When Levi Creed, the sexy cowboy, takes Jodie Ellison home for a true Texan Thanksgiving, she has no idea what kind of rowdy holiday she’s in for. As Levi and Jodie’s families unite for one crazy dinner, Jodie uncovers Levi’s roots. Will the scorching Texas heat unite their already smoldering hearts, or will elements of Levi’s past prove to be too much for the new couple?
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Ocean City, Maryland, and everything I love drifts away beneath the cover of clouds.
Well, almost everything I love. I’m holding the hand of the guy I’m head over heels for, the one who prompted this exodus from Ocean City, my work, and my cat, Sebastian.
“You ready for this?” he asks, squeezing my hand as I shift in my seat and avert my eyes from the window.
“I think so. I’m excited. I’ve always wanted to go to Texas,” I admit.
“You just never knew you’d get to do it with a stud of a cowboy, right?” he teases, kissing my cheek.
“Cowboy turned beach bum, I believe,” I reply, grinning. The sensation of his hand in mine, of his lips on my cheek never gets old.
I lean my head on his shoulder, settling in for the flight, thinking about what a big step it is.
Well, the first big step came when I smashed down the wall between our apartments. That was a bit gutsier than this. Still, when Levi Creed and his six feet two inches of cowboy glory moved in next door, I’d never imagined that come Thanksgiving, I’d be heading to Texas to meet his family.
Most of all, I didn’t think I’d be this nervous. I want them to like me.
It was Levi’s idea to make the trip now, Thanksgiving week. I hate that I’m missing the annual Midsummer Nights’ Thanksgiving extravaganza, Reed and Lysander’s yearly black-tie affair. I’ll miss them and everyone else there. When I’d broken the news, they promptly exclaimed “yee-haw,” which is becoming way too common these days—even though Levi says not everyone in Texas constantly uses the stereotypical phrase and it is mildly offensive.
They simply yee-hawed at that as well.
Nonetheless, the prospect of spending a holiday in a family setting, in Levi’s family setting, is appealing too. It’s been a while since I’ve done the whole traditional family thing, with Mom jet-setting around the world for her travel blog. I’ve grown accustomed to the holidays passing by without a lot of fuss.
If we don’t go now, we might not make it for a while. Wild Hearts is coming along. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but it looks like it will be ready for business come this spring. We’re even establishing a café area where Reed and Lysander will cater with Midsummer favorites that have been made more “Southwestern.” Reed already has two Pinterest boards loaded with ideas, and he calls Levi basically every day with a new dish he thinks will be a huge hit.
It’s good to see everyone so passionate, though.
“I can’t believe your grandpa didn’t come with us,” I say.
Levi shrugs. “He said he has other plans for the holidays.”
I smirk, peering into those brown eyes.
“Cindy,” we say in unison. I shake my head.
“She’s at least twenty-five years younger.”
“What can I say…,” Levi begins.
“Do not even say it’s Texan charm,” I tease, nudging him in the ribs. He’s been insisting his own charm is irresistible.
“Mama’s going to love you,” he says now, kissing my cheek again. It’s like he knows I need the reassurance.
A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
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