The McLendon Family Saga continues in this epic, coming-of-age love story by USA Today Bestselling Author D.L. Roan
One of the most important lessons Clay Sterling’s father taught him about working with a high-spirited filly is to work with her, not against her. Clay’s wanted Dani since the moment he laid eyes on her. He needs her as a partner in his latest business venture, and he wants her in his bed. Convincing the spitfire of a cowgirl to take a chance on him will be the fight of his life. He’s ready to go all twelve seducing rounds, but his prize in the end may be more than he bargained for. Winning Dani McLendon may just cost him his heart.
Clay veered toward the barn, rounding the corner into the aisle just in time to see Dani teetering at the top of a twelve-foot ladder, trying to unscrew a lightbulb. “Whoa! Dammit!”
The ladder wobbled and Clay rushed to steady it.
Clay chuckled. “I’m helping.”
“Helping me do what? Break my neck?”
“I’d say you were doin’ a fine job of that yourself.”
Dani began to descend the ladder, but he tightened his grip. “Go on.” He tipped his chin at the light fixture hanging from the rafters. “I won’t let you fall.”
Dani arched a brow. “I appreciate this whole Prince Farming thing you’re doing, but I don’t need your help.”
“Sure you do,” Clay insisted with a wink. “You’re just too stubborn to admit it.”
Dani tried to step down again, but Clay refused to budge. “Just change the damn lightbulb before I have to start spoutin’ stupid jokes about how many cowgirls it takes to do the job.”
Dani narrowed her eyes, and Clay did the same, trying to keep his grin from ruining the effect. Dani caved first and turned back to the ladder. She climbed the extra step she needed to reach the fixture, the new position giving him the best view in the entire fucking universe.
Jesus flying footballs! Encased in hip-hugging denim, her ass was pure perfection. He was swamped with the sudden urge to sink his teeth into the round, firm flesh, right at the crease at the top of her long, lean thigh.
“I meant, what are you doing here,” she clarified. “Perpetuating your bromance with my dads?”
What? “No. I mean, yes.” Fuckin’ A. “Your dads are great, but I told you. I wanted to apologize to you in person.”
“I can feel you staring at my ass,” she said with a sigh.
Clay reached down and adjusted himself. “That makes two of us,” he muttered.
Dani stopped what she was doing and looked over her shoulder at him. “You’re not even going to deny it, are you?”
“Hell, woman,” he swore as he swiped the sweat from his brow. “It’s right in front of me. I’m a bonafide red-blooded Texan. Of course I’m gonna look.”
Dani considered him for a moment, then turned back to finish the job. The new lightbulb secured, she descended the ladder, but when she reached the bottom, Clay held tight to the frame, keeping her caged between him and the rungs.
“My horse died,” he said after she turned around.
His heartrate picked up as he stared down into her whiskey-colored eyes. The urge to kiss her was stronger than ever. When she licked her lips, he tightened his grip on the ladder. The timing wasn’t right. When he did finally kiss her, he planned to do it thoroughly, with plenty of time to savor her.
“What?” she finally asked, her brows furrowed in confusion.
“That’s why I left the drone project last winter,” he explained. “My horse died.”
She chewed on the inside of her lip in the most adorable way as she studied him. “Are you bullshitting me?”
Clay nodded. “No bullshit, I swear. She’d been sick for a while, but took a turn for the worse shortly after I got here. I’d had her since I was sixteen, Dani. When I got the call that she wouldn’t last another day, I had to go.” He left out the part about Gypsy being his mom’s horse before she’d died. He wasn’t ready to share that part of himself yet, and she’d just have to forgive him when he finally did tell her.
Her skepticism faded and she looked away. “I’m sorry,” she offered as she ducked beneath his arm and escaped his trap, “but why didn’t you just tell me that?”
Clay crossed his arms over his chest and met her gaze. “I was trying to impress you.” That part was one hundred percent true. “I’m not accustomed to allowing personal issues to interfere with business. I didn’t want to give you the impression I wasn’t completely committed to what I do, not when I was about to offer you a job I desperately need you to accept.”
Dani scoffed. “Are you kidding me? I would have understood that explanation a hell of a lot better than the lame lie you fed me. What rancher wouldn’t?”
“It wasn’t exactly a lie,” he pushed to explain. “I did have a wind turbine freeze up on one of my sites in Idaho, but I blew it off, too.” He uncrossed his arms and walked over to her, taking the blown bulb from her hands and laying it on the workbench beside them. “I’m sorry I ditched you and ruined your project.” Being able to say the words directly to her, instead of leaving them on a voicemail he was sure she deleted without even listening to first, felt good. “If I had it to do over, I’d still have left. I owed it to Gypsy to be there to say goodbye, but I should have told you the truth.”
Her arms crossed over her chest, she looked everywhere but at him, staring down at her boots when she finally muttered, “Apology accepted.”
Clay grinned. “Really?”
Dani’s arms fell to her sides with her incredulous sigh. “Your horse died.” She peered over at one of the horses stalled across from them, then walked over to a bale of hay and picked off a handful. “I could never hold that against you,” she said as she offered it to the dapple-gray mare. He didn’t have to ask if it was hers. As he joined her at the stall door, he could see the unique connection shared between horse and rider since the beginning of time.
“What’s her name?”
“Silverado,” she said, and the horse’s ears perked up. “She was my twelfth birthday present.”
“Can we start over?” he asked, turning to gauge her reaction. He hadn’t meant to blurt it out, but he couldn’t wait another second to know where they stood.
She didn’t immediately respond. He reached out and ran his hand down the horse’s nose.
“What do you think, Silver girl?” she asked. “Should we give him another chance?”
Silverado bobbed her head, and Clay laughed out loud. “There you go. You can’t ignore good advice like that.”
Dani gave him a sideways glance, her beautifully bowed lips curling into an incredulous smile.
“Okay,” she said, “but I’m still not coming to work for you.” She stepped away from the stall and Clay grabbed her hands, lacing their fingers together.
“Fine. Have dinner with me instead.”
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a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.
The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.
Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.
Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.
the hot blonde.
was all tight jeans, high heels, and confi-dence. And hot. Very, very hot.
under his breath, and Luke’s gaze flicked to the man beside the woman. Tried to
place him. Couldn’t.
wore light-purple shirts and white pants with the same easy comfort that Lucky
Hollow residents wore jeans and flannel.
around here. Not by a long shot.
woman, and Luke assessed that the woman was calling the shots.
she hadn’t once wavered in her approach.
face matched the body. Wide blue eyes, full lips, sassy shoulder-length blond
hair that was just tousled enough to make a man wonder how it had gotten that
way—to want to be the one to muss it.
Charlie whistled and muttered under his breath. “She just checked you out,
flattered. It hadn’t been the assessment of a woman checking out a man so much
as a predator evaluating its prey.
. . . something.
the second her blue eyes locked on his, Luke felt a little jolt of awareness
and was irrationally annoyed. It had been a long time since he’d been quite so
aware of a woman.
chemistry was almost the perfect combination of pain and pleasure. A subtle
punch in the gut that you wanted to experience again and again.
hard time getting past the pain part. The shitty parts had outweighed the good
parts just one time too many. Now he mostly settled for casual hookups with a
divorcée a few towns over who was even less interested in com-mitment than Luke
pretty, bold woman in high heels.
she had a slightly off-balance look, as though she too had felt the annoying
zip of arousal when their eyes met, but she recovered quick-ly.
face, she stuck out her right hand. “Luke Elliott. I’m Jordan Carpenter. This
is my colleague, Simon Nash.”
equipment and extending his own right hand toward hers even as his brain caught
on her name. Familiar, and . . .
hand back, but just barely. Instead, he gritted his teeth, gave her hand a
perfunctory shake, and then fixed her with a glare. “You’re wasting your time,
Ms. Carpenter. And mine.”
get my emails.”
his hands in his pockets. “Just like I suspect you got the message that I
didn’t want to be a part of your show.”
and back again. “Show?”
grin telling Luke that this damn woman had already spilled the beans on why she
was here. “Luke’s gonna be a national heartthrob.”
in the purple shirt.
companion, but all three firefighters did.
smile that probably had him making friends easily. Luke didn’t want a new
his shitty romantic past for the sake of TV ratings.
Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies.
She lives in New York City with her husband.
e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York
City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in
2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s
written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAY, New York
Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (Maverick Junction Book 3) by Lynnette Austin
This is veterinarian Brawley Odell and Maggie Sullivan’s story.
Brawley is back in Maverick Junction and wants to win Maggie back. He is the one that called quits on their relationship tens years ago to pursue his dreams in the big city. Brawley hurt Maggie and she cannot take a chance on getting her again. Another problem is that now that Brawley is back Maggie is leaving to pursue her dreams in the city. But one thing for sure the attraction between them hasn’t gone away in the last ten years. If anything, the chemistry between them is hotter than ever. Will these two ever be on the same page or are there too many hurts from the past for them to get a chance at true love?
I just loved Brawley’s character. It may have taken him ten years but he knows what he wants now and that’s Maggie. So, kick back and enjoy the Brawley and Maggie’s story. This is a fun, emotional, heartwarming, and hot read.
FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Where I Need To Be (McKenna Series Book 3) by Hollins, Jamie
This is Megan McKenna and James Foley’s story.
James Foley bought out his dad’s auto shop when he was around nineteen. He is raising his son with the help of his father. James tried to get his wife help with her drug addiction but would never follow through with the treatments. He ended up divorcing her. Now, James only has time for his son and his shop. Then he keeps crossing paths with school teacher, Megan McKenna and things begin to change. Megan has just gone through a nasty divorce with her cheating husband. James and Megan connect due to understanding of the emotional pain of divorce plus they are extremely attracted to one another. Neither one want a relationship but will friends with benefits be enough for them?
Wow!! This was an amazing read! I could not put it down. The story was entertaining, emotional, heartwarming, and the chemistry between Megan and James was off the charts. The author did a great job of where the reader could feel the emotions of James and Megan. This is a must read!
FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
must find a way to convince Maggie
that their one true home is with each other.
CAN’T STOP LOVIN’ YOU
Maverick Junction #3
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Sullivan can’t wait to get out of Texas. Luckily, she just got the break she needed to make her big-city dreams a reality. But then Brawley Odell swaggers back into Maverick Junction, looking hotter than ever in his dusty cowboy boots and well-worn jeans. He’s the guy she still dreams of at night. The guy who broke her heart when he left her behind. Fed up with city life, Brawley jumps at the chance to return home and take over the local vet’s practice—and get back to the smart, sassy woman he’s never been able forget. He couldn’t be prouder of Maggie’s new wedding-dress business until he realizes it may mean losing her all over again. Determined to win her back, Brawley must find a way to convince Maggie that their one true home is with each other.
NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT!!
Lynnette Austin, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida’s beaches and Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that’s where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody…and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.
WHERE I NEED TO BE
McKenna Series #3
Releasing July 18, 2017
When heroin stole James Foley’s wife and destroyed his marriage, he poured all his energy into raising his young son and running his auto garage. There’s no room in hislife for anything else until Megan McKenna walks into his shop. He finds it impossible to resist the sexy school teacher. After an ugly divorce, Megan lost her home, her job, and a big chunk of her self-respect. With her posh lifestyle now a memory, she starts over by indulging in an unexpected fling with a hard-bodied mechanic. What begins as something casual turns into something meaningful. But how can their relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths? James and Megan soon discover that being honest with themselves is just as important as being honest with each other. Only then will their relationship fire on all cylinders.
DON’T MISS ANY OF THE
Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio. After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters. When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing. Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog,Winston.
Professor Next Door by Summer Cooper
This is Professor Galen Elliot and Tara Smyth’s story.
Galen is widowed and raising his daughter. Circumstances make to where he could lose his job and his daughter. He will do anything to keep his daughter, Rikki. This is where his new neighbor Tara comes into the picture. Will Tara be receptive to his plan?
This is a heartwarming, emotional, and steamy read. I really enjoyed how Galen, Tara, and Rikki connected to one another. Tara is quite a bit younger than Galen but she acted much older. The supporting characters were a great addition to the story. There were some surprises too.
FYI, contains mature and graphic content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Finding Me (Snowy Ridge: Love at Starlight, Book 3) by Kris Jett
This is Luci Foster and Evan Monroe’s story.
Luci longs to be writer and goes to the coffee shop to write her romance novel. Evan works and lives with his aunt. Both Luci and Evan are trying to find their place in life. Evan and Luci are attracted to each but are afraid to let each other know.
This is a sweet, sensual, and fun romance. I enjoyed Luci and Evans story.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt
This is Alice James and Henry Trent’s story. It is also continuation of Lady Stokeley’s story and the final book in this series.
Alice’s life has been a struggle for her. She longs for love and to feel wanted. Alice wants to be living life not feeling like she isn’t good enough.
Henry was raised with everything money could buy but also longs to be loved. He comes across as gruff and mean. Is this Henry’s way of protecting his heart?
Alice is taking care of Henry’s aunt which puts Henry and Alice spending time together. They both are attracted to one another but come from different worlds. Will they let their defenses down in order to take a chance on love?
This is a sweet and clean story that is emotional and heartwarming. I enjoyed Alice and Henry’s story.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Will you dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses?
MONSTER AMONG THE ROSES
Fairy Tale Quartet #1
Releasing July 24, 2017
“Do you know how to
get to the rose garden?”
“No, you can’t go
there. A monster lives there.”
Hollander is desperate.
unemployed, and determined to help his ailing mother, he falls on the good
graces of a wealthy benefactor who is willing to give Shaw a job at his mansion
in order to pay off his mother’s debts. Suddenly finding himself surrounded by
lavish riches, he has no idea what his duties truly entail until he’s sent to
the rose garden and meets the tragically mutilated Isobel.
and the Beast story holds true to the core of the fable while shaking off the
element of fantasy and dragging it into present day reality. Shaw and Isobel
are ready to let you climb into their four-wheel-drive pickup and take a ride
with them into their version of happily ever after, but only if you first dare
to gaze upon the monster among the roses.
I grew up
on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now I live in
Kansas with my husband, two daughters, nine cuckoo clocks, and a cat named
Holly. My life’s been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love.
Writing’s always been a major part my world, and I’m so happy to finally share
some of my stories with other romance lovers.
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, and I’ve been through a writing
correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s
Literarture, and then I continued my writing lessons by majoring in English
with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State