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The town outcast buys a date with Cowboy Crossing’s own A-List movie star. 

Ivory Haines is the daughter of the town’s resident retired prostitute and possibly the town drunk, although her mother wasn’t entirely certain.  

She resents her position in the town – and especially resents the teasing she’d been subjected to – and has vowed to show everyone that she is just as good as they are. 

She can hardly believe her luck when Chandler Hudson donates a month of his time to the highest bidder at the charity auction to benefit local victims of the recent tornado damage. 

Chandler wasn’t sure what he’d been expecting when he’d offered a month of his time to charity. Maybe for a young woman to buy him and make him her one-month temporary boyfriend. Possibly his brothers would buy him and work him to death for a month. Worst case would be some elderly lady purchasing him just to decorate her dinner table with his presence for a few weeks. 

It never occurred to him that Ivory Haines would buy him and drag him out to her run-down, ramshackle, snake-infested bunkhouse for a month of labor on her dirt-poor farm. 

But as he gets to know her and sees beyond the reputation the town has given her - undeserved - he changes his focus from one of enduring to one of ensnaring. 

Can they put the past behind them and step into a bright new future...together? 

Books in the Cowboy Crossing series 

  1. Best Friends in the Show Me State
  2. Sold! in the Show Me State
  3. A Secret Baby in the Show Me State
©2020 Jessie Gussman (P)2020 Jessie Gussman

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Whew! Another all-nighter!

When this storyline was hinted at in book 1 - Best Friends in the Show Me State, I had no idea what a journey I was in for. This book shows you about prejudice both from others and within ourselves as well as going from heart-stopping moments to heart-dropping moments - in the blink of an eye. Jessie Gussman never fails to deliver lovable characters, serious and believable relationships as well as a healthy does of humor. This book is a wonderful whirlwind of emotions and I am enjoying the epilogues that give you some idea where the series is going.

Jay Dyess has a natural talent and a voice that is easy to listen to for hours. He also has the ability to create character voices that somehow fit every character - even young children and the ladies. This is also the second book I have listened to where he sings the lines of the character - sigh. No doubt he takes this already amazing story and makes it even better.

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Fabulous

Sold! In the Show Me State is a beautiful story of forgiveness, redemption, and love. The storyline is fresh and full of tender moments and playful banter. I have completely fallen in love with the characters in this series. They are realistic and interesting. The narration by Jay Dyess is fabulous. He makes the book come alive! I get so caught up in his performances of Mrs. Gussman’s stories that the negativity and chaos of the world slips away for a brief reprieve.

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Ivory and Chandler are made for each other.

Jay Dyess makes the attraction, kindness and love between Ivory and Chandler so beautiful. He handles the auction amazingly. Even the farm work, the trials they each go through and the way they treat each other is more pronounced and better listening to it than just reading it. Jessie writes and amazing story, but Jay brings it to life in a way the text alone can't do.

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Loved this second book in the series!

Sold in the Show Me State by Jessie Gussman

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Another truly enjoyable plot! I don’t usually buy books if there’s a movie star involved as the lead protagonist. It isn’t a trope that appeals to me. But this book was great!

Chandler’s fear over what he is becoming and his dissatisfaction with his life are relatable and humanize him.

Ivory is such an amazing woman and so strong! Meanwhile, she is a deep character with flaws and insecurities. She is at once so humble, but also proud in her attempts not to care about the preconceived notions people have of her because of her parentage.

Anyway, great characters and a wonderful enemies to lovers trope.

Narration: 5 stars
Jay Dyess is a wonderful voice actor and this book required that he sing! He did a great job and was in tune-- in fact, it was a very touching scene.

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Incredible reader.

Dyess audios are always so soothing. I hadn't listened to an audio in a decade before I started listening to these. Then, last week I listened to an audio by a different reader and I was so disappointed. I kept thinking about how the reader's voice inflections weren't true to the book and how the voices weren't as distinct and how I got lost a few times. It made me so much more thankful for Dyess and his superb reading ability and his innate way of connecting with the characters and bringing them and their situations to life. And this one? Gutted. Dyess can just twist your heart by speaking the words Gussman has strung together. I love when Dyess sings. That is something special about his audios.

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Wow. This book was incredible. More than I could have hoped for! The characters and their personal growth over the length of this book was amazing. I loved seeing Ivory come out of her shell, all the different work they got done together, Chandler finding something more than he expected, and the experiences with sweet RaeAnne. I can’t wait to read Deacon’s story!

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Loved this story! Great chemistry, fun characters and wonderful narrator. I have loved this series!

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Amazing story of Redemption and Second Chances

When I finished listening to book 1, Best Friends in The Show Me State, the Epilogue hinted a bit about the story line for Book 2. Never in my life would I have figured the story line would unfold into such a heartwarming story of Redemption, Forgiveness and love.
Ivory has avoided people pretty well most of her life, her mom was a “lady of the night” her dad was thought to be “the town drunk.” Ivory felt people looked down on her and saw her as being just like her mother.
Ivory fudged a bit with her age on her resumes and was working at an early age, she saved her money and bought a run down farm. “A place to call home.”
Chandler was a famous actor who loved being in the spotlight. Born and raised on a farm, he wanted nothing of it, he left and pursued his career.
To raise money for the tornado victims, the church is holding an auction. Chandler is asked to come home and be part of the auction. He is asked to donate 1 month of his time to whoever buys him.
The day of the auction rolls around and Ivory comes to town to check things out. Her curiosity got the better of her, she wanted to watch Chandler being sold. Ivory hadn’t seen Chandler in years but the hurt he caused her years ago still lingers in her heart and mind.Someone comes up behind her, tells her to not turn around and hands her $5,000.00 to bid on Chandler, she buys him for $4,900.00.
That one month felt so much longer, but in a good way. Both Ivory and Chandler had wounds to heal, Ivory needed to heal from her mothers past and Chandlers hurt, Chandler was divorced and had a daughter he didn’t see much due to movie scheduling.

The rest of the story unfolds in such a beautiful way, a story of forgiveness, redemption and love. When you combine those 3 and add in a cute little daughter, the story vamps to a whole new level.

I could say more but I will leave you with this: I guarantee you will fall in love with this story and the characters as much as I have.
Jessie Gussman, thank you for gifting this Audible to me, you are such a talented author and you truly use the gift God gave you. Jay Dyess, you did an amazing job with your narration and your singing was once again beautiful. Your auctioneering skills are great, I grew up in a family of auctioneers, I’d sit and listen to you auction all night.

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Loved it!

So Good! I loved meeting Ivory and finding out her and Chandlers story. I laughed at Ivories attitude and their bantering back and forth. When I got down to 20 minutes left, I stopped for a whole day. I didn't want it to end. If you like clean, fun stories, you can't go wrong with 'Sold! in the Show State'. I received this book from the publisher. The thoughts and comments are my own.

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Loved this book!

This was a great story by Jessie Gussman. The story line was unique and the characters were well developed and likable. I really enjoyed getting to know the quirky characters as they developed throughout the story. This was a very interesting listen - well written. I also enjoyed the narration by Jay Dyess. He does a great job of adding variations to the voices and reading the book in a great way. Definitely recommend this book!

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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Oh how the mighty fall when they fall in love

Jessie Gussman is a superb storyteller. It’s down home goodness and a sweet tale. Chandler is the movie star that has all females swooning. When he comes back home between films he gets roped into being the main attraction for a charity auction. Ivory has tried her whole life to escape the unsavory reputation of her parents and how mean the kids were in school. She gets slipped $5000 to purchase Chandlers labor for a month on her ranch-he who had been one of her tormentors. Add in a cute daughter RaeAnn and both Ivory and Chandler are tied up in knots. Jay is such an awesome narrator and we even get to hear him sing in this one. His narration is the icing on the top for this book. When Jessie and Jay team up magic happens.

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Beautiful,sweet,clean romance💕

I can honestly say,I absolutely loved this.
Jay Dyess has done an excellent job of bringing these characters to life.I loved the song he sings in this.He has a really good singing voice as well as his speaking voice.
The story had my attention straight from the beginning.
It's beautifully written,expertly narrated,and I have no hesitation in recommending this Audiobook.