Recipe for Holiday Romance

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It’s the holiday season and when your nose gets a chillin’, and what better way to ward off the cold than with a steamy cowboy romance?  Let me see if I can remember this tantalizing recipe…

Add one lonely, hunky rancher (Wyatt Kinnison) whose lost hisChristmas spirit (I know what you’re thinking, but that was ages ago) and has become known around the small community of End of the Line, Montana as “the Grinch on the mountain.”

Blend in one shivering female, whose lost herdirection– in the mountains (we won’t go into her past just yet)—and stir gently into a tempting accidental meeting when she spots the lights of the Kinnison ranch and stops to find her way back to town.

Pink and frothy in that not-for-mountain-wear parka, Wyatt, whose evening consisted of a cup of stew and reruns of championship rodeo suddenly, has a hankering for other things. Namely, what it might feel like to hold the misplaced little Miss Aimee Worth—End of the Line’s vivacious (if not a little pushy) second grade school teacher–close enough to get a taste of those lips and put his hands on those painted on jeans.

Despite the hot little fantasy that follows (if only in his dreams) women however are not his forte, not after his mom abandoned him and his brother at Christmas and his fiancee was a might too generous with her “gift giving” to others.(that is to say, she lit up most every guy in Dusty’s bar)

Fate has other things in mind, if not a generous humor and soon Wyatt finds Miss Aimee around every corner—planting more seeds in his brain and frustrating him in other ways. A few days before Christmas, he emerges from his morning shower after chores to the sound of caterwallowing on his front porch. Yanking on his jeans and tossing a short on his back, he opens the door, dumb-founded at the sight…not that she hasn’t plagued his sleepless nights since they met, but THIS isn’t what he’d expected….

What you ask? Yeah, well, that requires reading the book. <g> But I promise it will make you laugh, sigh, and feel warm right down to your toes! (And possibly a few other places as well)

Here’s a sneak peek of Wyatt and Aimee in RUGGED HEARTS, Book I of the Kinnison Legacy series—

Wyatt stood and walked to the sink to rinse out his glass, his back turned to her. “And she has a remarkable and courageous sister.” He looked over his shoulder. “I’m glad your sister’s vision inspired you to come to End of the Line.”

Aimee looked up, still processing his last comment. “Thank you.”

There was an awkward pause before he spoke.

“I was thinking, what about we take the kids out in the sleigh tomorrow to cut down a tree?” He leaned against the counter, seemingly comfortable in his half-dressed state. She wasn’t sure whether her thoughts of how great he looked were good or bad, but either way it was a salve to her weary soul. As much as Sally would caution against leaping in to fast, seeds of hope were being planted in her heart when it came to Wyatt. The only problem was she didn’t know if Wyatt felt any of the same things about her.

She stood, building her courage as she walked up to face him. “That’s an amazing idea.” Before she could stop herself, she wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him tight. His shadowy beard was rough against her cheek and somewhere along the way, his arms slid gently around her waist. “Thank you, again, for going above the call of duty,” she whispered.

He leaned back and met her gaze. He hadn’t let go. There was a tiny scar she’d not noticed on his brow, which gave greater character to his handsome face.

“I should be the one thanking you.”

The air stilled around them. Her heart beat like a stampede of thundering horses. She didn’t understand fully why he should want to thank her, but reason dissipated when his hungry gaze dropped to her mouth. She touched his face and he leaned forward, his eyes holding hers, his breath fluttering against her cheek. If she allowed this to happen, she had no idea what might come after. Her heart might get broken in a thousand shards. But if she stopped it, she’d lay awake the rest of the night wondering “what if.”

She chose a good night’s rest.

Aimee met him halfway. His lips, soft, barely brushed against hers, tasting, sampling, finding the perfect fit. He was gentle and slow, building a need so fierce she wanted to scream. His hands rested on her hips as his mouth captured hers, each kiss savored, growing longer, deeper until her bones were all but ash. Visions of making love with him intoxicated her, blurred her reason. She placed her palms on his chest and relished the feel of his hard muscles against her flesh. In a moment of blurred reality, she remembered her students at the other end of the house. Though she didn’t want to part from his glorious mouth, she reluctantly lowered her head and breathed deep. He pressed his lips against the top of her head and held her close. It took everything inside her to step from his embrace.

“I can’t do this,” she said, unable to look at him. She moved back and her foot knocked a toy. It rebelled with a loud clang. She caught her balance with a squeak of surprise and felt silly, awkward. She pressed her palm to her forehead. “This isn’t how a teacher on a field trip should behave.”

Wyatt caught her arm.

“Behave? Because you’re a teacher, you aren’t supposed to think about…these things?”

“These things?” She looked at him and smiled. “Oh yeah, I’ve thought about them, trust me. But need I remind you there are kids down the hall and lots of them, if you remember?”

“Tell me something I don’t know.” He smiled.

“Stop. No more sexy smile.”

“Sexy? Really?” His grin widened impishly.

“Yes, that’s it. You do that, and it makes me want to kiss you, and before you know it, we’re kissing and any one of them could walk right in and catch us. What would they think?” She hoped to convince him, because so far it hadn’t worked too well on her end. Her lips burned to touch his again.

“They’d probably think how mushy two grown-ups look when they’re kissing.” He grinned again and the effect of it curled her toes.

“Mushy? Wyatt, I’m serious.”

“Believe me, Aimee. So am I.” He reached over, flipped off the light switch, and plunged them into darkness. “No second grader I know would dare go into a dark room,” he stated quietly, drawing her to him. His mouth touched hers and she melted into him, no longer a teacher at the moment, but a woman with needs.

***

She was warm, sweet, and responsive to him in a way Wyatt hadn’t expected. His fingers found the sash of the robe and gently pulled it free. He cupped her face and kissed her like he’d thought of doing a million times since the day in the parking lot. He pulled her close, lifted her into his arms, and set her on the countertop. She held his face, her kisses soft yet demanding more, driving his hunger. His fingers fumbled with unfastening the buttons of the flannel shirt she wore. She braced herself on her hands and allowed him to peel away the fabric.

“You’re beautiful,” he whispered, drawing his hand over her silky flesh. He cupped her soft breast, and she fit his palm with sweet perfection. After another fiery kiss, he trailed his lips over her skin, taking in her musky scent. Encouraged by her hand holding his head in place, he helped himself, closing his mouth over her rigid tip, teasing until she forced his head up to look at her.

“Wyatt.” She breathed his name.

He wanted nothing more than to scoop her up and carry her to bed, but he knew that was impossible under the circumstances. Instead, he relished her passionate kisses and slipped his hands between her thighs. He pressed his fingers to her warm, wet flesh. She squirmed at his touch. Her mouth dropped open with a soft sigh.

He swallowed hard and reminded himself that the kitchen counter, surrounded by a houseful of kids, was not how he wanted their first time to be.

“Oh God,” she whispered. “No, no…I can’t. Not here.”

She grabbed his hand and pulled him to her in an explosive kiss that nearly burst Wyatt from the confines of his jeans. He cupped her face and was angling to deepen the next kiss when she pulled away.

“I have an idea.” She straightened and held her hands against his chest. He heard her heavy breathing.

“Yeah, I’ve got a couple of my own.” He reached for her again.

She leaned over and turned on the light, temporarily blinding him.

“I can see we are not on the same page.” He sighed deeply and licked his lips. Her taste lingered on his mouth. She pulled her clothes together, hastily refastening the buttons he’d worked so hard to undo, and tugged the robe up around her shoulders. Only then did she look at him.

Wyatt rested his hands on either side of her, debating whether to stay or go jump in a snowdrift. He glanced up, eyeing her.

“I was just thinking.”

“Me, too.”

“About Christmas morning.”

“Hmm, that’s not what I was thinking about.” She put another knot in her robe tie and looked down at him as if to say playtime was over. Snowdrift, it is. “What were you thinking?”

**

IN YOUR HOLIDAY FANTASY– what cowboy would you like to meet beneath the mistletoe? One winner will be chosen at random on Nov.30 to receive a signed copy of RUGGED HEARTS! So many choices…not nearly enough mistletoe! 😉

Blessings to you and yours~

Amanda

Rugged Hearts, Book I (Kinnison Legacy series)

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******AND THE WINNER THIS TIME IS ******

******KAREN HRDLICKA****{{Yay!! muppet wave}}}

Congrats! Anyone ever see Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, or check out the actor who plays Cullen on Amc’s current hit, Hell on Wheels? *hot damn those eyes are killer!

About Amanda McIntyre

Amanda McIntyre’s storytelling is a natural offshoot of her artistic creativity. A visual writer, living in the rich tapestry of the American heartland, her passion is telling character-driven stories with a penchant (okay, some call it a wicked obsession) for placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations to see how they overcome the obstacles to their HEA. A bestselling author, her work is published internationally in Print, E-book, and Audio. She writes steamy contemporary and sizzling historical romance and truly believes, no matter what, love will always find a way. Learn more and get connected at www.amandamcintyresbooks.com
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15 Responses to Recipe for Holiday Romance

  1. I won’t be picky and chose just one…LOL…But I will take the first one that shows up 🙂

  2. Michele Gray says:

    Wouldn’t mind having Tim McGraw under the mistletoe!

  3. Shyanna says:

    I don’t really watch anything with cowboys and I haven’t met any out here so I’m going to have to go with one of the McCoy brothers from Sable Hunters books though I’m not sure which one

  4. Clare O'Beara says:

    Since I’m married I’m going to say, my gorgeous husband with a cowboy hat on, riding a horse to bring my Christmas present!

  5. cmucha319 says:

    I think I wold go with Dean Dixon from Becky McGraws book – Just Shoot Me. He just has a way about him that I find really sexy.

  6. P.A. Ryan says:

    I will take any one of them that shows up. But I did really like Travis Montgomery from Texas Tango by D’Alba

  7. Kim R. says:

    Any cowboy is a fine one to find under the mistletoe 🙂

  8. suzlyne says:

    Can I go with the bull rider I met on vacation to New Mexico about 30 years ago??? Some you just never forget.

  9. laineslite says:

    Why not have Wyatt underneath the mistletoe, cowboy kissing sounds good. Thanks for a chance to win. Of course if it’s all-time cowboy hunk picture Tom Selleck in duster, jeans, boots, hat and mustache as Quigley Down Under or brother to Sam Elliott as Sacketts. Yum anyway you look at it.

  10. Terri Shortell says:

    To hard to pick just one. I think I’ll take any of them. Love a sexy cowboy.

  11. Stephanie O. says:

    Any nice looking cowboy who looks good in his Wranglers! lol 😉

  12. phyllisc7 says:

    Tom Selleck or Sam Elliott in one of their cowboy roles would be just perfect! Thank you very much. ☺ Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Karen Hrdlicka says:

    Sam Elliot has always been one of my favorite cowboys. Thank you for the chance

  14. All great answers! And the winner this time is KAREN HRDLICKA!! Please contact me at amandamcintyre.author@gmail.com and I’ll get this shipped out straight away!

    Anyone ever see Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall?? Also my current fav is the actor who plays Cullen in AMC’s Hell on Wheels–hot damn* those eyes are killer!

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