As a single mother, Naomi Sullivan is used to doing things on her own. She's finally saved enough from working at the Cortez Ranch to buy a lovely home for her and her little girl. Life is going as planned. But when her high school sweetheart comes riding back to town, this self-sufficient woman feels something she hasn't felt in years: red-hot, unbridled need for the handsome cowboy who left her behind.
Lucas Cortez doesn't plan on being in town long. Yet when he sees Naomi again-the gorgeous girl he never stopped loving-he's tempted to hang up his hat and stay awhile. He's already charmed his way into her daughter's heart, but he'll need more than sweet talk and roses to convince Naomi to give them a second chance-especially when she's hiding a secret that could change their lives forever . .
“You listen to me, Lucas Cortez…” Naomi drew his face closer to hers. “I don’t need you to save me from anything.” Even though her voice had a harsh edge, her eyes were soft and open. “I only need you with me. Like you have been these last few weeks. Holding me. Letting me cry.”
“It’s not enough.” He should be able to protect her from pain. Instead he’d brought it on her…
“You’re enough,” she whispered, emphasizing the words with a kiss. “Do you know that?”
“No.” He didn’t feel like enough. He’d never felt like enough.
She laid her hand on his cheek and her touch was healing. “You’re already good enough for me. Perfect. Nothing you will ever do could make me want you more than I want you right now.” As if intent on proving it, she moved into his lap and brought her lips to his again. It held so much power; the way she kissed him, the way she touched him. She did want him. He could feel it in the fast pounding of her heart against his chest.
He held her tightly, kissing her slowly, letting her sweetness take him away from everything else. Maybe Naomi made him enough. Maybe it was them together. He started to lower her to the bed; he couldn’t help it. When she was with him, he forgot about everything else.
“I need you to go somewhere with me,” she murmured in the same soft tone she’d used right before they’d made love. “Please? It won’t take long.”
Her touch had so much power over him—already the troubles that plagued his life didn’t seem so terrible. She was soft and warm, priceless…this lost treasure he’d searched for his whole life, but had never been able to hold onto.
“Okay,” he sighed, focused on her lips. Their softness provoked that bottomless hunger, making his body plead for one more taste of her—to take her to the bed and make love to her, to lose himself inside of her…
“Okay,” she repeated, sitting up. “Let’s go.”
He didn’t ask where. He just let her lead him out the door.
About the Author
Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado’s rugged mountains. She’s climbed to the top of a 14,000-foot peak at midnight, swam through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders.
Eventually, Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After five years in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now, she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons. Her first contemporary romance, No Better Man, was released by Grand Central forever 2015.