Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in
a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home, no parents around
to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other.
When a tragic accident takes Mike away from Layton, and the only other person that he
ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focuses
all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of. He makes a vow
to himself to never let love in again. The last thing Layton needed or wanted was more
Whitley Reynolds grew up in a privileged home in upstate New York. When she landed
the star football player in high school no one was surprised, not even Whitley. She
dreamed of a life with Roger living in New York City and happily followed him there.
The first time Roger hit her for arguing with him about a dinner party, she forgave him.
The more it happened, the further Whitley withdrew from her friends and family. One
fateful day things go to far. Whitley makes a promise to herself and finds the courage to
do the one thing she thought she’d never be able to do.
Fleeing with her best friend Courtney, Whitley was determined to put her past behind
her and start a new life in the small town of Llano, Texas, where no one would ever find
out about her past.
Will they both ever learn to trust and love again, or will their pasts come back to haunt
them, keeping them both alone and…
Really I'm just a wife to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a nack for making me laugh
almost daily and supports my crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he
claims it's because he loves me.....so I'll just go with that one!
I'm also a mom to an amazing daughter who constantly is asking me to make her
something to eat while she has her fingers moving like mad on her cell phone sending
out what I'm sure is another very important text message!
Oh...and I like to sit down and write in my spare time!
I live in the Texas hill country and one of my favorite things to do is go for hikes around
our property with my second favorite man, Gus....my chocolate lab and my sweet girl
Rose, our golden retriever. When I'm not outside helping the hubby haul brush or move
rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for me that day, you will find me inside
reading, writing or watching HGTV and soaking in a nice hot bubble bath.....yeah that
last one I just made up but it sure does sound nice!!!
I rode along the fence line, just trying to clear my head. This was where I did my best
thinking. I loved it out here. I could get lost, just being in the quiet of it all.
“Motherfucker! Son of a bitch! Stupid-ass car! Oh my God, I hate you!”
What in the hell?
I came up over a small hill and saw a silver Lexus RX pulled off on the side of the road.
The girl standing next to the car, kicking the wheel, was obviously from the city. She was
dressed in light gray slacks and a sheer white blouse. Her brown hair was pulled up and
piled loosely on top of her head. The way she was screaming at the tire and yelling at the
car made me smile instantly.
Too fucking cute. Damn city girls.
I let out a small laugh. “Excuse me, ma’am. You’ve got a problem with your car?”
She spun around and threw her hands on her hips as she tilted her head. When she
crinkled up her nose, I guessed it was something she did when she got mad.
“No, cowboy. I like standing on the side of the road in Texas in the middle of July,
yelling at my piece-of-shit car. I get a kick out of it.”
Wow. What a bitch. Yep, city girl. Bet she’s from New York or somewhere like that.
“Wow. Full of spit and fire, and here I was, trying to be a Southern gentleman and help
you out. If you prefer that I keep moving along, I’ll be more than happy to—”
“No! Wait! Oh God, please don’t go. I’ve been here for almost an hour, and not one
car has gone by. Not one! My cell phone doesn’t have a signal, and you’re the first
person I’ve seen. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to be such a bitch. I’m late for my first big job
interview, and I really wanted this to go so differently.”
When she tried to hold back a sob, my heart sank.
I guided Cricket up against the fence, and then I pulled my leg over and jumped.
“Oh shit! Aren’t you afraid your horse is going to run away?”
I smiled at her and turned to look at Cricket, who seemed just as amused by her
comment as I was. “You know, I think Cricket might actually like you. She’s not one for
taking to people, but look at how she’s staring at you.”
I turned to see the city girl peeking over at the horse with a serious face. She slowly
turned back to me and smirked.
“Are all Texas cowboys so…friendly?” She used air quotes as she said friendly.
I gave her my oh-so-famous smirk with a dimple. She didn’t want to, but her lips
cracked with the slightest grin. My heart dropped, but I quickly pushed away the feeling.
“Nah, I’m one of a kind,” I said with a wink. “What’s going on with the overpriced piece
She looked back at the car and then at me. “I didn’t call it that.”
“No, ma’am, you didn’t. I did.”