Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Release Date: July 1, 2018
it, when her new career as a movie location scout leads her to the ranch owned
by the wealthy Wyoming McNeills. A close encounter with the playboy McNeill causes
havoc—since it’s actually his reclusive twin, Cody, she’s fallen for! Now she’s
pregnant—and still can’t get enough of her reluctant rancher. Is this adventure
liked the feel of her, his hand warming the cool skin through the thin blouse
she wore. “It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about anything outside of
thinking about right now.” Her lips curved. “Admiring the Wrangler’s decor? Or
maybe remembering how much you like a good George Jones tune?”
plays a classic. But the vinyl upholstery in the booths isn’t doing much for me
in the decor department.” His gaze skated over her features; he was looking
forward to making her blush again. “And I was thinking about you more than
her lower lip briefly before meeting his eyes. “I haven’t been the center of
anyone’s attention in…a long time.”
sure before he let this go on any longer. But his pulse was already thrumming.
“I don’t see a ring, but I have to ask.”
catching the overhead light as she moved. “What about you? No one waiting at
are a couple of rowdy shepherds back at my ranch who would have preferred the
night off.” He swayed with her. Her knee brushed his now and again in a way
that fired right through him. “But no girlfriend. No wife.”
feeling the same spark as him. And now that those formalities had been cleared
away, he could simply enjoy the moment. The completely unexpected pleasure of
having a beautiful stranger in his arms. He didn’t want to let go of her now.
He wanted to take her outside into the fresh, rain-cleaned night and kiss her.
See if she tasted as good as he imagined.
peered up at him with something like wonder in her eyes.
that. As if he was the answer to a question. An answer that pleased her.
empty pickup lines, or come across as some lowlife playing games with a woman
in a bar. But as the music shifted again—this time to an even slower, modern
country love song—Cody wondered if he could convince her to let the spark
between them run wild. To follow the heat wherever it led. “And since the stars
aligning would be a first for me, I wonder if can ask you just one thing.”
two-step was done. Bringing her fractionally closer, he swayed to the slower
tempo in a barely moving lovers’ dance.
his. She was fully focused on him. Framed by dusky brown lashes, those
green-gold eyes reminded him of new grass and spring.
made him want to listen to her speak more.
of the world around you and just…choose your own adventure?” He remembered
books like that when he’d been a kid, where you could test out different
endings to a story.
he had liked the option of seeing how another choice played out. At least in a
book. Cody couldn’t do that with ranching. Or his family. But he could take a
chance here. Tonight.
expression. But when she tilted a glance up at him again, there was a new curiosity
disbelieving. But maybe a little intrigued.
outrageous suggestion to a local—a woman who knew him or his family. But she
had “tourist” and “temporary” written all over her. Surely there couldn’t be
any harm in drawing out the flirtation? “What would you say to throwing away
the rule book for a little longer?”
to see her face in the dim overhead light of the dance floor. Feminine interest
flickered in her eyes. He inhaled as she released a pent-up breath. He could
almost taste her in the space of silence between them.
nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author
of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently
focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by
nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her
life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at
regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing
community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree
in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing
skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann.
When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite
sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded