The first book of my Tumbling Creek Ranch series, 8 Seconds to Love, is out of a box set and uploaded to all ebook vendors.
I wrote the book 8 Seconds to Love for a box set, but as I incorporated characters/siblings for the hero and heroine, I realized there was a series in the making. I named the series after the Dude Ranch Resort that was once the Wallis Family homestead and the center of all the Wallis family events.
In the first book, Lacey Wallis is on the brink of being the first woman to ride a bull at the National Finals Rodeo. But a fall and smashed arm puts her in the ER and under the care of Jared McIntyre, the only male she could never forget.
“Jared, please, either take me here or take me in your cabin, I can’t…” The words were swallowed as he captured her mouth in a kiss and swung her up into his arms.
She barely registered the movement of him carrying her as he continued to kiss her.
This was like a story she’d once read in a book. The hulking knight carrying the damsel to his lair. Only she would experience the knight’s ministrations first hand, not as words on a page.
His steps crunched in the gravel walkway to the cabin. His lips left hers as he fumbled with the door knob and finally pushed the door open with her hip.
He set her on her feet and kicked the door closed. The heat and desire in his eyes made her heart leap into her throat. She’d never dreamed anyone would look at her that way.
She took a step toward him, her hand catching the bottom of his shirt.
He shook his head, moved her hand to her side, and tipped her chin up, kissing her chastely on the lips. “We’re going to take this like it’s your first time. Slow, easy, and memorable,” he whispered across her lips.
Her body quivered in anticipation. “I don’t want slow and easy. I want hard, fast, and hot.”
“No. We’ll do that another time. This time we do it my way or…” He glanced at the door. “You can leave here wondering what you missed.”
She swallowed, even as her feet were thinking about walking just to see if he’d call her back. His big, throbbing package she’d touched earlier wouldn’t like her to walk out the door. Her body pulsed with need. She’d never be able to sleep if it wasn’t sated.
“I’m yours,” she said, staring into his eyes.
He smiled, showing off the dimples she loved. Jared reached out, slipping his hands under her shirt. His palms skimmed up her sides. She raised her arms, and he slid the t-shirt off over her head being careful of her arm in the cast.
When she thought he would unhook her bra, he walked her backward until the bed bumped the back of her legs and she sat. He pulled off her boots and socks, unfastened her pants, and stood her up.
Shivers skittered across her skin as he slid his palms down her legs, taking the pants down to her ankles. She kicked them off and stood in front of him in her bra and panties.
She became nervous when he just stood there looking at her, not moving. “Don’t like what you see?” she asked.
“The complete opposite. I’ve never seen a more perfect body.” He stepped close, placed his hands on her back, lifting her up his body and her mouth up to his. His size reminded her of a bull. Big, strong, and uncontrollable.
She fell into the kiss, opening her mind and body to him. She’d never had a headier ride than the one Jared was taking her on. Her body throbbed and smoldered when he laid her on the bed. His hands came away with her bra. He was still completely dressed as he drew her panties down her legs, leaving her naked on his bed.
“When do I get to see you?” she asked, running her gaze up and down his body, wondering if the physique she’d imagined was hidden under those clothes.
“I told you, this was going to be slow.” He grabbed her feet, pulled her to the edge of the bed, and spread her legs.
8 Seconds to Love
Book one of the Tumbling Creek Ranch series
Lacey Wallis has put blood, sweat, and tears into her dream of making it to the National Finals Rodeo and isn’t about to let an injury stop her. However, she didn’t expect the ER nurse to be the man she had a crush on years ago, or to discover that crush hadn’t been one-sided.
Jared McIntyre lived through loving and the death of one thrill-seeking woman, and wasn’t about to let that happen again. Especially not to Lacey. But that would mean he’d have to allow himself to love again.
Which will it be, a life-long dream, or the love of a lifetime?
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