Roping The Virgin (Cowboys & Virgins #2)(2)

By: Alexa Riley

“There are other girls in town, Blake. Plenty who have been trying to get with you for a while,” Ty says, breaking into my thoughts once again. “It’s not like you don’t flirt with everyone.”

“I don’t flirt. You just think having manners is flirting.”

Mary-Jane starts to giggle because I’m right. The thought of another woman only pisses me off. I already have one. I’ve had her from the moment I saw her. As far as I’m concerned, she’s the only woman who exists for me.

I don’t date girls from town. That’s like shitting where you eat, but that rule went out the window with Luciana. None of the rules apply when it comes to her. She’s the one. We aren’t together and I’m already lost for her, thinking about how I’d never let her get away from me. She might not know it yet, but she’s mine and there is no way in hell I’m ever letting her go. Maybe I should stop trying to be the nice guy. Moving in slow and trying to get her attention hasn’t worked. I need another plan. One that works a whole lot faster. Otherwise I’ll up in the loony bin or something. I feel like that’s the direction I’m headed.

I move towards the kitchen breakfast bar and take a seat, knowing Mary-Jane will make me something to eat for breakfast. God knows I can’t cook to save my life. Dolly, our little sister, will sometimes take pity on me and come over and make me some meals, but she’s been MIA a lot lately. I should probably look into that, make sure she isn’t getting into trouble.

“Don’t you have some land to tend?” my brother says.

“There is enough breakfast for everyone,” Mary-Jane says in a chastising tone.

“He’s not eating what I plan on eating,” Ty growls, and Mary-Jane smacks his chest playfully. He smiles at her and they laugh. The change I’ve seen in my brother is crazy. He hasn’t smiled this much since before we lost our parents and he took over watching out for all of us. Goes to show you what the love of a good woman can do for you.

“Besides, I’ve got a plan,” Mary-Jane says, looking over her shoulder at me and then back to Ty. “Down.” Ty gives her one last kiss before pulling her from the counter and placing her on her feet.

“A plan for me?” I question, not sure what she thinks she can do.

“Yep. I came up with it last night. It’s perfect.” She claps her hands excitedly, her dark curls bouncing with the motion. Ty reaches out and absently starts playing with one, not caring about our conversation in the least. “So I got an email from the Long View Veterinary Clinic yesterday.”

With that, she has my full attention. I know that’s where Luciana is working. The clinic has been in town for as long as I can remember, and Dr. Long is always hiring new people here and there to help with the workload. It can be hard to keep up with all the farms around here, not to mention the usual house pets.

“Well,” Mary-Jane says, leaning in. “I guess Luciana wants her specialty to be in large farm animals and cattle, so she doesn’t have to stay in the clinic. Dr. Long asked if we could use her help. She wants to work some barns.” There aren’t a lot of vets who know how to treat horses. Dr. Long is one of them, but he’s a busy man and can’t always get out to the land fast enough. I could see why he’d hire someone with that interest. It’s much needed around here. “He’s been training her and thinks she’s ready to go out on her own. I was thinking I’d let her come out here, stay with Ty and me. Since this family has four farms between us, we have more than enough to keep her busy. Then you can finally try to get close with her. Maybe even—”

“Not happening,” Ty chimes in. Apparently he can twirl Mary-Jane’s hair and listen at the same time.

“No, it’s not,” I agree. I don’t like that idea one bit. Though I know her family probably isn’t going to like the idea I have, either. I know she lives with them still, ’cause I might have done some light stalking. Followed her home a few times when she left the clinic after dark on her long drive home.

“What? I just gave you a freaking gift.” Mary-Jane shakes her head like I’m crazy.

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