After personal tragedy and taking a job on a quiet Montana dude ranch, ex-cop Rylan Frederickson finds herself surrounded by unbelievably sexy cowboys. Too bad the one she’s attracted to is her boss...and the single dad of a four-year-old. It doesn’t matter anyway; there’s simply no more room in her heart.

Letting a new woman into their lives is the last thing Cole Haywood wants for himself and his daughter, Birdie. But as Rylan’s presence at Paint River Ranch breathes new life into his family he can’t ignore his growing attraction.

When the sparks between them turn into fireworks in bed, Rylan’s torn between the family she’s lost and the one she may have found. Now she must decide if something that feels this good is worth the risk.

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“What the hell?” Cole turned to fully face her, grumbling something about a man not even being able to get drunk without work interrupting. His snug shirt dipped into the lines of his chest, creating a tempting outline of firm pecs, narrow waist, and tight abdomen. A thick leather belt with a square silver buckle set the tone for the well-worn jeans clinging to his long legs. Rylan hitched an eyebrow. At least there was one good thing about this trip—the hype about cowboys being sexy as hell was true. 

More than a little irritated with how her lust was playing tennis with itself, Rylan crossed her arms. “Hell is appropriate, actually. Now down the drink, and give me your keys.” She had one hand on her hip—habit, she supposed, from reaching for cop toys to make jerks like Haywood behave. His eyes fell to her lips again and stayed there. 

“You were supposed to take the bus to Greenbrook. Tomorrow.”  His tone implied she was an idiot. 

Irritation growing. 

“Right, well, sometimes things just don’t work out the way they’re supposed to.” 

Like life.

His hand cupped the beer glass while he studied her. Rylan stared right back, wishing the butterflies would take a hike. What was this reaction about? Cooped up too long with too little interaction with the outside world, she guessed. Her body was reacting to the first enticing man she’d seen in too damn long. Good thing Cole was her boss so she wouldn’t be tempted to act on her brain’s internal “look at the pretty cowboy” jumping and pointing. 

Cole pulled his lower lip between his teeth and narrowed his eyes. “You’re a little ornery.” He reached one hand to her shoulder and flipped a chunk of her hair. 

Rylan’s breath ran away as the back of his hand brushed over her collarbone. A shiver raced over her body, warm and sweet. She leaned away from him. “Excuse me?”

He shrugged, a slow smile crossing his face at her reaction. “That’s okay. Ornery is good.”

Her lips parted to sling an insult, but she refrained. No sense in wasting perfectly good angst on a drunk who wouldn’t remember it in five seconds. “I’ll play along. Why is that good?”

Cole took a slow breath, his eyes darkening. “Because you’re pretty. I like pretty. But I don’t like ornery. So we should be just fine.” He nodded as though he’d just made a deal with himself and was quite pleased about it. Before she could even think of a response, he shoved his beer away, untouched, and moved from the bar. 

About the author:

Elizabeth Otto grew up in a Wisconsin town the size of a postage stamp, where riding your horse to the grocery store, and skinny dipping after school were perfectly acceptable. No surprise that she writes about small communities and country boys. She's the author of paranormal, and hot, emotional, contemporary romance, and has no guilt over frequently making her readers cry. When not writing, she works full-time as an Emergency Medical Technician for a rural ambulance service. Elizabeth lives with her very own country boy and their three children in, shockingly, a small Midwestern town.

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1. What inspired you to write this book?

I was at a point in my life two years ago, when work and family stress was at an all-time high (I’m an EMT for my day job, and have three very active children). When I get stressed, I dream about traveling. I’ve been known to pack my bags and “run away” a time or two, with my kids in tow, just to get out of town for a while. So I did. We packed up and headed for Rapid City, South Dakota for a week. It provided the rest and distance I needed, and when I came home, I had an idea for a character who was so emotionally beaten down, she needed a permanent escape. That’s Rylan. And then I threw her on the wrong Greyhound bus, let her meet up with a sexy, drunk cowboy, and let it all unfold. 

2. What characters do you connect with most?

I really connected with Rylan, because in some ways, she’s me. Her past as a police officer and her loss of self-identity are stresses I can relate to, so walking through her journey was like doing it myself. Sans the sexy cowboy, darn it.

3. What's your favorite book-turned movie?

Yeah, I’m going with The Notebook, because it’s The Notebook. Now I want to see it/read it again, for the gazillionth time. 

4. If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

I want to be besties with Birdie, because she has tea parties and wears a tutu. How fun would that be?

5. Can you tell us about any other books you're writing?

I’ve just finished a contemporary romance about a sexy, playboy firefighter, and a female carpenter with some kickass tattoos, who come head-to-head in an unusual way, and have to survive one hell of a natural disaster to see if their love is real. I’m also working on a contemporary Native American romance which follows reunited lovers who’ve had to overcome some pretty heavy stuff to resume their love. And when they do—and they do, trust me—watch out! 

6. What do you do in your spare time?

There was a time when writing was my spare time activity! We love the outdoors and spend a lot of time hiking, canoeing and camping. 

7. Who's your inspiration?

All the amazing women in the writing group I belong to, who find the time and creativity to carve out beautiful stories while juggling kids, careers, and husbands who don’t always understand the creative insanity writers are subject to. 

8. If you were stranded on a desert island which character do you want by your side?

From my books, I’d say definitely Cole Haywood. He’d protect me from critters, hunt for my food and keep me warm at night, all while looking sexy in that damn cowboy hat!

9. Team Edward or Jacob?

I’m going to get nailed to a wall for this, but I’ve never read the books. *cringes* To save me from the mob, I’ll say Jacob. Maybe…? 

10. Team Peeta or Gale?

Sorry, ladies. I’m going with Gale. I did read those books! Ha!

11. What are you reading now?

I am reading The Hero by Robyn Carr and it’s fabulous. 

Elizabeth will be awarding a $25 gift card to either Amazon or B&N and a boutique river stone bracelet to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour


Great book! can't wait for the next one!

Thank you so much for hosting me today. :)

This book is sooooo amazing!!

I actually think single dads are pretty long as they haven't ditched the baby momma in some really irresponsible way. But if they've got their kid and they really care about them, there's nothing more awwww-inducing than that!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and interview. Sounds like a great book.. evamillien at gmail dot com

Thank you for hosting

The Notebook makes me cry so hard!
Gale! Glad he's getting some love ;-)
Great interview!


Great interview!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Informative interview

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Great interview and awesome giveaway!

I enjoyed your interview. Thanks for the Giveaway!

Cover looks great ;)

I can't wait to read this book! Love the cover.....Like you I couldn't pick Edward or Jacob as I haven't read the books either!!

This sounds great! I can't wait to read it!

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This book sounds really good I can't wait to give it a try :)

Sounds like a great giveaway :)

The Notebook audio book got me out of a speeding ticket once. I was crying because of the book not because I was pulled over (I knew I was speeding) and the officer let me off!

This sounds like a great read! And I'm also team Gale!

fun cover, liked the summary and excerpt! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

I love books where they fall in love and make their family even better! Love it! Thank you! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

Fun interview, sounds like a great book!

ChaoticKarma23 at gmail dot com

Thanks for the giveaway!
mestith at gmail dot com

I've never read or watched THE NOTEBOOK. I enjoyed the interview thank you.


Cops and cowboys, two of my favorite fantasies...I mean book subjects ;) I like that the heroine is the cop, I know I'll enjoy this book. By the way, great pick, I'm team Jacob too!

Sounds good!

Sounds like a great read, I put it on my wish list. Thanks for the blurb and interview.

Would love to read your book!

Thank you for the giveaway!

cool giveaway

Sounds amazing... thanks for the giveaway :)

Sounds amazing... thanks for the giveaway :)

Sounds amazing... thanks for the giveaway :)

thank you for hosting. liked the excerpt

like the cover and excerpt thanks for teh giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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