Sarah & Jude

by Marie Piper

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Jude Farraday is as rough and hard working as any man on the Tate ranch in Nebraska, and by far the best at breaking horses.  Sarah Tate, daughter of the ranch boss, finds herself drawn to Jude despite the danger a relationship between the two of them could bring.  After all, Jude is a woman.

Book Info

Author: Marie Piper

Release Date: January 4, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-911153-13-9

Format: ePub, Mobi, PDF

Cover Artist: Aria Tan

Category: Romance

Genre: Historical

Theme: Cowboy/Western

Word Count: 6800*

Pages: 32

Sex Content: Explicit

Pairing: FF

Orientation: Lesbian

Identity: Cisgender

*Short

Excerpt

Sarah & Jude
Marie Piper © 2016
All rights reserved

 

The stallion jumped a little but he didn’t fight. He’d wait before making his move. Almost broken, almost tame enough to allow himself to be ridden peacefully, the black-as-tar horse was sixteen hands of pure power. The tall rider on his back coiled in anticipation.

Sarah Tate washed a mountain of clothes in the basin as she knelt in the grass, but her attention wasn’t on soap bubbles that warm afternoon. It was fixed on the scene in the pen. Sweating in the sun, Sarah brushed a stuck piece of fair hair off her forehead and stood up, wondering if there’d be blood or broken bones in the next few minutes.

Jude Farraday worked as hard as any man on the ranch, fixing fences and driving poles like a rail worker and breaking horses better than any other hand. With the same sun-leathered skin, scraggly hair, and rough hands as the other boys, Jude seemed no different than the rest.

Sarah couldn’t see why folks said Jude was unnatural. She was just a hard-working woman, not much different than Sarah herself, except she was built like a boy and wore men’s clothes and did men’s work. Sarah hated washing clothes and felt in some way she understood the woman’s plight, even though she was nineteen years old and had never worn pants in her life.

The male ranch hands sat on the fence and watched as Jude expertly tamed the stallion. Sarah’s father had given Jude the task especially; she was notably better with the horses than the other men, and the horse had been expensive. Folks argued that Jude shouldn’t be kept on the ranch, but Sarah’s father knew a good worker when he saw one, and it was his vote alone that counted. Jude knew horses. Jude was valuable.

Like a coil, the horse sprung into wild action. Hoofs hit the dirt and kicked up dust, and Jude rode hard, taking the ups and downs with a stony expression. The horse bucked and jumped as much as it could manage in an attempt to throw its rider, but Jude hung on and didn’t go to the ground.

Sarah stopped washing and made her way toward the pen.

“Miss Sarah.” Some of the men nodded or tipped their hats to her. She barely heard them as she leaned on the fence and watched.

“Come on, you son of a bitch,” Jude called to the horse, a brave smile coming to her face. Sarah noticed the lean flow of Jude’s body and the way her strong thighs clung to the sleek flanks of the beast. Jude’s dark braid flew behind her, same as the horse’s tail, flipping along with the horse’s jumps and sidesteps.

She was beautiful.

1 review for Sarah & Jude

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dee

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

    I must admit, even though Jude got the upper hand, the first punch-up gave me pause. I can’t go into why without spoilers. Thankfully, the scene was short-lived and the plot quickly advanced from that point on.

    Within a relatively short space of time, the author does a great job of bringing both women, their plight, to life. I was taken by surprise a time or two and read this in one sitting.

    Sure, I could complain it was too short, but I knew that going in. And in the mood for a quick read, this one hit the spot.

    The best thing of all is I discovered a new author with a writing style I very much enjoyed.

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