on July 29, 2014
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Dead Heat Ranch, #1
New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards is continuing to heat things up with Betting on Grace, a sexy new ménage novel which is the first book in a hot new series called Dead Heat Ranch.
The tables have turned on Grace Lambert. For a woman familiar with long days and hard work, she just recently discovered just how hot the sultry Texas nights can get. Finding time to spend with her two smoking hot cowboys, Grant and Lane, isn’t exactly easy, but she’s forging ahead with what has turned out to be the hottest relationship she has ever been in. The true test comes in standing up for what she wants.
Grant Kingsley has landed his feisty cowgirl, Gracie, and an equally sexy cowboy, Lane Miller, but everything outside of his romantic life has gone from routine to chaos in a matter of days. Unfortunately, he’s become rather acquainted with Murphy’s Law as he is inundated with a string of bad luck. His mother is missing, his father, a gambling addict, is worried about only one thing these days, and when Grant refuses to give in, all hell breaks loose on the ranch.
Lane Miller will be the first to admit that he falls in love easily. And he’s done so again, with both Gracie and Grant. Only this time around, he’s not giving up or giving in. Cowboys don’t know what it means to back down and Lane will ensure that the two most important people in his life get all of him, no matter what it takes.
Don't forget to read Boots Optional, the prequel to Betting on Grace, before you dive in!
Enjoy a look into Chapter 1 of BETTING ON GRACE. Disclaimer: May be edited or deleted prior to publication.
Hiding out from her sisters had never been one of Grace’s specialties, although she had tried to perfect the skill over the years. Tonight of all nights, Grace managed to evade Hope and Faith, but not Trinity, which meant she’d only been sidetracked for about an hour while Trin went on and on about the store. Which was about sixty minutes longer than she wanted to spend hearing about product placement, new souvenirs, and whether or not they should add more candy to their already overflowing shelves. Thankfully, that was over. For now. She knew she’d have to have a long talk with all of her sisters tomorrow because Hope had scheduled an early meeting. Considering Grace’s day generally started before the sun came up, time was of the essence and she was quickly running out of it tonight. Between Trin’s need to bitch and moan about not having enough help at the store, Faith’s desperate attempt to ensure all of them understood exactly how much money was coming in versus going out, and the burr that Hope had in her butt, tomorrow was going to be a very, very long day. Grace’s thoughts flitted to the reaction that Ben had to Hope while they were at dinner last night. The guy had been transfixed on Hope. But more surprisingly was Hope’s reaction to him.
Through the years, Grace and her sisters had dated a handful of men – probably would’ve been more than just a few, but free time on the ranch was nearly nonexistent. Still, despite their father’s brutal reminders that they were off limits, they had been known to date. But the only one of them who kept her distance from men at any cost was Hope. No one questioned her, but after Hope’s answering response to Ben last night, Grace wanted to. She wanted to overwhelm Hope, to know exactly what was going through her head. As for Ben… Grace was pretty sure he was a good guy. But he was a guest. Which meant he was temporary. Not that it was any of her business or anything. But right now, Grace wasn’t worried about her sisters, or even the impending conversations to come. No, she was just interested in finishing her dinner. Sitting in Grant’s recliner, she watched the television, not really paying any attention to what was on the screen. She might’ve been fully vested in Duck Dynasty, the show that had been on the television when she arrived, had she not been preoccupied. Nope, her apologies would have to go to the Robertson family for her lack of interest because the moans and groans coming from the bathroom were enough to distract her from the best show, which in her humble opinion – crazy as it may sound – this one was fairly decent. Not to mention, the two men currently getting hot and heavy in the shower were igniting a torrent of desire within her without even realizing it. When she arrived a few minutes ago, three to-go containers in hand, she’d wanted to surprise Grant. She hadn’t known exactly where Lane was, but based on their conversation a short while ago when she had passed him in the stables, she’d hoped he would make his way over to Grant’s before the night was out. She wasn’t disappointed. Clearly, Grant wasn’t either. As much as she wanted to interrupt them in the shower by joining them, she had opted to give them a little time together. She knew they needed it. Lane had an uncanny effect on Grant, and knowing Grant’s current mood, leaving the two of them alone would only benefit her in the end. “Gracie? What the…” Grace glanced up at the doorway to Grant’s bathroom and smiled. “Hi.”
“What… What are you doing here?” Grant asked, looking confused, and possibly a tad
“Eating dinner. What are you doin’?” she asked shamelessly, taking a bite of macaroni and cheese while she admired the nearly naked cowboy standing in the doorway in nothing but a towel. God had taken out all the stops when he made Grant. Tall and lean, the man had the perfect amount of muscles – not enough that he was bulky, but plenty to show just how much hard work he put in each day – as well as a face that could’ve graced one of those sexy men’s magazines if he’d been inclined to take that route in life. His dark hair was just a little long, mussed from his shower, and the stubble that lined his prominent jaw made him appear that much more rugged. From where she sat, she could see the crinkles at the corners of his magnificent blue eyes, proof that he smiled a lot – something he wasn’t doing right then, she noted. “I was…” Grant turned to look behind him, probably at Lane if she had to guess, before turning his attention back to her. “I heard,” she said with a grin, doing her best to keep her eyes north of his chest, which was a lot harder than it looked. “I didn’t want to interrupt. You sounded like you were enjoying yourself.”
♥SERIES READING ORDER♥
Book .5 – Boots Optional
Book 1 – Betting on Grace