Western Contemporary Romance
Date Published: August 15, 2020
Publisher: Sand Dune Books
The long-requested sequel to Maddie James’ first published novel, Roses
& Rawhide is now available!
Readers wanted to know…
What happened to Jillie and Mack’s relationship at the end of Roses &
Why did Jillie go back to Kentucky?
Will they get back together? What’s their story?
While Kim Martin and Thad Winchester find their happily-ever-after in Roses
& Rawhide, their best friends, Jillie Abernathy and Mack Montgomery, end
their sleeping bag sharing relationship during the rugged, two-week pack
trip into the Colorado San Juan mountains.
But when Kim and Thad host their wedding at Thad’s Colorado ranch a few
months later, Mack and Jillie must come face-to-face with reality–and with
each other. She’s the maid of honor. He’s the best man. Both are harboring
secrets that could break a potential future relationship if they both keep
avoiding telling the truth.
Can they reveal those secrets to each other? And if so, can they get past
the withheld truths to plan a future together?
Jillie glanced up from the pot of chili and froze. The back door softly
closed, and Mack pushed into the mudroom. She watched as he parked his hat
on the bench beside the back door and hung his coat next to hers in the
closet, then strolled into the kitchen.
This feels a little too cozy. “What the hell?” she said.
“I thought you’d gone.”
He tossed her a sarcastic grin as he approached the kitchen island.
“Nope. I’m here. At least for the night. Guess we both need to
get used to it.”
“Weather and other stuff.”
“Is it that bad?”
He ignored her. “Did you get a nap?”
“Good. By the way, I’m still on babysitting duty,” he
“Oh my God, Mack, I can manage.” Jillie bristled and narrowed
her gaze. “I don’t need a sitter.”
“I’m still here anyway.”
“Well that’s ridiculous.” She turned back to the chili.
But the smirky smile he gave her right before she did—one that half
crossed over into dangerous sexy waters—unnerved her a bit. Flustered,
Jillie dropped the ladle into the chili. The hot soup splashed onto the back
of her hand and she jerked away. “Crap. Ouch!”
She snagged Mack’s gaze as he stepped forward. His intense glare
unnerved her so much that she didn’t see him reaching for her
“You lost the spoon,” Mack said. His fingers were still
cold from working outside. He lightly touched a knuckle. “You okay?
Those knuckles look red already.”
And they stung. She pulled back sharply, but not completely out of his
grasp. “Um. Yeah. I’m fine.”
“No, you’re not.” He tugged her closer, his blue eyes
dancing. She locked into his gaze and he held her there for a few seconds,
while her heart did a little flip-flop. Leaning in, he lifted her hand to
his lips, and licked off the chili spatter off.
One. Knuckle. At. A. Time.
Mesmerized by the action, all Jillie could do was stand there and let him.
His tongue dragging over her skin sent a revolving skitter of desire through
her body and jump-started the months-buried yearning for him in her
heart—and elsewhere. Every delicate nerve ending connected to her
hands tingled with anticipation. Where else might he lick?
Stunned at the heat of his touch, Jillie attempted to stifle the shiver
racing up her spine and keep her hand from shaking. She wasn’t
successful. After what seemed a suspended moment in time, he stopped, and
his gaze drifted up to meet hers.
Those blue eyes twinkled back. She trembled a little inside while her
tongue made a quick swipe over her suddenly parched lower lip. Mack’s
gaze immediately dropped to her mouth, and she willed down the flipping
butterflies in her stomach.
She stepped back and jerked her hand away.
About the Author
Maddie James writes to silence the people in her head—if only they
wouldn’t all talk at once!
Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal
worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that
frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense
or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines are always
chasing one thing—the happily-ever-after.
Affaire de Coeur says, “James shows a special talent for traditional
romance,” and RT Book Reviews claims, “James deftly combines
romance and suspense, so hop on for an exhilarating ride.”