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She’s the most unconventional woman he’ll ever meet…
and the cure for a perennial bachelor?
Raised by her healer grandfather, former army medic Ally Mowak knows her alternative approach to traditional medicine puts her at odds with most of her Alaskan town. That includes Tag James, the rugged transport pilot with the sprawling family and political ambitions. Ally couldn’t be more wrong for the aspiring senator. Then why does everything feel so right when they’re together?
“What I’m saying is that I can’t let you win.”
Sliding her gaze toward the hand still on her shoulder, she said, “Thanks for the warning. Better be careful, though. All this looking out for me and I’ll wonder about your intentions.”
He went hands up, palms out, eyes wide, like she’d just caught him robbing a bank. “No, no. I don’t… I’m not thinking about you…like that. I promise.”
An invisible pain hit her in the chest, so sudden and powerful that she brought a hand up and placed it there. She glanced away, forcing a smile that felt brittle enough to crack her face. How could she have been so stupid? He could have any woman he wanted. Why in the world would he consider…whatever it was she’d been thinking?
“Of course not,” she managed. “I was only…kidding.” Liar. And she knew she sounded like one. She tried for eye contact, but her eyelids felt heavy, her vision blurred. Why had she flirted with him? It was all that pretend-wife talk and the looks and the touching. She had zero experience with flirting, and clearly she was not a natural.
“Hey,” he said, but she still couldn’t bring herself to meet his gaze. Her cheeks were flaming with embarrassment. Not until the very tips of his fingers found the tips of hers and squeezed, making her breath catch a little, did she look at him. He let go, but that deadly green glint was blazing in his eyes, and his voice held a desperate kind of urgency as he whispered, “That was a lie, Ally. I was lying. I shouldn’t say this, but if you were a decade or so older, my intentions would be exactly what you implied. But you’re not and so I promised myself I would let it go.”
His eyes roamed over her, and it felt like a panicky hummingbird had been turned loose inside her chest, darting every which way. She wanted to argue, to convince him age didn’t matter, but that would probably sound…desperate. And maybe he was just being nice and letting her down easy. But, no, the way he looked at her, watched her, had her believing every word. She couldn’t keep her eyes off him, either. And when they touched, the air went all heavy and thick between them, like a thundercloud gathering. She might not have much experience, but their attraction was about as straightforward as it got. And now he was admitting it only to assure her he wouldn’t act on it? Because of her age? She didn’t know how old he was and she didn’t care.
A whistle blew, and she nearly jumped out of her skin. Game time. Further ruining the moment, Tag gave her a buddy-type pat on the shoulder and said, “Don’t worry. You should do fine with Gareth on your team. He’s really good. Almost as good as me. Don’t hate me after.” Adding a cocky wink, he left to find his teammates.
And that’s when Ally’s blood began to boil. Why did he get to decide she was too young? Or he was too old or…whatever? Why did he get to give her advice and tell her how things were done? Why could he assume that she would be careless where her job was concerned or that she couldn’t operate her seat belt or that she hadn’t played much basketball? Maybe it was time someone showed Tag James a thing or two, that the world wasn’t always just as he saw it. Maybe, Ally thought, she should be that someone.
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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of what is now known as free range parents, she developed a love of the outdoors at a very early age. As a writer, Carol loves to breathe the life she has lived into the characters she creates, grateful for the “research material” that every questionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.
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