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Fri
May 1 2015 8:04am

And They’re Off: What Are Your Derby Reads?

Thrown by Colette AuclairTomorrow is the 2015 Kentucky Derby, and while many people are putting on their jauntiest and most outlandish hats, we at Team H&H will be picking up romance novels featuring the most talented riders.

Cowboys, rodeo riders, and ranch owners are all pretty common fare in romance. Who are the most accomplished riders in romance? Can you think of talented riders in romance? Who are your favorites? Have you ever read a romance novel that features the Kentucky Derby or any other well-known races?

Mon
Apr 27 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Cat Johnson’s Midnight Ride (April 28, 2015)

Midnight Ride by Cat Johnson

Cat Johnson
Midnight Ride (Midnight Cowboys #1)
Zebra / April 28, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

One bucking bronco...

Oklahoma ranch hand Tyler Jenkins is too young, too sexy, and too damn wild to be tied down by any single woman—for more than a few steamy hours...

One hard-working widow...

Widowed rancher Janie Smithwick is too busy paying off her debts to play rodeo with a reckless young cowboy like Tyler—no matter how hot he gets her...

One midnight ride they'll never forget. . .

As a rule, Janie should be dating a man her own age, like her handsome neighbor Rohn—not the twenty-four-year old ranch hand he employs. But once Tyler gets Janie alone—held tight in his arms, pressed against his hard muscled body, burning with desire—the widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken...

In an age where female characters are demonized for their sexual desires, it’s comforting to read a book that’s capable of reassuring us that it’s okay to give into need, want, and desire—like Cat Johnson’s Midnight Ride.

There is a twelve year age difference between the hero and the heroine, and right from the beginning, the hero sees the heroine as an object of desire. Tyler thinks Janie’s a beautiful woman. And Lord help him when she mentions his tongue. 

His mind went to bad places at her mention of his tongue and its talents.  Visions of what he’d like to do with it—and her—flashed through his brain.

His desire is immediate and palpable.  And right from the beginning, as far as he’s concerned, her age is simply a number.  “(I)t was obvious Colton had never met Janie Smithwick.  If he had, he sure as hell wouldn’t have called her old.” Hot, beautiful, sexy , yes.  But not old.

[Will she tame the young hunky cowboy?]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 1:00pm

H&H Quickies #9: Jennifer Ryan—Prompt Me!

 When It's Right by Jennifer Ryan

If you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Lora Leigh, Valerie Bowman, Charlotte Stein, and more (see all the Quickies, here), we are pleased to announce today that Jennifer Ryan will be the ninth author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Jennifer Ryan with a contemporary/mystery-suspense theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Jennifer will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Jennifer used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (saddle!), a setting (a ranch!), a situation (dancing at a Western bar!), a description (tall, dark, and handsome!)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be contemporary-themed or have mystery/suspense elements.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on April 24 for an original scene from Jennifer Ryan based on your suggestions!

Psst... if you're a newsletter subscriber, you'll get to see the full scene a few days early! Not on the list? Here are three more reasons to join in on the fun. To sign up, register to become an H&H community member here and check “YES” to receive the newsletter. Or, if you're already an H&H member and want to start getting the newlsetter, go into into your profile, click on the red button with the heart that says “Click here to subscribe for the H&H Newsletter,” and voilà! If you have any trouble signing up, always feel free to contact us for troubleshooting.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at  info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

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Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Fri
Mar 20 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Scott Eastwood

We've been looking to add to our list of movie boyfriends, and with his appearance in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks' adaptation, The Longest Ride, Scott Eastwood has earned placement on that list! Movies based on Sparks' books are known for having pretty hot leading men—Liam Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Ryan Gosling, just to name a few!

Today, we're celebrating another hot leading man and dedicating our beefcake to Mr. Eastwood!

[Here's to some great genes...and jeans...]

Sat
Jan 31 2015 1:00pm
Excerpt

Rough Rider: Exclusive Excerpt

Victoria Vane

Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

Two wary hearts ...
Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.

Different Dreams...
Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good-roping, branding, backing broncs, riding bulls, but there's a void he can't seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he bolts...but there's a certain cowgirl he can't forget.

When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he's determined to hang on at any cost. Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams turn to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?

Get a sneak peek from Victoria Vane's Rough Rider (available February 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Damn!” Dirk toed off his boots with a mumbled curse. “Is there anything worse than trying to peel off wet jeans?” His clothes were stuck to him and his bum left hand and shoulder didn’t make it any easier.

“Here, let me help you.”

Before he could protest, Janice had squatted down in front of him. She went right to work tugging the bottom half of his pant legs—a position that put her face level with his crotch.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Rough Rider...]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 1:00pm
Excerpt

Shameless: Exclusive Excerpt

Brynley Bush

Shameless by Brynley Bush

Sheltered good girl Victoria Raine has always wanted to be a little bad.  Tired of living life safely on the sidelines, she summons the courage to forge a new path for herself and applies to the FBI, looking for adventure and something to fulfill her vague longing for something…more. She gets more than she bargained for with her first undercover assignment—posing as the girlfriend of country music’s bad boy, Drake Maddox, a lone wolf with a reputation for having singularly erotic tastes.  Hoping to catch a serial killer that’s targeting women close to Drake, Tori’s job is to convince the public, and the killer, that she and the wickedly handsome superstar are an item.

Although their relationship is a sham, there’s nothing fake about the hidden desires the sexy as sin cowboy awakens in Tori.  As the killer draws closer, Tori finds herself falling for the one man she can’t have.

Get a sneak peek of Brynley Bush's Shameless (available February 11, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“For the first time in my life, I’m regretting having a truck,” Drake says a little bit later as we drive toward downtown.

“Really? Why?”

“You look far too beautiful to be taken out on a date in a truck.  I should have rented a limousine.”

“I’m starting to kind of like your truck,” I say, sliding across the bench seat until my hip is pressed next to his. He smiles at me, deliberately placing his hand on my bare thigh.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Shameless...]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 3:57pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from D.D. Ayres, Cat Devon, and Kimberly Raye!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for books by D.D. Ayres, Cat Devon, and Kimberly Raye. These covers just have us thinking one thing: How do we buy tickets to the gun show?

See the amazingly hot covers and learn more about the books, below!

[Two tickets please...]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 3:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Laura Trentham, Stacey Kennedy, and Maggie McGinnis!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for books from Laura Trentham, Stacey Kennedy, and Maggie McGinnis. The heroine of Laura Trentham's Caught Up in the Touch needs to stay in control, stay calm, and stay professional, but all of that gets thrown out the window when she meets a sexy restraunteur. Speaking of control, the hero of Commanded by Stacey Kennedy certainly likes it, but he might be willing to give it all up for the private investigator who catches his eye—and his heart. Meanwhile, Maggie McGinnis has us saying “Make Mine a Cowboy,” in Once Upon a Cowboy, but the heroine might not agree with us.

Learn about these hot reads and see the covers while they're hot off the presses!

[Sneak a peek...]

Wed
Dec 17 2014 10:30am

Quiz: Who Is Your Ideal Romance Hero?

It's the holiday season and while hot cocoa and eggnog go a long way to warm us up, nothing beats a hero! Heroes and Heartbreakers has put together a special quiz, just for you, so you can find out what type of hero is your ideal match! Let us know your result in the comments!

[Take the quiz now!]

Tue
Dec 9 2014 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from P.A. DePaul, Tina Leonard, and Gina Gordon!

Today we're thrilled to host the cover reveals for three great books from P.A. DePaul, Tina Leonard, and Gina Gordon! In Gina Gordon's Rush, a bad boy helps a law student learn how to relax. Meanwhile, in Last of the Red-Hot Riders by Tina Leonard, our hero isn't thrilled with all the women who come trapsing into his rodeo training center, but that all changes when he sets eyes on his newest trainee. Then in P.A. DePaul's Shadow of Doubt, our heroine is on the run when her lover is murdered and she's the main suspect—but no worries, our hero is tracking her down...to turn her in!

[Learn more about the books and see the full covers!]

Mon
Dec 1 2014 2:45pm

First Look: Lacy Williams’s A Cowboy for Christmas (December 2, 2014)

A Cowboy for Christmas by Lacy WilliamsLacy Williams
A Cowboy for Christmas (Wyoming Legacy)
Harlequin / December 2, 2014 / $5.99 print, $4.99 digital

After an accident leaves her injured, Daisy Richards stays secluded at her family's Wyoming ranch to avoid the town's gawking stares. Yet handsome cowboy newcomer Ricky White insists she can do anything she dreams—ride a horse, decorate a Christmas tree…even steal a man's heart. 

Once a reckless cad, Ricky is to blame for what happened to Daisy. Now reformed, he wants to make amends by setting things right for his boss's beautiful daughter in time for the holidays. But Daisy doesn't know Ricky's responsible for her predicament. When the truth is revealed, will he lose the greatest gift he's ever received—her trust? 

A wedding reception is ordinarily a festive occasion, but Daisy is a reluctant participant. Why is she hiding at the party celebrating her father’s remarriage? What doesn’t red-haired Daisy want young men to see? Daisy is terribly self-conscious, and it feels as though time has stopped for her.

[Tick, tock...]

Mon
Oct 20 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Slow Hand: Exclusive Excerpt

Victoria Vane

Slow Hand by Victoria Vane

In rural Montana...

Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who's torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He's on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She's a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots...

Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds—until her father's death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can't resist a cowboy with a slow hand...

Get a sneak peek of Victoria Vane's Slow Hand (available November 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

By the time they arrived at the cabin the sun was already dipping like a red-gold ball of fire below the blue-tinged mountain peaks on the western horizon. The experience was almost enough to make her forget her raw backside—at least until she dismounted. Her legs protested as well, turning suddenly to rubber, and nearly giving out when her feet touched down. She cast a critical eye over the crude structure that was little more than a shed. “Is this the camp you were talking about?”

“I warned you it would be rough,” Wade replied without apology. “It was put up for cattle gathering and hunting, not for recreation. There’s two cots and a small wood stove. That’s about it.” Wade pointed to a place higher up the mountain where the cattle appeared as no more than black dots to Nikki’s eyes. “It’s too late to do anything about them now,” he said. “So we might as well just get settled for the night and bring them down at sunrise.”

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise: Exclusive Excerpt

Maggie McGinnis

A Cowboy's Christmas Promise by Maggie McGinnis

In a captivating novel spiced with holiday magic—perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe—a rugged Montana man mends a Northeast girl’s jaded heart.

Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.

Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Hayley is a godsend, accompanying him in the field and winning over his girls. It doesn’t take Daniel long to realize he’s falling for this woman, hard and fast. So before Hayley returns to Boston, he extracts a promise: that she will return to Whisper Creek for Christmas. It’s the perfect time and place to show Hayley that the promise of a beautiful life together is something she can believe in.

Get a sneak peek of Maggie McGinnis's Cowboy's Christmas Promise (available November 18, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

 “So no boarding school?” Cole snagged two bottled waters out of the mini-fridge in the tack room and tossed one to Daniel. “Not going to send Bryn and Gracie off to the nuns?”

Daniel blew out a frustrated breath as he leaned against a sawhorse and uncapped the bottle. “I can’t believe they’re down there in Denver – quote – pulling strings to get the girls into this ... Southwick. Insanity. There’s no way I’d agree to it and Evelyn knows it.”

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Tue
Sep 30 2014 4:30pm

First Look: R.C. Ryan’s The Maverick of Copper Creek (September 30, 2014)

The Maverick of Copper Creek by R.C. Ryan

R.C. Ryan
The Maverick of Copper Creek
Forever / September 30, 2014 / $8.00 print / $7.99 digital

Ash MacKenzie broke his share of hearts when he left Copper Creek all those years ago and struck out on his own. Tall, tough, and proud. That's how Brenna always remembered him, and from the looks of things, he hasn't changed much. Once, she thought he could save her-whisk her away from her rough childhood home and start fresh together. Now she knows better . . .

Ash isn't planning to stick around town long. As soon as he uncovers the truth about his father's death and makes sure the family ranch is safe, he'll be back out on his own. And then he runs into Brenna Crane. It broke his heart to leave her once-a herd of stampeding horses couldn't make him do it again. But Brenna has made a new life for herself, one that doesn't include him. Now he just has to convince her to give their first love a second chance. 

If my history of reading romance proves anything, it’s that I have a weakness for cowboys with chest hair. I liked it in Diana Palmer, and I liked it in R.C. Ryan’s The Maverick of Copper Creek. But beyond the physical makeup of Ryan’s hero, I also found myself with a weakness for the setting and its inhabitants. 

[Chest hair + Setting + Inhabitants = A good read!]

Mon
Sep 29 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Billionaire Cowboy: Exclusive Excerpt

Mandy Baxter

The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter

Billionaire Ryder Blackwell has got it all under control. The wealthiest cattle baron this side of the Mississippi, he’s built an empire for himself in hopes of getting distance from a tortured past. But when a stunningly sexy—and strong-willed—new vet comes to town just in time for Christmas, Ryder knows he’s met the one spirit he just can’t tame…

Lara Montgomery doesn’t want to be involved with any man, least of all the rich, infuriating, and unbearably sexy Ryder Blackwell. She vows never to tangle with the charming rancher, but when he offers her the ultimate deal—one weekend at his ranch in exchange for a near-priceless horse—Lara cannot refuse. And as the nights get colder and their attraction gets hotter, Lara’s about to get all she’s ever wanted for Christmas…

Get a sneak peek at Mandy Baxter's The Billionaire Cowboy (available October 7, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

“You’re about to have one pissed-off female on your hands, brother.”

Ryder Blackwell looked askance at his younger brother before turning his attention back to the plume of dust rising in a rooster tail behind the Chevy pickup barreling down the road toward his ranch.

“You’re probably right,” he agreed. And that was the point. To get her out here. “She looked pretty pissed at the auction, didn’t she?”

Jason snorted. “She looked like she wanted to take your head off. And while I like a violent streak in a woman, I don’t think you’re prepared for the heat she’s gonna bring. You’ll be lucky if she doesn’t run you over with her truck.”

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Sat
Aug 30 2014 1:30pm

Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Not-Your-Usual Historicals for August 2014

Slave Girl by Lisa CachHere in the States, August is the last month of freedom before the kids go back to school and the parents can celebrate a return to normalcy. It’s also the month where we all try to grab that last gasp of summertime fun before the weather turns cooler and we settle in for what we hope will not be a long, hard winter.

Why not fill your beach bag and/or your favorite digital content device with some tasty not-your-usual historical offerings? While there are a bumper crop of cowboys this month (yeehaw!), there’s still plenty of variety to tickle even the most fickle of fancies.

Ancient Rome!

Slave Girl by Lisa Cach

A sex slave who’s never been touched… National bestselling author Lisa Cach spins an erotic, passionate novel about a young Roman Empire slave who’s intended to become her king’s concubine—until a rugged barbarian prince takes her heart…and more.

Lovely Nimia is a slave to King Sygarius, who’s grooming her to be his consort as soon as she reaches full womanhood. And that time is very close. Nimia is forced to attend shocking lessons in the erotic arts; lessons that leave her body aroused and her mind conflicted. Because while she’s attracted to Sygarius’s power and eroticism, her spirit rebels at being his slave.

Then one of Sygarius’s allies comes to visit. Smart and ambitious, Clovis burns to take over Sygarius’s kingdom—and the beautiful Nimia. And though her virginity is meant for Sygarius, Clovis takes it with her enthusiastic consent.

When Sygarius learns that she is no longer a virgin, Nimia flees for her life. But can she find Clovis before the wrath of Sygarius—and imminent death—finds her first?

[+More new and unusual historicals...]

Wed
Aug 27 2014 10:45am

First Look: Lauren Jameson’s Linger (September 2, 2014)

Linger by Lauren JamesonLauren Jameson
Linger
Penguin / September 2, 2014 / $15.00, print / $5.99, digital

On her last night in Nevada before embarking on a yearlong veterinary internship, Scarlett Malone is celebrating—and looking for one night of incredible pleasure. But the man who draws her eye is not her usual type: He’s a cowboy whose alpha-male tendencies tempt her beyond belief. Scarlett can’t understand why she wants this man and no one else, but she’s determined to entice him to submit.…

Dr. Logan Brody lives an isolated life in rural Montana, running a ranch and suppressing his submissive tendencies. Only on his occasional trips does he give into his hidden urges. He can’t deny his scorching attraction to Scarlett or that she makes him want more, but he never lets anyone break him down fully. He’s hers for one night and one night only.

But when Scarlett shows up at Logan’s door as his intern for the year, he realizes that the walls around his heart are about to crumble—and that this sexy dominant woman has no intention of letting him keep control.…

Nothing causes pages to burn quite like a submissive alpha male cowboy and a Mistress determined to make him hers.  Lauren Jameson’s Linger is a stunningly sexy concoction that weaves together two souls with a taste for volcanic-hot sex.  Scarlett Malone is just about to leave her home for a veterinary internship.  City life doesn’t teach a veterinarian all of the in’s and out’s of large animal care, and the only way to get the needed hands-on experience is to work under someone who takes care of those big animals on a day-to-day basis.  This means going out into the quiet countryside of Montana and leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind.

Before Scarlett leaves for a year, she takes one more night to fulfill her sexual desires.  A rich friend of hers owns one of the hottest BDSM clubs in the area; she has trained to be a Mistress and has more than her share of fans.  That final night, Scarlett enters the club to see a man that she has to have.  A tall cowboy with a beautiful body—a cowboy who may very well be a Master himself—immediately catches her attention.  Scarlett is in luck: her cowboy is a submissive, if an alpha one, and the challenge he will provide her is just what she needs. 

[Challenge accepted...]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Maisey Yates’s Unbroken (August 5, 2014)

Unbroken by Maisey YatesMaisey Yates
Unbroken
Berkley / August 5, 2014 / $5.99, digital / $7.99, print

Amber Jameson has always thought of her best friend Cade as an older brother. A really hot older brother. But growing up in foster care, she learned to rely only on herself. As much as she likes stealing glances at Cade’s chiseled jaw and painted-on jeans, she resents the way he swoops in like a superhero to fix things for her.

When former rodeo rival Jim Davis starts harassing Amber to sell her grandfather’s failing ranch, Cade swoops in once again. To send Jim on his way, Cade pretends to be Amber’s boyfriend, moving in to help fix the place up. With her grandfather behind the idea, Amber and Cade have to keep the charade going—whether she likes it or not.

But as their make-believe romance starts to heat up, maybe Cade and Amber will learn to admit that they both could use a little saving…

Lately, it seems that the romance genre has seen a lot of broken and dark characters. Perhaps we all want a little more gritty reality with our romance. Even in the small town of Silver Creek, full of sexy cowboys and ranchers, we can’t escape our pasts.

Maisey Yates’s most recent novel, Unbroken, continues the story of the Mitchell clan in Silver Creek. Sexy former rodeo star Cade Mitchell has always turned to his friend Amber in times of trouble, but now, when Cade realizes he may never ride again, he is beginning to realize that he feels more than just brotherly affection for her. When he pretends to be her boyfriend to head off harassment from another man, and then Amber’s grandfather buys into the plan, he ends up staying at Amber’s – indefinitely.

[And then forever...?]

Thu
Jun 26 2014 12:00pm

Cowboys vs. Dukes: Comparing Western and Historical Heroes

The Gunslinger by Lorraine Heath

Today we're pleased to welcome author Lorraine Heath to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Lorraine's latest release, The Gunslinger, is a Western historical featuring a gunslinger who doesn't want to be anyone's hero! But Lorraine also writes Regency and Victorian Historials, so she's here to share some of the pros and cons of each type of hero. Thanks, Lorraine!

Thank you so much for having me here today at Heroes and Heartbreakers to discuss heroes.

I must admit that I find cowboys and Regency/Victorian gents equally sexy. They share a lot of common traits, but they are also very different.

What I love most about cowboys is that they are self-made men. Nothing is handed to them and they don’t expect anything to be. They work hard for what they acquire, whether it’s land, bounty, or a lady’s heart.

What I love most about Regency/Victorian heroes is that they have history behind them. They are usually old family, born into wealth and privilege. They don’t take their heritage for granted and they have an enormous amount of respect for duty and honor. Even when they are debauched, there is a keen understanding regarding their place in Society and what is expected of them.

[But what's expected is sometimes no fun...]

Thu
Jun 5 2014 9:30am

Branded by Laura Wright’s Cavanaugh Brothers Series

Laura Wright takes us deep into the cowboy world of Texas with her new series The Cavanaugh Brothers. In the first book, Branded, it’s evident that unresolved matters of the past can fester wildly if allowed. And for the Cavanaughs and the ranch foreman at the Triple C, Mackenzie Byrd, the past haunts their every move. Complicating matters, a drunken kiss shared between Mac and the eldest Cavanaugh, Deacon, opens up a world of possibilities, if only they can find a common ground between what was and what could be.

From the very first page, a diary entry from the one daughter in the Cavanaugh family, Cass, it’s clear that Mackenzie has it bad for Deacon. Back then, she was far too young for him to notice, allowing her youthful crush to die out with time and distance. When Deacon returns to the ranch, along with his brothers, for their father’s funeral, Mackenzie’s resolve is tested. Seeing the grown-up version of the girl that used to follow him around stirs something in Deacon also.

It was damn unfortunate how beautiful she’d become. Granted, he was pretty exceptional at resisting the things that were bad for him. But in that moment, he wasn’t sure how he’d react if Mackenzie Byrd put her head on his shoulder like she had the cowboy’s. Wasn’t sure if his arm would steal around her waist, too, or if he’d pull her close to his side and brush his lips over the curve of her right ear.

[Wait until he gets below her neck!...]