Locked in with the town bad boy . . .
Most women would be scared, but Gabriella’s only worried about resisting Cruz Walsh, who’s even hotter than he was back in high school. Cruz was wrongly accused of the high-profile crime for which he was imprisoned; Gabriella’s desperate for the scoop that will get her career off the ground and get her out of Sweet Hill, where everyone still remembers her as “Flabby Gabby.” Being stuck in a supply closet with Cruz is the perfect opportunity to land an interview. What Bri doesn’t count on is Cruz taking “up-close and personal” to a whole new level.
If there’s a silver lining to the hell Cruz went through, it’s that losing his freedom put everything in perspective. Maybe starting over someplace new would be easier, but after years locked up, Cruz values his family—and his true friends—more than ever. So he’s back home, facing the gossip, dodging reporters . . . and face-to-face with Gabriella Rossi. They’ve both changed: Bri wants a story and Cruz just wants her. Another thing he’s learned? Don’t let a good thing slip away.
First crushes get a second chance in Jordan's explosively sexy second Devil's Rock contemporary western romance (after Beautiful Lawman). Reporter Gabriella "Gabby" Rossi returned to Sweet Hill, Tex., to help her grandmother; as soon as her work is done, she's heading back to Austin. Not even Cruz Walsh, the high school hottie she could never forget, is going to change her mind. Gabby's no doormat, but she still struggles with self-esteem issues stemming from high school bullying, while Cruz tries to rebuild his life after serving time for a crime he didn't commit. Gabby's boss insists she get the scoop on Cruz's story, despite his refusal to be interviewed. Gabby wants to further her career, but not at the expense of Cruz's happiness. Jordan is brilliant at creating vivid descriptions and using flashbacks to connect the lovers. Old wounds reopen, jealousy reigns, and skeletons burst from the closets, while the foreplay is hotter than Texas summers. Cruz and Gabby are tremendously likable, together and separately, and their unknowingly mutual crush and deep emotional bond will place this masterpiece at the top of any romance reader's list.