Review: Highlanders by Brenda Joyce, Terri Brisbin, & Michelle Willingham

Wednesday, June 26

Title:  Highlanders*
Author: Brenda Joyce, Terri Brisbin, Michelle Willingham
Series:  n/a
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: ebook & paperback
Date/Year: June 1, 2013
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce

Lady Juliana MacDougall prays for her loved ones to survive battle against Robert Bruce…but the battle comes to her when her lands are attacked by a band of Highlanders, including a man wearing the colors of her clan’s worst enemy. Taken hostage by Alasdair Og, Juliana quickly learns he’s as exceptional a lover as he is a ruthless warrior. But how can she ever love Alasdair when he’s her blood enemy?

The Forbidden Highlander by Terri Brisbin


Honor-bound by an arranged betrothal, James Murray never anticipated falling in love with his intended bride’s dearest friend instead. The passion between James and Elizabeth MacLerie is undeniable, but they are torn between love and loyalty to their clans….

Rescued by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham

Celeste de Laurent is determined to never again live in poverty. After sacrificing love for a secure marriage, she now stands to lose everything as a widow. Her only hope is to bear an heir—and what better man to father her child, and save her from a terrible fate, than Dougal MacKinloch, the only man she ever loved?


My Musings:

I am a sucker for a Highlander novel, so I was delighted to review this anthology.  Normally, I only read anthologies when they include stories that belong to a series that I already read.  All three of these novels are stand alones and although I have heard of the authors, they are not any that I remember reading before.

The common thread between all these stories is that the couples are not supposed to fall in love.  For whatever reason, their relationship is forbidden or doomed.

In The Warrior and the Rose, Lady Juliana and Alasdair Og (I had a really hard time getting past his name) meet when he lays siege to her brother-in-law’s home.  Their families are at war and Alasdair takes her and her family as hostages.  They quickly fall into lust and then into love although his father hates her because of her family.

Of the three stories, this is the one I liked the best.  I liked both Juliana and Alasdair who were not responsible for the feud between their families.  Unlike the other couples, these two did not bring their problems on themselves.

The couple in The Forbidden Highlander, however, are responsible for their problems.

Although betrothed to her best friend, James in falls in love with Elizabeth and she returns his feelings.  It does not really matter to me that his fiance is also in love with another man, I have a hard time getting past the dishonesty in the relationship.

To compound it, instead of standing up to the laird, the couple run away together and hide.  They plan to marry and present their relationship as a fait accompli. Of course, things never run as smoothly as hoped.

I just couldn’t like either one of these characters.  I realize the laird had the power of life and death over them, but I felt they both acted cowardly.

I guess I have read too many Highlander novels where the male protagonist was the laird, so I am not used to reading about someone who has so little power.

The final novel, Rescued by a Highland Warrior, is not as easy to classify.

Celeste chose another man over the one she truly loved simply because he was able to support her financially.  When she is widowed, she returns to Dougal because she needs him to get her pregnant so she will not lose her inheritance.

She seems to be a thoroughly unlikable character.

However, Celeste was raised in poverty.  She lost one sibling to starvation and is the only thing standing between her sister and life in the streets.  She is terrified of returning to the life she knew as a child.

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her . . . and for Dougal.

Dougal always loved her and was crushed when she chose another man.  His pride was hurt when he realized she didn’t trust him to provide for her.

I am glad they end up back together because they do love each other.  I just wish Celeste had not hurt Dougal so badly to start with.

If you are a fan of any of these authors, I recommend you get this book.  However, I don’t think you should let it be the introduction to their writing if you are like me and unfamiliar with their previous works.  From reading reviews of their other books, I know these are excellent authors.  I just don’t think this anthology does them justice.

Ratings:

Overall: 3 stars
Sensuality level: 3 

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Redneck Romeo Release Party: Day 7

Tuesday, June 25

RR-Release-Party (1)

Lorelei James is celebrating the release of REDNECK ROMEO with a SEVEN day party!

SEVEN great giveaways, SEVEN different posts. Stop by all the amazing blogs participating in the party to increase your chances to win!!! Each blog will post a special REDNECK ROMEO post all seven days (no weekend posts) 

Prize List:
  1. Redneck Romeo charm bracelet
  2. Kindle Fire
  3. Basket of goodies, including a McKay brand fleece blanket and other McKay branded stuff and conference trinkets
  4. Full set of signed Rough Riders books
  5. One of a kind handmade small Western purse
  6. Arc of TURN AND BURN the newest book in her Blacktop Cowboys series.
  7. $100 gift card to Amazon.com 

The Future of the ROUGH RIDERS

Slick from Guilty Pleasures: Since I just finished reading Redneck Romeo about the last McKay man standing, Dalton, I have to ask who will be the focus of book 16 and is that truly the end? Because I have to tell you having Ky driving and into girls is going to open up a whole can of worms about when the kid's stories are going to be told.

No fun, I know, but no comment on Rough Riders book 16 yet...I'll clue you all in a bit further down the road.

I get a bajillion questions about why I'm ending the Rough Riders series at book 16. And yes, I could probably write a second generation of McKays. (Love Love Love my readers but you guys are driving me insane with the "When will you write Boone and Sierra's book?! Crazy rabid fans, I keep threatening that if you keep nagging me it'll be...never -- ha ha, yet I'd never do that because I want to know what happens too!) but I've always considered this series a western saga that DOES have an end.

I've been fortunate that I've been allowed to write the books how I want, at the pace I want, with the subject matter I want--all with 100% publisher support. That is rare. Since the books have such a great following, there is that mindset to continue to "cash in" on the popularity of the series and characters. But I won't do that because at what point do the new books just become a rehash of the older books? I'd much rather end the series on a high note, at the height of popularity than wait until the series might be considered "tired" and I start to lose readers. Plus, I have lots of ideas, situations, characters and areas to explore in other fictional worlds. I hope readers come along for the ride.


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Redneck Romeo Release Party: Day 6

Monday, June 24

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Lorelei James is celebrating the release of REDNECK ROMEO with a SEVEN day party!

SEVEN great giveaways, SEVEN different posts. Stop by all the amazing blogs participating in the party to increase your chances to win!!! Each blog will post a special REDNECK ROMEO post all seven days (no weekend posts) 

Prize List:
  1. Redneck Romeo charm bracelet
  2. Kindle Fire
  3. Basket of goodies, including a McKay brand fleece blanket and other McKay branded stuff and conference trinkets
  4. Full set of signed Rough Riders books
  5. One of a kind handmade small Western purse
  6. Arc of TURN AND BURN the newest book in her Blacktop Cowboys series.
  7. $100 gift card to Amazon.com 

Fun Facts about Lorelei James

Favorite book? This is cheating but I'm currently reading an arc of THE MISTRESS by Tiffany Reisz.

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Drink and drunk text. KIDDING! Hang out with my family, zip around on our boat, catch up on my TV shows and watch the occasional movie.

Favorite flavor of Vodka? Pinnacle Gummy Fish.

Favorite pair of boots? A rocking pair of red and black Old Gringos with silver studs.

Favorite sexual position? All of them!

Favorite time of year? Summer

Favorite Guilty Pleasure? Oreos while I'm reading Entertainment Weekly.



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Redneck Romeo Release Party: Day 5

Friday, June 21

RR-Release-Party (1)

Lorelei James is celebrating the release of REDNECK ROMEO with a SEVEN day party!

SEVEN great giveaways, SEVEN different posts. Stop by all the amazing blogs participating in the party to increase your chances to win!!! Each blog will post a special REDNECK ROMEO post all seven days (no weekend posts) 

Prize List:
  1. Redneck Romeo charm bracelet
  2. Kindle Fire
  3. Basket of goodies, including a McKay brand fleece blanket and other McKay branded stuff and conference trinkets
  4. Full set of signed Rough Riders books
  5. One of a kind handmade small Western purse
  6. Arc of TURN AND BURN the newest book in her Blacktop Cowboys series.
  7. $100 gift card to Amazon.com 

Interview with Lorelei James  
(Slick from Guilty Pleasures conducted the interview)

Slick:  Hey Lorelei...I bet after last weekend at RAGT you thought you'd be off the hook with questions from me and my oh so nosy husband, huh?  But because, I know some people out there might be interested in knowing some of the things he asked you the first two questions are from him and I left out the insanely personal ones he asked!

Slick's hubster:  If you could spend one night with one of the McKay's which one would it be and why?

Lorelei:  Any of the McKays? Hmm...asking the tough questions right off the bat, but today I'd have to say...Bennett McKay.

Slick's hubster:  Have you even considered writing a woman that turns the tables on one of your dominate men?  One that looks at the man when he's being demanding and says, "yeah right, how about you do that and then we'll talk."

Lorelei:  I haven't considered that for the Rough Riders series, but my new series--The Surrender Series--which debuts early next year--has more possibilities for that type of scenario since the books feature bondage and a sex club with Dominants and submissives. Then there's always the Rawhide Club, from COWBOY CASANOVA. I've gotten tons of questions on whether I'd be interested in turning that concept into a series.

Slick: You probably figured I'd ask this one since we've conversed about it many times, when the hell am I going to get my story about Ramona and the rest of the West side?

Lorelei:  Well, you're in luck, you heard it here first! DR. FEELGOOD, Doc Monroe, Chet and Remy West's story in the Wild West Boys series is scheduled to release in December 2013!

Slick:  If you could take two months off and do anything you wanted to and go anywhere you wanted and money was no object, what would you do and why?

Lorelei: I would visit all the islands in the Caribbean and just chill out. Recharge my batteries and sun and sand and water always does it for me.

Slick: Thanks L for being a good sport, for creating this wonderful family we all love, and for being you, because I have to say you are pretty damn awesome!

Lorelei:  Aw, thanks!


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Redneck Romeo Release Party: Day 4

Thursday, June 20

RR-Release-Party (1)

Lorelei James is celebrating the release of REDNECK ROMEO with a SEVEN day party!

SEVEN great giveaways, SEVEN different posts. Stop by all the amazing blogs participating in the party to increase your chances to win!!! Each blog will post a special REDNECK ROMEO post all seven days (no weekend posts) 

Prize List:
  1. Redneck Romeo charm bracelet
  2. Kindle Fire
  3. Basket of goodies, including a McKay brand fleece blanket and other McKay branded stuff and conference trinkets
  4. Full set of signed Rough Riders books
  5. One of a kind handmade small Western purse
  6. Arc of TURN AND BURN the newest book in her Blacktop Cowboys series.
  7. $100 gift card to Amazon.com 

Rory's favorite songs

1.  Breathe -- Faith Hill

2.  Horse With No Name -- America

3.  So What -- Pink

4.  Since U Been Gone -- Kelly Clarkson

5.  Who Are You When I'm Not Looking -- Blake Shelton

6.  SexyBack -- Justin Timberlake

7.  Mama He's Crazy -- The Judds

8.  This Love -- Maroon 5

9.  Single Ladies -- Beyonce

10.  Me and Charlie Talking -- Miranda Lambert


Redneck Romeo -Rory's Favorites by Seductive Musings on Grooveshark



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Redneck Romeo Release Party: Day 3

Wednesday, June 19

RR-Release-Party (1)

Lorelei James is celebrating the release of REDNECK ROMEO with a SEVEN day party!

SEVEN great giveaways, SEVEN different posts. Stop by all the amazing blogs participating in the party to increase your chances to win!!! Each blog will post a special REDNECK ROMEO post all seven days (no weekend posts) 

Prize List:
  1. Redneck Romeo charm bracelet
  2. Kindle Fire
  3. Basket of goodies, including a McKay brand fleece blanket and other McKay branded stuff and conference trinkets
  4. Full set of signed Rough Riders books
  5. One of a kind handmade small Western purse
  6. Arc of TURN AND BURN the newest book in her Blacktop Cowboys series.
  7. $100 gift card to Amazon.com 

Ten Tidbits About Dalton McKay

1. He's eaten rattlesnake, bear, lizard, and grasshoppers--the last one not by choice thanks to his 3 older brothers who loved to trick him into eating weird stuff or held him down and force fed him.

2. When Dalton sings...with that deep voice of his he sounds like Trace Adkins

3.  He's wrecked 3 dirt bikes but no cars

4. Dalton would rather do all ranch work on an ATV than a horse

5. The first song he learned all the words to --Driving My Life Away by Eddie Rabbitt
Eddie Rabbit by Driving My Life Away on Grooveshark

6. The blue heeler dog his brother Luke gave him for his 18th birthday was the best present he ever got

7.  He cheated on a math test in 9th grade and felt so guilty he spent the summer relearning everything he'd missed during the school year

8. His favorite fruit are plums

9. Dalton hates wearing pajamas

10. Someday he'd like to create a piece of art using his chainsaw



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Redneck Romeo Release Party: Day 2

Tuesday, June 18

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Lorelei James is celebrating the release of REDNECK ROMEO with a SEVEN day party!

SEVEN great giveaways, SEVEN different posts. Stop by all the amazing blogs participating in the party to increase your chances to win!!! Each blog will post a special REDNECK ROMEO post all seven days (no weekend posts) 

Prize List:
  1. Redneck Romeo charm bracelet
  2. Kindle Fire
  3. Basket of goodies, including a McKay brand fleece blanket and other McKay branded stuff and conference trinkets
  4. Full set of signed Rough Riders books
  5. One of a kind handmade small Western purse
  6. Arc of TURN AND BURN the newest book in her Blacktop Cowboys series.
  7. $100 gift card to Amazon.com 

The last McKay standing is knocked to his knees… 

Three years ago, Dalton McKay looked across the altar and saw the woman he knew he’d love for the rest of his life…only it wasn’t his bride. That’s when he took the McKays’ love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation to new heights—fleeing the ceremony and Wyoming. 

Now a family issue has brought Dalton back to Sundance, giving him a chance to prove to everyone—especially the woman he thought he lost—that he’s a changed man. 

Aurora “Rory” Wetzler has fallen for cowboy hottie Dalton’s smooth-talkin’ ways too many times. So he’s determined to convince her he’s playing for keeps this go around? Fine. She’ll call that bluff—she can’t ignore their intense chemistry or resist smokin’ hot sex, but she’s not willing to gamble her heart again. 

Dalton has plenty of fences to mend with the McKays, but his biggest fear is that Rory doesn’t believe they have a future. He’ll have to pull out all the stops to show her they belong together for the long haul. 

Warning: Contains a sexy cowboy who tames his sassy lady love with his romantic and his kinky side. In explicit detail.

EXCERPT
REDNECK ROMEO
- book 15 - Rough Riders series

Copyright © 2013 Lorelei James
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

Bang bang bang. “Dalton! Come on man, open up. I know you’re in there.”

Dalton cracked one eyelid and cast a bleary eye at the alarm clock. Seven a.m. He yanked the quilt over his head and mumbled “f*** off” to Boden Hicks, the idiot beating on his door.

“McKay. I’m not f***ing around. This is an emergency.”

That hauled Dalton’s ass out of bed. He unlatched the old-fashioned bolt and opened the door. “What’s the emergency?”

Boden hustled inside but a gust of snow followed before he slammed the heavy oak door shut. He stamped his feet. “Damn snowstorm came from out of nowhere.”

“You better not have tricked me out of bed to complain about the goddamned weather.”

Boden shuffled over to the woodstove to warm himself, but it’d been a good ten hours since Dalton had loaded it up. “It’s like a damn freezer in here.”

“That’s because I was sleeping. In my own bed, after roughing it on an elk hunt, remember?”

“Yeah, I remember. I’m just glad the hunting party made it out before this storm hit.” Boden unzipped his parka and pulled out Dalton’s cell phone, still attached to the wall charger. “Normally I could give a crap if you stay in bed a week after a hunt, but you left your phone charging at the lodge last night. The thing’s been buzzing like crazy. When I unplugged it, I noticed you’ve got twenty-seven missed calls. So it’s gotta be something important.”

Dalton’s stomach knotted. Since he had little to no cell service in the mountains, he forgot he even had a cell phone most of the time. Few people had his number—just his brothers, his mother, his cousin Sierra McKay, his accountant, his banker and his investment guys.

“Gimme that.” Dalton scrolled through the missed calls. Twelve from Brandt, twelve from Tell, three from Sierra.

Had to be bad news if his family had reached out to him.

The family he hadn’t seen in three years.

“What’s going on?”

He glanced up at Boden. “No clue. I haven’t bothered to set up my voice mail on this phone so I’ll have to call to find out.”

Boden sighed. “Speaking of…I wanted to make sure your two-way is charged. Since you have an issue with technology that allows people to get in touch with you.”

“It’s charged. I laid in a store of food before the huntin’ trip so I can ride out the storm.”

“Good. We’re supposed to get a foot of snow today and maybe more tonight.” Boden crouched in front of the woodstove and chucked kindling in the cold embers before setting the torch to the pile. “Might be a couple days before you can get out, if you need to go home.”

Home. It didn’t have the same connotation it once did. When it was all he’d known. “I’ll let you know what’s goin’ on as soon as I know.”

Boden piled several small logs in the black box before he stood. “You worried?”

Dalton shrugged.

But Boden didn’t buy his act; he never had, which was why they’d become such good friends. “You want me to stick around?”

“Nah. I’ll put on a pot of coffee before I call my brother.” He smirked. “Get on back to the lodge. Bree would jam my nuts in a vise if you got snowed in with me instead of with her.”

“Your nuts ain’t ever gonna be anywhere near my wife’s hands, McKay.”

He laughed. “I know your kink doesn’t extend to sharing.”

“Damn straight.” Boden zipped up his parka and slipped on his gloves. “You need anything, buzz us. If we don’t answer right away—”

“I’ll assume you’re tied up. Or rather, you’re tying Bree up.”

As soon as Boden left, Dalton started coffee. Then he stripped off his long johns and took a cold shower. That ensured he’d be fully awake.

The main room of the three-room cabin had warmed up by the time he’d dressed. After downing two cups of coffee, Dalton stood by the window in the kitchen and called Brandt.

His oldest brother answered on the fourth ring. “’Bout damn time, Dalton. Where the hell have you been that you can’t return a phone call?”

No doubt Brandt thought he was f***ing off someplace. Little did he know how tiring it was leading a ten-day hunting party into the mountains. But Dalton no longer explained his life choices to anyone. “What’s goin’ on? I had twenty-four missed calls in the last twelve hours.” No one knew Sierra had his number. His brothers would be pissed if they knew Dalton kept in better contact with Sierra than with them.

“Dad had a stroke.”

Silence. Finally Dalton asked, “Is he okay?”

“He’s alive, if that’s what you mean. He’s havin’ difficulties talkin’. They’re not sure if it’s permanent. They’re not too sure of anything at this point. So we—me’n Tell—are asking you to come home.”

Dalton closed his eyes. He didn’t want to play nursemaid to the man who’d made his life hell. Especially not after the last conversation they’d had, which was the biggest reason Dalton had left Sundance for good—not that he’d told his brothers or anyone else about what’d gone down. “I don’t know if I can.”

“Can’t? Or won’t?” Brandt demanded.

“Why do you want me there?”

“Hey, bro. Brandt put you on speaker phone,” Tell said. “Look, we need you to help us make some decisions about Dad’s care.”

Dalton let his forehead rest against the frosted windowpane.

“We haven’t seen you in over three years. It sucks that something like this had to happen for you to even consider comin’ home. But we do need you here.”

He pictured his brothers, Tell leaning against the window in the cab of Brandt’s truck, his restless fingers tapping on his leg. Brandt seated behind the steering wheel, his posture stiff, arms crossed over his chest.

“When did this happen?” Dalton asked.

“Brandt got a call from the hospital in Spearfish yesterday morning. They wouldn’t let us see him until late afternoon. Soon as we had some information, we tried calling you.” Tell paused. “You ain’t gotten any better at returning calls.”

“But I did return it. Not fast enough for you?” he asked sharply. Jesus. Within two minutes of talking to his brothers he’d reverted to the defensive guy he’d left behind. He exhaled slowly. “Sorry. Cell service here is spotty.”

“Where are you?”

Don’t feel guilty they don’t know. “Alder, Montana. We’re in the midst of a blizzard so it might be a couple days before I can make it out of the mountains.”

Silence.

“Has the doctor given you a time frame on how long he’ll be in the hospital?”

“No,” Brandt said. “But when Dad is discharged, it’ll be to the rehab wing in a nursing home.”

That oughta make Casper even more the patient from hell. “Sounds like it won’t matter then if I’m not there for a couple of days. I’ll let you know when I’m on my way.”

“Sure. Will you be staying with one of us?” Tell asked.

“Nah. I’ve got it covered. Thanks though.”

Neither of his brothers asked where he’d be bunking down, although he sensed they wanted to.

“Okay, then. I guess we’ll see you when we see you.”

“Yep. Later.” Dalton hung up.

He stared out the window for the longest time, even though he couldn’t see sh** through the swirling snow.

But this storm wasn’t anything compared to the one he faced in Sundance.

The blizzard lasted two days. On the morning of the third day Dalton packed up his stuff, closed up his cabin and headed down the mountain.

Once he had a clear cell signal, he gave Brandt a heads up he was on his way. Brandt said they’d moved Casper to the rehab wing and to meet them there.

Then he placed a call to Sierra.

She answered with, “I swear every time I call you and I don’t hear back I live in mortal fear that you’ve disconnected from the world completely and you’re out in the forest running naked with woodchucks and sh**.”

“Not hardly. I returned the calls in order of importance.”

“So you’ve talked to your brothers?”

“Yeah. I’m on my way to Wyoming right now.”

“They giving you grief about…well, everything?”

“They both knew it wouldn’t take much for me to refuse to come back.” He flipped on the defroster. “How’d you find out about Casper’s stroke?”

“Keely. I knew your brothers would get a hold of you first, so my call isn’t about your father.”

“Then why did you call?” Dalton heard her take a deep breath and he went on full alert.

In a rush, Sierra said, “You’ve got to promise me that you won’t get mad at me for what I’m about to tell you.”

“No conversation ever ends well that starts that way.”

“True, but I want you to remember I was only following your parameters. And I kinda hoped someone else would tell you about this, so I didn’t have to. But then, you’d have to actually talk to someone who lives there, and we both know that’s a rarity, so I guess it falls to me.”

“You been drinkin’? ’Cause you ain’t making a lick of sense. Quit dancing around the subject, college girl, and spill it.”

“Rory is back in Sundance and working for Wyoming Natural Resource Council.”

Everything switched into slow motion. Dalton couldn’t breathe. Couldn’t think. He had to pull onto the shoulder so he didn’t wreck his truck.

“Dalton?”

“You said Rory is livin’ in Sundance.”

“Yes.”

“With her fiancĂ©?”

“No. She, ah, broke off the engagement.”

“When?”

“Six months ago.”

This was not happening. Sierra had not kept this information from him about Rory for half a goddamned year.

“Dalton. I know your head is about to explode—”

“Jesus, Sierra, do you f***ing think? Why are you just telling me this now?” he roared. “Do you have any f***ing idea—”

“That you’ve been holed up in the middle of freakin’ nowhere moping because Rory got engaged to someone else? Why yes, I was completely aware of that little factoid, cuz.”

Silence.

“Besides, you were doing your lumberjack gig and completely off the grid when Rory ended the engagement. I’ll remind you of your zero tolerance policy—me not talking about Rory or sharing information about Rory’s life was your edict, Dalton. I was just following your parameters. And now the parameters have changed.”

“Seriously not f***ing amused. Will you just get to the point?”

“I really have to point out that you and Rory will actually be in the same place for the first time in over three years?”

“Three years? Try ten years since she’s lived there. I’da been in Sundance six months ago if I’d known she was there without some other asshole’s ring on her finger,” he snarled.

“Whoa. Take a step back, wolverine. I’m telling you now because maybe you’re smart enough to handle it the right way this time.”

“This time?” Dalton repeated sharply. “Don’t make this out to be my fault. I offered her—”

“Don’t snap at me or interrupt me again or I will hang up, understand?”

“Yeah, yeah, keep talkin’.”

“Rory is my sister. You’re my business partner and one of the few people I trust. I hate that I’m pulled between you two. It’s time you manned up, Dalton. And don’t remind me that you did that once three years ago after you walked out on your own wedding. Even you can admit it was piss poor timing on your part.”

“But that bad timing didn’t stop her from giving me an edict, did it?”

“Like I’ve told you ten thousand times, that wasn’t an edict. Two years was a time line for Rory to finish grad school and a frame of reference for you to understand how important that was to her. You shouldn’t have taken it as gospel.”

“Then she shouldn’t have given me false hope.”

“Then you shouldn’t have turned tail and run again,” Sierra retorted. “Especially after you gave her false hope that things might finally change between you two.”

Like he needed that reminder. “Does she know about Casper?”

“Doubtful. She’s been out of town and she stays out of McKay gossip completely.”

Then Rory wouldn’t suspect Dalton was on his way back to Sundance. The element of surprise might work in his favor. “What’s the best way to approach her?”

“She bartends at the Twin Pines on the side. She’s working tonight. Anything else I can do for you besides making your day with this news?” Sierra asked sweetly.

Making his day? Hell, she’d made his life, because now he had a shot at getting the life he wanted. “Where are the keys for the house in town?”

A pause. Then, “Why?”

“I need a place to stay.”

Sierra heaved a put-upon sigh. “They’re under the back deck on a key hook. But there are two conditions before I’ll let you stay there. First, you don’t tell anyone I own it. No one.”

“Deal. And FYI, that’s why we have a silent partnership.” He’d supplied Sierra with some capital to start her own business last year and he also wanted it kept on the down low. “What’s the second condition?”

“I need a handyman to do some things. Okay, a lot of things. You’re handy, you’re there and voila—you’re selected. I’ll FedEx my repair list today but anything else you see that needs fixed just go ahead.”

“I’ll do it but I want to be reimbursed once a week for whatever I buy. You don’t get to pull that sixty day wait for payment bull crap like you money people usually do.”

She laughed. “That’s how we become money people. We hold on to money as long as possible. Be warned, some of what needs done will be major costs.”

“I ain’t a carpet installer,” he warned. “Nor will I put in windows.”

Sierra sighed again. “You are a handy handyman, right?”

“Guess you’ll have to trust me, huh?”

“I’ll be keeping tabs on you.” Another pause. “I’m sorry about your dad. If you need to talk about anything—except for Rory—call me.”

By the time Dalton crossed into Crook County hours later, he had a plan in place.

Patience. Perseverance. He would not blow this chance.

Rory Wetzler was his. His. She always had been, she always would be.

And he’d do whatever it took to prove it.


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The last McKay standing is knocked to his knees… 

Three years ago, Dalton McKay looked across the altar and saw the woman he knew he’d love for the rest of his life…only it wasn’t his bride. That’s when he took the McKays’ love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation to new heights—fleeing the ceremony and Wyoming. 

Now a family issue has brought Dalton back to Sundance, giving him a chance to prove to everyone—especially the woman he thought he lost—that he’s a changed man. 

Aurora “Rory” Wetzler has fallen for cowboy hottie Dalton’s smooth-talkin’ ways too many times. So he’s determined to convince her he’s playing for keeps this go around? Fine. She’ll call that bluff—she can’t ignore their intense chemistry or resist smokin’ hot sex, but she’s not willing to gamble her heart again. 

Dalton has plenty of fences to mend with the McKays, but his biggest fear is that Rory doesn’t believe they have a future. He’ll have to pull out all the stops to show her they belong together for the long haul. 

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