Please welcome Laura Moore to the blog. Today Laura is telling us a little bit more about her new release, Once Tempted, and its sexy hero, Ward.
Hi, I’m so pleased to be here at Book Binge and talk to you about my new release, Once Tempted.
Once Tempted is the first title in my new Silver Creek series and it’s about a cowboy named Ward Knowles whose family owns Silver Cree Ranch, a sprawling, three thousand-acre guest ranch in northern California.
So let me tell you a little about Ward, my dark-haired, rugged hero, and the life he leads. Ward is my version of a modern-day cowboy. He’s a rancher who cares deeply about the animals raised on his family’s land. He can train a cutting horse; rope a steer; shear sheep, and deliver fuzzy lambs on a cold spring morning when an ewe is having difficulty birthing. He’s also a businessman who possesses the acumen needed to run a guest ranch and keep the guests who book their stays at Silver Creek Ranch entertained and satisfied. All these skills require energy and drive. Luckily Ward has both to spare.
Good looks, a talent with horses, a pride in the land his family has owned for generations, and a love for the ranching tradition, when you put all these together you can’t help but think that Ward is not only an attractive man, he’s also one who has everything.
Of course that’s not the case. Ward may have the rugged good looks of an outdoorsman and be heir to a successful guest ranch; what he doesn’t have is the love of a woman. He thought he once possessed it, but then he learned that the woman he’d asked to marry him was far more interested in the profit the ranch would make and the luxurious lifestyle that would go with it. Her love for him was a distant third.
Luckily, Ward learned the truth about his fiancée’s feelings before they said “I do.” Yet the experience has left its mark on his heart. Since their breakup, he no longer trusts that a woman will love him for himself rather than for the wealth attached to Silver Creek Ranch.
But then a woman comes along who seems all wrong for him–a snippy, scrappy New Yorker to his cool California cowboy. Somehow Tess Casari manages to sneak past the defenses Ward has built around his heart. And as he comes to know Tess, Ward realizes that he’s not the only one who’s been hurt in love.
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Once Tempted and find out how Ward and Tess learn to trust their hearts to love again.
To celebrate Once Tempted’s release, I’m giving away two copies to readers who leave a comment. Good luck! (leave a comment – along with your email address – to enter to win.)
About Once Tempted:
Sweeping passions, family drama, and searing scandal play out at the magnificent Silver Creek Ranch as the heirs to a powerful dynasty seize their legacy of love.
Oldest son Ward Knowles feels the sprawling California ranch in his blood. And now that the family business has expanded to include a popular resort, he’s working harder than ever. Silver Creek is his legacy and his life, which is fine for the ruggedly sexy ladies’ man and committed bachelor. Love and trust don’t come easily for Ward since he lost his heart to a gold digger—until he meets a shy, unpretentious beauty whose sweet grace is about to turn his jaded heart into a hungry one.
Tess Casari has found sanctuary at Silver Creek, working as an assistant to Ward’s mother, Adele. Grateful for her busy new life running the ranch’s spa and resort, Tess can escape the heartbreak, humiliation, and secret shame of her failed marriage. The last thing she needs is temptation—especially from a man who reminds her so much of the husband who shattered her faith in love. But passion and destiny are about to change the rules for two people who have stopped believing in the healing power of love.
About the Author:
Award-winning contemporary romance author Laura Moore began writing while pursuing a graduate degree in art education. Her first story filled an entire notebook when she realized that she might actually have penned a love story that others would enjoy reading. Ride a Dark Horse, which was begun in a dog-eared, coffee-stained notebook, was published a year later.
An accomplished rider and horse lover, Laura lives in Providence, RI, with her husband, two children, and their black lab. Their cat Zevon keeps them all in line. One of her great thrills as a writer is to hear from readers. Please visit her at: www.lauramooreboooks.com
Or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LauraMooreBooks