Lone Star Burn Kindle World
Brought to you by Ruth Cardello
Heat in Texas comes from more than one source…
US Deptuy Marshal Teena Mason is stranded. Not in a big town, no, but near a small town named Fort Mavis. After waiting hours in the Texas heat she is rescued and gets a room to rent. When she’s grabbing a bite to eat, she’s reunited with a man she didn’t even know lived here. One she’s had a fling with on occasion.
US Marshal Patrick West is both shocked and pleased when he finds the woman he meets for weekends of hot sex in his hometown. He wants to convince her there is more than just their clandestine meetings between them. Can he show her that he knows more about her than what pertains to the bedroom? Will he have the chance when they are both called back to duty on put on the trail of killers?
Since being discharged from the army after his medical helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, Leo Harris has been having trouble finding normal. A third panic attack at work signals his PTSD is still spiraling out of control and leads to a leave of absence.
With nothing but time on his hands, he accepts an offer from a friend to travel to the lone star state’s Cassidy Cattle Ranch. There he meets River Neil and the four wild mustangs she’s gentling. Can the determined daughter of a cattle rancher who is trying to find her own way and the dapple grey wild mustang who’s latched onto Leo help him rediscover himself or will his battle scars stand in the way?
Maggie McAfee has not returned to Honeysuckle Ranch since her parents died in an accident a few years before. She has a great job as a professor of obscure literature looking toward tenure at a big California university. Life is perfect. Well not perfect, but pretty good. She misses her brother and dreams of her high school sweetheart, but a woman can’t have everything. And what good was she to the ranch? She couldn’t even sit a horse. It would take a lot to get her home again. Like a terminally ill brother who has only days or weeks to live.
Will Kyle has also been far from the Fort Travis area for the past several years. His stepfather’s heavy handed takeover of his family property made being there too painful. But his current job as foreman for a large ranch in Oklahoma has ended suddenly and Baxter McAfee’s job offer comes at a great time. What could be better than working for his old buddy on the prettiest ranch, with the best reputation? And with Maggie never coming home, his heart is safe.
But fate has other plans, or maybe Baxter does. A collision of hearts in the face of impending grief will almost certainly end in disaster. No matter how much a dying man wishes for the two people he loves the most to realize what fools they’ve been.
Elementary school teacher Blythe Williams is in need of an adventure. Since a messy break-up six months ago, she hasn’t had the time or the will to date again. So, when a girl’s week at a gulf coast resort comes along, she’s more than ready to jump back in the dating trenches, knowing any hook-ups will be short lived and uncomplicated.
Hunter Cole isn’t the typical Fort Mavis cowboy. The ex-Marine turned kennel manager and part-time rancher has tall, dark, and ruggedly handsome down pat. But the Cole family comes with its share of Texas-sized family drama he’d rather leave behind.
When a broken down car and a mix-up of identity puts Blythe in Hunter’s crosshairs, sparks fly and inhibitions vanish, but will a week with a stranger be enough to mend two broken hearts?
Brock Callahan has spent the last fifteen years in federal prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Hardened beyond redemption, he heads back to Bard Texas to find the person who framed him only to run into the one woman he hasn’t been able to forget. Today, his world began to turn again.
Libby Reynolds loved and lost at the tender age of sixteen when the man of her dreams was tried and convicted of murder. Unable to believe he could ever hurt someone, she’s always held out the hope that someday he would come back to her. That day is today.
Can Brock and Libby find their way back to each other when the truth is revealed? Murder, lies, and broken hearts are the name of the game when the sun sets and the web of corruption is exposed.
After being caught in a compromising position, Raelyn Parker needs an escape and her sister’s home in Fort Mavis is the perfect place. Or the worst place. She’s not sure yet. Bad boy cowboys have suddenly become her weakness, especially one in particular. Several townspeople warn her away from him, but she sees something they don’t. This bad boy isn’t as bad as he pretends to be.
Hayes Turner likes his women the same way he likes his liquor—no fuss, straight up, and readily available. The burn from the liquor he can handle, but he vowed to never again be in a position to let a woman destroy him. He has no trouble keeping the women in his life in his bed, but far from his heart, until a big city spitfire reignites something inside him that’s long been extinguished.
Something unexpected leads to the perfect partner for a lifetime…
Louisa “Lou” Langston isn’t expecting to find a man who makes her pulse race when she makes another trip to her doctor’s office. He not only makes her pulse race but makes her wonder what could be. Yet she doesn’t dare expect anything since she knows life doesn’t give you a happy ever after. At least not one that is true. Instead it kicks you in the teeth and makes you just keep going to the next day and living. But…maybe she can have just a moment for now. She’ll take what the new doctor in town has to offer and not let her heart or emotions get involved. Too bad her heart doesn’t seem to know the plan.
Sinclair Bentley doesn’t know what to do about the sexy woman who he treated. Especially when he finds out she is known for being accident prone with a knack for getting injured in some of the strangest ways. There is something about Lou that makes him want to get to know her better. Getting involved after just recently moving to Fort Mavis wasn’t anywhere in the plan. He wants to just enjoy living. However he finds himself drawn to Lou and he isn’t a man who walks away from anything that intrigues him. And Lou is that as well as an enigma. She claims she doesn’t want to get involved beyond the physically yet the things she does contradicts her words. Lou might say one thing but it’s up to him to show this stubborn woman that she wants more than just for now and he is the one to give her that happy ever after she refuses to believe in.
When a stubborn woman meets a determined man realization dawns that life doesn’t give you a happy ever after…you have to go for it to find your perfect partner.