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By Karen Rock
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
April 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
They can’t change the past…
but they can choose their future
Globe-trotting journalist Cassidy Fulton is back in Carbondale, Colorado. Only she can’t remember why—or the accident that killed her estranged sister. Helping her piece together this mystery is her brother-in-law and former fiancé, Daryl Loveland. Overcoming their grief seems impossible. Yet one thing is clear: Cassidy can’t imagine her life without Daryl or her adorable niece and nephew. But can the ranch ever really be her home?
A couple of hours later, after finishing their witness statements, Daryl and Cassidy strode from the sheriff’s office.
“Thank you, Daryl,” she said once they hopped in his truck. “You saved my life.”
He cupped the side of her face, leaned close and brushed her lips with a heart-stopping kiss so brief she could have imagined it. Dreamed it. Maybe she had. If so, she didn’t want to wake from this adrenaline-fueled moment. Or lose it.
She slid her mouth over his before he moved away, savoring the mint of his breath. It was irresistible; he was irresistible. With a groan, he thrust his fingers in her hair, then dropped them to her shoulders, pressing her close. A whimper emerged from her throat, a wordless plea. In answer, he kissed her back, slowly at first, as if rediscovering a once-familiar place, its shape and texture, the old rhythms returning. Then he opened her lips, and the caress grew more ardent. It consumed her deliciously. She thought of nothing but the kiss and the strength of the arms holding her. They made her feel safe. Comforted. Her heart beat faster. Her breath quickened, and she wanted the moment to never end. It was easy to become lost in his tenderness, in his humble heart, his sensitive soul.
She ignored the worry teasing the back of her mind, warning her that this was a mistake. She was here, she was happy for once, and his mouth felt as natural to hers as if she’d been kissing him for years, without a decade apart, without her sister, her career, life coming between them.
She let the kiss continue a little longer and deeper before catching herself. By kissing him, she revealed her returning emotions, feelings best kept to herself. She pulled back, trembling, realizing his body shook just as hard. When their mouths came apart, he leaned his forehead against hers and his chest rose and fell, fast and hard.
“No need for thanks,” he said quietly, his words little more than a ragged breath. “You’ve saved my life, too.”
Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.
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