Today's teaser comes from The Heart of Texas.
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“How do I do this, Jim? How do I fucking show the bastard that he can’t win, that he can’t push me to marry just to get what was rightfully mine anyway?”
Riley looked up at him, the dim light from outside the window casting shadows across high cheekbones and green-hazel eyes. He’d caught his lower lip in his teeth, and the pain on his face was something Jim had never seen before.
“I work fucking hard for this company. What more can I do?”
“We find someone for you to marry, Riley. Some quiet Texan debutante who will agree to a prenup, yeah? Someone who ticks the boxes. And then after this prescribed year is up, you can divorce quietly.”
Jim could see that Riley wanted to say he couldn’t do that, wanted to say that no woman in her right mind would agree to that, but they both knew it would be easy to find a bride. The chance of marrying the millionaire Riley Hayes was going to bring everyone out of the woodwork, begging for the chance to get rich quick.
“I can’t do that,” Riley said simply. “I won’t give Dad the satisfaction of winning.”
Jim sighed. “So you let him win by not doing it, then. For him it’s a win-win situation. Let’s face it—either you let him win by doing something, or you let him win by doing nothing. Either way, Riley, you’re fucked.”
This is a story of murder, deceit, the struggle for power, lust and love, the sprawling life of a rancher and the whirlwind existence of a playboy.
Riley Hayes, the playboy of the Hayes family, is a young man who seems to have it all: money, a career he loves, and his pick of beautiful women. His father, CEO of HayesOil, passes control of the corporation to his two sons; but a stipulation is attached to Riley's portion. Concerned about Riley's lack of maturity, his father requires that Riley 'marry and stay married for one year to someone he loves'.
Angered by the requirement, Riley seeks a means of bypassing his father's stipulation. Blackmailing Jack Campbell into marrying him "for love" suits Riley's purpose. There is no mention in his father's documents that the marriage had to be with a woman and Jack Campbell is the son of Riley Senior's arch rival. Win win.
Riley marries Jack and abruptly his entire world is turned inside out. Riley hadn't counted on the fact that Jack Campbell, quiet and unassuming rancher, is a force of nature in his own right.
This is a story of murder, deceit, the struggle for power, lust and love, the sprawling life of a rancher and the whirlwind existence of a playboy. But under and through it all, as Riley learns over the months, this is a tale about family and everything that that word means.More info →