For years Mark Webber was in love with his best friend’s girl, and it had become well past time for him to move on for greener pastures. Not long after he left, Mark realized the Sprawling A was his home, so now he’s back, ready to leave the past in the dust. While he was gone, there had been some changes at the A, including a new ranch hand who comes with a sister that stirs Mark’s passions in ways he never felt.
Gabriella Montoya has come to the ranch seeking shelter after a failed marriage. Not only is she welcomed with open arms, but she gains six big brothers. But one man doesn’t look at her like he would a sister. Oh, no. Mark gazes at her with a heat and promise in his eyes, and damn if he doesn’t deliver on every one. But Gabriella’s not certain she’s ready to embark on another relationship so soon with a man who has made no bones about wanting forever, especially when both of their pasts rise from the ashes and threaten everything they have.
An exclusive excerpt from The Marlboro Man
In the living room, the big-screen TV blared while the ranch hands splayed out on the leather couches or on the floor as if their bones had liquefied wherever they landed. All of that testosterone in one location, and at the center of them all was a dark-haired man who roped a lariat around her libido by simply breathing. There was no way she would be able to be in the same room as Mark without wanting to touch or stare at him the entire night like a lovesick school girl. How embarrassing.
“Hey, Gabriella. Why don’t you sit next to me?” Jack asked, patting the seat beside him.
“Actually, I think I’ll just head upstairs. It’s been a long day.” She softened her refusal with a smile.
“Sweet dreams, then.” He waggled his brows and flashed that rakish grin.
Mark caught her gaze when she turned to leave. Those dark eyes stared straight into her soul. “Good night,” he mouthed.
“Good night,” she whispered back before racing up the stairs.
In the quiet of her room, her breathing sounded as ragged as a hyperventilating phantom. Her reflection in the mirror above the dresser showed a woman with bright, sparkly eyes, a becoming flush
on her cheeks, and plump lips that appeared ready to be kissed good and hard. She looked alive.
“Well hello there,” she said aloud. “I never thought I’d see you again.”
The woman in the mirror smiled with a hint of naughty curling her lips.
Could she do this? Should she do this?
“Who controls your happiness?” the woman in the mirror asked.
Who controls your happiness?
Without another thought, she crossed to the dresser and picked up her hairbrush. It was time to claim a little piece of happiness for herself, even if just for one night.
It was time to catch a cowboy.
About the Author
Anna Alexander’s literary world changed at age thirteen when a friend gave her a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s A Rose in Winter. With her mind thoroughly blown, she decided that one day she too would be a romance writer. With Hugh Jackman’s abs and Christopher Reeve’s blue eyes as inspiration, she loves spinning tales about superheroes finding love.
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