Book One: The Diamondback Ranch Series
Contemporary Western Romance Novel
60,000 words/256 pp
Heat Index: Hot and Steamy
Jessie Kincaid was 18 and innocent when Cameron asked her to party. She lost her heart that night, but his plans didn’t change. He left their small town to pursue his dreams.
Seventeen years later, a trip home leads Cameron McCade back to Salt Fork, Texas and the newly widowed Jessie Devine. Since his return, the fire between them burns as hot as ever. Can they take up where they left off? Can Jessie risk her heart again?
Jessie opened the screen door and turned toward Cameron. This was it, then. The end. Her fairy-tale prom night was over. “Thank you for a wonderful time,” she said, holding out her hand, feeling like a fool.
Cameron stared at her hand, then at her. His face was taut, as if he were in pain. His blue eyes burned like jewels. Jessie wondered what was wrong.
Suddenly, he reached out and pulled her to him, arching her slender body into his. “I have to have one more kiss, Jess. One . . . more . . . kiss.”
His mouth crushed down on hers. This wasn’t an obligatory goodnight kiss, Jessie thought, her heart hammering in her chest. This was a kiss like you read about in novels or watched at the movies. He must feel something for her, or he wouldn’t be kissing her like this. How was she going to stand it when he left forever?
Cameron broke the embrace and set her away from him. “Good bye, Jess.” He didn’t look at her again, didn’t turn to wave. He got in his truck and drove away into the night and out of her life.
Seventeen years later . . .
The atmosphere sizzled in the small office. Jessie stood like a statue, her eyes opened wide. “Why did you come back?” Her raspy voice held a note of accusation.
In two long strides, Cameron was beside her. She backed against the file cabinet. He stepped closer.
“You know why I’m back. We need to finish what we started seventeen years ago.” He touched a finger to her cheek, traced the smooth line of her jaw, eased his hand behind her neck and pulled her to him. Her trembling intensified and she put her hands on his chest as if to ward him off.
He caught her hands and moved them over his heart. “Feel my heartbeat, Jess. It’s beating for you.” He pressed his body against hers. “Feel how much I want you. I tried to stay away, but God help me, I couldn’t.”
His mouth claimed hers in fierce desire. Jessie moaned, holding back only for a second, knowing deep down resistance was hopeless.
She couldn’t help it . . . she kissed him back.
Series: Diamondback Ranch
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 12, 2012)
About the Author
Anne Marie is a Texas girl, born and raised. Romance is her passion. She loves to read and write about men and women falling in love, overcoming life’s obstacles, and living happily ever after. She writes spicy Contemporary Western novels as well as Regency Historicals.
Married to her high school sweetheart, Anne Marie and her husband spend their leisure time working (actually playing) in the yard and renovating their 1956 custom-built house on two one-acre lots in the middle of the city. They have two grown children, three white rabbits, two mischievous cats, and one sweet puppy dog.
In THE DOCTOR WEARS A STETSON, Ms. Novark has created a wonderful reunion story. One date while in high school set the hearts of Jessie Devine and Cameron McCade on a one-way course to each other. Several detours popped up along the road, but they are given a second chance for true happiness.
I loved this story and was captured from the very beginning, when Cameron asks Jessie to go to the senior prom. Fast forward ten plus years and a reunion with sparks is set. If I had Ms. Novark do anything different, it would be to add to ending. I really, really wanted Cameron’s reaction to the news Jessie had just given him. I’d loved to have seen the shaky hand and thumping heart. But even with that insight omited, the story is great and I highly recommend it.