Hooked by Sundown is book three in the Double Dutch Ranch Series Spin Off. Meet Wade and Sophie.
Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series
A Double Dutch Ranch Series Spin Off
Setting the stage: Wade and his best friend Dane went to rescue Sophie’s brother from a bar fight not long after Sophie had an argument with Wade which her brother also caused.
Wade shook his head. “I don’t know. I can’t stand when one fool takes advantage of a weaker idiot. He was incapacitated before he got here.”
Dane got a bottle of water from his truck. “What will you do with him?”
You’re an idiot, Emory. “I’ll take him to my place.”
Sophie grabbed his arms. “No, take him to my house, please. Who knows what’ll happen when he wakes up?”
Wade gave her a stern glare. “Let go of me.”
Dane nodded at Sophie. “I’d let go of him if I were you.” She did, and Dane said to Wade, “I’ll follow you back and help you get him inside.” He left for his truck.
At home, they brought Clay into the house and tossed him on one of the spare beds downstairs. Then someone banged on the door.
Dane answered it to let Sophie in on his way out. “See ya later.”
“Thanks, Dane.” Wade narrowed his gaze at Sophie, “Go home. He can sleep it off here.”
“Why did you get involved?”
“It doesn’t matter. Go on. I’m going to bed.”
“I want to stay here with him tonight.”
“Whatever.” He stepped up one step before she called him.
“Thank you on behalf of my dad, too.” She rushed toward him and stepped up two steps until she was at his eye level. She draped her arms over his shoulders.
He continued standing there with his hands at his sides. “Why are you doing this? I know what good-bye means. Let me go to bed.”
“It was a mistake to tell you what I did tonight. I was distraught.”
Another mistake like the “my kid” incident? “Of course, it was a mistake. A foolish one. I gotta go to bed. Lock the door before you settle in then put a towel under his head so he isn’t bleeding all over my blanket.” He removed her arms from around him. “You’re welcome to the bed in the other bedroom or the couch.”
Sophie placed a palm against his chest and clenched his shirt. “I’m sorry. I meant it at the time, before I thought straight, but…I need you.”
“You’re always sorry after the fact. Think first, Sophie. See me for who I am. This on and off shit has to stop. I expected more from you.” He stepped up two steps but she clenched his shirttail.
About the Book:
Wade Emory falls fast for women, yet it’s a well-known fact his relationships don’t last. On a trip to the Pacific Coast to visit his ill brother, he slips into his bad habit when he meets a hotheaded mom with a son who spews four-letter words. However, after enjoying nearly a week with them, she and the boy leave early. Before she’s gone forever, he convinces her to meet up again to pick up where they left off on the beach. Then, at home, an unexpected visitor pops in, and he learns the past harbors secrets and lies that don’t always stay hidden. Life’s lessons have taught him that people don’t stick around, so how can he prevent a relationship with Sophie from becoming another failure?
Sophie Price-Daniels needs a change of scenery. The opportunity arises when she flies to California to bail her trouble-making brother out of jail. When he directs his anger at her and her boy, a stranger steps in, but a hero is the last thing she wants. She’s alone and living in her self-appointed prison of grief, until…until Wade steps into their lives. As desires long forgotten force their way to the surface, she’s faced with a dilemma—to give in to her needs and accept a new future is possible for her and her son—or back away and continue to believe she’s betraying a man who is no longer with them.
Two lonely people need to trust each other—and themselves—to overcome their unfortunate pasts.
What readers are saying about Hooked by Sundown:
Readers of romance, especially western romance, will find this a satisfying, well-written tale, and I doubt they’ll stop at one. Amazon Review
I fell in love with the characters right away. Wade and Sophie make you never want to give up on love. Amazon Review
I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it. Amazon Review
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