Blake Sinclaire has the perfect plan to reclaim the land Warren Hansen stole from his father. The only problem? Warren’s daughter, sexy super-scientist Maddie, stands in the way. The only other problem? He wasn’t supposed to fall in love.
A standalone, modern-day Hatfields & McCoys filled with family feuds, fake engagements, explosive secrets, memorable side-characters, and a Happily Ever After that will make you swoon.
I started reading this series because of Tessa’s contribution to Protected by A Hero. The characters in that book were so vibrant, I had to know more about them.
This first book centers on the feud between the Sinclaires and the Hansons. Blake wants the land Warren Hanson stole from his family back but when he confronts him the unexpected happens.
Warren wants him to marry his daughter Maddie and after dropping that bomb he collapses.
This is a favorite scene with Maddie, Blake and her dad after he wakes from surgery.
Maddie stepped forward, reaching for his hand and sinking into one of the chairs set up next to the side of his bed.
“Shh, Dad. It’s okay. You gave us quite a scare.”
His eyes widened as he tried to speak again. “What happened?” he rasped out, his voice barely above a whisper.
“You had a massive heart-attack, Dad. We nearly lost you. If it hadn’t been for Blake…” She turned, acknowledging him with a grateful smile.
Something warm puffed up inside of him as he basked in her appreciation. God she was beautiful. He leaned against the doorjamb, and shoved his hands in his coat pockets. Warren grunted and tried to raise himself.
“No, Dad. Don’t move. You’re still hooked up.”
“Blasted machines,” Warren rasped with effort.
He wheezed, pinning his eyes on Blake.
Blake shifted uncomfortably, fisting his hands in his pockets. Their last conversation had been… intense. He wasn’t seriously going to try and pick it up now? Maddie would kick the tar out of both of them if she discovered what had transpired.
“Don’t…don’t jes’ stand there like a ninny, Sinc…Sinclaire.”
Covering the distance to the bed in two steps, he settled himself next to Maddie, and stretched his hand around the back of her chair. “Near death has done wonders for your disposition, sir.”
A small smile broke across Warren’s face, and he wheezed out a cackle. He shut his eyes, still smiling. Even with the oxygen tube, his breathing remained labored. He raised his finger, waving it between the two of them. “Glad to see…. You two’ve worked things out… Maddie Jane.”
Worked what out?
What was the old man playing at?
“Of course, Dad. I’m here as long as you need.” Maddie squeezed her father’s hand reassuringly.
Warren opened his eyes again, and looked straight at him. His blue eyes, the same intense hue as Maddie’s, penetrated Blake like a laser. “Our families… this fighting… So glad… over.” Warren sighed shakily.
The anesthetic must have rattled his brain. Or the meds.
“Daddy?” Concern laced Maddie’s voice. “Of course. Everything’s fine.”
“He’ll be good… husband… not like… Jake…”
She stiffened in her seat. “Dad… I don’t–”
Looking back, Blake could never say definitively what made him act so irrationally. It was like some unseen force propelled him to action. He leaned forward, clasped Maddie to his side, and patted Warren on the leg. “Of course, sir.” His hand gripped her shoulder tightly. “I’ll make her very happy. You have my word.”
Ooh, he would pay for this.
In this life or the next.
Of that he was confident.
Layne, Tessa. Prairie Heat: Cowboys of the Flint Hills (pp. 93-95). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Edition.
Maddie has a lot to resolve both personally and professionally.
Family secrets uncovered and in spite of themselves the heat between Maddie and Blake burns hotter and hotter.
I enjoyed meeting the Sinclaire and Hanson families. Plus a host of other characters.
Prairie Kansas appears to be a great place to get lost in for a while. Laughter, gossip, tears and plenty of family drama.
5 Contented Purrs for Tessa!
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Tessa Layne writes smokin’ hot contemporary cowboy and military romances filled with tenderhearted tough guys and sassy strong women who capture their hearts.She grew up in Colorado in the mountains at the edge of the Great Plains. There, she met her own smokin’ hot Cowboy and they had a whirlwind romance to rival any novel. She believes in Happily Ever Afters, loves fireflies, horses, and breathing clean country air. Her favorite thing to do is to sit on the porch swing with a glass of Rose, listening to her Cowboy pluck his guitar!
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