Tough, driven Kit Kendall has replaced her frills and dresses with no nonsense haircuts and wranglers, years ago. As owner of Sage Brush, the once thriving west Texas bed and breakfast ranch, she now struggles daily to keep her business afloat. Since McCabe Resort Lodge reopened next door as a multi-million dollar hotel, her financial difficulties compound, as she suffers one cancellation after another.
Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, Kit’s childhood sweetheart turned nemesis returns as the new owner of the resort that’s now putting her out of business, resurrecting memories she thought she’d buried long ago.
Cowboy, entrepreneur Sam Dawson has returned to Sugar Creek, Texas after six years of exile with a secret that could destroy Kit’s happiness. He left town because of it and for the past two years has secretly tried to make it right. Having failed, he now returns to make one last attempt to undo the tangled web created by his father.
Set in motion by his father’s Last Will and Testament and with the clock ticking, Sam has only weeks to convince Kit to sell him her ranch or reveal the truth that will break her heart.
“Daisy’s a fine person. She deserves some happiness,” Sam said.
“Kit stared at him. “Yes, she does, but not for the same reason you’re thinking. She and my father loved each other. They were doing fine until . . .”
“Until my father destroyed him. Is that what you were going to say?”
“You said it, I didn’t.”
“You didn’t have to. It’s in your expressions, your bearing, your eyes. You’re eaten up with it. I’d hoped time and distance would have helped you to see things differently. It’s time you put the past behind.”
Kit stood and glared at him, a mutinous expression on her face. “I know perfectly well what time it is. I think you should go now.”
Sam set his half-empty bottle of Shiner on the side table and stood. He leveled an intent, fiery gaze at her. “I’m sorry you still feel that way. Unfortunately, it doesn’t change what I’m about to do.”
He wrapped his hand around Kit’s neck and pulled her against him. She stiffened at his touch. If it were any other woman but Kit that resistance would have had him dropping his hands and stepping away. But he was determined to feel her pouty lips against his. He’d thought of nothing else since their confrontation in the parking lot at the lodge. He deliberately held her gaze before he planted a brief but crushing kiss against her angry lips, sending a shock wave through his entire body.
He released her. “Now, that’s a reason to hate a Dawson.” He settled his Stetson on his head, then strode to the door. “I’ll save you the trouble of throwing me out.”
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