No Getting Over You
MacLarens of Fire Mountain #7
By Shirleen Davies
Date Published: January 26, 2016
Cassie MacLaren has come a long way since being dumped by her long-time boyfriend, a man she believed to be her future. Successful in her job at MacLaren Enterprises, dreaming of one day leading one of the divisions, she’s moved on to start a new relationship, having little time to dwell on past mistakes.
Matt Garner loves his job as rodeo representative for Double Ace Bucking Stock. Busy days and constant travel leave no time for anything more than the occasional short-term relationship—which is just the way he likes it. He’s come to accept the regret of leaving the woman he loved for the pro rodeo circuit.
The future is set for both, until a chance meeting ignites long buried emotions neither is willing to face.
Forced to work together, their attraction grows, even as multiple arson fires threaten Cassie’s new home of Cold Creek, Colorado. Although Cassie believes the danger from the fires is remote, she knows the danger Matt poses to her heart is real.
While fighting his renewed feelings for Cassie, Matt focuses on a new and unexpected opportunity offered by MacLaren Enterprises—an opportunity that will put him on a direct collision course with Cassie.
Will pride and self-preservation control their future? Or will one be strong enough to make the first move, risking everything, including their heart?
No Getting Over You, book seven in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary series, is a full-length novel with an HEA.
“Well, I should be going. Thanks for the beer.” Slipping a hand under the strap of her purse, she paused when Matt’s hand gripped her arm.
“Don’t leave yet. Stay and talk to me for a while.”
Glancing down at his hand, feeling the same jolt she’d always felt when he touched her, she bit her bottom lip, then pulled her arm free. “I really should head out.”
She’d seen that look before, knew he needed the comfort only a familiar soul could provide. For a brief moment, she wished he wanted her to stay because he still had feelings for her, not just because he needed the company of someone familiar. Pushing the foolish thought from her mind, she settled back on her chair.
“All right, for a little bit.” Pulling her unfinished beer toward her, she took a sip, looking up at the television.
“We got a lot accomplished today.”
She could feel his gaze boring into her, causing her skin to prickle with heat.
“Yes…yes, we did.” She could hear the slight rise in her voice.
“I think we can wrap up tomorrow.”
Clearing her throat, she glanced over at him. “Then where will you go?”
“Crooked Tree to meet with Skye. Possibly Mitch and Sean,” he answered, mentioning her cousins. “Do you ever go up that way?”
“I’ve been there twice. I’m due to go again. Skye wants us to meet with some of the rodeo committees together. She believes it will make a stronger impact on them if we both show up.” Cassie gripped her glass tighter, quelling the almost overpowering urge to reach out, run her fingers up his neck, and play with the long hair at his nape.
“You’re welcome to ride up with me.”
“What?” Her eyes widened as panic rippled through her. “No. I couldn’t do that. It would be crazy to…” Her voice trailed off as she gulped down the last of her beer, reaching for her purse again. “Look, I really have to leave.” She headed for the door, not looking back.
“Cass, wait up.” Matt dashed ahead of her, holding the door open. “I’ll walk you to your truck.”
“It’s not necessary—”
“Yes, it is.” He placed his hand on the small of her back, ignoring the heat which flamed at the contact as they walked the short distance to her truck.
Rummaging in her purse, she pulled out the keys, groaning when they slipped from her hand.
“I’ll get it.” Matt grabbed the keys and unlocked her door, then held it open, but blocked her entry. “I’m sorry if I said something wrong.”
Wanting only to get inside and get away, she shook her head. “You didn’t say anything wrong. I just need to leave.” She lifted her face, chin jutting toward him.
“Always in a hurry. Always somewhere to go.” He lifted his hand, letting a finger trail down her cheek, along the line of her jaw, then down her neck.
Excitement mingled with fear at his touch, causing what felt like a swarm of butterflies to pool in her belly. She had to get away from him. Now.
“Matt, I really should go.” Her voice held little conviction, even as she knew staying longer would be foolish.
His hand wandered to the back of her neck, drawing her closer. “Do you ever take time to enjoy yourself, relax and have a little fun?”
She could feel the heat flame in her cheeks as he pulled her closer, but she couldn’t seem to find the strength to push him away. It had been so long, and she missed him terribly.
He bent his head, moving toward her until their mouths were a mere inch apart. Seeing her eyes close and feeling no resistance, he covered her mouth with his. The kiss was tentative at first, his lips brushing across hers, becoming more possessive as she dug her fingers into his arms. Wrapping his arms around her, pulling her tight, he let his hands roam over her back, settling on her waist. Groaning in pleasure, he deepened the kiss, taking whatever she’d give him.
Heat streaked through her at the feel of his hands, warm and familiar as they stroked her back, moving to her hips to align her against him. She could feel her knees tremble. His taste, scent, the feel of him after so long sent her nerves humming. Seeking closer contact, she wrapped her hands around his neck, sliding her fingers through his hair as she pulled him closer.
“Ah, Cassie, baby. I’ve missed you,” he murmured against her ear.
Her heart tripped over the words as doubt crept into her mind. She knew he no longer wanted her, had walked away without a backward glance. The realization of what they were doing hit her like a slap in the face. Breaking the kiss and lowering her hands, she pushed against his chest.
“Matt, stop. We can’t do this.” Pushing again, she finally broke his hold on her and took an unsteady step backward, drawing in a breath.
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About the Author:
I have been writing most of my life, but only recently began the transition into fiction. Historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and short stories are what keep me reading, so that is the focus of my writing.
I was born in California, grew up between a growing beach town and a small town at the base of the San Bernardino mountains. My mother originally
planned to name me Katherine, but she read an article in the paper about a woman named Shirleen shortly before my birth, so instead of having a cool nickname, like Kate, I am simply Shirleen. My mainstays growing up were all the Nancy Drew mystery books; I loved them. Eventually I moved on to mysteries, suspense stories, crime novels, and romance. Pride and Prejudice will always be one of my favorites.
Besides California, life changes have allowed me to live in Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona. Everywhere I have lived has been inspirational in one way or another, giving me the opportunity to meet remarkable people with their own stories to tell. I've sailed, skied, owned horses plus lots of other animals, and ridden various off-road vehicles. I enjoy dancing, fishing, hunting, being the back-seater on my husband's Harley, traveling and, of course, reading and writing.
Prior to transitioning to writing fiction, I worked for Fortune 500 and many smaller, start-up companies. Fortunately, I regained my sanity long enough to start my own consulting firm, which I still maintain today.
My husband and I spend most of our time at our main home in the mountains of Arizona and our second home in Southern California. Between us we have five boys with growing careers and families of their own. So, from my perspective, my life is a success and always an adventure. I wouldn't change a thing; well, except finding more time to write.
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