Published by Lily Graison on April 11th 2017
Hiding from a future she doesn’t want…
When the new blacksmith in town announces they are to be married, Alexandra Avery does what any bride with cold feet would do. She disobeys her father, dresses in mens clothing, and sneaks away with the cattle drive he just sent east to avoid the inevitable. Little does she know, Jesse Samuels, the annoying boy who made her childhood nearly unbearable is the new trail boss and calling the shots. How will she ever survive being bossed around by him for the next two months?
Handed what he’s coveted the most…
Entrusted with over seeing a cattle drive for the Avery Ranch is exactly what Jesse Samuels needed, especially after hearing Alexandra Avery, the girl he spent the last ten years of his life planning a future with is now engaged. He regrets not staying and fighting for her until he finds her stowed away pretending to be one of the crew. When the other cowboys realize there’s a woman amongst them, his protective instincts kick in. His plan to send her home is thwarted at every turn so he does the only thing he can to ensure her safety. He drags her kicking and screaming to the altar and marries her.
Will love be enough to bind them…
Alexandra and Jesse have always had a love-hate relationship but when the dangers of the open trail take a turn that could cost them their lives, they have to put aside their differences to keep everyone safe. Will the truce be enough to show them what everyone else has always known? Or will they lose each other forever?
What do you get when you throw two enemies into the same proximity for two months? Fireworks!
Hi, everyone. I’m Lily Graison and it’s a pleasure to be here today to share with you my newest book, Wild Horses. It’s the 7th book in my USA Today bestselling Willow Creek Series and has been years in the making.
The story focuses on Alexandra Avery, who was introduced in book 1 of the series, THE LAWMAN, as a 10-year-old tomboy who had the world figured out. Being raised by her father, grandfather and three uncles made her a rough and tumble kind of girl who loved to rope, ride and fight the bane of her existence, Jesse Samuels. These two have been sparring throughout the entire series and I knew when their story was told, it would be explosive.
Take a look at the excerpt to see what I mean.
She screamed in frustration, fought as if the devil himself had caught her and hit him again, twisted until he lost his grip on her and she scrambled to crawl away.
His hand grazed her leg as he made a grab for her. She kicked back with her foot, heard him grunt as she hit him and yelled again when he pulled her legs out from under her and she fell face-first into the rain-soaked ground.
Jesse grabbed her and flipped her over onto her back. “It’s time you learned some manners.”
“I’m not in the learning mood,” she said, bringing her hand up to swat at his head. He blocked the swing with his arm and fought to pin her limbs down.
It was as if the clock had turned back ten years in a matter of seconds. If anyone had asked her if she missed fighting Jesse she would have easily said no, but as she dug her heels in and pushed, flipping him onto his back, shivers of pleasure raced down her spine. Her blood raced through her veins as she clobbered him in the head.
He grunted, his face turning red again before he flipped her back to the ground. He pinned her arms, his hands clamped around her wrists and held to the ground on either side of her head, the full weight of him holding her body still from shoulders to legs.
Alex stared up at him, his breath panted out in harsh bursts of air that washed over her face. He was still grinning and she became aware of him in a way she hadn’t planned to. There wasn’t much of her body he wasn’t touching. His chest was flat against her breasts, his hips nestled between her open thighs. He seemed to notice too if the look on his face was any indication.
His smile vanished, his gaze becoming intense as he stared down at her. The fire she’d seen in his eyes earlier was still there but something else lurked in those green irises. His breathing changed, the weight of him against her falling more heavily. His gaze roamed her face and stopped on her lips.
Her pounding heart felt stuck in her throat. She’d been here before. It was a hot summer day inside the schoolhouse, the two of them crouched behind Laurel’s desk in an attempt to outwit the other kids playing a game of hide and seek.
The look on his face that day was much like it was now except this was no boy nervously inching his way toward her. It was a man, the scruff of a beard covering his chiseled jaw brushing against her chin with every breath.
Each story in the Willow Creek Series can be read as a stand-alone but it’s much more fun to start at the beginning to learn about the characters as the series progresses. Book 1, THE LAWMAN is perma-free everywhere, so head over to your favorite online retailer to find it, and to meet Alexandra.
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About Lily Graison
Lily Graison is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical western romances. Her Willow Creek Series introduced readers to a small Montana town where the west is wild and the cowboys are wilder. Lily also dabbles in contemporary and paranormal romance when the mood strikes and all of her stories range from sweet to spicy with strong female leads and heroes who tend to always get what they want.
She lives in Hickory, North Carolina and on occasion can be found at her sewing machine creating 1800’s period clothing or participating in civil war reenactments and area living history events. When not portraying a southern belle, you can find her at a nearby store feeding her obsession for all things resembling office supplies.
To see the dresses and hats Lily has created, visit her Pinterest page.