Quarter-Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest
Do you stick to what’s comfortable and familiar? Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of your happiness? These are the questions that River Tennison and Liam Freeman must face, along with the dangers of a terrific blizzard that strikes western Wyoming.
River, a resourceful and smart housekeeper, has suffered a great deal of grief and loss in her life. She moved away from the city of Cody to the isolated Sleepy W Ranch, where she has flourished in her solitude. She’s even dating a man she’d be crazy not to settle down with, but still feels as if there’s something missing. Her life is simple, familiar and constant, but not what she had once dreamed.
Liam is a busy English actor who never takes a break to enjoy his own success. He takes a long-awaited trip into the harsh and historic land of Wyoming. A freak spring blizzard blows in just as he crosses the border from Montana and he’s forced to park his car on the highway in the middle of nowhere.
The storm drives Liam to make a choice between the safety of the car and the possibility of finding the Sleepy W, a choice that could cost him his life. Liam’s choice, and its consequences, will shake up River’s comfortable life and force her to make a difficult choice of her own.
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Liam Freeman and River Tennison have been cooped up in a cabin in rural Wyoming during a blizzard after his brush with death, and decide to try a game of 20 Questions to help pass the time. They've gotten through a few harmless questions when things start to get more serious.
"Can I get really personal?" he asked as she ran a basin full of water to clean up dishes. He got into position to dry.
"Sure," she said, "what's the fun in playing this game if you don't ask the horrible questions?"
"Alright, how many men have you had sex with?"
"Calm down, Satan! Wasn't expecting you to go for the jugular! Five."
She waited for a moment, scrubbing congealed cheese off his breakfast plate. "Screw it, you asked me, how many women have you been with?"
"Seven," he answered.
She nodded, the corners of her mouth pulling down briefly in consideration. "Respectable number, experienced but not slutty."
He smiled at her frank assessment. "Do you want me to kiss you again?"
The words flew out of his mouth before he could stop them. He turned, about to apologize for his stupidity, when she answered.
"Yes." She was still staring straight ahead and she tossed off her answer, trying to make it sound like no big deal. Like it was just another answer in the game. Her question came in the same tone, but her hands stilled beneath the water. "Do you want to kiss me again?"
Liam's throat constricted and he felt a rush of anticipation flowing in his veins like a shot of hard alcohol. His voice was husky when he answered, "Yes."
River was stock still as she processed this. He could feel tension rolling off her like a current. If he were to touch her now, he felt she would shatter. "Liam, I don't think that's a good idea. I don't want to play anymore. I'll finish these, you go on and get some rest."
Her voice shook and when she started at the plates again, he saw the tremor in her hands. He nodded and walked away, taking himself into the bedroom to try and tackle that book again. He closed the door behind him this time.
I'm Sarah Winter, contemporary romance author from Wyoming. I'm 30, married with two sons and the only pets to my name are salamanders that are as lazy as they are fascinating. I'm an easily-distracted boy-crazy introvert with chronic insomnia and a foul mouth. I think that sums me up pretty well, actually. Very succinct.
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