Re-released in a second edition with two new chapters and additional new content.
Rachel Swift is a woman on the run.
A stalker sent Rachel’s world reeling. Now she’s running for her life, and Bliss, CO, seems like the perfect place to hide. Bliss is a strange little town, filled with artists, nudists, and the occasional conspiracy nut. It’s a good place to start over.
Max and Rye are just the men to catch her.
Horse trainer Max and Sheriff Rye gave up on their dream of finding one perfect woman to share long ago. Rachel walks in, and they’re both in love and fighting their true natures.
A town like no other….
When Rachel’s past catches up with her, all of Bliss is in danger. Rachel knows she should run, but how can she leave behind the love she’s found with Max and Rye and the home she’s built in Bliss? With her whole town behind her, Rachel is ready to make her stand. It’s time for her to get back in the saddle and ride.
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Max’s hands slid down to cup his girlfriend’s perfect cheeks. He pulled her close and didn’t try to disguise the erection he was sporting. It had been days since he’d gotten inside her. It was starting to make him crazy.
“Hello, gorgeous,” he breathed as he leaned down to slant his mouth across hers.
Rachel softened against him and wrapped her arms around his neck. She didn’t protest as his tongue swept in to play with hers. He hauled her up so her feet were dangling. It was the only way to get her pussy where he wanted it. He rubbed himself against her. He knew it made him a caveman, but he wanted to mark her as his. He wanted her to get a tattoo on that perfect ass of hers that read Property of the Harper Brothers.
Max set her down. His brain went there all the time now. He couldn’t stop thinking about Rachel between him and Rye. “What’s for breakfast?”
“Pancakes and sausage,” she replied with a suspicious gleam in her eyes.
He kissed her forehead gently and went to sit down at the kitchen table. He was very careful since she was studying him like she was trying to guess what he would do next. He didn’t want her to figure out what he was thinking. He had more than one thing he needed to hide from her today. He schooled his features to express nothing but innocence.
“Oh, God, what are you thinking?” Rachel looked utterly horrified. “Who are you going to kill?”
“What?” Max asked, holding his hands up in confusion.
She rounded the table and leaned over. He couldn’t help but notice she wasn’t wearing a bra. If he leaned in a bit, he could see the curve of her breasts and the faintest hint of nipple.
“Eyes up, mister,” she ordered in what he’d come to think of as her “drill sergeant” voice. His eyes obediently came up. He’d learned when it was in his best interests to obey her immediately. His baby was one tough cookie, and he was man enough to admit he needed her to be that way. He would walk all over her otherwise. That would make for one boring relationship. Rachel kept him on his toes.
“Sorry, baby.” He would try to distract her with charm. He had some of that. He smiled and pulled her hand into his. He tugged her down onto his lap. “I can’t help it. I get distracted by your breasts. They’re pretty. And I’m really, really horny. We haven’t had sex in days. It’s killing me.”
She rolled her eyes and sighed. Her arms went around his neck. “You just had surgery. You haven’t even had the stitches out yet. The doctor said we should wait a few days.”
“It’s been almost a week.” He put a little whine in his voice. Maybe if she thought he was simply horny, she would forget her suspicions. It was imperative that she not figure out what he had done after she’d gone to sleep. “I promise I could be super still. I would lie perfectly still, and you could do all the work.”
She grinned. It did strange things to his heart. “That sounds tempting. I’ll call the doctor today, and I’ll see if we can get him to let you off the leash.”
She kissed his cheek. She got up and went to the stove, where she poured out pancake batter. Max relaxed.
She rounded on him suddenly. “You’re sure you’re not planning something terrible?”
She knew him far too well. He grimaced inwardly. This was where Rye would come in handy. Rye could distract her. Rachel was far too much woman for one man. He needed his brother because Max had figured out that a tag team approach was required when Rachel got saucy. But he was all on his own now. He didn’t like the feeling.
“Baby, I’m planning on doing some light work around the barn. I’m going to spend some time with Sunflower, and then I’ll have Rye drive me into Del Norte for my checkup. That’s my plan.” It was true. It was part of his plan. He didn’t mention the stop he intended to make.
Her eyes narrowed, and he wondered briefly if she could make that spatula into a weapon. He thought she probably could. Max sighed. He could make it into one, too. He could pull her over his lap and shove those boxers off her hips, then spank that pert rear. He wouldn’t hurt her. He’d simply get her bottom all pink and pretty. He’d rather use his hand, though.
“You have crazy eyes today, Max. What did you just think?” she asked breathlessly.
Rye stood in the doorway. He had on jeans and a T-shirt. His hair was still wet from his shower. “He was wondering how you would handle it if he pulled you across his lap and spanked you with your spatula. You should use your hand, Max. It would be better.”
Rachel’s mouth fell open. She looked between the two of them like she was trying to figure out what to say.
Max pointed at Rye. “He said it.”
Rye shrugged. “He was thinking it.”
“So were you.”
Rye’s face fell. Max saw him look down at the crotch of his jeans. “Damn it.”
Rye turned and walked back down the hall. Max knew exactly where he was going.
“What’s wrong with him?” She looked concerned as his brother marched off.
Max smiled broadly. Rye had done his job. She wasn’t thinking about his potential plans anymore. She set a plate in front of him.
“I guess he’s not hungry,” Max lied.
His brother was hungry, all right. He’d been hungry since the minute he laid eyes on Rachel.
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.
First thoughts after reading.
I expected a lot of smut and not a lot of plot. Colour me surprised. I got both. Lol.
Rachel Swift is on the run after an act of kindness gave her this. She is on the second of her three fake identities. After nearly been caught in San Diego she has landed in Bliss, Colorado. She has the moose’s approval. The past year has been hard for Rachel what with living out of her car and with very few belongings to her name. A shell of herself. She needs a break, she gets that and a job on top but is still homeless. Not for long.
Max Harper is the bear of the county maybe also the teddy bear of the county he is set in his ways. He is a grouch, augmentative and contrary. He prefers animals to humans. That is until Rachel.
With Rachel he is a changed man. An astounding change in him. He pays his tickets and everything.
Rye Harper is the county sheriff a job he isn’t that keen on but sacrifices had to be made to look after his baby sister Brooke. He is the charmer of the two. The reasonable one. The sweet one, the sane and calm one.
I loved Rye and Rachel. Max flew off the handle too much for me. But there were times with his puppy dog eyes and his puppy demeanour you just couldn’t be upset with him.
Max and Rye want that one woman to call their own but after the Nina debacle they have decided to go solo. Although they did dodge a bullet there. Rachel feels an instant attraction to Max. She is the Max whisperer in Bliss. Max feels that he has found the one but doesn’t want to ruin it by sharing with Rye. Rye was instantly attracted to Rachel as well but all she saw was the uniform. But she can’t keep her feelings for both brothers hidden for long and she decides to go after what she wants. She wants Rye & Max. Grab a fan ladies cause those were steaming for me personally those three could have got it on sooner. As they share very near to the end. That was the one thing I didn’t like.
The Writing, Plot & Bliss, Colorado.
“What do you think she meant when she called this a weird town? Max yawned. “I have no idea. It’s a great town it’s nice and quiet, except when the Farley boys to try launch those rockets of theirs.”
“Don’t forget the Wiccans chanting. That can get loud.” Woo Woo Fest was coming up in a couple of months. He hated the Woo Woo Fest. “They only do that a couple of times a year. It’s the live-action role-playing that I take an exception to,” Max said with a frown. “Those kids scare my horses. Other than that, we’re perfectly normal.
And I fell in love with Bliss, Colorado.
I just love the author’s writing it sucks you in and keeps you hanging on each letter, word and sentence. All the secondary characters are of solid quality and are a riot. Mel who was kidnapped by aliens. Stella who owns the diner. Callie, Jen and Stef. The pace is set well. It is all engaging and entertaining. All loose ends are tied up and I love how the ending was.
Go Quigley. Read the book it is amazeballs I want the next in the series. It is worth it. Believe me or don’t, lol. I had so much fun with Three to Ride. Alex from the Masters & Mercenaries was mentioned but I wanted to meet him.