Christmas in Vegas This Year?

I’m finishing a little story about a bull rider and a New Yorker who meet in Las Vegas at Christmas. It’s the first story in a three-part series called Cowboy Jackpot. Here’s a little sample:

“Buckle Bunnies to your left.”

Boone Hancock turned his head at Dallas’ alert.

Two cuties stood at one of the giant slot machines. They both smiled and waved.

Dallas tipped back his cowboy hat. “I’m gonna put dibs on the redhead.”

Boone glanced at her, but his gaze shot back to the angel with the long black hair and pale skin. Her curves, packed into a petite little body, captured his complete focus. Her slinky purple dress and black spike-heeled sandals shouted she was ready to party.

“Look at those legs.” Dallas raised his hand in a return greeting.

The redhead wore a green dress that showed off her nice breasts and skimmed her very thin body. Boone smiled. “You like the tall, leggy ones, buddy. I’m likin’ her girlfriend. She’s a hot little bundle.”

“Let’s get ’em.” Dallas took a step forward.

“Wait.” Boone stopped him with a hand on his shoulder. “Remember, one night. Two at the most.”

“Yeah, yeah.”

“You say that like you mean it, but we promised to keep each other out of the deep shit.”

Dallas looked him square in the eyes. “I learned my lesson the hard way. You don’t have to babysit me.”

Boone had watched Dallas going through hell two months ago with the girl he thought was the one for him. It had affected his buddy’s performance in the arena, and his ability to stay sober.

Boone’s little brother, Jayden, caught up to them and busted in between them. “What’s going on?”

Dallas nodded toward the two girls. “Couple ladies recognized us and want us to come and say howdy.” He flicked the brim of Jaden’s hat. “Now get lost. They’re both spoken for.”

“Mmm, I’m liking that redhead.” He grinned at her.

Boone looked back at the women. The shorter one—his—waved them over.

“Called dibs.” Dallas hitched up his jeans and headed toward the girls.

Jayden caught up to him. “We’ll see, won’t we.”

Boone quick-stepped and lined up next to his brother. As they got closer, he saw his cutie’s eyes watching him. Hazel. Damn. Beautiful eyes, beautiful face, a body that he needed tight against his. It didn’t take any effort to slide into charming cowboy mode. His body warmed, primed and ready to sweet-talk this little honey ’till her toes curled.


Gieselle Colberg-Staub leaned against the Birthday Baby slot machine, her knees wobbly and her stomach jittering as she watched Boone Hancock walk toward her. “I can’t believe it. They’re actually heading over here.”

Kira twirled a lock of hair around one finger and made a shy smile at the cowboys. “Of course they’re coming over here. How could they resist?”

Gieselle bit her lower lip. She’d watched Boone win the bull riding competition this afternoon, and now he—and his big, shiny belt buckle—headed her way. “God, he’s cute.” Curly blonde hair touching his collar at the back of his black cowboy hat. A black and purple print western shirt, and the sexiest jeans she’d ever seen on a man.

“That big, dark haired hunk is fucking gorgeous.”

“That’s Dallas Burns. He came in third in bareback riding today.” Gieselle glanced at her friend. “Weren’t you watching?’

Kira sniffed. “You saw that sexy cowboy sitting behind us. He was worth watching.”

Gieselle had picked up a love of rodeo from her college roommate, but this was the first live event she’d attended. And now the sexy stars she’d drooled over were headed straight toward her. She held back a nervous giggle. “Dallas is definitely your type with those dark eyes.”

“Oh, yes, my heart is thumping.” Kira sipped from the straw in her vodka tonic. “So, we agree? Dallas for me and Boone for you?”

Gieselle licked her lips. She would let herself go a little crazy this weekend, because what happens in Vegas, hopefully stays in Vegas. “Agreed.” She squinted. “What about the third one?”

Kira laughed. “Oh, now you’re getting kinky?”

Warmth rushed Gieselle’s cheeks. “That’s your specialty, girl.”

The cowboys reached them, sauntering up with wicked grins on their faces, like they expected Kira and her to peel down naked and let them have a quickie right here on the casino floor.

Gieselle liked the cockiness.

“Ladies.” Boone touched the brim of his hat. Dallas and the other cowboy did the same.

Kira took a step toward Dallas. “I enjoyed watching you ride today.”

He nodded once. “Thank you. I’m…comin’ back from a dry spell.” He held out his hand. “I’m Dallas Burns.”

She smiled. “Oh, I know who you are.”

Gieselle had to stifle an eye roll.

Boone shifted closer to Gieselle. “I’m Boone Hancock.” His eyes took in the details of her face. “And I’m rightly glad to meet you.” He took her hand.

The tingle of sexual desire raced along her arm and down deep inside, shocking her core with an achy, molten quiver.

His eyes opened a little wider. Had he felt it, too?


If you could spend the holidays anywhere in the world, where would you go? Italy? Hawaii? Switzerland? The Bahamas? Or wild and crazy Las Vegas?

Watch for the story in mid-November in digital and paperback versions.
Randi “Rode Hard and Put Up Satisfied”
Turn Up the Heat, Chase and Seduction, and Her Cowboy Stud are available at The Wild Rose Press and Amazon
Cowboy Bad Boys is available in digital format at Smashwords and Amazon
and in paperback from Createspace and at Amazon
Cowboy Lust is available in paperback and Kindle format at Amazon

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13 thoughts on “Christmas in Vegas This Year?

  1. I can’t choose just one, so I’ll let you know the three places I’d like to visit someday, Holiday or whenever. Las Vegas, Hawaii and Austrailia.
    That sounds like a DAMN HOT book. Can’t wait to read it Randi. Thanks for the excerpt.


    • Randi Alexander

      Thanks, Tiss, glad you liked the excerpt. Australia would be a lot of fun at Chrismas, especially since it’d be summer there.


  2. I’d like to spend Christmas in Hawaii someday. Thanks for the excerpt, sounds like a fun read.


    • Randi Alexander

      Wouldn’t that be amazing, ELF? I’d decorate a palm tree and go carroling in flip flops!


  3. Hmm, Christmas. I would want my family around me no matter where we had it. Mainly a summer and beach chick, when it comes to Christmas I like to be holed up in a snowy winter wonderland (where no driving is needed). However, saying Mele Kalikimaka, in a little grass shack on a seculded beach lagoon is also appealing 🙂

    Cowboys, yum.


    • Randi Alexander

      I agree, Cristal, it’s family that makes the holiday. And wow, it’s coming soon! Yikes!!!


  4. I’m with Cristal. As long as I’m with my family, I’m good. The year Hubby wasn’t with us was the pits. The pits!

    I’ve experienced both sunny and snowy Christmases and both have their merits! One thing I’d love to do is visit the traditional Christmas markets in Vienna or Dresden or some other Central European town. Never had the pleasure but I’ve heard they’re simply amazing.

    Best of luck with the trilogy, Randi!


    • Randi Alexander

      Hey, Dita, it would be tough to celebrate without your sweetie. The European Christmas markets sound great. I wonder if Rick Steves has a video of them? I love watching his holiday tours of different cities over in your neck of the woods.


  5. Love the sample especially since there is a redhead in the story. lol I would love to spend the holidays at a cozy cabin in front of the fire with my hubby.


  6. suzlyne

    A white Christmas anywhere with my husband would be perfect. Preferably with a fireplace to snuggle by. But I’m thinking just staying home with our dogs and having his parents over to enjoy the day while Christmas eve is private just the two of us is the best way to spend Christmas..
    Can’t wait to read this book! I love holiday based stories!


    • Randi Alexander

      The cozy, cold Christmas is our favorite, too. Just something about the fire and the Christmas lights. Romantic! Thanks for dropping by, suzlyne!


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