Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel
Book 1 in The Grady Legacy trilogy
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Publication date: 11/11/2013
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.
Hi Leah. Welcome to All I Want and More.
Tell us a little about your book?
Slow Ride Home takes place in the heart of Texas, and follows Ben Grady as he (along with his brother Jake) run their family’s huge spread Bull’s Hollow. The Grady boys’ father died the year before, and that was tough enough but now Ben’s just been informed that someone is claiming that there’s another Grady boy who has just sold part of the ranch. So in order to protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely upon Allie O’Keefe, a lawyer his title insurance company sends to unravel the mess. Turns out that Ben and Allie were high school sweethearts fifteen years before, and while he thinks Allie left because her father was fired from the ranch, Allie has a different tale to tell—one of betrayal and humiliation and she has placed Ben right at the top of her “He’s to blame” list. Ben discovers that former wild child Allie has changed into a smooth city slicker capable of handling any situation without batting an eyelid. Allie is torn between wanting to knee Ben where it hurts and giving in to her wild child urges of jumping Ben’s bones.
Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why?
Allie was the hardest to write—she’d been hurt by Ben’s family, and she’s changed to meet her ex-husband’s expectations, so she’s going through a lot of emotional upheaval. Trying to keep her strong and let her make mistakes without making her stupid was tough. Because while in real life we’ve all made mistakes that we regret the next day, our readers are tougher on the women in romances.
What is your favorite part of the book?
There’s a scene towards the end where Ben’s hurting, and Allie takes care of him. As painful as it is for Ben to deal with some of his family’s realities, he can’t stop being a guy. It both made me hurt for him and laugh at him.
You can only pick 3 words to describe your main characters…what would they be?
Stubborn, cautious, loving
What are you currently working on?
I’m finishing up work on Jake’s story, which will be called No Accounting for Cowboys and should be out next May. Turns out there’s more than one secret in the family so Jake’s in for a lot of angst of his own. But he has the help of motorcycle-riding, tough-talking accountant Paige Reynolds to help him sort things out.
Is there a genre you would like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?
I’d love to write a civil war romance. Or a medieval fantasy romance. But writing history means I need to do a ton of research, and the fantasy? Well, I’m worried that people are still suffering from Lord of the Rings burn-out.
What are you listening to you right now?
I’m listening to a lot of country music lately, to keep me in the western mood as I write the next two books. So lots of Jake Owen, Chad Brownlee, Rascal Flatts, Ryan Bingham…but according to my iTunes the song I’ve played the most is Blake Shelton’s Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.
Thrilled at the roughness in his voice, she trailed her finger across his chest, circling the other nipple. His skin lifted in fine bumps with each swirl. If she mentioned it, he’d probably claim it was because of a breeze, but the wind had dropped. Even if there had been one, it would not have caused him to shiver but to sweat. Her entire body thrummed at the power that she had over him.
“Take your boots off.” Her own voice was dark, betraying her need. “I want you naked too.”
He sat, pulling her to sit beside him while he unlaced his boots. The moment he kicked them off, she took off his hat and tossed it to the corner, then pushed him to lie on his back then went to work undoing his belt buckle and unzipping his fly.
“You’re taking too long.” He swept her hands aside, lifted his hips and pushed his jeans down his thighs.
She reveled in the erection that sprang free when his briefs followed his jeans leaving them both bare-assed naked.
Her body softened at the sight of the head of his cock glistening in the sunlight, bobbing toward her, as though it sought her attention. She wrapped her hands around the hard shaft and stroked, earning a very masculine groan from its owner. God, she loved the smoothness of his skin, the warmth, the strength hidden beneath. “Tell me you have a condom.”
“In my back pocket.” He gasped when she lowered her head and ran her lips over his cock.
It wasn’t smart, fucking him out in the open again. Fucking him at all. But she needed this, needed him, right here, right now. “Let’s get you saddled up there, cowboy.”
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.
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