~THE MCKADES OF TEXAS, BOOK 2~
He may not be a cowboy… But that won’t stop him from wrangling her heart.
Chase O’Donnell is the proud new owner of the Caldwell Ranch—or maybe he’s not so proud. Annoyed would be more like it. After receiving the news of his inheritance, Chase’s first thought is to sell the ranch and be done with it—until one night with a beautiful blonde at a local honky-tonk has him changing his tune…
Norah McKade is surprised by her instant attraction to the handsome new stranger and even more surprised when she finds out he’s her new neighbor. But with Chase only being in town for a short amount of time, Norah determines getting tangled up with him a bad idea and promptly places Chase in the friend zone.
Although a bit reluctant, Chase agrees to Norah’s terms—but he’s not about to deny or ignore the fact that there’s more between them than just sexual attraction. He’ll have to pull out all the stops to get her to change her mind and prove to her that it wouldn’t be such a bad thing for her to fall in love with him.
Excerpt from NORAH
“What are you doing?” Norah asked as she looked up at Chase and his outstretched hand.
“What do you think?” he asked and wiggled his fingers.
Placing her hand in his, Norah allowed Chase to pull her from the chair. She rested her beer on the table and the two of them made their way out to the dance floor. Once there, Chase turned and tenderly wrapped an arm around Norah’s waist and pulled her close as he began to sway them back and forth to the music.
“Interesting song choice,” Norah said, leaning her head back to look up at Chase.
“You don’t like it?” Chase asked.
His warm breath brushed across her lips and sent a tingle down her spine.
“I didn’t say that,” Norah told him. “I do like this song. And I like this. It’s been a while since a guy’s asked me to dance.”
“That’s a shame,” Chase said. “I’d take any opportunity I could to be close to you.”
“Chase,” Norah said softly before she let out a sigh and looked down.
“Can I ask you something?” The deep timbre of his voice made the skin on her neck prickle as he leaned into her ear.
“What’s the real reason you don’t want things to go further between us?”
Norah lifted her head, her cheek brushed against the stubble on his jaw as she pulled away to look at him. “It’s just better this way, Chase. Easier.”
“For who?” Chase asked. “Because I don’t find this easy at all.”
Norah stopped dancing but still held onto him. “What are you saying?”
“I’m saying that I made a promise to you that we’d be friends,” Chase told her, and gently brushed his fingertips along the side of her face and rested the palm of his hand against her jaw. “But I’m still hoping for more.”
Norah closed her eyes and found herself nuzzling into Chase’s hand. When she realized what she was doing she stopped herself. “I just…can’t, Chase.”
“Can’t?” he asked. “Or won’t?”
“Both,” Norah replied and stepped away from Chase as the song came to an end. “This is all I can give right now. Please don’t ask me for more.”
Chase nodded and stepped towards her, then placed a gentle kiss on her forehead. “I’ll help you lock up.”
His hand slipped from her waist and the warmth that’d pulsed through her body faded as she watched Chase walk away.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In November 2011 author Kimberly Lewis stepped into the writing world with her first contemporary Western romance, When the Heart Falls.
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this country girl caught the creative bug at an early age, doing everything from drawing to writing short stories.
After rediscovering her love of romance novels, Kimberly found the inspiration to pick up a pen—or in this case a laptop—and began writing her first novel. Since then she has continued to write and credits her husband and her wonderfully crazy family and friends, who with their love and joking demeanor provide her with the ideas that inspire her novels.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her amazing family.