• Jocelyn Hastie

    As Buck Would Have It: A Cautionary Tale of Mature Online Romance in Cowboy Country

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    Joy determinedly climbed the ladder of success until she discovered her passion for horses. After her dreams of peaceful country living were shattered by illness, Joy focused on healing and avoided romantic entanglements. Until Buck came along.

    Buck searched for the perfect woman on an online dating site and targeted Joy. The sensitivity he honed to calm the most skittish of horses during his long rodeo career worked on her, too. Joy was persuaded to climb “off the fence” and into his arms.

    Each tells their own story of events.

    Unite with them on their painful paths through romantic fantasies and self-deception. Who will step out of denial and accept the truths that lead to self-awareness and healing?


    Author's Note:

    This novel is intended as a wake-up call to women who are bright and independent, yet still let others influence their self-perception. It can be humbling to share our follies and admit to our poor choices. Shame grows in solitude. Closing down may seem safe but staying open connects us to support. When women unite and discuss our painful experiences, we can help one another see the signs of manipulation, protect ourselves and each other, and grow stronger.

    This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is coincidental.