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A Hero’s Haven: Resolution Ranch – Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 3 By Tessa Layne



A Hero’s Haven: Resolution Ranch
Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 3
By
Tessa Layne

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Former Navy SEAL Cash Aiken assumed he could leave behind the trauma of war and settle into life as a bodyguard. Why not? He was big, smart, and nothing ever got past his eagle eye. But a split second of inattention nearly cost the life of his asset, and cost him his job. When his old buddy Travis Kincaid invites him to come work at Resolution Ranch, an organization helping wounded vets, he clings to the lifeline and hopes it’s a chance to start over. But Cash is stunned to discover that the beautiful woman he nearly let die is hiding out at the ranch, masquerading as a stable hand.

Country Music’s Superdiva Kaycee Starr is done with the music biz. After a terrifying encounter with a crazed fan, she goes underground and answers a help-wanted ad in a place the paparazzi would never think to look. Prairie, Kansas. While she finds solace and healing among the horses, handsome ranch hand Cash Aiken lights her up in ways she only wrote about in songs. He’s the only person she’s met who seems to ‘get’ her.

Cash and Kaycee fall hard and fast for each other, but when their secrets are exposed, will they have the courage to trust each other? And more importantly, themselves?

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Kate needed to get away after firing her agent, she wants to do something besides sit around resting her voice. Her best friend Cheyenne suggests Prairie, she works the Walnut Valley Festival there every year and really loves the people.

Cash knows who their new hand ‘Kate’  is right from the start. He wonders why Kaycee Starr is there and using an alias. But he also finds himself seeking her out. They first enjoy ice cream and playing cards, when she can’t talk.

This is a favorite scene, after Cash makes them a wonderful steak dinner and Kate can use her voice a bit.

Cash raised his head, puffing his cheeks as he blew out a breath. “I was married at the time. It didn’t work out. I got a Dear Johnny letter not long after the ambush.”

Married?!?

Kate reeled. He’d been married? And dumped while he was on a mission? What kind of a person would do that? Especially to someone someone like Cash? A million new questions popped into her head. “Do you miss her?” she whispered, bracing for the answer. Oh God, what if he did? What would she do then? The realization she’d developed feelings for this gentle giant pummeled her.

“Nope,” he said flatly.

She exhaled the breath she’d been holding. “Did you love her?”

“Not like…” He shook his head. “I was devastated at the time, but we were young. Too young. Miranda liked the idea of being married to a SEAL far more than the reality. We made it just over a year, and half that time I was gone. I visited Hamm’s family as soon as I got the chance. Seeing the grief on their faces every time they looked at Hamm’s son made me glad I’d made different choices.”

Miranda. A wave of jealousy roiled through Kate, fierce and hot, leaving a bitter taste in her mouth.

“What about you? Has your heart been broken?”

How to explain without giving away one of her biggest secrets? But the second she disclosed her identity, this fragile thing blossoming between them would evaporate. As soon as Kaycee Starr came between them, he’d stop seeing her, Kate. Her indecision must have shown on her face, because he reached out and tipped her chin, forcing her to look right at him.

“Is that why you were crying last night? Did someone break your heart?” She was heartbroken, but not for the reason he thought. “I… it’s complicated.” His face fell. Shit. To keep one secret, she’d have to disclose the other, embarrassing embarrassing as it was. She took a deep breath. “I’ve never had a boyfriend. I… tonight… I guess you could call this my first date.” She twisted out of his grip, shutting her eyes, unable to bear looking at him a second longer. Her cheeks flamed. Her skin crawled from the shame of it. She stood. “I should go.” She looked around the room, anywhere but at him. “Thank you for a nice evening.”

He stood too, catching her shoulder and turning her back. “Wait. Please don’t go? I don’t want you to go.”

She pressed her cold hands to her cheeks. They were still on fire.

He took her hands, encasing them with his enormous ones. “You have nothing to be embarrassed about, Kate.”

“I have plenty.” She shook her head, dropping dropping her gaze. “I’m pathetic.”

“Look at me, Kate,” he commanded gently.

Reluctantly, she forced her eyes up, unable to breathe.

“Just so I’m clear, you’ve never…”

Another wave of shame rippled through her as she shook her head. This was not how she’d ever imagined their conversation going. How could she ever look at him again after tonight? But he lowered his head, so his mouth was a whisper from hers. If she shifted her weight to her toes, they’d be touching. His breath was warm and soft on her cheek, and she breathed him in. His masculine scent underneath the soapy clean went straight to her head like moonshine. Her nerve endings fired in anticipation, sending violent ripples all the way to her toes.
Layne, Tessa. A Hero’s Haven: Resolution Ranch (Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 3) (Kindle Locations 1227-1253). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Edition.

Thus starts a very sensual, beautiful, loving relationship.

Now Travis has some problems stemming from having this information withheld from him especially after Kate’s identity is leaked in a video hacked from Emma’s stolen phone.

However, no one has more problems when this information leaks than Kate aka Kaycee Starr. With everything out in the open, she has decisions to make. Decisions about her future without the concerts, her mother’s harping and without her manipulative agent but maybe with a certain cowboy named Cash.

Family drama in the form of her overbearing mother, love and support from her best friend Cheyenne and best of all lots of love and affection from Cash!

I laughed, I cried and couldn’t put this book down. I really love the way these books intertwine with the Cowboy’s of the Flint Hills series.

I hope Cheyenne has a book in the future, she should be close to her best friend.

5 Contented Purrs for Tessa!

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Tessa Layne

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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A Hero’s Heart: Resolution Ranch – Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 2 by Tessa Layne



A Hero’s Heart: Resolution Ranch
Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 2
By
Tessa Layne

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The town superstar has just met his match

When retired Army Captain and Prairie’s favorite son, Sterling Walker, returns home to join Resolution Ranch, he finds himself face to face with his biggest rival- Emma Sinclaire, the sole daughter of Prairie’s oldest family- all grown up, gorgeous, and glaring daggers at him.

Will it be winner take all in this battle of hearts?

A rising star at Kansas City’s internationally acclaimed Royal Fountain Media, Emma agrees to personally oversee the marketing and fundraising campaign for Resolution Ranch. But she never expected to come face to face with her high school nemesis, Sterling Walker, let alone have to work closely with him. As they face off across the boardroom, she can’t deny her attraction to the smart, sexy, soldier who engages her in battle at every turn.

When a moment of carelessness threatens to shut down the fundraiser before it starts, Sterling will put everything on the line to protect Emma’s reputation. Will it be enough to win Emma’s heart for good? Or will the fallout be the ruin of Resolution Ranch?

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After burying one of his best friends, Sterling is in a bad place. A phone call from Travis offers him a new beginning, a new life.

Emma and Sterling have been competitors since high school. But while Sterling looks at that time as making him better at everything, Emma sees it being humiliated time after time.

This is a favorite scene at the Trading Post on New Year’s Eve.

He shrugged, a rueful grin playing at the corner of his mouth. “There was a chance you might say no.”

“I almost did.”

He tipped his head closer to hers. “Then I’ll consider this my lucky day.”

A shiver of attraction skittered down her spine as she caught his gaze and held it. His voice held a note of sin and promise. It would be so easy to give in. Become another in a long line of conquests. But, no. Not tonight. Not ever. She looked away. His hand at her hip gave her a little squeeze, somehow acknowledging what had just passed between them. “I should thank you, you know.”

She glanced up sharply. “How so?”

His eyes were sincere. He wasn’t teasing her this time. “You made me work.”

“What do you mean? Everything came easy to you.”

“Some things easier than others,” he admitted. “But I don’t think I’d have gotten the appointment to West Point without pushing myself to beat you.”

“The competition didn’t hurt me either. I was ready for Barnard when I arrived.”

“I wasn’t.”

“Ready for West Point? For real?” His admission shocked her. “The great Sterling Walker unprepared?”

He maneuvered them between two other couples. “No one is prepared for Beast. Not even me. But that’s the point. It’s supposed to be brutal. You’re supposed to want to quit, but you don’t. It builds you up.”

Her respect for him went up a notch. “How’d you get through that?”

He studied her intently while the last notes of Kaycee Starr’s song faded. Heat bloomed across her chest as the strains James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go filled the bar. When he finally spoke, his voice came out with a burr. “You dig deep. Remember the people you love at home and why you’re there. And the people you’re letting down if you give up.”

“There’s no way you ever would have quit, Sterling. It’s not your style.” But still, she couldn’t imagine what it must have been like, if he was admitting it was hard. Especially to her.

His expression turned serious. “Can I ask you something?”

Her heart began to thump erratically. “Sure?” Sterling was never serious. At least not with her. She tensed as she waited for him to speak.

“Do you think I’m an asshole?”

“Sorry?”

“Do you think I’m an asshole?”

He was serious too. She opened her mouth but no sound came out. How in the hell was she supposed to answer that?

His face tightened. “Your face says it all. You think I am. I was. Shit.” He stopped in the middle of the dance floor, putting both his hands on her shoulders. “I was an asshole. To you for sure, and probably to others. And I have no excuse for my behavior except that I was a teenaged dumbshit. If I hurt you in any way I’m truly sorry. I never wanted to hurt you.”

A rush of feeling flooded her, pricking her eyelids with hot tears. She would not cry in front of Sterling. “I… thank you,” she finished lamely. What else could she say? She’d never admit to the countless soaked pillows, or the tears she’d cried into her horse’s mane.

The song switched to Brad Paisley’s Then as the clock crept toward midnight. Sterling pulled her back into his arms, and this time she let him pull her close. Maybe it was dangerous to do so, let herself get close enough to catch a whiff of his spicy cologne. He was so charming. It would be so easy to melt into him. Lose herself in a kiss or four.

“Emma?”

“Yes?”

“Do you think we could start over?” His eyes were soft. Hopeful.
Layne, Tessa. A Hero’s Heart: Resolution Ranch (pp. 24-26). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Edition.

Nothing comes from that encounter, not even a kiss to start the new year.

The trail drive was hard and satisfying. Now preparations begin to get the ranch up and running. A major fundraiser to finance the buildings to house the veterans coming for help. The dream of this ranch beginning to come to fruition.

In spite of her resolve Emma finds herself not resisting the charm and persistence of Sterling’s pursuit. Unfortunately he has to come to terms with himself before their relationship can be a relationship.

Stolen electronics cause major problems and Sterling steps up to prevent these things from not only destroying the fundraisers for the ranch, but Emma as well. Although he does it without contact, that was handled by Jamey, Lydia, Luci and Hope.

I fell in love with Cade and Kate, Jason, Macey and Sophie even though they are secondary characters here. I hope we see all of them again.

A page turning read with plenty of suspense, drama, laughter and a few tears as well.

5 Contented Purrs for Tessa!

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Tessa Layne

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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Loving the Flint Hills! Prairie Devil – Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 6 By Tessa Layne



Prairie Devil
Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 6
By
Tessa Layne

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He’s the Devil she shouldn’t want

Colton Kincaid is a rake and a heartbreaker. Thrown out of the house when he was seventeen by his brother, Travis, he scrapped his way to the top of the rodeo circuit riding broncs, and never looked back… Until a chance encounter with hometown good girl Lydia Grace leaves him questioning everything and wanting a shot at redemption.

She’s the Angel he can never have

All Lydia Grace needs is one break. After having her concepts stolen by a famous shoe designer, she returns home to Prairie to start a boot company on her own. But when her break comes in the all too sexy form of Colton Kincaid, she wonders if she’s gotten more than she’s bargained for.

They say be careful what you wish for

To get her boot company off the ground, Lydia makes Colton an offer too good to refuse, but he ups the ante. Will the bargain she strikes bring her everything she’s dreamed of and more, or did she just make a deal with the devil?

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Travis had kicked his brother out years ago for not being able to follow the rules, calling it tough love. Colton hit the rodeo trail and has become successful and Travis now wants to reconnect. His lovely bride,  Elaine, and his aspirations for the ranch a big part of the why.

Even before we get into the nitty-gritty of this book, I’m in tears. It’s Travis’ wedding, when Colton shows up.This is a favorite scene.

Steeling himself, he rapped hard on the door.

On the other side, a chair scraped, a muffled voice spoke low, but Colton could barely hear it over the pounding of his blood. After what felt like eons, the door creaked open and dozens of pairs of eyes turned on him, some with surprise, some narrowed. He searched for Travis and found him, gripping the elbow of a pretty young thing with big blue eyes in a simple white dress. This must be Elaine. And the boy next to her must be her son Travis had mentioned, Dax. Colton gulped and removed his hat, all the speeches he’d prepared vanishing into the ether. “I hope I’m not interrupting.”

The startled silence unnerved him. Colton’s chest burned. He never should have come. But fuck it, he was here now, and he wouldn’t back down, not until this played out until the bitter end. He flashed a grin to the faces in the room, and his eyes collided with a blue-green pair in the back of the room. He’d know those eyes anywhere. But it had been so long, he couldn’t tell. And instead of long hair wrapped in a ponytail, it was sleek and short, swinging against her jawline. Lydia? Or her twin, Lexi? Back in the day, it had been easy to tell them apart. Lexi’d always been wrapped up saving animals, the environment, or some other crusade of the week, and hadn’t ever paid him much attention. Lydia had been the more buttoned-up of the pair, and had tried to save him. Sweet, good Lydia. He owed her an apology too. Judging from the way his pulse quickened, it had to be Lydia. But the look in her eye didn’t say buttoned-up. Not by a long shot.

Travis stepped forward, eyes guarded. “Colton.”

“Travis.” The tension wound around them, pulsing between them like a living, angry dragon. Someone coughed. A chair squeaked. The buzzing in his ears grew louder, drowning out the sound of his breathing.

And then – Travis stepped forward and pulled him into a bear hug, pounding him on the back. “You’re just in time.” He spoke hoarsely, like a sweetgum burr had lodged itself in his throat. “Just in time.”

A rush of hot emotions surged through Colton, taking his voice. Relief, primary amongst them. He returned the hug, awkwardly giving his brother a pat. They were the size now, both men. Each hardened through the pressures of life. Colton cleared his throat. “I’ll just stand in the back.”

“Wait.” Travis laid a hand on his arm. “Stand with me?”

Had he lost his mind? Ten years gone, and the first thing he asked was this? Shit. Travis really did mean to bury that hatchet. Colton nodded once, keeping his face neutral. No need to let everything hang out in front of the assembled group. There’d be plenty of time down the line to hash things out. The room let out a collective sigh as he took his place next to his brother. Throughout the brief ceremony, Colton kept his eyes trained on a spot between Travis’s shoulder blades, hearing but not registering any of the words until the little boy next to him shouted. “Now I have a dad and an uncle.”
Layne, Tessa. Prairie Devil: Cowboys of the Flint Hills (Kindle Locations 114-136). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Edition.

Okay so I always cry at weddings, but it’s here that Lydia and Colton run into each other. Lydia has always been known as the good girl and she so want’s to break that mold and the only one she wants is Colton. Only he rejects her, because, in his words, he’s an idiot, but he’s also a gentleman and Lydia was drinking heavily.

Lydia lost her job in NY now she’s contemplating her own boot business. When Colton shows up to see how she’s doing after the wedding, he also wants boots.

After a threat from Colton’s Sponsors, Lydia agrees to be his fake fiancé and he agrees to invest in her business. Of course this is a dangerous path for both of them since their attraction is off the charts.

Lots happens in this book, it kept me turning the pages and also surprised me a few times.

Love, laughter, family, deception and plenty of heat.

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Tessa Layne

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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Prairie Fire – Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 5 by Tessa Layne



Prairie Fire
Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 5
By
Tessa Layne


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Will an Alpha cowboy find true love with a wounded warrior in this sexy, small town western?

Sometimes it takes more than water to put out a fire.

Daredevil Cassidy Grace tried for years to get Parker Hansen’s attention. It finally happened- the night before she left for basic training. Parker has always wondered what would have happened if he’d made a move sooner. Caught up in the ins and outs of fighting fires and working a ranch with his cousins, he didn’t have much time to think about it. But now that Cassidy’s back, a messed up combat veteran and the newest member of Prairie’s fire brigade, he’s thinking about it. A lot.

But Cassidy is fighting more than just fires. Her nights are tortured with visions from her experience as a combat helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. Her days are haunted by Parker offering something she thinks she’s not worthy to have.

Only love can quench this Fire

When Cassidy volunteers for a dangerous hotshot mission in the wilds of Colorado, Parker insists on going with her. As they travel together into a life-threatening situation, will their love combust like the trees that surround them? And in the battlefield of a forest fire, will Cassidy be brave enough to fight for the one thing that will snuff out the fires that rage within her?

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You may have noticed I am trying to catch up before Prairie Fever releases in September. I am very much enjoying this series and the relationship to the Resolution Ranch series which I am reading in tandem. No pressure here at all.

In this one we get to know Cassidy Grace, the strong willed yet damaged combat pilot. She takes chances she shouldn’t, because it’s her way to deny her PTSD. Now a firefighter in Prairie and a pilot with the National Guard she battles the flames.

Parker had started something with Cassidy before she left for basic training, years ago. He wants to start where they left off but isn’t sure how she feels about it.

Battling a massive wildfire, Parker on the ground and Cassidy in the sky the two meet up as their crews get some down time.

This is a favorite scene.

“You gonna invite me to sit?”

Shit. His mother would whale him for a bullshit move like that. Quickly, Parker stood, gesturing to the chair across from him. “Please. Sit. I didn’t mean to leave you standing.”

She rolled her eyes, and let out a breathy laugh as she pulled out the chair across from him and sat. “I was just fucking with you, Park. Keep me company?”

“He’d love to,” Mike answered for him. “Don’t stay out too late kids,” he tossed over his shoulder as he dragged Cruz away with him, leaving the two of them alone.

Even though the room was crowded with exhausted and hungry firefighters, and chatter echoed from the walls, silence settled between them. Cassie ate quickly, stuffing a forkful of meatball into her mouth and chewing thoughtfully. Her eyes sparked with energy and amusement. How was it that she wasn’t tired?

“My job’s easier than yours.”

A laugh escaped from his chest. “Did I say that out loud?”

She smirked, fork stopping in midair. “Sure did. And nothing gets me excited like flying.” She popped another bite into her mouth giving him a wink.

Except sex, if he remembered correctly.

All the blood in his body rushed to his balls in a heated rush at the thought of seeing Cassie light up. “You sure about that?”

She stopped chewing, eyes narrowed, and slowly wiped her thumb across her plump lower lip.

Parker shifted uncomfortably in his seat, the energy of attraction overriding exhaustion and common sense. She’d been home a little over a month, and while they’d hung out with the rest of Prairie’s first responders, worked together, trained together, and run into each other at the Trading Post, they’d never been alone. Not that he hadn’t thought about how to get her alone. He had. A lot.

But this was Cassie, his former best friend. He should ask about her sisters, or whether she needed help fixing the beat-up motorcycle she always brought to him for repairs when they’d been young, not dream up excuses to get into her pants. But he couldn’t stop thinking about that. And he kept getting distracted by the damned zipper on her flight suit, mesmerized by the way her generous breasts pushed against the material.

“Eyes up, cowboy.”

He dragged his gaze away, a flush heating the back of his neck, and met her eyes. She
was shaking with suppressed laughter. At least she wasn’t pissed she’d caught him staring. He flashed her a sheepish grin. “Sorry.” Not so much.

She put down her fork and balanced her elbows on the table, leaning in. “So. When are you going to make your move?”
Layne, Tessa. Prairie Fire: Cowboys of the Flint Hills (pp. 15-16). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Edition.

This book is very intense, the fire scenes are vivid and explicit. You can feel the tension and exhaustion of the crews in every word.

The heat isn’t only in the fire though as Cassidy and Parker ignite the pages. So much to love and overcome. Parker’s help with her motorcycle and his dismay at the damage she’d done to it, but thankfully not to herself. The overlap with the ranch and working with the horses, as Cassidy works on her issues. And so much more with Parker.

Family, friends, drama, excitement, tears and plenty of love.

I couldn’t put this book down.

5 Contented Purrs for Tessa!

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Tessa Layne

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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A Hero’s Honor: Resolution Ranch – Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 1 By Tessa Layne



A Hero’s Honor
Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 1
By
Tessa Layne


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Police Chief Travis Kincaid Has Rules…

· Never leave the door unlocked
· Never mix work and pleasure
· And Never, Never kiss the object of your affection

Years ago, the former Navy SEAL learned the hard way that breaking the rules only leads to disaster. Since then, he’s followed strict rules to stay focused on his career and keep his heart locked away where it won’t cloud his judgment.

Too bad the woman he’s fallen for was a born rule-breaker.

In spite of her shady past, Travis finds himself bending the rules… repeatedly, for single-mom Elaine Ryder. In the aftermath of Prairie’s devastating tornado, Travis must come to a decision about his future. More importantly, he’ll have to decide whether breaking the rules one last time will cost him everything he holds dear… or give him his heart’s desire.

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I read this book as part of the Protected By A Hero Box Set. I enjoyed it so much I started reading the Cowboys of the Flint Hills, to get to know the characters who are mentioned in this story. If you’re following my blog, you’ll see yesterday I posted the book where this Tornado occurs, Prairie Storm. Don’t miss that one. It just made sense to review this one by itself here at this time.

Prairie, Kansas is rebuilding from a EF4 tornado. So much destruction and yet the town has come together to start the arduous process.

Dottie’s Diner now a pile of rubble has morphed into a food truck across from it’s original location. A place for folks to gather and share news it’s where we meet the main characters in this tale.

Chief Travis has a thing for Elaine, Dottie’s waitress. Of course he’ll never admit it, he has relationship rules, rules that his friend and deputy chief Weston thinks need to be broken. Weston also thinks Travis should run for sheriff which he eventually agrees to do.

This is a favorite scene when Travis announces he’s running to his opponent Lawson and pisses off Elaine in the process.

Lawson’s facade slipped a fraction as his eyes went cold. Travis had to hand it to him. The guy was a pro. He wouldn’t easily be provoked into doing or saying something stupid. The fake smile was back, as was the politician’s voice. “I was just introducing myself to the lady. Good opportunity to meet the people of this great town. You probably saw this morning that I’m running for sheriff.”

Travis’s stomach churned at the way the lie slipped out of the man’s mouth. He could stomach a lot of things, but lying wasn’t one of them. “I know who you are,” Travis answered, letting his voice get steely and focusing his gaze on the man. “I should have introduced myself this morning. I’m Travis Kincaid. Prairie’s police chief, and your opponent.”

Lawson’s eyes widened slightly, just enough to give away his surprise. Although, of the three of them, Travis was arguably the most surprised at the bomb he’d just dropped. What did Dottie always say? In for a penny, in for a pound? His stomach felt just like it had the first time he’d jumped out of a plane at twenty-thousand. He was damn well gonna make sure he landed in one piece. He gave Elaine a reassuring squeeze. “And this is Elaine Ryder, my treasurer.”

She squeaked and stiffened.

“Elaine, is it?” Menace flashed in Lawson’s eyes, and then, just as quickly, disappeared. Every cell in Travis’s body went on alert. Lawson was trouble. He knew it. So much so, he’d double down on his last dollar at a poker table with the Sinclaire brothers.

Lawson took Elaine’s hand, bowed slightly, and kissed the back. “A pleasure meeting you, Elaine.”

Revulsion slithered through Travis, and he clenched his fist at his side, refraining from forcefully removing the man only because he’d gone and jumped into a political campaign without thinking about the consequences. Not his best moment.

Lawson turned to him, his eyes glittering points. “I’ll see you on the campaign trail, Kincaid. Good luck.” He spun on his heel and stalked off, not bothering to meet the people.

Elaine turned to him, eyes sparking in anger, cheeks pink. He should be thinking of how to fix this, but instead the air in his lungs turned to ash and he couldn’t breathe, let alone think. He’d never seen Elaine this way, all riled up and intense. Awareness shot through him leaving a trail of fried synapses on the way to his cock. Holy smokes, did his cock like this side of her.

Elaine was the kind of woman who hated to be the center of attention. And for two years, she’d done an excellent job of blending in with the decor at Dottie’s. If he had to guess, he bet half the folks who came into the diner didn’t even know her name. Of course post-tornado, everyone knew who Elaine and Dax were, and he’d seen her discomfort at the attention. Seeing her outraged and not caring who saw, was a revelation.

“What do you think you’re doing?”

He couldn’t help smiling, even if it made her madder. She was so damned cute.

“Running for sheriff?”

She rolled her eyes and crossed her arms. “And apparently, I’m your treasurer,” she answered, lower lip jutting out. “How about you explain that?”

Her tone was meant to intimidate. She was as puffed up as an angry prairie chicken, and the only effect it had was to heighten his desire. Tingles raced down his spine, and he could only focus on that sweet lower lip.

“Well?” She tapped her foot.

Pull yourself together, asshole.

“Dottie and Weston both mentioned you’re a whiz with numbers, and I need a treasurer to file.”

“Then find somebody else.”

“But I want you.”
Layne, Tessa. Protected By A Hero (Kindle Locations 21328-21357). One Acre Press. Kindle Edition.

Even as Travis battles his feelings the sparks fly between him and Elaine. Her son Dex wins his heart as well as they work closely on the campaign.

Elaine does have a secret she’s keeping from him though and it’s one that could ruin his chances of winning.

Lots of fun, plenty of drama and a finish that has me wanting more of all these characters.

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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Prairie Storm – Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 4 By Tessa Layne



Prairie Storm
Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 4
By
Tessa Layne


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Will an Alpha cowboy take a second chance at true love in this sexy, small town western?

He’s a down-home rancher

Axel Hansen is Prairie’s fickle Casanova and resident prankster. Ten years ago, he wanted nothing more than to settle down on the family ranch with his college sweetheart. But his adrenaline junkie girlfriend, Haley, chose her profession over love.

She’s the thrill seeker who broke his heart

Meteorologist Haley Cooper has devoted her career to facing down tornadoes and saving lives. She’s finally offered the promotion of a lifetime, but it means boarding at the last place on Earth she thought she’d see again and facing down her biggest regret.

Will Lightning Strike Twice for Love?

Axel jumps at the chance to help Haley with her research, and before they know it, they’re caught in the crosswinds of love and obligation. But as devastating tornadoes rip through the area, they’ll have to confront their feelings for each other and decide if their love can weather any storm

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I think this may be my favorite of this series so far. Not only because of the emotional rollercoaster it puts us on, but also because of the characters involved.

Axel is a troublemaker, which we’ve seen in interactions with his sister Hope. Really all this is a cover-up, he’s been hurt and doesn’t want to be hurt again.

Haley never intended to return to the Flint Hills, unfortunately her boss has put her on a head on collision with her past. As a meteorologist at CPARC – Climate Prediction and Research Center she’s been tasked with recording severe weather activity around Prairie, Kansas. Having to drive herself she has been assured locating one would not be an issue.

I’m not sure who was more surprised Haley or Axel when she shows up at Hanson Stables where she will be living for the next two months while collecting tornado data.

Now Axel is determined not to fall under her spell again, that is until they meet up at the Trading Post after she’s settled in at the Ranch.

This is a favorite scene.

His feet propelled him onto the dance floor, and when he spotted them, he marched over and tapped Johnny on the shoulder.“Mind?”

Johnny’s eyes narrowed a fraction, but then he nodded. “Be my guest.” Johnny smiled at Coop and melted away.

Coop stood looking at him, curiosity and suspicion battling in her eyes. He extended his hand.

“I promise I won’t bite.”

“Are you sure?”

He extended his hand, heart thudding like a bass drum. The jukebox changed, and the opening melody of Tim McGraw’s It’s Your Love floated over them as she slipped her hand into his. Electricity zinged up his arm at her touch.

She flinched.

Did she feel it too?

The connection between them was still palpable, even after so many years. He pulled her close and began to move in time to the music. “You pick this song?” How many times had they danced to this song?

She shook her head, letting out a small laugh. “Emmaline.”

His stomach sank a little. It was foolish to think that she might still carry a torch for him. He maneuvered them between the other couples on the floor. At first, she followed him stiffly, but by the second chorus she relaxed into him and he tightened his arm around her waist, pulling her flush.

Their thighs brushed as they moved, and awareness surged through him. God, he could get used to this in a hurry. The song ended, but he didn’t let go. Instead he kept moving as the strains of Brad Paisley’s Then came through the speakers.

What was he doing out here on the dance floor with her? Besides playing with fire and begging to get hurt? If she was really water under the bridge, couldn’t they just talk?

Axel cleared his throat. “So tell me, Coop,” he murmured into her ear, catching a whiff of her scent, which was at once surprisingly familiar and deliciously intoxicating. Like roses and sunshine. Funny, she hadn’t changed her perfume in ten years. The realization warmed him. “Last time I saw you, you were tucked up under my arm, sound asleep, and when I woke up, you’d bolted.”

She stiffened and her head snapped back, eyes searching his warily. “Axe, I don’t think–”

He chuckled and smiled bitterly. “No? All right, we can stick to safer topics.” So anything too personal was still off limits for her. Fine. But he wouldn’t let it go indefinitely. He deserved an explanation, even if it wasn’t right now. “Why don’t you start by telling me what you’ve been up to the last ten years?”

She cocked her head, eyes narrowed. “For real?”

“Mhm,” he nodded. “I’m all ears.”

In truth, he was.

“Well, there’s not much to tell, really.” Her soft, husky drawl washed over him, setting his nerve endings alight. “I still live in Norman when I’m not doing field work. I got my Ph.D. in Meteorology a few years back. I was chief meteorologist at the NBC affiliate in Norman until I left to work with CPARC a year ago.”

Admiration swelled through him. “I bet you were great,” Axel grinned down at her. “I’d have watched you every day.”

She blushed and looked away. When she looked back a moment later, her eyes had gone soft. “What about you Axe? You running the show now?”

Bitterness rose in his throat. “Does it look like it? Pops is still the same. I’ve tried to innovate where I can. Gunn’s been good about pushing through some of my suggestions with Pops.

“Are you happy?”

Her question stopped him dead on the dance floor, and dread churned in his belly. Talk about unsafe topics. But hell, maybe he needed to shake things up. Quit following everyone’s rules and start following his own for a change. He took her by the elbow and steered her toward the patio.

“Axe?”

“You still need a driver?”
Layne, Tessa. Prairie Storm: Cowboys of the Flint Hills (pp. 34-37). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Edition.

Chasing the weather is quite the adrenaline high, and a Tornado touchdown later, Axel is reprimanding her about safety.

These two have enough emotions swirling around it’s like their own personal tornado.

But it’s the one that hits Prairie proper that causes a whole new level of everything, pretty much for everybody.

Love, laughter, and plenty of tears in this book.

5 Contented Purrs for Tessa!

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Tessa Layne

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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Prairie Desire – Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 3 by Tessa Layne



Prairie Desire
Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 3
By
Tessa Layne


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What’s a guy to do when the girl of his dreams makes a pass at him?

Saying no to Hope Hansen was the hardest thing Ben Sinclaire has ever done. Despite the fact that he’s loved her since grade school, between their age difference and a family feud, a romance between them was forbidden. But now she’s back and the girl he loved has become all woman. He’s finally ready to make his move, but he’ll have to get around her brothers and a field of admirers to do it.

What’s a girl to do when faced with the worst mistake from her past?

Eight years ago, Hope took a chance on Ben and got shot down. Heart broken and mortified, she left town. A fiasco at veterinary school foils her plan to avoid him forever by forcing her to come home to Prairie. When her brothers meddle in her love life by placing a Cowboy Wanted ad for her in the back of Rancher’s Monthly, Ben becomes her unlikely ally. As all her feelings come crashing back, Hope isn’t sure if she can trust him… or herself.

Cowboy Wanted: True Love Awaits

Ben comes up with a daring plan to win Hope, but when ice storms, weddings, and babies interfere, will it backfire? Or will Hope realize that true love has been waiting right under her nose the whole time?

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Ben and Hope have big secret, they have been friends for years but never said a word to anyone because of the feud between their families.

As children they built a treehouse together, just out of sight of either family. When he hears she’s coming home, Ben visits it he finds it destroyed. In that moment he decides to rebuilt it.

There was more there though, Ben had rejected Hope when she asked him to be her first lover. After reconsidering, he returned to hear her with someone else in their space and once again left.

This is a favorite scene when Hope visits the newly built treehouse.

A look of pure anguish twisted the softness in her face. “Our business finished the night you told me I was crazy and just a kid.”

He cringed as his conscience pricked at him. That pain was all because of him. “About that…”

Her mouth pinched closed, and she shook her head firmly, hugging her arms. “Oh no. You don’t get to throw away a friendship then waltz back in eight years later a-an-and build me the tree house of my dreams. What were you thinking?

She was good. Throwing his words back at him like that. At least she’d noticed he’d included every detail she’d ever dreamed about in the new structure. He’d take a small victory. But it irked him she was accusing him of throwing away their friendship when she was the one who’d broken their rule and brought someone to the tree house. “Who exactly threw away our friendship?”

She shifted her weight, arms still crossed defensively. A move that, if she hadn’t been wearing a leather jacket, would have accentuated her curves. God, he ached to run his hands under her coat and familiarize himself with the sweep of her breast, the dip of her waist. His fingers twitched at the thought. He’d replayed that night countless times, always taking things further than they’d gone.

“Considering you were the one who said I ruined everything, you did.”

He stood, bracing his hands against the large crossbeam, and leaned toward her. “You broke the kissing rule.”

Her eyes widened at the accusation. “What do you mean? I didn’t kiss anyone. Well, except you, and like you said, that ruined everything.”

“What about the next night? I came back. You were here with a boy.”

She sucked in a breath, face registering shock. “You came back?” Disbelief colored her voice.

He gave her a crooked smile. Might as well throw all the cards on the table. “It’s possible I had a change of heart.”

The look she leveled at him was weighted with suspicion. “You had a change of heart.”

“I came back.” He sighed heavily, insides roiling in discomfort. Nothing about this conversation was easy. “I wanted to set things right. And, yes, I wanted to kiss you.” He let that sink in. “But you were… occupied.”

Her mouth dropped open, and just as quickly, she snapped it shut and pinched her nose at the crease between her eyebrows. Dropping her hand, she glared at him, shaking her head. “Oh no. You don’t get to do this.”

“Do what? Clear the air?” The tree house suddenly felt confining. Like the two of them were too much for the walls. This conversation was too intense for the small space.

“You do not get to put the demise of our friendship on me. You left. You bailed out.”

Maybe coming here had been a mistake. Maybe he should have let sleeping dragons lie. He let years of pent up emotion get the better of him as his voice rose. “I came back.”

“Did you think after you humiliated me, I would wait around for one second?” Her voice trembled with barely contained outrage.

“I thought you wouldn’t run out and drag the first piece of ass you could find into our tree house.”

Hope’s eyes flashed fire. He knew he was pushing her buttons. He couldn’t help it. He’d been sucker punched that night, hearing her laugh with someone else.

Our tree house? If it was ours, how come you stayed away? This has always been my sanctuary, my retreat.”

“Bullshit. Now you’re being melodramatic. It’s been ours since day one, and you know it.”

He’d stayed away more than he should have those last few summers before everything blew up, but he couldn’t watch her turn into a woman, knowing she was off-limits. Jesus. He was only human.
Layne, Tessa. Prairie Desire: Cowboys of the Flint Hills (pp. 29-31). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Edition.

Now it’s going to take a lot to mend this but her brothers inadvertently help her when they do the unspeakable. They take out a personal ad for her in Ranchers Monthly.

Paybacks are a bitch and revenge is best served cold. I loved Hope’s revenge.

She also is hiding something and that could ruin her relationship with Ben.

I laughed a lot, sniffled a little and enjoyed every page of this book!

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Tessa Layne

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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