by: Jeannie Moon
Series: Bachelor Auction Returns
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Dates: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Tule Publishing
The hot, sexy bachelors of Marietta, Montana take another trip down the runway to raise money for a good cause.
Bachelor Gavin Clark is determined to help Marietta reach its fundraising goal for the town's hospital charity. So the handsome emergency physician is up for almost anything on his date with the lucky winning bidder.
Little did he know his former high school crush, Ally Beaumont, just so happened to be that lucky winner. Their date whisks them off to her friend's destination wedding at a romantic, luxury ranch resort in the western Montana mountains and close quarters, a shared history, and a magical location push the two old friends into each other's arms...
Is Gavin and Ally's story just beginning, or will their romance end with the weekend?
Ally glanced up to see the four bachelors looking down at the crowd from the landing above the main room. Damn they were hot, and each in their own way. But Gavin? There was something about him—strong, quiet, brilliant—the man had it all, and it was nicely wrapped up in a dark-haired, hazel-eyed, six-foot-four-inch package of gorgeousness.
There was a squeal from a table near the stage, and Ally saw Mandy Pryce and her mean-girl friends looking over the program and then glancing up at the landing. Jenny Gaston was with them, but she wasn’t looking at the guys. No, her wicked baby blues were trained right on Ally. Honestly, considering the trouble she caused, Ally was surprised Jenny even made eye contact. But always having more nerve than conscience, Jenny was behaving as she always had—like an entitled brat. She lied and manipulated people to get close to Gavin, and Jenny didn’t care who was hurt in the process.
Looking up at the guys one more time, Gavin was surveying the crowd, and Ally’s breath caught just taking him in. He was thirty-one to her twenty-nine, and once upon a time she’d dreamed of being with him forever.
Gavin had that effect on women. He was probably doing it right now, without even knowing it, casting his spell over the crowd. Ally—practical, focused Ally—was falling deep into the romantic well. Just looking at Gavin made her ache.
Some things never changed.
Without warning, Gavin turned his head and his eyes locked on hers. He froze. She could see his posture go rigid right where he stood. His face, stony and hard to read, made Ally reconsider her entire plan.
The last thing she needed was an angry cowboy on her hands.
No. She couldn’t second guess herself.
Ally needed him, and there was no one else she could trust to play a convincing boyfriend, while keeping things platonic between them.
He was still staring at her, and in the excitement of the moment, she smiled at him. She couldn’t help it.
The problem was he didn’t smile back.
Name: Gavin Clark
Occupation: Emergency/Trauma Physician
Physical Description: Tall, broad, muscular without being bulky. Wavy dark hair, hazel eyes.
Likes (3) in particular order: Family and friends, horses, and wide open spaces.
Dislikes (3) in no particular order: Suits, big cities, phonies.
Relationship Status: Current fake boyfriend, angling for more.
Typical Friday Night: Sleeping off a busy week, or out with my brothers. (Of course now there’s a woman in the picture.)
Most romantic gesture: Taking Ally out for an unexpected ride in the country.
Drink of Choice: Beer
Favorite Food: A big, hearty, country breakfast.
Favorite Song: How about music? Classic Rock. Country.
Choice of Transportation: Ford Truck
Boxers or Briefs: Boxer briefs
Best Memory to Date: Dancing with Ally in the gazebo at my family’s ranch.
If you could have a do over, what would you do differently? I’d go after the girl and not let a stupid argument drive a wedge between us for ten years. (wink)
Is it possibly to survive tragedy and find happiness again? Absolutely. You just have to be willing to accept change, embrace it. It takes nerve.
Words to live by: Never say never.
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Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she's not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs, and resides on Long Island, NY. If she's more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy.
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