by Lindsey Brookes
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After countless attempts to speak with the owner of the retreat for troubled teens she runs on the outskirts of Lone Tree, Montana, Caitlin Myers resorts to kidnapping Brandon ‘The Ogre of Lone Tree’ Barnes in a desperate attempt to change his mind about turning Stoney Brook into a vacation resort for the wealthy.
Retired rodeo star, Dalton Barnes, gets the surprise of his life when he’s abducted by a soft-spoken female with a ‘gun’ and taken to the retreat his family owns. He soon learns she’s kidnapped the wrong cowboy by mistake. She wanted his brother. Things go from bad to worse when a late spring snowstorm strands them together at the cabin. But it’s during their snow-in that Dalton learns why Caitlin has gone to such lengths to save Stoney Brook. Having had issues with his older brother himself and a not so happy past, Dalton promises to do what he can to help her.
When confronted Brandon tells Dalton he’ll hold off on his plans for the retreat, but only if Dalton agrees to stick around and help run it. Keeping his promise to Caitlin, Dalton agrees and what starts out as a common goal to turn the troubled teens’ lives around that summer ends up turning theirs around as well. Can a man who has always avoided putting down roots and a woman with a deep-seated fear of abandonment hang on to the happiness they’ve found together? Or will the past return to threaten their newfound love?
Love, laughter and a heartwarming read…
Dalton’s gaze shifted to the house where only the weathered outline of the trellis remained and then back to Caitlin. He wasn’t even going to attempt an explanation. Hell, he wasn’t even sure what had just happened.
“I was trying to get your attention,” she admitted.
“Well, it worked,” his brother muttered.
Color flooded her cheeks. “I’m really sorry about the trellis. I’ll pay for the damages.”
“I don’t think there’ll be a need for that,” Dalton cut in. “It just needs reattached to the wall. Simple enough.”
“Then the job’s yours,” Brandon told him and then turned back to Caitlin.
“Do you realize I could have you arrested for trespassing?”
“Not if she had my permission,” Dalton argued.
His brother arched a dark brow. “You gave her permission to climb the trellis and peep into my office window?”
“I wasn’t peeping,” she said in her own defense.
“She wanted to talk to you,” he explained, not that Brandon ever listened.
“Through a window?” Brandon shook his head. “Never mind. I suppose we’d best continue this conversation in my office. Something tells me if I don’t let you two say your piece, she’s gonna bring my whole damn house down.” That said Brandon walked away.
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