BP Note: We would like to thank Leah Braemel for spending time with us today and sponsoring two giveaways. She has a blog tour wide one prize is a $25 Lush gift certificate (make sure you sign into rafflecopter to enter) and she is also giving away a digital copy of one of her backlist books (winner’s choice) from one of our commentators. Keep reading to find out how to enter.
Do you have a secret? I’ll bet you do. I doubt I’ve ever met a person who didn’t have something they didn’t want others to know. Families are the same. Even the most upright successful families have secrets—usually ones they try desperately to keep hidden in order to maintain the illusion of their power and fame. If I told you some of my family’s secrets, you’d think it was from a soap opera script.
So I guess it’s natural that I love writing families and the dynamics that drive them to keep their secrets hidden, ones the hero or heroine must face in order to move forward. In my newest western, Slow Ride Home, someone is claiming they’ve bought part of Ben Grady’s beloved family ranch, Bull’s Hollow and the secrets his grandparents kept start to unravel. In order to protect his family’s legacy, he has to accept the help from lawyer Allie O’Keefe. Except Allie and Ben share a secret, one that drove them apart and destroy Allie’s life fifteen years before and left Allie distrustful of anyone named Grady.
The idea of them uncovering family secrets—his and hers—was a really interesting concept to explore. Sometimes people will tell a lie for the best of intentions, thinking they’re protecting someone else, but it’ll end up hurting that person. But most times people lie because they want to protect themselves. I got to use both reasons—and both turned out badly for poor Ben and Allie, neither of whom had lied but had been caught in the deceitful web that they must untangle both to save Bull’s Hollow, and any chance at future happiness together.
Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel
Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.
Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…
Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.
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“You know what I think?” Ben interrupted her thoughts. “I think you’re thinking too hard. Don’t pretend you didn’t get scared when I went under. I think you care about me.”
“Of course I got scared.” Am scared. She forced herself to turn around to discover he hadn’t moved, but the softness in his eyes had sharpened. “Who in their right mind wouldn’t have been scared?”
“You never used to be so cautious. Instead of debating whether to stay in the lean-to or run to the house, you’d have been challenging me to a race. After you’d already started running.”
“And I’ve have won too,” she said softly. “If I didn’t get struck by lightning or slip in the mud and fall on my ass. Caution isn’t bad, you know. I was reckless back then.”
“Headstrong, maybe. Exuberant, definitely.” He rested his hands on her waist, his thumbs stroking beneath the swell of her breasts. “But now it’s like you have to think everything through a dozen times before you act.”
“I’ve grown up. I’ve learned some things are worth thinking about twice.”
The only woman in a houseful of men (even the cat and dog are male), Leah Braemel loves hiding away from all the dust bunnies while she writes sexy heroes and heroines finding true love. To read more about Slow Ride Home or any of Leah’s other books, you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or on Facebook.
BP Note: To enter the giveaway for a backlist book leave a comment talking about the one place you want to go back to. Could be a vacation spot, a former home, a place to eat etc. Winner for the backlist book will be announced on the 19th of Nov. Good luck!