Winter’s Thaw is back again – Mari Carr

Winter’s Thaw is BACK AGAIN!

Sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan. Sometimes it’s better.

Compass Girls, book 1

Sienna Compton has it all figured out. Her life’s goals are set and it is all systems go. At least, it was. Until her long-time boyfriend Josh threw a ringer into the master plan, requesting a “break” from their relationship. Now she’s left alone during the long, cold Wyoming winter, questioning what her heart has always believed to be true love.

Daniel Lennon is facing an uncertain future. When a tragic accident leaves him unable to pursue his career as a professional bull rider, he finds himself at Compass Ranch, working to help Sienna’s father, Seth, build his horse breeding business. One look at Sienna has Daniel envisioning things he never imagined wanting—a permanent home, love, marriage—and he’s willing to use all the red-hot tricks in his sexual arsenal to melt the ice surrounding Sienna’s broken heart.

When lust turns to genuine emotion, can Daniel convince Sienna to take a chance on something different and unexpected? Can he persuade her to consider a new path, one that will lead her directly to his arms…forever?

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Excerpt:

“Eavesdropping, cowboy?”

She clearly wasn’t angry, but her voice didn’t carry the usual teasing tone he liked so much. It just sounded empty.

“I didn’t mean to.”

She snorted. “It’s not hard to avoid. You just turn around and walk away.”

He didn’t bother to deny how much he’d heard. “Are you okay?”

She nodded. “Josh wants a break.”

“Yeah. I heard. That doesn’t bother you?”

She bit her lower lip, a line forming in the center of her brow. “I don’t think it does. Maybe it will tomorrow, when I’ve had time to process it all. Right now, I’m kind of in shock. At some point, I’ll have to figure out what it means, what I’m supposed to do now.”

Daniel took a step closer. “Or you could do what you suggested to Josh. Go with the flow.”

She gave him a sad grin. “I have a feeling I’ll hate that.”

“Depends.”

“On what?” she asked.

“On who you’re flowing with. Josh asked for his freedom and you gave it to him. There’s something you need to remember about that. You’re free too.”

She crossed her arms. Daniel assumed the gesture was more for protection than warmth as the stable blocked out most of the chilly November air. “I guess so. Only problem is I didn’t necessary want to be free.”

Sienna walked back to the hay bale and kicked it—hard—stirring up dust. “God, I’m such an idiot. The man I plan to marry just asked for permission to screw around. And I gave it to him. I must seem like the world’s biggest fool to you.”

Daniel didn’t like seeing her so hurt. Walking behind her, he wrapped his arms around her waist in a gentle embrace. “Turn around, Sienna. Look at me.”

She twisted in his arms slowly as her face lifted.

“The only jackass in this barn was Josh. He’ll figure that out one day, but it’s going to be too late.”

“Why do you say that?”

Daniel placed a soft kiss on her forehead. “Because by the time he’s finished sowing his wild oats and ready to come home, you won’t be here waiting for him.”

She frowned. “I have no intention of leaving Compton Pass. Josh or no Josh. This is my home.”

Daniel ran his finger along her cheek. “That’s not what I meant.”

She started to question him, but Daniel wasn’t willing to waste the time explaining. Better to show her.

His first kiss was brief, but powerful. Sienna needed to understand there was a world of difference between him and the man who’d just left.

Their lips parted for only a second.

Long enough for her to whisper, “Oh.”

Then he kissed her again, refusing to hold back any of the desire he’d spent weeks stifling. Sienna Compton needed to go wild.

And he intended to be the man who really set her free.

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