Welcome to Rustlers Creek, where you’ll meet the cowboys whose hearts are as big as the Montana sky and the women who can’t help but fall in love with them.
Hadley Wayne is known all over America as The Cowgirl Gourmet. A beloved star on The Cooking Network, the success of her show has turned her sleepy Montana ranching community into a Hollywood backlot and everyone knows all about her perfect life with her perfect rancher husband—but it’s not real.
Zack Wayne has never felt further apart from his wife, even while they play up an ideal marriage for the cameras. They’re living separate lives in separate bedrooms. The love he has for Hadley is still there, underneath mountains of resentment, but he doesn’t know if their marriage can last for much longer. He can’t keep up with the façade anymore, for the cameras or Hadley.
When their work forces them to take a break from the constant schedule of the set, they begin to rediscover who they are and why they fell in love all those years ago. If they can mend the hurts that brought them here, will they still want to say goodbye to their life together? Or will the cowboy discover he can only say yes to their future?
Fox (Undercover K-9 Cowboy) launches her Rustlers Creek series with this bittersweet treat. Hadley Wayne is TV's Cowgirl Gourmet, a down-home Montana girl with a handsome cowboy husband and a flourishing culinary empire. But underneath all the glitz and glam is a deep pain: the memory of Jessica, the daughter she and Zack lost to a late-term miscarriage two years earlier. Since the loss, both Hadley and Zack have tried to push their pain aside, but all it's done is push them further apart. When Hadley and Zack's childless state becomes a national conversation, and events start dropping Hadley based on her proclamation that she no longer wants children, the pair are forced to deal with the elephant in the room. Can they find a way to move forward or is their marriage over? Despite the heavy topic, Fox keeps the pacing brisk, with an unpredictably twisting plot. The achingly real characters and their plausible conflicts make it easy for readers to sympathize with both husband and wife, and cheer for them to find a way back to happily ever after, whether that's together or apart. Few readers will come out of this dry-eyed. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary.