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(Heroes of Shelter Creek #1)
By Claire McEwen
By Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
She can save his ranch…
But can he forgive her?
Maya Burton knows she’s the last person rancher Caleb Dunne wants to see. After all, she survived the crash that killed his sister, and then left town. Now she has to convince the stubborn cowboy that she can help him save his ranch. But once she earns his trust—and his heart—will she be able to walk away?
“Aunt Lor, stop.”
Maya started at the deep voice. Her attention had been so riveted on Loreen that she hadn’t heard Caleb approach. She turned and there he was, taking up space with his height and breadth and that tough, dark magnetic field that he seemed to have acquired in the years since she’d left. It messed with her breathing and made it hard to look away.
“Hello, Caleb,” Grandma said, and Maya was sure she spotted a twinkle in Lillian’s eye. She’d always had a soft spot for him and had treated him like family all the years he and Maya had dated.
“Hello, Mrs. Burton.”
“You always called me Lillian, so please don’t get all formal on me now.”
One side of Caleb’s mouth curled in a half smile that took Maya by surprise. She’d only seen him looking stern, hungover and miserable. That piece of a smile was a shimmering reminder of all the times he’d smiled at her. Except he’d been smiling at Grandma, and it was gone now, as he turned to his aunt. “You told me you wanted to meet for dinner. Then you talked me into this meeting instead. How about you and I go get that food now?”
So much for Grandma’s theory—that Caleb wanted to learn about predator management.
“Of course.” Loreen softened when she looked up at her nephew. “I was just sharing that it’s been hard, living without Julie. And that seeing Maya here, such a successful scientist, giving a presentation to the town, well, it just made me think about all of the things that Julie never got to do.” Loreen glanced at Maya. “If things were different, she would have accomplished so much.”
“Of course she would have,” Grandma said kindly. “She was an incredibly talented young woman and her death is a terrible loss. But it’s not fair to take it all out on Maya.”
“Agreed.” Caleb’s eyes narrowed as he studied his aunt, who pressed her lips together and suddenly started rummaging in her purse for something.
Caleb’s gaze drifted to Maya. “I enjoyed your presentation.”
Maya stared at him, wondering what had happened between last week and now. Had Annie worked some mysterious rancher-to-rancher magic?
“Um...thanks?” Maybe it came out as a question because there were so many questions in her mind. Last time she’d seen him, he’d pretty much thrown her off his property. But it wasn’t just that. Caleb looked different. He wasn’t wearing a hat, so she could see his dark hair cropped close. He’d shaved off the thick scruff she’d seen out at his ranch, his eyes were clear and his skin was brighter. He seemed sober and alert and maybe even a tiny bit friendly.
And he was...Caleb. Not the shadowy figure on the trail or the ill stranger she’d tried to work with last week on his ranch. His face was sculpted with new lines and shadows, but he looked more familiar now. She could remember, as she studied him, how his expressions used to be. How his face looked when it lit up with humor and curiosity and love.
She would give a lot to see that Caleb again.
About the Author
Claire McEwen writes stories about strong heroes and heroines who take big, emotional journeys to find their happily-ever-after. She lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When she’s not writing, Claire enjoys gardening, reading and discovering flea-market treasures. She loves to hear from readers! You can find her on most social media and at www.clairemcewen.com.
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