Publisher: Books to Go Now
Release Date: June 9th, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: Sweet
Melody Bennett’s parents trampled on her teenage romance with a drifter ten years ago. He disappeared without a word of goodbyes on the night they had planned to run away together. Since then, she cast aside her foolish notions of happily ever after and worked hard alongside the hired help to care for the majestic horses on her family’s beloved ranch. She refused to give love another chance and resigned to live her life alone.
Max Fortaine returned with a heart guarded by secrets and a sizable bank account that took blood, prayers and tears to fund. The cowboy disrupted Melody’s peaceful existence with stolen kisses and a promise for more. After a lifetime of running, mistakes and regrets, he vowed to reclaim the only woman he ever loved… if only her overprotective father didn’t stand in his way.
A squeaky noise echoed down the hall. She headed toward it and soon realized that it came from her bedroom. She barged into her room, flipped on the light and then stumbled to a stop.
“Max? What are you doing here?” Melody shut the door and pressed her back up against it. The handsome cowboy reclined on her bed with his arms braced behind his head and his legs crossed. His hat lay on the pillow next to him and his boots were clean. Lucky man. She might have to shove him off the bed if he got dirt, or worse, on her baby blue bedspread.
“I’m here to see you, darlin’.”
Her toes curled as he purred the endearment with a soft country twang. She braced her hands on her hips. “You snuck inside my room through the window, didn’t you?”
“I’m surprised no one fixed the lock.” His gaze traveled down the length of her body as his eyebrow quirked up. “Sorry to interrupt dinner.”
His inspection of her body didn’t bother her as Harvey’s did. She rubbed at her tired eyes. “No, I welcome the interruption.” She then hurried to the window and stared out. “I don’t see your truck. It’s the red Ford, right?”
“Yep.” Max leaned up and then swung his legs over the side of the mattress. “Well, I did park out front first, but then I drove back to the main road and left the truck there. You see, I actually came by to speak with your father but I didn’t realize the time. I still wanted to see you, so I moved the truck.”
“Good idea. Dad would likely flip if he saw an unknown vehicle in the driveway without a driver.” She glanced up at the dark sky. “It might rain. Clouds are out tonight so I doubt that anyone saw you walk up here. Why do you want to talk to Dad?”
“We need to talk about you. I owe him a debt and I won’t feel right about courtin’ you until it’s paid in full.”
“We aren’t dating.”
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