Ginnifer Zeiss is a well-established journalist for a prominent magazine in New York. When Emma Novak approaches her to write an article for her new business, she drops everything to experience what a real ranch is like. She had secretly always loved ranches and is attracted to sexy cowboys. So with her best friend in tow, they prepare to experience a horse ranch in Washington state.
When Dallas meets Ginnifer he is instantly attracted to her. He starts to question his rule of only spending one night with a woman and forgetting about her. The more time he spends in Ginnifer’s company, the more he wonders if he can live without her. Can he get over the betrayal he felt when his ex-fiancée left him long enough to grab happiness?
“I should’ve known I could find you here.” Ginnifer turned to see Dallas leaning against one of the posts in the barn. “I think you may have made a friend for life,” he said.
“She’s a beautiful horse,” Ginnifer replied as she was petting Olympia’s mane. “I thought it would be too late to come and see you, so I decided to visit with these two wonderful creatures.”
Dallas sauntered over to where Ginnifer was standing and pulled her into his arms. Once she was fully seated within his embrace, she looked up into his eyes. A smile only a man could possibly portray crossed his face. Leaning his face closer to hers, he told her, “It’s never too late for you to come see me, Gin.”
Ginnifer crinkled her nose up and shook her head at him. “Yes, tonight would’ve been, but only because I had no idea where to find you in that house or if it was unlocked for me to find you.”
Dallas pulled her closer as he leaned down and brushed his lips against her cheek. Bringing his mouth up to her ear, he whispered, “Well, we can remedy that now. I can show you exactly where you can find me each night.”
Ginnifer laughed and pulled away from him. “In a bit of a hurry are you?”
With a devilish grin Dallas said, “Absolutely.”
“I don’t know that I’m done visiting with Olympia and her baby. Does he have a name yet?” she asked.
Dallas shook his head. “No, why don’t you name him?”
Excitement filling her voice, she said, “Really? Oh, I have to think about this…he’s so beautiful, he needs a name to match.”
Dallas laughed as Ginnifer bubbled with excitement. “Do you have anything in mind to fit such lofty expectations?”
“What do you think about calling him Eros?” she asked.
Dallas pulled back and looked at her, shock evident on his face. “The God of Love?”
“Yes, because everyone that looks at him will fall instantly in love with him. I think it’s very appropriate.”
Smiling down at her, Dallas nodded his head in agreement. He leaned down and kissed her forehead before saying, “It is perfect. Are you ready to stay the night with me, or do you want to visit with Olympia and Eros longer?”
Ginnifer was more than ready to spend the night with him. The more time she spent with him, the harder it was to leave. She was already in too deep to pull herself out. It was starting to look like she might be nursing a broken heart when she went back to New York. There was no way she was going to deny herself whatever time she had with him. So with that decision made, she nodded her head in affirmation and agreed, “Yes, take me to your bed.”
Dallas smiled as he pulled away from her. He grabbed her hand in his and pulled her along with him out of the barn. Ginnifer thought he would be in a hurry to get her inside of his bedroom, but he strolled along in a slow, lazy pace as they followed the path to the house. Dallas confused her at every turn. She thought all he wanted from her was sex, but the more she got to know him, it seemed like he genuinely liked to spend time with her. It was a conundrum she couldn’t pick apart and solve. When they got to the steps leading to the front door, Dallas stopped and pulled her into his arms. He brought his lips to hers in a quick scorching kiss before letting her go. Ginnifer felt butterflies growing inside of her stomach. The man was constantly surprising her.
Brushing his hands alongside of her cheek, he pushed back her hair. “I just needed to do that once before I got you inside.”
“You don’t see me complaining.”
A bark of laughter floated through the air. “That’s what I love about you, Gin. You constantly surprise me. Come on, let’s get inside,” he said as he grabbed her hand again. They stepped quietly into the house as he led her to his bedroom.
If Ginnifer was confused before, she was even more so now. What did he mean when he said he loved that about me? Those words scared her, but she wasn’t going to allow them to interfere with her night. She had been looking forward to spending this time with Dallas all day. She needed it. So when Dallas opened his bedroom door, Ginnifer left her reservations behind as she followed him inside.
Dawn Brower holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Arts in Education, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Literature, History, and Sociology. She works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.
Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. There is nothing like a nice glass of wine and a good book to relax with at the end of the day.