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Dodge the Bullet (Golden Rule Outfitters 0.5)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  2,221 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Two years after her husband’s death, Sarah Woodward moves her boys away from their fast paced life in suburban Atlanta to small town Hailey, Colorado. But Sarah doesn’t know a Colorado Senator has earmarked her ranch for purchase and he’ll do anything to get it. Unwilling to sell, she dismisses his continued offers and moves ahead by improving the land with the help of a s ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 268 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Christy Hayes (first published April 29th 2011)
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Richard (Bound & Determined...)
I’m a man. I have a lifetime membership to the man club (my man card says so & my testicles and penis prove it).

So, when Christy Hayes requested I review her ROMANCE NOVEL, I wasn’t so sure if I could enjoy the genre enough to give an honest opinion. I found out that I am man enough to read and really, REALLY enjoy reading a romance novel. Dodge the Bullet was such an easy read. I can totally understand why women the world over read romance novels—they’re just fun!

Christy Hayes (a fellow Sou
Mar 30, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Everything about this book hit the spot for me.
I've never read anything by Christy Hayes but you'd better be believe I'm going through her back catalog immediately!

This was a very well written romance, the hero/Dodge and heroine/Sarah were front and center. Their relationship built slowly and when they finally get "together" it was so worth the wait.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a small town romance, staring a super sexy Alpha cowboy, a side of STEA
Sep 11, 2011 Lisarenee rated it liked it
"I've found that all women fall into a series of categories. Its a little system I've devised and perfected through the years."
Oh this was priceless. "How many are there?"
"Six? All women fall into just six categories?" When he nodded she said, "Please go on."
"First there's the 'never satisfied with anything' woman."
Sarah considered and shrugged. "Okay, I get that one. What's next?"
"Next is the 'pretty but unintelligent eye candy' woman." Again she nodded.
"Then there's the 'just pl
Anne OK
Nov 06, 2011 Anne OK rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
A new-to-me author and a book that kept me interested. There were some editing problems that should be cleaned up but otherwise a solid read. A feisty young widow with two boys meets stubborn bad boy with the usual non-commital baggage. She owns a large ranch in Colorado and he's just been evicted from his. Both need each other's help. As the story goes, one thing leads to another and soon love blossoms. Of course, first there's a bad guy that gets in the way of easy living and two boys who don' ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Lainy rated it really liked it
Amazon synopsis

Two years after her husband’s death, Sarah Woodward moves her boys away from their fast paced life in suburban Atlanta to small town Hailey, Colorado. But Sarah doesn’t know a Colorado Senator has earmarked her ranch for purchase and he’ll do anything to get it. Unwilling to sell, she dismisses his continued offers and moves ahead by improving the land with the help of a sexy stranger. A.J. Dodge is a man with a past. He’s returned to his hometown ready to set down roots and make
Feb 05, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
A.J. Dodge is a man with a past. He recently returned home to Hailey, Colorado, to become a rancher like his dad. He has six sisters so “he knows women”.

Sarah Woodward is trying to put her life back together. Her husband passed away over two years ago and she has decided to leave Atlanta and relocate to Hailey where she and her husband bought a ranch they hoped to move to someday. Her sons are not very happy about moving but she feels the small town is a better place to bring up her sons than th
Kathleen Crowell
Jan 27, 2012 Kathleen Crowell rated it it was ok
Why are all the freebies full of typos?! So annoying and makes me sooo angry! Good thing I didn't love this story! Seemed to go on and on about a conspiracy to take over a ranch--nothing interesting ever really happened there--totally predictable. It was all really a cover for the romance between Dodge and Sara. I'm very okay with romance of any kind, but the storyline just got in the way...first of all, I question the Woodwards ever buying such a big and coveted ranch in the first place...okay, ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Chandra rated it really liked it
What I like:
Story build up is well written and downright awesome;
Secrets of the past;
The main female character ain't no wimp but the main male character is d a r n protective;
The author takes one situation and describes it from the mind of one of the main characters and then from the mind of the other main character. You get a well rounded view of what each character is thinking and of what is happening. No confusion there.

Too much colorful language;
Too much sexy passion gets
Jul 26, 2012 Nellie rated it liked it
This book had much cussing, including a couple f-bombs, and was sexually explicit. Also, they justify the sex with the yough kids around, instead of making wrong wrong. Characters were fun, and believable, Story line was good. I might read more from this author if they were cleaner. Sarah's husband dies. SHe has two teen boys to raise on her own, so she moves the family to a ranch they own, and decides to learn how to be a rancher. She meets Dodge, who has been sent to help her get started. Inst ...more
May 19, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Blech, this was a totally predictable story with a "hurry up and tie the ends together" ending. A woman whose dead husband leaves behind a ranch that she doesn't know how to run, finds herself at the mercy of a rancher willing to show her the ways. A bland conspiracy plot line to buy her ranch ends as expected...she falls in love with the rancher and they live happily ever after. Fast read, good for passing the time and highlighting the typos on my iPad.
Sep 22, 2012 Dorel rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read by Christy Hayes. I loved the book from the beginning to the end. Dodge was my favorite character of the story because of the way he protected Sarah & her children. The plot was very good too. This was the second best story I read that was free. I would definitely read other books by Christy Hayes. This book was worth purchasing.
Janna Marie
This book was simply, okay. It didn't really do anything for me. Dodge and Sarah were cute, but the senator was annoying and the whole conspiracy was just not for me. Dodge and Sarah's slight adorableness saved it from being a total dump.

Definitely not a re-read, but not a complete failure. If you like the grown-up, predictable love story/conspiracy, you may enjoy this book.
Kathleen Garner
May 28, 2014 Kathleen Garner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Christy Hayes book..I really enjoyed The Outfitters Series.
Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews
~May contain slight spoilers~

After two years of mourning her lost husband Sarah Woodward is finally ready to step back into life and take control. To do this she is making a break from her, her sons, and her late husbands old home in Atlanta and moving to the vacation home in the small town of Hailey, Colorado. Where she plans to run the ranch and though her two sons are not happy about the move she hopes they will eventually come around.

On her first day there she meets A.J. Dodge, who was asked
Sep 24, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
This book was OK - kind of predictable but interesting enough to keep me reading. This eBook was a free download. The characters were appealing. Sarah Woodward is a widow who moves her family from Atlanta to the run-down cattle ranch she and her husband purchased in a small Colorado town. A. J. Dodge, is a mysterious cowboy with a past who makes an agreement with an old friend to make Sarah and her two teenage boys feel welcome in her new community, help her get settled, and teach her the cattle ...more
Jan 29, 2016 jimtown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chiclit
Another sweet if not predictable escape from reality in this story of Sarah and her two boys. Sarah's husband is gone now and she decides to move her boys to a huge ranch they'd bought in Colorado to raise them in the way her husband would have liked. Sarah has no experience in ranching or raising cattle but she does have a stubborn streak. Her boys are also giving her trouble, Kevin doesn't want to move and Lyle seems to be holding his feelings in.

The nice thing about this is there is a little
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Sarah has lost her husband two years ago and finally she’s decided to move on to a ranch with her two teenage boys, and live that life she and her late-husband planned. Sarah isn’t looking for a guy. She is just looking for something other than hurt. She might get everything if she plays her cards right.
Dodge, aka A.J., gets tangled up with the widow to show her the ways of farming. But his attraction to her being might become a problem in his mind
Mar 26, 2013 Linda rated it it was ok
Another romance novel that I downloaded to my iPod. To summarize the plot, Sarah (a widow and mother of two pre-teen boys) decides to move her family from Atlanta to a large cattle ranch in Colorado that she and her husband purchased before his death. Sarah knows nothing about ranching, but feels she needs to make a fresh start with her sons. Enter Dodge, a fellow rancher who has returned to Hailey after leaving years ago in a cloud of shame. To the townsfolk, he is a pariah who they try their b ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Candi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
This book was a Kindle freebie that I enjoyed. I always go into the freebies with lowered expectations because well, they're free and most likely self published. There are a few typos (approx. 20) but not enough to distract the reader. The story over all, well written, grammatically correct, thought out and is very straight forward in the romance department.

I'm an admitted romance novel fan so my review comes from that stand point, if someone generally does not read romance they will be turned
Lia Fairchild
Nov 20, 2011 Lia Fairchild rated it liked it
I picked this up because it was free on Amazon and the cover and storyline were appealing. The characters were likeable and the story moved along pretty nicely. For me, it wasn’t one of those books you’re dying to get back to but more like a sweet story, with a hint of action, where you waited for the happy ending. Sarah moves to the ranch she bought with her husband who died two years ago even though she hasn’t a clue how to run it. Enter Dodge, a hard on the outside, soft on the inside, cowboy ...more
Donna Porter
Aug 08, 2015 Donna Porter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Woodward moves with her two boys, two years after her husbands death. She has a ranch there she bought with her husband and she wants to start over. she wants someone to teach her ranching. Her sons, Kevin 13 and Lyle 11 are not happy about the move. A friend of the Senator who knew Sarah's husband ask that he get someone to help her. He gets A J Dodge. Dodge is disliked by the senator. They once had a run in. Dodge finds Sarah very attractive and he finds he is very protective of her and ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it
I started this book with the thought - ta da -a romance book by formula - you know - boy and girl meet - girl hates boy, boy loves girl - finally girl loves boy. Of course, that can be said about any romance story.
This story really hooked me though - the sub-plots are interesting, and the characters are given believable traits. I really enjoyed this, and would recommend this as a quality chicklit type book. I hope that doesn't offend the author, because it was well written and the reactions betw
Feb 27, 2012 Liz rated it liked it
I thought this book was a bit slow moving to get into, then it felt like a ton of action dumped into forty pages, and then it just ended. I didn't like the pacing of the story at all, it felt really rushed at the end, like it could only be a certain number of pages, and too many pages were spent on backstory. I really liked the actual story itself (even if it was a bit predictable), but the pacing was just off and kind of weird. Overall, I am glad I wasn't reading this book alone, having another ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
This was a good story. A widowed mom brings her two kids to the vacation ranch she bought with her husband looking for a fresh start. The prime piece of property is overgrown and she quickly realizes the task is above her head, so she reaches out to fellow rancher Dodge for assistance. A quiet man with his own broken past, together they develop the land and their relationship. Dodge is a great hero. He is strong, brave, intelligent, sexy, and loving. And he reads romance novels. What more can a ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Nicola rated it liked it
A freebie that I downloaded. It was a pretty good read. No major surprises, and pretty predictable, but enjoyable just the same. The woman has a ranch, but doesn't not know how to work out. A man is a rancher with no ranch to run. It is natural that they come together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Naturally there are misunderstandings and confusion, but they work it out in the end. The characters are well developed, but background information is lacking in some places. I would have like ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Michele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this....but it didn't happen. Even tho I clicked "read"....I really didn't, not word for word. About 10% thru, I started skipping pages pretty fast. I was interested enough to find out if Dodge & Sarah made a real relationship. The author seemed to suggest a big mystery with Dodge & after it was quickly revealed, I didn't think it was such a big deal. And Sarah was so easy to figure out....very predictable. I guess I expected more action, drama, & sex than I g ...more
Dec 30, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
I had never heard of this author or book but since it was a free e-reader and it sounded interesting I decided to try it out. I have to say that I was not disappointed and I actually would consider reading more of Ms. Haye's books. I found myself wanting to keep reading because I enjoyed the characters so much. It has been awhile that a book has grabbed my attention that much. The one thing I wonder is if Jenny will have a book of her own. I actually liked her and it seems she has issues concern ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Sasha rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, romance
Good solid read, and a nice romance. I read this as a free e-book on ibooks and its one of the better ones but not super outstanding (it didnt make me want go and buy her other books). The characters (with the exception of the "villian") were fairly believable, the teenage kids gave me a few issues (I found it hard to believe they are as accepting as they are)but over all the book moved along at a nice place and was fairly enjoyable.
Karen seng
Feb 23, 2012 Karen seng rated it really liked it
sarah lost her husband and with 2 son to raise on her own she moved back to a family ranch.. a guy name Doge came to help her he ranch was the only one that had water rites. so the senetor was trying to scare her into selling her land for a develment so he could have water rites.. after he had someone try to torch her barn he got cought.. also doge got hurt very bad but recovered .. and told sarah he was in love with her
Apr 17, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this story, but I am a sucker for cowboys and FREE reads. :)

Even with a few minor typos this book held my attention. The chemistry between Sarah and Dodge is palpable and refreshing. The plot was suspenseful and not too far fetched.

Sarah's boys seemed too mature for the ages stated, I would have like to see them just a few years older.

Otherwise a fun, quick romantic suspense read.
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My husband and I live outside Atlanta, Georgia, with our two children and two dogs. I have a journalism degree from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and the Women’s Fiction Chapter of Romance Writers of America. I’ve been writing seriously since 2004 and made the decision to indie publish in 2011.

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