- Expected Feb 25, 2020
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a tough Texas Ranger and his first love--a woman in danger who insists she doesn't need his protection.
Hill Gamble is a model lawman: cool and collected, with a confident swagger to boot. Too bad all that Texas charm hasn't gotten him anywhere in his personal life, especially since the only girl he ever loved has always been off-limits. But then Hill is assigned to investigate her father's mysterious death, and he's forced back to the town--and the woman--he left behind.
When Hill left Loveless, he broke Kody Lawton's already battered heart. And now that he's working on her father's case, avoiding him is impossible. She can handle Hill and her unwanted feelings--until he puts his life on the line to protect her. Suddenly, Kody realizes that Hill could be taken away from her...for good.
"Crownover delivers the goods."-Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author
"Crownover writes cowboys that make you want to pack your bags in search of a small-town ranch!" -Melissa Foster, New York Times bestselling author
Includes the bonus novella Cowboy to the Rescue by A.J. Pine!
Crownover (Justified) returns to small-town Loveless, Tex., in this suspenseful contemporary romance featuring angst-ridden lovers and an unsolved murder. Straight-laced Texas ranger Hill Gamble has loved reckless Kody Lawton for as long as he's known her, even after she got together with his younger brother, Aaron. Kody had a crush on Hill too, but she didn't believe she was good enough for him and bonded with irresponsible Aaron instead. After Aaron dies by suicide at age 22, Kody blames Hill, who'd distanced himself from the couple out of guilt over his lingering feelings. Years later, Kody's father, the former town sheriff, is murdered and Hill is assigned to investigate, throwing the pair back together. Kody uses angry outbursts and flippant jibes to cover her own guilt about her attraction to Hill, and her juvenile behavior will soon grate on readers' nerves. Forthright Hill proves an excellent foil, however, and, when danger comes for the Lawton clan, readers will be taken by Hill's vow to protect the woman he loves. Crownover leaves the central mystery dangling in a cliffhanger ending but reaches an emotional resolution that will satisfy romance fans. Readers will be eager for the next installment.