(Cattenach Ranch #2)
by Kelly Moran
As a child, Nakos Hunt left behind the familiarity of his Native American Arapaho tribe for time on Cattenach Ranch. Now the foreman, he’s happily settled into his life, but the girl who befriended him all those years ago suddenly has him twisted inside out. He craves stability and purpose, and Amy Woods is anything but a calming presence. Though she’s unbelievably gorgeous and about the only person who can drag a laugh from him, he’s never been able to understand her. Then a moment changes everything, and an urgent need to protect her rises inside him. And doesn’t let go. So does an aching desire and a bond he can’t seem to control, no matter how hard he fights the need.
She’s no one’s version of ever-after…
Amy’s not a stranger to disappointment. She’s spent the majority of her life pulling up her bootstraps and flipping Karma the bird. Once, she may have dreamed of things like happiness and love, but those were for other people. Nakos has never been someone she deserves, yet the attraction between her and the meticulous sexy-as-sin cowboy is undeniable. And too tempting to ignore. Not only is he strong, patient, and respectful, he’s showing her a kind of romantic passion she didn’t think existed. But the secret she’s keeping could shatter their perfect bubble, and when an old nightmare comes crawling back from the past, she realizes losing Nakos will be the one thing she can’t recover from.
Finding Amy mottled with bruises and bleeding on the dirt floor of the barn—courtesy of her ex-husband, who Nakos referred to as the Antichrist—had reset some kind of circuit in his brain.
He was so over tonight it was tomorrow already.
Cursing his internal alarm clock, Nakos padded down the hallway before the buttcrack of dawn, his sole focus to get coffee. Lots of coffee. Until his blood type was Folgers.
Why can’t you answer one question without turning it into a root canal?
If it takes me until we’re eighty and in side-by-side rocking chairs, I’m going to wear you down.
Or I could just kill him. Nakos told me once he knew where to hide a body so it’ll never be found. Of course, he was threatening me at the time.
Intense subject matter and relevant, and angsty storylines define this series of small-town contemporary cowboy dramas. Each character presents an interesting and unique dynamic with frightful histories that not only squeeze the heart but would also break the spirit of most, yet she was the queen of feisty one-liners. There were times I felt extremely frustrated with the character of Amy who was deeply wounded yet miraculously not completely broken, just infuriating, although she hid her emotional pain in her flippancy. I adored the kind and decent character of Nakos, although his indecision and inertia were a bit annoying at times, enough to make me want to give him a kick in the pants to get him moving. Thankfully, both characters had the watchful eye of thoughtful counsel of Nate to provide them insight and distribute those greatly needed nudges. Ms. Moran delivered a poignant and emotive storyline that also sizzled and snapped when the characters finally united forces.
About The Author
Kelly Moran is a bestselling romance author of enchanting ever-afters. She is a Catherine Award-Winner, Readers’ Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and a 2014 Award of Excellence Finalist through RWA, plus she’s landed on the 10 Best Reads & Must Read lists by USA TODAY’s HEA.
Kelly’s been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there’s always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. Her interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and two dogs. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.
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