Rhonda Lee Carver
A love is born from the flames…
What if you survived a car crash, but others didn’t? Would you carry guilt? Or be grateful that you survived?
For Brooke Winslow, she is faced with the demons of that tragic night when her world turned upside down. Until one cowboy steps into her life…
I truly love seeing Sable Hunter’s McCoy family through the eyes of different authors.
In this book we meet a distant relative of the McCoy’s, Tuff (Ted) who works on Tebow Ranch but lives in the guest house on the Winslow farm. Together with his brother Danny and sister Chelsea they all helped out the owner Miss Beatrice when they could. Now she is gone and the fate of the farm and their home lies in the hands of her granddaughter.
Brooke survived an accident in which the person at fault and her daughter died. She has scars both inside and out most from the accident and one from after. Although she is in a better place now, she is still hiding from others and herself. She needs a change, even her doctor sees that.
That change comes in an unexpected way. Her grandmother Beatrice died leaving her the farm she has only childhood memories of. She always wondered why her grandmother never reached out to her. Now she was going back there but she is determined not to stay. She’s going to fix up what needs to be fixed and sell the place.
There is an instant attraction between Brooke and Tuff but true to form Brooke fights it. She doesn’t want to get close to anyone, doesn’t want to reveal anything about herself. It’s a good thing Tuff is the persistent type.
Rhonda hits some sensitive issues in this one and handles them very well. The budding romance, her attitude toward owning the farm, and her interactions with Tuff’s siblings all become milestones.
A perfect example of why I absolutely love the McCoy’s and everything I read of Rhonda’s. The excerpt below contains a favorite scene, don’t forget to read it!
5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!
He hurried and dropped down on his knees beside her. “Sweetheart, are you okay?”
She didn’t answer him, just continued to stare.
“Oh shit!” He grabbed her up into his arms and easily carried her through the front door. He sat down with her in his lap on the rocker and cradled her close, her head tucked on his shoulder, her even breathing in his ear. He gently combed his fingers through her hair. “It’s okay, baby. You’re okay. The fire is out. You’re safe.” He kissed the top of her head, her forehead, her cheek, and quickly on the lips, tasting saltiness. He lifted her chin, seeing the moisture from tears. “Brooke, tell me what happened.”
Her bottom lip trembled and more tears fell. His heart jerked in realization that he couldn’t stay away from her if he tried. He was bound to her. She gave her head a jerky shake. “I-I can’t…”
“Yes, you can. You’re safe with me,” he whispered, massaging her neck to ease the tightness he felt there.
“The pan, it caught on fire…I don’t know…the flames. I tried to save her. I did.”
His gut twisted. They were no longer talking about the fire in the kitchen. “Tell me, baby.” He comforted her. “Tell me everything. I’m here.”
Rhonda Lee Carver is a published book writer with a collection of print and eBooks under her wing. She is also a freelance editor. Her first book was published with Wild Rose Press in 2010.
She writes everything from contemporary to steamy to paranormal to suspense…you name it, she’s written it. Her specialty is writing men who love to get their hands dirty—hardworking, blue collar, heroes in everyday life.
When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you’ll find her with her children and husband watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places (with Bora Bora on her bucket list), doing (or trying) yoga, saving cats and dogs, and finding new ways to keep life interesting.
Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Her motto: “Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time.“