Meet the Author:
Jennifer lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. When not writing, she can usually be found elbow deep in flour or inhaling chlorine as she cheers her daughter on at a swim meet. She loves musicals, caramel and roller coasters, and lists Machu Picchu at the top of her bucket list. She is a member of RWA and is the President of her local chapter, Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers. Find out more about Jennifer and sign up for her newsletter at www.jenniferhoopes.com
About the Book:
Three years ago, artist Emily White’s grief and survivor’s guilt sent her to the small Wyoming town of Fly Creek. Since then, she’s kept her emotions safely tucked away—until she meets the new rancher at Sky Lake Dude Ranch. Stetson in hand, the gorgeous cowboy’s arrival in her store immediately shakes up her world.
Adam Conley is only in Fly Creek for as long as it takes to fulfill his promise to his late cousin. The small town brings up too many memories of the life he left behind years ago. He knows his task won’t be easy, but the last thing he expects is the instant attraction to the reason he’s in town. Emily is beautiful, vibrant, and completely off-limits. He’s there to keep his promise—not fall in love.
But Adam’s secret will crumble everything Emily’s life has revolved around.
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Emily turned to catch a look of confusion written all over Adam’s face.
He shook his head and grabbed her hand. “You seem a very surprising woman today. Wondering just what got into you.”
I’m trying to live again.
“I’ve changed my mind,” he said abruptly.
Her smile faltered. Had she done something wrong? Was she so rusty she was downright off-putting?
“Seeing you soon.”
“Oh.” Emily tugged at her hand, but Adam held firm. If this was his way of letting her down easy, he was failing spectacularly.
“I want to see you now. Or as now as can be. Is the shop open today?”
Excitement burst through veins and not used to the giddy rush, she swayed. Concern swept across Adam’s face and a hand came to cradle her cheek.
She brought her free hand up to cover his. “I would love to see you now, but I do work. And so do you if I recall.”
He leaned his forehead against hers. “I’m done at three.”
“I close at four.”
“4:01 it is.”
They both laughed, and Adam swooped in with a tantalizing kiss. She clung to him. “I’ll need time to freshen up.”
“How about you come to me? I can take you on a trail ride.”
Emily stiffened. Go out to Sky Lake?
“Do you ride?”
She shook her head, unable to speak through the cottonmouth that had taken up residence.
“Even better. You’re going to teach me to paint, and I can teach you to ride.” Adam rubbed his hands up and down her spine. The contact soothed and reassured her, releasing some of her anxiety. “I promise it will make you feel alive.”
“Sounds perfect for a day like today.” She brushed a sweet kiss on his cheek and stepped past him. “See you this afternoon.”
“You most certainly will, Emily White.”
As she walked the few steps to her truck she pep talked herself. She could do this. Sky Lake was just a place. A ranch. A ranch she hadn’t been to and neither had Drew. It was a symbol, nothing more. Now maybe it could be a symbol of her new path. Sliding into her truck, the beginning of a smile tugged at her mouth. Adam Conley on a horse seemed a pretty fine way to spend some hours living this afternoon.
I enjoyed this book. I felt for Emily. She just broke my heart the way she's been pretty much just going through the motions and just existing, but all that's going to change once Adam says hello to her. Adam is tasked with a promise that he needs to fulfill before his time at Fly Creek is up. He didn't count on being drawn to Emily.Adam is keeping a big secret from her that could rock her foundation. This book was emotional, but beautiful at the same time. I liked seeing Emily blossom back to the woman she was.
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