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Magda Hobbs loves being a ranch housekeeper. The job keeps her close to her recently discovered father, foreman at the same ranch. She is immune to all the cowboy charms, except for one certain cowboy, who is wreaking havoc on her libido. Not wanting to follow in her mother’s footsteps, she hops on her motorcycle and hits the road.
Five months later, she is headed back to Whispering Springs after her father’s heart attack, only now she has no job, no savings and nowhere to call home.
Reno Montgomery is determined to make his fledging cattle ranch a success. He’s content with the occasional date until Magda Hobbs. She is rocking his world and then she’s gone, leaving him confused and more than a little angry.
Reno’s mother hires a housekeeper so the focus is on making a success of ranch rather than a clean house. He’s shocked when he learns the new live-in housekeeper is Magda Hobbs.
When a freak snowstorm cuts off the outside world, the isolation rekindles their desire. But when the weather and the roads clear, Reno has to work hard and fast to keep the woman of his dreams from hitting the road right out of his life again.
This is one of my favorites in this series. I love Magda, she’s feisty, independent, loyal and just a bit scared of commitment. She’s returned because her father had a heart attack and she needed to be close to him.
Reno and Darren Montgomery are slobs. They concentrate on trying to make their ranch successful, not wanting to ride on their parents coat-tails. When their parents come in for the holidays, their mother sees the need and immediately thinks of Magda. Olivia swears Magda had whipped Mitch into shape before she married him so she would be the perfect person to tame the twins.
There is a problem that no one knows about. Reno and Magda had been together before she disappeared six months ago. She left with no explanations and Reno is still upset with her.
This is a favorite scene on Magda’s first day on the job.
About ten o’clock, as he was pulling the wire tight on the fence, a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle roared past them and up their drive.
“Think that’s her?” Darren asked.
“Yep. That’s her bike.”
“Sweet. I’d love to take her for a ride.”
Reno glared at him.
“I mean the bike, not the lady,” Darren clarified.
“Man, you’re touchy.”
While Reno privately agreed with his brother, no way was he saying that aloud. “Ah, well, I hear she’s pretty particular about who she lets ride her Fat Boy.”
“So many jokes I could make, but seeing as you’ve got a stick up your butt about our new housekeeper, I’ll keep my mouth shut.”
“Probably for the best.”
At about noon, Reno’s cell phone trilled and he pulled it out of his pocket. “Hello?”
“Reno? This is Magda. Magda Hobbs.”
The sound of her voice made his heart leap, pushing all the air from his lungs. As though there could be more than one Magda. As if he didn’t hear her voice every night in his dreams.
He drew in some air to calm his racing heart. It didn’t work. “Hi. I guess you got in the house without a problem.” Man, he hated how breathless and excited he sounded. He was a much better poker player than this.
“I did. I wondered if you guys were coming back to the house for lunch today.”
Reno looked at Darren. “You want to head back for lunch?” Darren nodded.
“Yeah, that’d be great.” He wondered how he would ever swallow around the boulder that had lodged in his throat the minute he’d heard her say his name.
“Okay,” she said with a slight hesitation in her voice. “I’ll see what I can find, but your cabinets are a little bare.”
Reno forced a chuckle, a little embarrassed that she’d found their cabinets basically empty. “Noticed that, did you? Honestly, we just haven’t had time to get to the store. You may have noticed on your way over that we kind of live in the middle of nowhere.”
“I noticed. I’ll have lunch ready in about thirty minutes.”
Reno slipped his phone back in his pocket. “Thirty minutes.” Great. That gave him a whole half an hour to get his shit together.
Thirty minutes later, Reno parked the work truck at the back door and Darren hopped out. From the truck, Reno watched as Darren opened the door, took one step inside and stopped. He backed out, toed off his boots and reentered.
Not wanting to make the same mistake, Reno left his boots on the back porch and walked in. He was greeted by the aroma of grilled ham and…he sniffed again…toast?
“Hello, Reno,” Magda said. “I have grilled cheese and ham sandwiches and tomato soup. Best I could do with what you guys had in the cabinets.”
“Sounds wonderful. Thanks.”
“Water? Coke? Tea?” Magda asked.
“I’ll get it,” he replied, heading for the refrigerator to grab a cold water.
Darren was already at the table, his sandwich half-gone. He took another bite and moaned. “So good.”
Reno sat and Magda set a bowl of soup and a sandwich in front of him. “Thanks.”
She joined the guys at the table. “I want us to get off to the right start,” she said, leaning forward and placing her arms on the table. “I wouldn’t have sought out this job. We are all really too close in age for me to feel one-hundred percent comfortable in the situation. However, I needed a job and your parents made me a very generous offer that I’d have been a fool to turn down. But…” She paused and waited until she could meet both their gazes before she continued. “But I want this to work out, which means there will be no kissing or touching or trapping me in the corner. No inappropriate comments. No sexual suggestions. I cook, clean and do laundry for you, but that’s it. I’m not here to share a bed or catch a husband. Have I made myself clear?”
Reno swallowed the bite of sandwich he’d been chewing. “Clear. And I completely agree. Darren?” He looked over at his brother.
“Got it. Damn, Magda, you’re one straight-shooting talker.”
She leaned back in the chair. “Yep, I am. Another thing is that I expect you two not to make my job even more difficult by being total slobs. That means leave your mud, manure and blood-coated boots outside. If I find them in the house, you’ll find them outside in a tree where they’ll land when I toss them out the door. Understood?”
Both men nodded, and Reno suppressed a smile. Darren had no idea that Magda was serious, nor how their lives were going to change.
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Now you know these guys are going to mess up, so there’s a lot to giggle at even as the tension rises between Reno and Magda.
A car accident, a blizzard, frozen pipes and so much more will have you turning the pages to see if Reno and Magda can weather the storm of their passion.
I love this series so I’ll just start on the next book.
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Hi Y’All! I’m Cynthia D’Alba from Arkansas.Here’s a little about me…New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia D’Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun.
She was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, she’s thrilled to be making her home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading or writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.