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Though the shadows were starting to lengthen and a chill began to seep from the ground, Will still thought of it as a beautiful late-spring day in the paradise that was Valentine Valley. And he would be spending the evening playing softball with his friends, like he was a kid again.
Walking with Lyndsay really was like he was back in school, hanging out with the De Lucas. Lyndsay’d been a friend as far back as he could remember, but it wasn’t as if he was blind. She’d always been gorgeous, and so smart that he used to enjoy watching her question their teachers or lead a discussion group, so confident in her abilities, eager for every new challenge. But Tony had made it very clear that his sister had been off limits. Will had been focused on Brittany then, and sorrow now pierced him gently before he pushed it away to focus on Lyndsay and Ethan bantering.
“Just think how sad your life will be in high school this fall,” Lyndsay told her nephew, “when you won’t get to see me every day.”
“You mean I won’t have to hear from my friends how you’re taking it easy on me.”
Lyndsay rolled her eyes. “Oh please.”
“Sounds like a good deal to me,” Will said. He enjoyed watching the two of them together, had heard more than once how grateful Tony was that Lyndsay was there for Ethan, especially after the divorce—the divorce that had separated Lyndsay from her best friend as well as her sister-in-law.
“I didn’t take it easy on him,” she explained. “Occasionally he’d ‘flunk’ a test just to prove that to all his friends.”
“You flunked tests?” Will eyed the teenager.
Ethan spun slowly to walk backwards, still tossing the ball in the air effortlessly. “Just once or twice. I did it for Aunt Lynds’s reputation.”
She gave an exaggerated cough around the words “Didn’t study,” which made Will chuckle.
Ethan’s grin grew cocky, and he slowly spun and faced forward again, watching the ball and just assuming cars would see him coming. On their small-town streets, that usually happened.
“You know, you didn’t need to escort me,” Lyndsay called to her nephew. To Will’s surprise, she glanced at him, as if she was embarrassed. “I can find my way to Silver Creek Park, you know,” she added.
“I know, but you always forget about the games,” Ethan said with a shrug. “And then you’re mad at yourself. I don’t know what keeps you so busy that you forget important stuff. And Will decided to come with me so we could keep playing catch.”
Will elbowed her playfully and was surprised when she gave a nervous start. “So what are you doing on Monday evenings that you can’t even check a calendar?” he asked.
She actually turned red, and for a moment, he wondered if she had a guy she had to keep hidden. Which was ridiculous in this day and age. And she’d never made a secret of the guys she dated. They’d all been men comfortable in a suit—doctors, engineers, accountants.
“Grading papers,” she finally answered. “I don’t finish my workday at three, you know.”
“Me neither,” Will answered. “Guess we have that in common.”
She didn’t meet his eyes, leaving him utterly clueless by her cute—but baffling—behavior.
Ethan turned to walk backward, and he and Will started tossing the ball to each other. At Silver Creek Park, they left Lyndsay and headed toward the dugout. Will could have sworn she sighed with relief. Stranger and stranger…
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (April 28, 2015)
The only thing hotter than a cowboy...
Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone-least of all herself-until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now Lyndsay’s scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.
Is a cowboy in love.
Ever since Will’s high school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn’t been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who’s been able to catch-and keep-his attention. She’s fascinated by his work at Sweetheart Ranch, and a glance from her gorgeous brown eyes sends Will’s thoughts wandering. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?
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