When Broken meets Beautiful.
Melody Spencer has a plan: work hard, stay focused and save enough money to get out of Stone Cliff and the rumors that surround her. Wounded and distrustful, she’s learned the hard way that if a guy is nice to her, it means he’s only after one thing.
Until Ryeland Montgomery cruises back into her resort town, beautifully protective as he insists they get to know each other better.
Ryeland’s future is in the palm of his hands. Problem is it’s the future his hard-nosed father has chosen for him, not the one he wants. Warned by his folks to steer clear of the local girls who will do whatever it takes to escape the sleepy mountain town, he’s always played the good son and kept his distance.
Until he sees Melody, sweet yet tough, standing on the road side, drenched and furious—a girl he knows he has to have.
Soon this unlikely pair find themselves lost in each other, and after a whirlwind summer of passion and pleasure, he vows to protect her from everything and everyone. But when secrets unfold, Melody is forced to make the toughest decision of her life and Ryeland must determine whether he’s wasted the summer on nothing more than a beautiful lie, or if they can move past the deceit and rebuild the wreckage that has become their lives.
“You okay?” he asked.
She wrapped her arms around herself and stared at the sky. Ryeland followed her gaze and took in the streaks of pink and purple bruising the horizon.
She rubbed her hands over her arms. “Yeah, it’s just, the sun is going down and the temperature is dropping.”
“We could always get in the hot springs.”
“I don’t have a suit.”
“We can wear our clothes.”
“I guess it wouldn’t be the first time you caught me soaking wet and fully dressed.”
“Then I take that as a yes.” He jumped to his feet and pulled her up.
She yelled when he scooped her into his arms and carried her to the edge. “No, I was kidding.” She whacked him and wiggled to get free. Jesus, he wished she wouldn’t wiggle like that. “And we just ate.”
“Don’t care.” He jumped, and she wrapped her arms around his neck to hold on as the warm water enveloped them. She pushed away from him and they both came up sputtering.
Laughing, she swiped her hair off her face and swam away. “You’re crazy.”
“Yeah, I think.”
He moved closer when she stopped swimming, watching the way the water dripped down her face, making her look so sexy, so damn tempting. His cock thickened, need propelling him forward and urging him to act on what he was feeling. Her smile fell and her mouth opened slightly as his gaze dropped to her lips.
He took a breath and let it out slowly as he closed the distance between them, standing so close he could feel the pounding of her heart. “You want to know what I think?”
She stared into his eyes and he could almost hear her brain buzzing. She opened her mouth and closed it again. When she finally spoke, her voice was so soft, so quiet he had to strain to hear it.
“Okay,” she whispered.
With his heart picking up tempo, he ran his thumb over her cheek then cupped her chin. “What I think is I’d like to kiss you.” When she didn’t flinch, he leaned forward and pressed his mouth to hers. His lips moved over hers, reveling in the warmth, the softness.
“Ryeland,” she whispered into his mouth.
“Yeah?” he asked, barely able to think straight as she melted against him. His body tightened, pleasure racing through him.
Her breath grew shallow, her chest rising and falling quickly against his. “What are we doing?”
“Friends don’t kiss.”
“Friends kiss,” he murmured.
“No, they don’t.”
Breathing hard, he rested his forehead against hers, working to keep his shit together. “Do you want me to stop?” he asked, his voice so tortured he barely recognized it. “If you want me to stop, I will. Just tell me and I will.”
New York Times and USA today Best selling author, Cathryn is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.