There’s a new girl in the small town of River Bend, Montana – a pretty little thing from the city who doesn’t know her heifers from her steers. Or her good guys from her f*cked up ex-Marines.
Her name is Tia Kinsley and she’s nothing like the girls in River Bend. Proud, smart and gorgeous, she’s a fish out of water.
The last thing I came out here to the middle of nowhere to do is fall in love. Two brutal tours in Iraq left me broken and haunted, unfit for human companionship. Besides, I’ve got everything I need – my livestock, my property and my faithful dog, Beau. I’ve got rules, too. No relationships that last longer than a single night, for one. No local girls. No entanglements.
Until one hot summer night when I catch a fleeting glimpse of something familiar in Tia’s dark eyes. I know that look. I see it every day, staring back at me in the mirror. Hurt. Loss. So it turns out maybe I’m not the only one in pain. Maybe the world doesn’t revolve around me. And maybe – just maybe – being with her is like feeling the rain on my face after years in the desert.
I’m not fit for any of this and I know it – not fit for love or kindness or the sweet tenderness with which she treats me. For Tia’s own good – and even as her breathless little sighs still ring in my ears – I can’t let her in.
But I can’t seem to stay away, either, and the closer we dance to the cliff’s edge, the tighter I hold on…Read previous articleRead next article