From New York Times bestselling author who "delivers it all with page-turning romance" (Nora Roberts) comes a story about a down-on-her-luck teacher, a carefree cowboy, and finding second chances in the most unlikely places.
After weeks on the trail, Sam Monroe is looking forward to a hot bath, a home-cooked meal, and a real bed. In that order. But he's greeted by something even better when he opens the door to his family's ranch house. Seems the new housekeeper is a gorgeous young woman who cooks like an angel and wrangles his family like a pro. If only she didn't dislike him so much...
Penny Cash is down on her luck, and the last thing she needs is a flirtation with a wild, carefree cowboy. Sure, he's funny and sexy, but they're as different as whiskey and tea. And she'll be leaving town as soon as she finds a full-time teaching position. But when trouble comes calling, Penny will find out how serious Sam can be when it comes to protecting the woman he loves...
Also includes the bonus novella Saved by the Cowboy by A.J. Pine! Olivia Belle has always believed in fairy tales...until the moment her boyfriend dropped to one knee. When Olivia speeds into Cash Hawkins' town like a modern-day Cinderella in a ball gown and glass slippers, Cash's careful existence is thrown for a loop. Olivia could be his happily ever after... if this runaway bridesmaid doesn't run off with his heart.
The wide-open spaces of Montana ranch country provide the setting for Ryan's satisfying second Montana Strong contemporary (after Cowboy on My Mind). Rancher Mackenzie Monroe's habit of rescuing strays led to the adoption of Sam and his older and younger brothers when they were children, with Sam falling in love with the ranch lifestyle. Nearly 20 years later, Mackenzie "adopts" a down-on-her-luck teacher, Penny Cash, offering her a housekeeping job at the ranch. Here, the old chestnut rings true: a man's heart is through his stomach, and Ryan lovingly describes many of Penny's dishes being served to an appreciative family. Initially wary of mingling too much with the Monroe clan, Penny thaws as she supports the roundup and spends more time with Sam. A minor subplot involving Penny's brother, a pool shark, and a bookie barely creates a ripple in the romance. The extended Monroe family are fully realized characters whom readers will enjoy getting to know. This sweetly domestic story should win Ryan many new fans.