Thank you to Stella for having me at Ex Libris as a guest today to talk about SAVED BY THE RANCHER - Book 1: THE HUNTED Series.
One of my favorite things about writing romance is watching my characters fall in love on the page. From the first time they meet to the moment they realize they love each other and can't imagine a future without the other by their side. I like all the little steps in between. The first flirtatious smile. The first "accidental touch," to the comfortable way he takes her into his arms and she settles in because it's where they both want to be. The moment when a kiss burns so hot it ignites a consuming passion that can't be denied. Oh yeah, we all know that moment, relish it, and can't wait for it to happen again.
In SAVED BY THE RANCHER, Jenna and Jack have this moment after he's taken care of her for several days, tending her wounds after she ran from her abusive ex-husband. Jenna's been laid up in Jack's guest room for a couple of days. Evening sets in and they share a meal and comfortable conversation. It's the first time for both of them in a long time that they've let their guard down and opened up to another.
"They sat inches apart, yet Jack never touched her. Relaxed with him, he didn’t want to push. He enjoyed just being that near to her and knew with every passing minute of shared conversation—and a few intense, heat-filled moments—he gained her trust little by little. He wanted more than anything to touch her, but she asked for time. He’d give her what she needed and gain what he wanted most. Her complete trust and understanding that he’d never hurt her, no matter what.
Her eyes drooped and she yawned several times, completely worn out. He helped her walk to the bed and settled her in.
“You’re getting your strength back. Maybe tomorrow I’ll take you for a walk outside, get some fresh air. It’ll be good to work your muscles again.”
“I can’t wait to see the ranch. I didn’t really see anything when we drove in. Too sleepy. Like now.”
Jack prepared another needle with the antibiotics.
“You’re not sticking me with that.”
“Come on. It’ll only hurt for a second, and I’ll get to look under that sheet again.”
“Jack, I’m not kidding. I don’t like shots. Enough already.”
“You need the medicine. Now gimme your cheek.”
“Ha. Ha. Very funny.”
She let him give her the shot and stuck her tongue out when he finished. He loved how easily she made him laugh.
“Sore ass is more like it.”
He chuckled again. Even in her condition, she showed her playful side. Quite something, she trusted him enough to joke, play, and show him glimpses beneath the guard she kept up and reinforced when it slipped and she forgot and caught herself.
Sally lay curled next to Jenna sound asleep. “Looks like you aren’t the only sleepy one. Lucky dog. Good night, honey.”
“I like it when you do that.”
“Call me sweet names.”
“I was talking to the dog.” He gazed down at her, trying his damndest not to smile or laugh.
She cracked up. “Ha. Ha.”
He leaned down and planted a smacking kiss on her forehead. “Sleep tight, baby.”
He trailed his fingers all the way down her uninjured leg as he walked the length of the bed toward the door. He’d slept in his bed alone for too long now. Having Jenna this close and not tucked beside him sent him through his dark, lonely room and straight into a cold shower."
What happens next?
Jack earns Jenna's trust and gets her right where he wants her, in his arms, in his bed, and in his heart and life forever...but not before her ex comes back and tries to take her.
When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession for both is often revealed in the state of her home and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
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Saved by the Rancher by Jennifer Ryan
From the moment rancher Jack Turner rescues Jenna Caldwell Merrick, he is determined to help her. Soon, he is tending more than her wounds, he is mending her heart. Jenna is a woman on the run—hunted down by her ex-husband, David Merrick, from the moment she left him, taking part of his company with her, to the second she found herself on the safety of Jack’s ranch. More than just a safe haven, Jack’s offering the love, family, and home she thought was out of reach.
Jack’s support and love will give her the strength she needs to reclaim her life. The hunted will become the hunter, as David gets what he deserves when they have an explosive confrontation in the boardroom of Merrick International. But not before Jack and Jenna enter into a fight…for their lives.
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