Cassidy wants two things—to make her cupcake shop a success, and to forget the fiancé who traded her for the lights of Hollywood. When Jase—best friend of her ex and A-list actor—shows up at the ranch to research an upcoming role, forgetting is the last thing she can do. Can Jase convince her he’s really a country boy at heart?
“How did the baking go today?”
Cassidy jumped, whirling toward the voice, a hand to her chest. Cupcake let out a snort of concern. “You scared me.”
“Sorry.” Jase emerged from the shadows of the barn. “I saw you come home and wanted to see how today went.”
Cassidy patted Cupcake’s nose, calming the horse. “It went well, thank you. What did you do today?”
“More fence repairs. Mason said tomorrow we’ll be riding the range.”
“That’s always fun. There’s nothing like it.”
Jase adjusted his hat, tipping it back on his forehead. “I’m a little nervous. I’ve never ridden a horse before.”
He shoved his hands in his pockets, and though the increasing darkness shadowed his face, she saw a hint of a blush creep up it. “I never had a reason to ride. I haven’t needed to for a role until now, and it’s not like there are a lot of horses in L.A.”
Cassidy shook her head. He’d never ridden, and tomorrow he’d spend a full day on the range. She headed toward the barn. “C’mon. I can’t believe Mason’s going to let you go out on the range without at least the basics. I’ll teach you.”
She heard the eagerness in his voice as he followed her inside. Cassidy whistled for Cupcake, then grabbed a brush. “I don’t want you embarrassing cowboys everywhere in that movie. So you’ll have to learn how to saddle a horse.”
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Lindzee Armstrong is the #1 bestselling author of the No Match for Love series and Sunset Plains Romance series. She's always had a soft spot for love stories. In third grade, she started secretly reading romance novels, hiding the covers so no one would know (because hello, embarrassing!), and dreaming of her own Prince Charming.
She finally met her true love while at college, where she studied history education. They are now happily married and raising twin boys in the Rocky Mountains.
Like any true romantic, Lindzee loves chick flicks, ice cream, and chocolate. She believes in sigh-worthy kisses and happily ever afters, and loves expressing that through her writing.
After the death of her parents, chasing tornadoes is the only thing that makes Lauren feel alive. Each storm gives her the adrenaline rush she craves, but it can’t make her forget Tanner, the country boy she left behind in Oklahoma. When a tornado brings the couple back together, Lauren and Tanner are caught up in a cyclone of emotions neither is sure they want to escape. Can they weather the storm of their past, or will they let it consume them?
“I’m sorry I left the way I did.”
“What did Seattle have to offer you that I didn’t?”
Lauren’s airway had closed off, and she was going to pass out and die right here and now. The question was a fair one, but it still felt like a punch in the gut. “Nothing,” she said quietly. “I don’t have a good reason for doing what I did other than I had just lost both my parents.”
“I tried to be there for you every step of the way.”
“I know. I didn’t know how to deal with all my emotions, and I felt like you were pushing me to deal with them your way.”
Lauren watched his Adam’s apple bob up and down. “I didn’t want to force anything,” he said, an edge in his voice. “I would’ve done anything to help you.”
“Except listen to me!” Lauren ran a hand through her hair, lowering her voice. “I was scared, and uncertain, and feeling trapped. Everywhere I turned there were memories that made me want to curl into a ball and die. I didn’t know what else to do.”
He swallowed hard, then nodded. “I didn’t realize things were so serious until you left.”
“I’m so sorry for hurting you, Tanner.” Her voice caught. “You have no idea how sorry. I handled it all wrong. But I was dying inside. I had to get away.”
“Why wasn’t I enough for you?”
The door flew open, and two giggling girls entered the classroom, flopping into desks near the front of the room.
Tanner swallowed, pushing his glasses up the bridge of his nose. “Now isn’t the time or place to have this conversation.”
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