Tuesday, January 29, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Showcase One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick

Today I'm showcasing the debut of a brand new Moving Violations series by coauthors Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick. Plus St Martin's Press is sponsoring a #Giveaway!! Details below

ISBN-13: 9781250309488
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 1-29-2019
Length: 304pp
Moving Violations #1
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First in a brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwickabout one man’s pursuit of justice—and unbridled desire.

For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…
And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?
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chapter one

Two Days Later
Samantha wouldn’t be back if Aunt Dottie hadn’t died. Deerhaven, California, held too many bittersweet memories. Samantha didn’t have a lot of family, and in some ways the close-knit community had filled that loss. Leaving it had been heartbreaking. At the same time, there was no room to grow here when she’d been younger.
Leaving was good in the sense that she went to college and found her niche in life. Being here, however, reminded her of what she’d left behind and what she had lost.
Now, she was back in the home she’d never wanted to leave so long ago and facing the loss of an aunt she’d loved nearly as much as she loved her parents.
Only hours after her aunt’s burial, she was trying to deal with the memories of her past and the aunt she’d so missed. Reminders of a happier time, when family meant everything, filled the house.
As much as she wanted to avoid them, Samantha couldn’t ignore the people who had come to pay their respects. The gathering had begun slowly, but now the house was filled with friends of her aunt’s, and Samantha had to face them.
In the kitchen of Dottie’s home, she found a moment of peace, such that it was. She never expected this many people would attend her aunt’s funeral, much less come by the house to offer condolences. Aunt Dottie hadn’t been very social. The woman was an enigma, really. As bold, smart, and outgoing as she was quiet and private. She had few friends, but they were those rare, ride-or-die kind of friends. And they had all died as well.
Or so Samantha had believed. She’d obviously been wrong.
The hushed conversations were muted and indiscernible, a muffled background hum that Samantha could easily tune out. That was good enough, for now. It was just a moment’s reprieve, but it helped.
She put her hands on the counter, closed her eyes, and took a deep breath.
Aunt Dottie’s home was too small for so many people and Samantha wasn’t fond of crowds. Still, it was kind of them to come. Well, some of them had genuine motives. Most of them just wanted to gather fodder for their gossip circles. Small towns were like that, and Deerhaven was notorious for it.
Cute and quaint, her hometown was just as innocent in appearance as they come. People lifted a hand in greeting or nodded with a smile at passersby. Even so, little backwoods country towns were also known for corruption. Deerhaven was no different. It was all just a lovely cover while underneath the surface was a fetid, decaying mass of excrement.
That was the ugly truth no one wanted exposed. Maybe because they were afraid they’d get some of that stink on them, or maybe they were afraid someone would figure out that part of it was of their own making. Keep it all shoved down and hidden.
“Don’t trouble trouble, and trouble won’t trouble you.” Wasn’t that William Henderson’s favorite line? Mayor Henderson was the ringmaster after all. He didn’t cotton to people poking and probing around, her aunt once said. Still, even with all that nastiness, Deerhaven was home to many goodhearted people, people like Aunt Dottie.
Gentle, fragile Aunt Dottie.
Samantha stood five foot nine inches tall, curvy with a “sturdy” bone structure. Her aunt Dottie, an elegant and diminutive but plump woman was a giant in Samantha’s eyes. Not just her family, her mentor, her friend, Dottie was her hero.
And now, something, no, someone had taken her hero away from her.
Accidental overdose, the coroner’s report had read. That was bullshit. Dottie refused to take prescription pain pills, no matter the amount of pain she was suffering. She was terrified of them due to the addictions she’d seen so many others succumb to.
Someone had killed her aunt, and Samantha swore she’d figure out who.
She’d taken leave from the Detroit police department indefinitely. Captain Bradshaw officially gave her two weeks, but Samantha wasn’t leaving Deerhaven until she ripped the cover off the whole disgusting mess this county had become and revealed every bottom-feeder involved in her aunt’s death. If she lost her job, she’d just have to lose it.
With another deep breath, she reached up into the cabinet for the extra plates she’d come into the kitchen for in the first place. She needed to get back out there. She didn’t give a damn about what the gossips had to say about her or her family, but she wouldn’t ignore it either. She’d learned that in every fabricated story, there was a fragile thread of truth. So, she’d smile sweetly, accept the hugs, the condolences, and listen closely to the whispers exchanged once her back was turned.
It was her aunt Dottie who taught her to be “wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.” There were many valuable lessons she’d learned from Aunt Dottie. That particular one was her favorite.
Aunt Dottie was an intelligent woman of faith; however, she didn’t pander to religion. She was wise and imparted that wisdom to all her nieces and nephews. Some of that wisdom came from the teachings of Jesus, some from brilliant wise men and prophets such as Gandhi, Buddha, Martin Luther King, Jr., and some were from the sharp sting of Aunt Dottie’s wooden spoon.
In the dining room, Samantha set the plates at the end of the highly polished mahogany table filled with covered dishes, casseroles, pies, cookies, and cakes. Of course, there was that one lone bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. She couldn’t help but smile at that. Lord but ranchers knew how to cook. Cowboys ate a lot. With so many people there, at least all the food would be eaten. If not, she’d take what was left down to the mission. If that mission were still there.
Sadness was a whisper that settled over her softly. When her father’s job offer in Michigan had taken her away from Deerhaven, she left a part of herself behind. Now it felt like that part of her was gone forever. Faded away like a wisp of smoke as time in the little town trudged on.
Everything changes.
Samantha turned to face the assembly of people and expressed her appreciation as these strangers hugged her or laid a sympathetic hand on her arm as they whispered their condolences. Accepting hugs and touches from these people was becoming more and more difficult, yet she smiled, nodded, and thanked them politely while she attempted to focus on individual discussions going on around her.
“… happens in threes, they say.” Samantha didn’t look in the direction of the women.
“That’s true. So tragic, though. And all three of ’em was awful cozy, if you know what I mean.”
“Oh, honey, I know. There was talk of—”
The doorbell interrupted the ladies’ discussion. Samantha kept her smile in place as she made her way through the small crowd. Her jaw was beginning to ache from the forcing a smile, from clenching her teeth in frustration.
“I’ll get it.” A woman waved to her as she stepped to the door and opened it.
“Thank you,” she said as she leaned down to accept a hug from yet another little old lady who said she knew her when she was a baby. Then his voice captured her attention.
She didn’t look up right away. Standing there stiffly, she smiled down at the lady. “Oh, Sheriff Steele is here. You remember him. Don’t you, dear? Maybe not so much. He’s a little older than you, I think,” the grandmotherly woman said gently with an impish gleam in her eye.
Oh, Samantha remembered him.
Hunter Steele, the righter of her accidental-on-purpose wrongs, the conqueror of irksome, wannabe bullies that she couldn’t resist provoking. He’d been her champion.
She nodded to the lady. “Yes, ma’am. I remember him.”
He’d never seen her as anything other than a pesky little kid because that was exactly what she had been. She had constantly pushed the boundaries and was forever getting into trouble.
When she was seven, Hunter had swooped in and saved her from being beaten by the Collins boys for daring to defend her friend Jesse after they knocked him around and stole his Gameboy. Donnie and Robbie were three and four years older than her and twice as big, but she was mad and had lost all rationality.
Hunter was popular around town. His family ran the well-known Steele Spur Ranch. Samantha had known him all her life, but when he made it clear he would bury the boys if he ever found out they’d picked on her or anybody else, in her mind she’d gained a champion. It only made her bolder and more mischievous. That’s when he nicknamed her Pixie Pest.
Four years later her parents uprooted and moved away from her quiet, country hometown to the cold, often cruel city of Detroit. She’d been torn away from the only life she’d known, the rugged, beautiful open spaces, from friends she’d had since birth and grown up with, people she cared about and who cared about her.
Several families came by to wish them well and say goodbye. Hunter had been there with his uncle. He’d smiled down at her as he tugged her ponytail and told her to behave and stay out of trouble.
The next time she saw him was in town while she was visiting Aunt Dottie with her daddy, several years later. They were going into the restaurant as he was coming out with a very pretty lady on his arm. He greeted her dad with a grin, finally turning his gaze to her, and his expression went blank.
She’d never forget that look on his face. He probably didn’t recognize her. But at the time Samantha was seventeen. All teenage angst and romantic dreams. He had been twenty-five then and apparently attached. His companion was stoic but didn’t let go of his arm.
Samantha no longer saw him as her own personal bodyguard who kept bailing her out of her shenanigans. He took her breath away, made her heart race. Heat bloomed in her cheeks even now as memories flashed through her mind. She had been awkward but shameless in her attempt to attract him.
He had looked at her like he didn’t know her and then completely ignored her. Lord, she hoped he didn’t remember.
“Sheriff!” the sweet old lady called to him. Samantha cringed inwardly but managed a weak smile as she looked up and watched him saunter toward them, Stetson in hand.
Always the gentleman.
He hadn’t changed much. He seemed bigger, his shoulders broader. His signature thick, black hair was cut in a shorter style. As he got closer, Samantha noticed his face had changed quite a bit. Any boyish softness he’d once had was all gone and had been replaced with hard planes and angles, except for his full, well-defined lips. There were fine laugh lines fanning out from the corners of his steel gray eyes. Those eyes were more intense, hard. The easy laughter that lit them when he was younger seemed to be gone.
“Ms. Bell.” He nodded in greeting to the diminutive lady.
“Good of you to come by, Sheriff. Little Samantha is handlin’ all this by herself.” She winked and patted his arm. “She could use a little help, I’m thinkin’.”
Samantha wanted to walk away. She also wanted to throw her arms around Hunter and hold on for dear life. Not just because he still made her heart pound, but because he was a part of her life she thought she’d lost. She wanted to hold on to a stable, warm part of her past where she was happy and safe. Seeing him again brought those memories and emotions all rushing back.
“Hey, Sam.” The smooth, deep bass of his voice was quiet and soothing.
“Hey, Hunter.” His name left her lips with more composure than she felt.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to the funeral, but I wanted to come by to extend my condolences, and to see how you’re doin’.” He stepped closer and rubbed her bare upper arm. “You holdin’ up okay?” His hand, a bit rough and callused from real work, was warm, reassuring.
She crossed her arms over her chest. “I’m okay, Hunter, thank you.” She cleared her throat. “Everyone brought food. The dining room table is overflowing. Help yourself.”
He followed her through the living room to the dining room. She turned and almost jumped back. He was standing inches away, looking down at her. His brows furrowed, his gaze sharply assessing her. He smelled incredible, and he stood so close she could feel the heat from his body.
She opened her mouth to say something but forgot what she wanted to say. She must look completely ignorant gaping up at him like that.
“Are you sure you’re all right?” Sympathy and concern shadowed his expression, softening the harsher lines of his face.
“It’s been a long day. I’m fine, really.” She was a basket case, and not just because of her aunt’s death.
Hunter gave her a gentle smile and pulled out a chair. “No doubt. Sit and talk to me for a while. I haven’t seen you in what? Ten years?”
Samantha welcomed the chance to get off her feet and get away from the crowd for a bit. “Yeah, about ten years, I think.”
He pulled out the chair beside her, turned it toward her, and sat, staring at her solemnly. “I’m real sorry about Dottie.”
“Me too.” She looked into his eyes, assessing whether she could or should continue. “I really didn’t get enough time with her. I’ll always regret that.”
Hunter shook his head. “Sam, you know Dottie thought the world of you. She knew you loved her and she loved you.”
Had she? Samantha couldn’t help but question the observation. School, her career, and far too many emotions had seemed to always get in the way of returning to Deerhaven.
“Yes, I know, but I look around at these people and think of how some of them probably knew her even better than I did, her own niece.” Samantha frowned and gestured toward a blue-haired woman sitting on the couch sobbing, clutching another woman’s hand. “Mrs. Holt is devastated.”
She obviously had not talked to her aunt on the phone enough either, because Dottie had never mentioned the other woman.
A small smile touched Hunter’s far-too-sensual lips as he lowered his head and leaned closer. “Sam, Irene Holt never even met Dottie. She attends any and all funerals and wails and carries on like that at every one of ’em.” Amusement touching his gaze.
Samantha looked at him incredulously until he raised his hand and said, “Hand to God. Every one of ’em.”
“Wow.” No wonder her aunt Dottie had never mentioned the other woman.
“Yep.” Hunter’s smile broadened. “As for the rest of them, they’re just being neighborly or nosy. Most of ’em still remember your family and you. You were pretty hard to forget … Pixie Pest.” His brows lifted playfully. Teasingly.
Samantha narrowed her eyes. “Ugh. That nickname. I don’t know which is worse, that or Sami Jo.”
She protested it. Just as she always had. That flare of warmth she felt whenever it passed his lips was still there, though.
“You earned it.”
“Psh, whatever.” She’d actually worked at it at the time.
Hunter chuckled and she nearly sighed. Lord, she’d missed his laugh, his smile, even the way he’d tease her. She’d missed him.
“Aw, you know I was always fond of you, Pixie. You were a great kid, even if you were a pest that was constantly following me around and giving my girlfriends hell.”
She had been such a tomboy with wild, young girl fantasies of being swept off her feet by the cutest boy in Deerhaven, or the whole wide world, for that matter. He’d called her his Pixie Pest whenever he’d seen her and tugged at her long, tangled hair.
“I’m not a kid anymore.” She held his gaze and couldn’t imagine how she’d gotten so bold.
Hunter’s gaze traveled over her body, a single black brow arching slowly in acknowledgment. “I’ve noticed. I’m trying really hard to remember what a pain in the ass you used to be.”
Samantha lifted a brow. “I can still be a pain in the ass.”
“I bet you can.” The look in his eyes was making her feel way too hot, way too needy.
She didn’t want to go there. Not now. After Tom Novak, the very last thing she needed was another relationship. Besides all that, she was here to get answers, not to get laid.
Clearing her throat again, she changed the subject to the one on which she had to keep her focus. “Hunter, what really happened to Aunt Dottie?”
His smile faded and his gaze sharpened. “What do you mean?”
“Aunt Dottie had a sharp mind. She didn’t overdose accidently, no way in hell would she overdose on purpose. What happened?”
Hunter never broke eye contact. “We’re in a cornfield, Sam.”
It took her a minute to realize he meant there were too many ears around.
“Fine. I’ll ask you this question again later. But, just so you know, I’m not leaving Deerhaven until I get the answer.”
Hunter nodded. “Understood.”
Samantha stood. “I’m being rude sitting here. I better go mingle. Please, get yourself something to eat and fix a plate to take home.”
His lopsided smile gave her pause as he stood and took a plate from the stack. “There’s iced tea in the kitchen. Make yourself at home,” she added warily.
With a deep breath, she turned away and walked into the living room. There stood William Henderson, shaking hands with everyone, his practiced smile in place. He wore expensive suits and kept his hair slicked back and combed over to hide his bald spot. He thought himself attractive and carried himself like he was the king of everything.
Samantha straightened her spine and pasted on a smile of her own as she forced herself forward. Henderson looked up and tilted his head, a sympathetic expression on his face.
“It is good to see you again, Samantha. I do wish it were under better circumstances.”
She took his hand. “Yes, thank you, Mayor.”
“I’m truly sorry for your loss. Dottie was a fine woman and a beloved citizen. It’s a shame.”
Samantha looked up at him. Mayor Henderson was intimidating physically. He’d had a little more than his share of fried chicken with gravy and biscuits. Add to that his broad shoulders and height, at least six three, the man tended to block out the light. He didn’t intimidate her, though. She’d taken down men his size before, both figuratively and literally.
“Mayor.” Hunter held out his hand as he stepped beside her, surprising her. She hadn’t known he had followed her.
“Hello there, Hunter. I thought I might run into you here.” The mayor smiled jovially.
“Of course.” Hunter was an inch or two shorter than Henderson but had a lot more muscle and good sense. He wasn’t the least bit intimidated. The hard look in his eyes belied the tight smile that curved his lips.
“Listen, Hunter, how about using your infamous charm to get little Samantha here to transfer back home? It’d be good to have her home again, and I hear she’s got a good reputation with the Detroit PD,” the mayor announced abruptly.
A myriad of emotions flashed through Samantha all at once, and she steeled herself against letting them show on her face. Besides the misogynistic comment, he’d obviously been inquiring about her with the department. That didn’t sit well at all.
Hunter chuckled easily. “I don’t know about charm.” He glanced at Samantha and what she saw in his eyes didn’t match the amiable smile that curved his lips. “But I’ll do what I can.”
Samantha’s grin was more like a grimace. “While I appreciate the compliment”—she had to concentrate to unclench her jaw so as not to growl at the men through her teeth—“I have to say, regardless of the volume of charm being displayed at the moment, I’m happy with the Detroit PD and have no plans to leave.”
Henderson’s grin was condescending as he shook Hunter’s hand again, slapping him on the shoulder with his other hand. “You do what you can, Sherriff. We could use another deputy.”
“Excuse me.” Samantha managed an affected chuckle. “I should go … mingle.” And with that, she escaped without losing her temper.
Time plodded along as Samantha sat in the dim living room with its bold magnolia prints and crocheted doilies. She listened to and laughed at stories of Dottie’s escapades. She answered questions about her parents and didn’t pull away when visitors held her hand and patted it sympathetically as she explained that her father had died three years ago of a heart attack.
Their concern for her seemed genuine and the kind words and gentle touches were a surprising comfort to her. She found herself remembering that rare country hospitality she’d missed for fifteen years.
It was late when the last person, none other than Mrs. Holt herself, hugged her, patted her cheek, and left. Samantha closed the door and leaned against it, shutting her eyes with a sigh. It warmed her heart that at least some of these people not only spent time cooking for her, but also gave up their entire Saturday in her aunt’s memory. The feeling was bittersweet in that she did have happy memories, but she’d been cheated out of so much.
“Everyone finally leave?” Hunter’s voice, so unexpected, had her reaching for the weapon she hadn’t worn, then attempting to cover the move by propping her hand on her hip self-consciously.
“I thought you’d left,” she exclaimed, her heart racing as she laid her hand over her heart a second later.
“Sorry I startled you.” Hunter smiled, watching her with observant gray eyes.
“It’s okay.” She pushed away from the door. “Everyone has left, except you.”
Something in his eyes made her heart leap. She swallowed and gestured toward the dining room. “You should take some of that food home.”
Hunter shook his head. “Already put up. There wasn’t much left, but it’s in the freezer, labelled, dated, and everything. Dishes are all washed and put up too.”
He’d done dishes?
“Well. Thank you.” She was a little more than surprised.
“No problem. You’re tired. Hated for you to have to deal with the mess.” He stepped closer, his expression stern. “There’s a plate for you in the fridge. Make sure you eat it.”
She smiled up at him, nodding. “Okay, I will.” She paused. “Is now a good time to talk? No more ears.” She gestured.
His eyes narrowed. “I’m working on it, Sam. Let me deal with it. Will you be selling the house?” he asked quietly.
She sighed and furrowed her brows. It would sell rather easily. A great starter home. Small, well-maintained, two-bedroom home on a lovely three-acre plot of land. It had briefly crossed her mind. The memories were too bright, the pain too raw to seriously think about it at the moment. “I don’t know yet. I had thought about it, but now … I don’t know. Stop evading the question.”
“I’m not evading. I told you, I’m investigating. This is just not something you need to poke around in.”
Oh really? Narrowing her eyes on him, she stared back, assuring him that wasn’t going to happen. “Yeah? Well, too bad. I’m poking.” The decision had already been made. She wasn’t leaving, she couldn’t leave, until she knew what had happened to her aunt.
He watched her intently, as if he was sizing her up.
“Look, Hunter. I know you don’t know me anymore. I’m not that kid you liked to tease. I’m an officer with the Detroit PD now and—”
“I should have expected as much,” Hunter interrupted. He wasn’t smiling, however. That’s okay. She wasn’t either. She was dead serious.
“And … I’m here to find out what happened to my aunt,” she continued. “I know there’s a connection to your uncle and Lillian Henderson. You have to see that.”
“How long are you on leave?” His gentle words contradicted his hard expression and the sharp intent in his gaze.
She braced herself and looked him in the eye. He may try to run her off, he may even call Captain Bradshaw. Either way, he’d better be ready for a fight. “Officially, I have two weeks. I’m not leaving until I set this straight.”
She held her ground under his intense glare, refusing to break eye contact.
Well, that was unexpected. “So, Sheriff, are you gonna work with me or am I gonna have to fight you every step of the way?”
The corner of his mouth curved into a slow smile. “No, Pixie, I’m not gonna fight you. You can work with me, however. My town. My rules.”
“Psh, the hell with that. It’s my town too.” It always had been, whether she lived there or not, it was home.
“God, you’re still such a pest.” His mischievous grin irked her, and she narrowed her eyes. “I’m the one with the authority here, Sam.”
“Yeah, but that doesn’t make me any less qualified or skilled to help with this investigation. Someone killed my aunt, Hunter!” she hissed.
“Someone killed my uncle, Samantha.” His voice was deep and held an edge of growing anger. The muscle in his jaw pulsed as he clenched his jaw.
Samantha uncrossed her arms but didn’t reach out to him. She had been so self-centered, so wrapped up in her mission that she hadn’t considered his pain.
“I know. You’re right. I’m sorry.”
His body remained as rigid. “So, yes. I get it, but you will do things my way. This town is my responsibility, and while I’m as eager to uncover all this shit as you are, this is gonna take finesse and time.”
It wasn’t just her arguing with him that caused the frustration she saw in his expression. “Okay.”
His shoulders relaxed a bit. “Don’t worry, I won’t leave you out of the loop. Hell, you and I are the loop.”
She nodded, wondering if he would really keep her informed, or was he just placating her? The Hunter she knew was extremely protective and wasn’t above keeping things from her if he thought there was even a remote chance she could get hurt. Maybe that wasn’t so bad when she was a starry-eyed teenager. Now, she was quite capable of taking care of herself. She didn’t have tight abs, her muscles weren’t defined and prominent. Having a body that was curvy and feminine gave her an edge. People didn’t expect her to be physically strong, quick, or dexterous. She was all three and tactful enough to know how to use those qualities most productively.
“Hunter, I trust your word.” She knew his word was important to him. He knew she was using that fact too, judging by the way he narrowed his eyes. “Please, don’t make me regret it.”
He rolled his eyes and changed the subject. “Do you like living in Detroit?”
She had to think about it for a moment. Honestly she had, but being home reminded her of all the things she missed by living in a highly populated, metropolitan city. “Detroit is a great city. So much history, culture, and art. There’s always something to do. It’s Motown! The Motor City!” She grinned.
“Yes, it is. But you didn’t answer my question.” Hunter lifted a brow.
With a sigh, Samantha looked around the room at the things that reminded her of her youth and a part of herself that she’d left behind when they’d moved away. The truth was, she felt whole here. “Yes. I like living in Detroit. I love being a cop.” She met his gaze. “But Deerhaven is a part of me that I didn’t even realize I missed.”
He smiled at her then. That crooked, sexy smile that always made her feel like she was the only girl in the world he smiled at that way. He made her feel special. She smiled back, wondering just how many women felt special because Hunter Steele graced them with his wicked smile. “I better head out; I’ve stayed too long already. The hens will be talkin’ about how long my truck sat in your driveway.”
Samantha laughed, following him to the door. “Since when have I cared what anyone thought or said about me?”
“Point taken.” He stopped, turned to face her, and to her surprise he pulled her into his arms. “It’s good to see you again, Pixie.”
A moment passed, maybe two, before she wrapped her arms around him and hugged him back. His warmth enveloped her, and she breathed in the scent of him. The embrace had already passed casual. She pulled away, but he didn’t completely release her. “Good to see you too.” Her voice was way too breathy sounding. Lord.
He pressed his lips to her forehead then met her gaze. She watched in fascination as they darkened and turned stormy. She opened her mouth to say something, and he lowered his head and kissed her. A small kiss, lingering only seconds, but the impact was powerful. When he let her go, she felt suddenly cold.
“Come by the station Monday morning.” There was an edge to his voice, rough and dark. She couldn’t let herself analyze it.
Even as the thought bloomed in her mind, she knew she would. She’d be thinking about that simple kiss all night. Dammit.
“Okay.” She nodded, folding her arms over her chest.
He turned and opened the door. “If you need anything, call me.” He walked out onto the porch. “Lock up.”
“I will.” She fought her desire to ask him to stay.
“Good night, Sam.”
“Good night, Hunter.” He pulled the door shut, and she chained and bolted it. Samantha walked into the spotless kitchen, her body humming with arousal. She ran her fingers through her hair in frustration. Sleep was definitely going to be hard to achieve tonight.

Copyright © 2019 by Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick
About Lora Leigh:
#1 New York Times bestseller Lora Leigh is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.

About Veronica Chadwick:
Veronica Chadwick started storytelling when she was a little girl. She was first published in 2004. She lives in Tennessee with three cats, a very spoiled Shih Tzu and two grand dogs. She is the author of Rude Awakening and The Warlord's Gift. When she’s not writing, she’s hanging out with friends, reading or badly playing video games.

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  1. It's hard to resist a cowboy! Thanks for the giveaway Debbie!

  2. Oh, yes. Cowboys are my heroes.

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    1. Me too Natasha he looks so much better WITH a shirt on :)

  4. I've read some of her other books and really liked them. I do like a cowboy.

  5. I so enjoyed the excerpt and loved how the glimpses of back history and the current day charm built up to that kiss!

  6. Yep, I'd give that one a shot. Cowboy sheriff!!!

  7. Sounds like a good read and a good guy there.

  8. I haven't been in the mood for romances..but cowboys always make me swoon!

  9. Looks like something to cozy up with in winter, thanks!

    1. Yup the steam between the pages will keep you warm ;-)

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    1. Oh yes I knew I could lasso ( get it) you in Anna LOL