Feb 13 2017 12:00pm
Jennifer Ryan Excerpt: His Cowboy Heart
Bound by honor and by love…
That’s a Montana Man
Ford Kendrick has often dreamed of the day that Jamie Keller would come home to Montana. After high school, she needed to leave—and he, duty-bound to rescue his family’s ranch, pushed her to go. The Army made Jamie a hero, but Ford still sees the gorgeous, loving woman who lit up his whole world.
Every day since she left, Jamie has longed for Ford. One glimpse confirms it: the sexy, dangerous-looking cowboy left a hole in her heart that nothing else can fill. Yet the battle scars she bears—inside and out—won’t let her trust anyone enough to get close.
Ford wants to bring Jamie back to the life they dreamed of building. But locked somewhere in her memories is a dark truth that threatens her safety. It’s a battle Ford won’t let her fight alone, not when he’s determined to keep her by his side, now and always…
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“What did he say happened?”
“The shooter got away.”
“Is that what you remember?”
“I can’t remember anything,” she shouted, her frustration overriding the roiling fear and urgency building inside of her, pressing against her skin, until she felt like she’d explode. “I failed. They’re dead.”
The grief swamped her again. Her knees buckled from the weight of guilt on her shoulders. Ford caught her before she hit the ground and pulled her into his chest and wrapped his arms around her. His lips pressed to the side of her head again and again. Those sweet kisses eased her in a way she never thought possible. His strength and comfort wrapped around her. She buried her face in his neck and breathed in his spicy scent mixed with the hay and horses surrounding them. She held his shoulders in a tight hug that had her fingers digging in to his tight muscles.
“It’s okay that you lived, Firefly. You tried. Your friends would have wanted you to survive. They’d want you to go on living and be happy. They’d want you to live the life they lost. For them, Firefly. For your friends, if not for yourself and for me, you’ve got to keep trying to live again.”
“It all comes back. I can’t shake it. I feel like I should have done something. I should know something.”
“There is no making sense out of war. You fought. You survived. Everything else is a battle that goes on but solves very little and makes even less sense the further you get away from what started it and why it seemed so necessary in the first place. Being over there and seeing the things you saw changed you, but that one event hurt you in a way that goes deeper than the wounds on the surface. It goes deep into the kind of person you are, who can’t fathom the reason and the why for those deaths. Good people. Friends who had families and lives beyond that place.
“You’re home. You got away. You feel guilty for having what they don’t. You have to find a way past that and believe that you deserve it as much as they did because you are a good person. Your happiness isn’t a betrayal to them. It honors them. You fought for them to get home. They fought just as hard for you. Don’t let their efforts and their sacrifice go unappreciated. Live, Firefly.”
“I feel so numb. Nothing feels real.”
Ford squeezed her tight against his chest. “I’m real. This is real.” His lips pressed into her hair in a soft kiss.
She held on tighter, not ready to let him go and stand on her own. She needed him to remind her that there were good things in this world. Amazing things like the flush of warmth that swept through her body. The tingle of awareness and need that grew as her breasts crushed against his hard chest and his corded thighs pressed against hers.
He brushed his hands over her head. She managed to suck in a ragged breath and look up and into his sad and reverent hazel eyes.
“Ford. Hold on to me.”
He granted her wish and wrapped his arms tight around her again, his hands clamped onto her sides, crushing her to his chest. It felt so good. So right. So familiar. Like home.
“You are worth saving.” He leaned down and pressed his lips to hers. Warm. Soft. Filled with a depth of emotion she hadn’t felt in years, not since they were together.
It seemed a lifetime ago.
He drew away, just a breath between them, his gaze locked with hers. Passion and something she didn’t want to acknowledge filled the hazel depths. Drawn to him, the hot rippling sensations spreading through her, the sweet agony of needing and wanting more, she closed the distance, her eyes, and sank into him. His tongue swept along hers in a tempting invitation to take more. The kiss transformed from the novice ones they’d shared as teens into hot, demanding, sensual caresses that promised heaven.
Copyright © 2017 by Jennifer Ryan.
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Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series. She writes suspenseful contemporary romances with outrageous plot twists, deeply emotional love stories, high stakes and higher drama. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.