New set of problems
Suddenly single—and pregnant—Abby James hopes Three Springs, Texas, will give her the fresh start she craves. But five minutes in and she’s already clashed with a former Navy SEAL on horseback. Wes Tanner might be devastatingly handsome, but Abby has no time for romance. Especially with a man intent on leaving town. Abby wants to plant some roots…and falling for the tempting Texan could upend all her plans!
Abby crossed one foot over the other and gazed at the cloudless sky. “I can’t remember the last time I sat and stared at the stars.”
“Boone built this deck for his wife. He says it was his favorite place because it was her favorite place first.”
“I can see why.” Abby sank into the cushions, relaxing into the silence. “You could fall asleep up here, counting the stars.”
“You never counted stars on the beach in Santa Cruz,” he said.
“No.” Not with Clint. Not even by herself. Abby traced the Big Dipper with her finger. “When I was a kid, my dad and I would make hammocks or bring our cots from our tents and watch the sky for shooting stars.”
Sometimes it took only minutes, sometimes hours before they saw one. Sometimes she fell asleep before she’d even come up with her wish. But her father had always been beside her, encouraging her to never stop reaching for the stars. The memory warmed her. “What about you? How many nights do you spend up here, getting lost in the nighttime sky?”
“Most nights, actually.” He shifted in his chair. His voice deepened into mysterious and vague. “But tonight is somehow better.”
“It was probably the good meal.” She angled her head to look at him. “Never discount the power of good, homemade food.”
“Maybe.” He reached toward her, curved his fingers around hers. Gentle. Confident. Steady. Like his voice. Like his presence. “Still, I could look forward to more nights exactly like this.”
Abby stared at their joined hands. Palm to palm. Fingers entwined. The perfect fit.
And suddenly, with her hand tucked securely inside Wes’s, it became everything to the woman she was now.
A visit for the holidays
Brings love for a lifetime
Cattle rancher Evan Bishop is desperate for Paige Palmer’s help. The veterinarian is in Three Springs for the holidays, but the single dad hopes she has time to save his ailing livestock. Paige is up for the challenge, though not quite up to resisting the cowboy’s rugged charm and his darling devotion to his little girl. Can Paige learn to trust the rancher before the countdown to Christmas ends?
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