Do you remember the first time you ate ice cream? The first time you danced? Your first pair of jeans? Probably not. But I’ll bet you remember your first love – the first person to make your heart race and your insides tingle? I do. Eighth grade. Dark hair, blue eyes, and a smile that made me melt in my shoes. And he didn’t even realize I lived on the same planet. I was sure I’d never survive such heartbreak. Luckily I did, and eventually I met the man I’d spend my life with. The funny thing is, I was his first (and only) love.
In Cade, the FIRST book in my western historical series, The Morgans of Rocky Ridge, Cade also remembers his first love, Isabella Morrow. They’ve been apart for years, but he’s never forgotten the one person he’s always loved. Unfortunately, she’s going to marry someone else. So what does he do? He holds up the stagecoach taking her home and kidnaps her.
Here’s a short excerpt:
Who was he kidding? He’d known even back then – before he’d even thought about girls for anything besides what fun it was to tease them and make them mad – that Bella was special. That he’d do anything to keep her safe and happy.
Cade couldn’t take it. In one swift move, he closed the gap between them and gently slid his arms around her shoulders.
Her floral scent reached his nose and he sucked in a greedy breath. He drew her closer, expecting her to pull away. Instead, she reached up and clutched his shirt in her fists and rested her head on his shoulder. Her hair felt like corn silk against his cheek.
“I’m sorry, Bella. You know I’d rather cut my heart out than hurt you, but I have to do this.”
She didn’t answer. He felt her heat against his chest, her heartbeat and his blending together until he wasn’t sure which was his and which was hers. Finally, she drew back slightly and looked up at him. Her lashes were damp, ringing dark blue irises. “I thought I knew you … but that was a long time ago. You’re not the same person now.”
No, he wasn’t the same carefree boy he’d been back then, when a fishing pole and Bella’s smile were the only two things he needed to be happy.
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