A SUMMER FLING . . . OR SOMETHING MORE?
Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue – even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It’s hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children’s camp where she’s just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry’s style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay. TJ Jameson isn’t looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family’s ranch with a wife and kids. “No-strings” Merry Atwater doesn’t fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ’s a goner. If he doesn’t give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .
A Summer fling between a hot and rugged cowboy and a pretty girly girl. This will never work. She collects strays and mutts and he collects horses… But she needs his help and he needs hers. Can the two of the make things work for the good of others or will this camp be the end of any possibility?
Merry is in financial trouble. She knows it. But she doesn’t know what to do. Her dog rescue is failing and she needs help. Her one backer that she had for months stopped contributing and now she needs to find money to help save all of these adorable pups that need her help… this is her dream and now she is struggling to keep it alive. But she has a full time job as a nurse too and that takes so much of her time. She has been taking on extra shifts and pushing as hard as she can. When TJ Jameson makes her an offer she can hardly say no to.
TJ has a ranch and is a large animal vet. He is also trying to run a summer camp for children, with the hopes of getting his nephew to come out of his shell a little. But nothing is seeming to work the way he wants it to. He has a set idea list of how he wants to run the camp but he needs someone with dogs to help with the children. Easier said than done. But Merry has a solution and it is mutually beneficial.
He agrees to allow her to bring her foster dogs and let the kids help train them. But at what cost? TJ will be taking a big chance on this and an even bigger chance with his heart. But Merry wants no part of the second part of that. She doesn’t do long term relationship. Though the chemistry is there, she has no intention of settling down, starting a family or any giving her heart to anyone. She knows heartache and guilt and it has already cost her so much.
Can these two find a way to make it work or are the scars from the past just too much in the way to see past?
This book is a fun read, a sweet read and a romantic twist. It was fun to read these two opposites attract. it was fun to see the way Merry handled the dogs and the children. it was great to see the hot cowboy trying to make life a bit easier for his autistic nephew. It was a great read and touching. I loved the story and I loved the characters. I loved their strength and their passion. This story has a few little twists and turns that were completely unexpected. The two characters have so much of their own story to tell but once it is out, all bets are off and romance is in full force. A great romantic read with very touching moments with children, puppies and horses. I loved it!
His expression heated until his eyes practically burned her. She nibbled her bottom lip. “I should, uh, I should go.” “It’s late,” he said, his voice like gravel. It tickled all her sweet spots. She stared at his hands, those big calloused fingers. Damn, but she wanted to feel them on her skin. Like, now. “Really late.” She took a step, but her feet accidentally carried her toward T.J., not the door. He sucked in an audible breath, his eyes scorching hers. “I thought you were going.” “So did I.” But fuck it. If she was going to be in his house in the middle of the night in her underwear, she might as well give him a kiss goodnight. She’d never been known for her self-control, after all. He watched her, not moving a muscle, as if he’d become rooted to the floor. She put her palms on his biceps and pressed her lips to his. Just a quick kiss to test the waters, because they did have to work together for the next month. His scent wrapped around her, filled her lungs, and stole her sanity. She lingered for a moment, her lips on his, so soft, so warm. Just enough to make her want more. So much more. Her body pulsed with it. She was about to pull back and tell him goodnight when his arms slid around her waist, securing her against the firm column of his body, and oh God, she was a goner. “What was that?” he whispered against her lips. She slid her hands up to encircle his neck. “A goodnight kiss.” “And why would you do something like that?” His voice vibrated through her. “Because I wanted to.” Their bodies were pressed together, and though he hadn’t kissed her back, he wanted to. She felt the evidence pressed against her belly. “Bad idea,” he growled, his lips still touching hers, teasing, tempting. “Oh, yeah?” She could hardly breathe. Every nerve tingled with awareness, desperate for his touch, his kiss. More. More of everything. Her heart throbbed in her chest. T.J.’s eyes smoldered into hers, his pupils blown with lust. His body vibrated with tension, his arms like steel bands around her. “Yeah.” “Then send me home.” She wiggled in his arms, pressing into his erection, tempting him, willing him to kiss her back. Just for tonight. She needed to be kissed. She needed to feel. And he could make her… His lips crushed hers, taking her so suddenly, so thoroughly, that she didn’t have time to draw a breath. She heard herself groan, felt the desire inside her explode into something so completely out of control it almost frightened her. Her back slammed into the wall, and her legs wrapped around his waist. His tongue plunged into her mouth, gliding against hers in a rhythm so perfect she shuddered in his arms. He lifted her hips, grinding himself against her until her eyes rolled back in her head, and… Holy shit, holy shit. She must have lost her mind. Her body burned, quaked, shook for him, and he felt so fucking good. He tasted like sin, sweet and sexy, like leather and cowboy boots, and… Holy shit. She needed more. She needed everything. She needed him buried deep inside her, groaning her name as he drove her over the edge, as he came inside her, and… Holy shit. This was completely out of control. “Holy shit.” The words came from T.J.’s lips, not her own, as he tore his mouth from hers and speared her with his gaze. He panted for breath, his body coiled against hers, so hard, so ready. She felt every inch of him still pressed between her legs, right where her body burned hottest for him. “What the hell was that?” She laughed. “If you don’t know, then you’re more out of practice than I am.”
BUY FOR KEEPS
Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter.