With her career going down in flames and a family history that reads like a bad tabloid, Autumn Maddox can’t afford any more PR disasters if she wants to hold her head up in her old home town. So she’s going to do the impossible—smile brightly at every insincerely murmured “bless your heart,” ignore every not-so-subtle dig, and pretend the town’s sexiest bachelor is a eunuch. Well… two out of three isn’t bad, right?
After three tours in Afghanistan, Travis Southerland has finally come home. His body is healing, but his heart still aches for his friends who died in combat. He doesn’t know if he’ll ever be whole, and the last thing he wants is to have someone depending on him for anything ever again.
After family events keep throwing them together, Travis and Summer can’t deny the spark between them. Neither of them are interested in a relationship, but a practical arrangement might solve both of their problems and get their families off their backs. And just because they aren’t looking for love doesn’t mean it won’t find them – if either of them is willing to take a chance.
Rachel Southerland’s life runs on a tight schedule. She’s never met a variable she couldn’t control and likes it that way. But when a job loss threatens her orderly world and her identity, she sets off on the Appalachian Trail to find peace in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Ian Maxwell hasn’t worn a watch for years, waking with the sun and working all day in the forest he loves. On the surface his life seems unambitious, but still waters run deep, and Ian has secrets of his own.
When a chance meeting in the quiet shadow of the mountains throws them together, Ian tries to hold on to his calm and help Rachel find hers. But she hits his life like a hurricane, sending waves barreling through his peace. Can they work together to find something richer than either of them imagined or will what they thought they wanted keep them from seeing the love standing right in front of them?
Samantha Braxton was raised as the only child of emotionally distant parents in a posh London neighborhood. Growing up, she had everything a child could want except the love and warmth she craves. When she has the opportunity to travel to Virginia with her outrageously sexy boss, she jumps at the chance to ditch her sheltered upbringing for a real adventure.
But will Blake’s big pushy loving family overwhelm or charm her and will the clash of their cultures be one more wedge between them or will the beautiful English rose help the jaded businessman find his way home?
Michael Dean’s finally opened the gym of his dreams. He doesn’t have time for a relationship and he’s absolutely not looking for love - not until the beautiful rock climber practically falls into his lap. Meeting Amanda has reordered his priorities, even if she’s stubbornly racing toward a future with the wrong guy. She may not know that he’s her happily ever after, but he’s determined to make her fall again – right into his arms.
Bryce Simpson did the only thing he could. He spurned Marjorie Steel. Even though he’ll be living on her ranch, he is determined to stay away from her. She’s worthy of more than he can even think about giving, especially now that long-buried memories are surfacing and he’s learning that his father’s sins may go even deeper than he imagined.
Bryce’s rejection destroys Marjorie, and she descends to a dark place she thought she’d abandoned forever. She emerges stronger, though, and is determined not to let heartbreak rule her life. Change is the answer, she’s sure, so she makes plans—plans that include a handsome personal trainer she meets at the gym.
When Bryce and Marjorie are thrown together, though, their ravenous hunger for each other takes over, leaving both of them more vulnerable than they realize.