marriage?" He held his pointer finger and thumb pinched
"I think we are good taking our time."
Soft kisses trailed from her arm up toward her shoulders. "Take
all of the time you need, my love. I'm here. I'm not going anywhere."
The touch of his lips against her skin was enough to make her want to
stay there in bed with him all day.
"You are trying to distract me and make me stay here in bed with
you all day."
Those steel blue eyes stared at her. "Is it working?" he
asked with a sly grin.
Biting her bottom lip, she considered doing so. "Almost. I would
love to, but I need to get to work at the boutique this afternoon."
Bruce crawled slowly over her body. "Are you sure that there is
nothing I can do to convince you to stay with me just a little
It was damn near impossible to resist the man. His fingers left a
trail of fire on her skin, making her want him more and more.
Kisses set her body off, and she could no longer resist his advances.
He nuzzled his lips in the cradle of her neck, the very spot he knew
would encourage her to give in to him. Her legs spread involuntarily
and he knew just when she was ready to accept him.
She shifted her hips, making sure Bruce had full access to enter her.
When he did, a feeling of bliss settled over Kate. Feeling his hard
body against hers was a complete turn on.
"How does that feel?" he asked as he slowly stroked her.
Kate silently nodded, unable to verbally respond as she felt him
plunge deeper and deeper inside of her. He gripped her, pulling her
closer and closer into his embrace. It felt as if he wanted to melt
in to her.
Their bodies made their own music, sweet melodies of love. Kate was
completely lost in the moment as Bruce patiently commanded all of her
moods and emotions. Just as she was coming close to climax, it felt
like he was reading her body's language and he worked harder to bring
her to her release.
The quick interlude was exactly what she needed to start her day.
With a stretch, she rolled over, completely satisfied from her lover.
She kissed him on the lips.
"I now think that I have the energy to start my day," Kate
"Oh really?" Bruce asked.
"We should make it a point to do that every morning."
An eyebrow raised, Bruce opened his mouth to speak, then stopped
"Go ahead, you look like you have something to say," Kate
"We can," he blurted out.
"We can, what?"
"We can do this every morning. We can, if you move in with me.
Or we can find a place together. I just want to make sure that I wake
up to you every morning, Kate."
Now it was Kate that was stalling for the right words to say.
"Kate, move in with me."
Heart racing, Kate was unsure of whether she should answer
immediately or give Bruce's question some thought.
His gaze penetrated her, and she knew that she would have to give him
a response very soon.
"Come on, Kate. For once, just do what is in your heart. Stop
thinking so hard." Bruce took her by the hand.
"Close your eyes."
She paused, wondering where he was going with the conversation.
"Seriously, Kate. Close your eyes."
She sighed, doing as he asked.
"Okay, now. Kate Walker, let's move in together."
She could feel him squeezing her hand, and that, along with his
comforting presence, was reassuring.
Her heart swirled and her mind was fighting, forcing a tug of war
between the two. Bruce was right. She needed to stop over analyzing
each situation and just go for what she wanted.
"Yes?" Bruce's response was more of a question to reassure
that he heard her correctly.