Today we are over the moon to bring you an exclusive Quickie scene from Jennifer Ryan, whose latest Montana Men novel, When It's Right, came out in March.
Earlier this month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you blew us away with a ton of great prompts.
Earlier this week, newsletter subscribers got advance access to the story (to join the club and get early looks at exclusive content, become an H&H member and check “yes” to get the newsletter here!), and today we are delighted to present the full scene for all users!
Here are the prompts she chose from (with thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, because there were so many fantastic options):
- A dirt encrusted key (Kareni)
- Red leather boots (Kareni)
- Chubby Appaloosa horse (lauralee1912)
- Sunset ride (HeatherWaters)
- a tumbledown shack (laughingcarol)
- tall, dark and gorgeous (laughingcarol)
- ride a dark trail (dsh)
- a tombstone with only one word 'beloved' on it (Tammy Lever)
Without further ado, here is Jennifer Ryan's H&H Quickie, “A Cowboy Country Wedding.”
Thank you for all the wonderful prompts. I had so much fun reading them and imagining the story they’d create. The tumbledown shack, a tall, dark, and gorgeous cowboy on a sunset ride sparked so many great ideas. I hope you like Trace and Skylar’s scene.
Trace had been looking at the girl next door his whole life, but he’d never seen her look more beautiful than she did standing in the doorway of her grandparents’ old tumbledown shack dressed in a lace wedding gown. The tips of her red leather boots poked out the hem. That was his tried and true country girl. The building wasn’t much to look at with its sagging porch, cracked glass windows, badly patched roof, and the rotted out back wall that was mostly covered by a rambling wild rose bush. But she was a sight to behold with her blonde hair tied at the base of her neck and draped over one shoulder, spiraled into golden curls. A wreath of tiny rose buds from the bush out back crowned her head. Her blue eyes sparkled bright with the happiness that tilted her lips into a soft smile. She took his breath away.