For as long as brooding cowboy Ryder Daniels has known Sammy Marshall, she has been his sunshine. Her free spirit and bright smile saved him after the devastating loss of his parents and gave him the strength to care for his orphaned family. Only Ryder knows how vulnerable Sammy is, so he’s kept his attraction for his best friend under wraps for years. But what Sammy’s asking for now might be a step too far…
Something has been missing from Sammy’s life, and she thinks she knows what it is. Deciding she wants a baby is easy; realizing she wants her best friend to be the father is…complicated. Especially when a new heat between them sparks to life! When Sammy discovers she’s pregnant, Ryder makes it clear he wants it all. But having suffered the fallout of her parents’ disastrous relationship, Sammy is wary of letting Ryder too close. This cowboy will have to prove he’s proposing out of more than just honor…
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.
Ryder and Samantha have been best friends for seventeen years. Ryder has always wanted more, but he buried those wants because he knew she wasn’t ready for them.
And then Sammy decides that she needs a baby to fill the empty places in her life and she recruits Ryder to help her find the perfect candidate. Ryder reluctantly agrees. But the moment Sammy starts showing an interest in someone, Ryder steps in.
It is uncharacteristic of him, and so is the intense heat in his eyes. Ryder has always been the strong, tall silent cowboy in the background that is her bulwark against the world. But Sammy doesn’t really believe in love. Her mother and father ignored and abused her, and relegated her to the fringes of their lives. She doesn’t think she’s cut out for long term relationships and unswerving devotion.
One night together, of opening his heart to Sammy, convinces Ryder that they were always meant to be more than friends. They have lived in each other’s pockets for years. They sense each other’s unspoken words and are the first person each turns to when they need encouragement and comfort. Convincing Sammy of their inevitability will be the hardest thing he has ever done.
I fell in love with this stoic cowboy, in his signature black hat. His quiet confidence doesn’t hide his swagger, and Sammy doesn’t stand a chance when he turns that bright, molten gaze on her. This friends to lovers story was tender and sweet and steamy –the perfect end of summer beach read!