Title: Back in the Rancher’s Arms
Author: Elsie Davis
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Dylan Hunter has always loved the girl next door. Part of loving her meant making sure she left their small town to study to become a veterinarian. He just never expected it to take this long for her to come home. His hands are full raising his younger brother and bringing his ranch through the drought, but one look at Kayla and his feelings are back full force.
Kayla Anderson’s not prepared to see the guy who broke her heart in high school again, but she can’t get out of returning home to be maid of honor at her cousin’s wedding. She’s determined to have fun and celebrate the special day, despite the fact Dylan is her family’s closest neighbor and the best man, and get the heck out of Dodge.
But Dylan already lost the woman he loved once. This time, he’s determined to win her back...
Kayla listened to the group singing loudly and carrying on without a thought in the world except to have fun. It had been a long time since she’d experienced good old-fashioned country fun. Karaoke in a bar with hundreds of people, most of whom you didn’t know, wasn’t the same.
“By special request, this song is for a special lady tonight.” Dylan let his fingers strum lightly over the strings before launching into the song.
His deep, sexy voice rumbled across the porch and down her spine and then back up, landing somewhere in the vicinity of her heart. He loved to sing as much as she loved to hear his voice. It seemed like only yesterday when she used to follow him around with her schoolgirl crush, hanging on to every word he sang as if he were singing to her and her alone. Back when she’d foolishly believed in happily ever after.
Kayla watched the happy couple dancing together, arm in arm—the world their own in that one special moment. By the second chorus, the group joined in, and Kayla found herself singing along.
The crowd was loud, but not loud enough to drown out someone singing the wrong words. She knew the voice too well not to recognize who changed the lyrics. Blue eyes. He’d sung it wrong on purpose.
Kayla turned to look back at Dylan and found him staring directly at her. She couldn’t do this now. She had to shut him out. She turned back to watch the happy couple as Ethan dipped Sophia low and joined in the laughter.
It was hard not to feast her eyes on him, knowing he was singing the song to her. So far, no one else had noticed, but every word he sang made it harder and harder to ignore him. Harder and harder to fight the memories of the way it used to be between them.
She managed to block out a few lines. Until he slipped the words “tree house” in there. Kayla cringed. How dare he?
There was no mistaking he was singing to her, taunting her with her greatest mistake. Well, she wasn’t about to run. The first time, she’d fled to San Antonio and never looked back, but this time, she wasn’t running. He could sing to the coyotes all night long, it meant nothing to her.