Series: Kristen Proby’s Big Sky Universe
Author: C.M. Steele
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2021
Cover Design: Kari March Designs
Grumpy, angry, a curmudgeon…
Who uses the word ‘curmudgeon’ anymore?
Those are the words used to describe my new boss and some other less than flattering words. The new boss who doesn’t even know I’ve been hired to invade his private sanctum and run the show. I’m the new cook for Tobias Reynolds, a Montana Cowboy with a surly attitude. I shouldn’t work for him given my background, but my options are limited and it’s a temporary arrangement.
A violent man left me scars, mostly invisible ones, but they promise me that Tobias will never lay a hand on me. One look at my new boss and I know it’s not his anger I fear, but the raging desire for his touch coursing through me.
They were wrong about the boss. Tobias can’t seem to keep his hands off me and I don’t want him to stop.
Beautiful, broken, mine…
That’s what I see when I look at Ava. From the first second I saw her, it felt like I’d been tackled to the ground my chest ached so intensely. I want to keep her, but this is just a temporary stop for her. She’s running from someone. Given the black eye she’s sporting, I’m guessing it’s someone who needs to be taught a lesson.
I’ve spent my time in the spotlight, but now I’ve gone back to my roots, working my family’s ranch. Some say I’m like a grizzly bear with a thorn in his paw, but I just want to work and go home to a good home cooked meal and some peace and quiet which has been hard to come by.
It’s not until she shows up that I realize how much more I want out of life. I’ll slay all her dragons, destroy her fears, and do all I can to get her to stay.
Love and family has always been important to Tobias so when he pictured his life he never expected that he would be living alone on his ranch. When circumstances lead to him needing a cook Ava might just be what he is looking for both when it comes to the ranch and him.
Ava is trying to escape the pain of her past and the people responsible for it. All she wants is a fresh start and to ensure her past stays where it belongs, but she never expected the feelings that her gruff and demanding boss would inspire.
Tobias knew from his first meeting with Ava that she was special and all he wants to do is keep her safe. Now that she has come into his life he needs to convince her that he never wants her to leave.