Make Me Stay
by Rebecca Brooks
Men of Gold Mountain #1
Publication Date: October 3, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Brazen, Romance
Austin was the fastest skier on the U.S. Olympic team, until he shattered his knee. Gold Mountain became his refuge—and now Kane Enterprises is threatening that home. When he meets Sam, he has no idea she’s the one to blame, he just knows the attraction between them is one he hasn’t felt in years. A scorching hot one-night stand is just what he needs. Little does he guess that it will change everything…
Austin stood at the bar, and Mack poured the ale. He was taking his first sip when he felt a nudge on his arm.
He nearly spit his drink all over the bar. What was she doing here?
Sam had showered and changed from the afternoon, her hair no longer tousled by the helmet but smoothed in a sideways part and pulled back. She was wearing jeans and a sweater, so he could see what her ski pants had only hinted at. “Cute” didn’t seem like the right word—she had a way of carrying herself that was too self-assured for that. Beautiful felt like a cliché. What actually ran through his mind was fucking hot, but that made him sound like a caveman, so he tried to tame it down.
Still, that was all he could think of. Fucking hot.
“Fancy meeting you here,” she said with a wink.
“I had no idea you were sticking around. Did you get some work done?”
“A little. I was supposed to have some meetings, but I was able to push everything back.”
“You two know each other?” Mack asked, refilling Sam’s glass.
Austin started to speak as Sam said, “We met this afternoon.”
Austin flashed Mack a look that he hoped said keep your big mouth shut. “Where are you staying?” he asked Sam.
“Up at the Cascade,” she said.
Austin and Mack exchanged glances. “I know,” Sam said, as though she could read their look. “The place is ridiculous. Someone needs to break it to them that the seventies ended a few years back. That wallpaper is a crime. But I told the guy at the front desk I wanted to see what the area was like, and this was where he sent me. Looks like it must be where everybody hangs out, if I ran into this one again.” She raised her glass toward Austin.
“You had a one in three chance of getting it right,” Mack said. “The mountain, the gym in his freaky basement, or here.”
“Sounds like a wild kind of guy.”
Mack laughed. “You have no idea.”
“Hey,” Austin interjected. “I’m standing right here.”
“Maybe you should grab a seat, then.” Mack gestured toward the tables.
Sam grabbed her beer and walked away, then stopped and turned. “Coming?”
Austin always sat at the bar, chatting with Mack, calling to Connor when he was busy in the kitchen. But who was he to turn down Sam’s invitation?
Okay, so here’s the thing …. if you’re gonna play the i didn’t know who you were / i’m trying to hide my identity from you card in a story, you might not want the name of the person to be Samantha and she uses Sam as a decoy. AND you make it work … because it doesn’t work. Not in real life and not in fiction and it just makes your characters come across as dumb … so let’s not do THAT, k.
Aside from that, it’s still a sweet sexy read. The chemistry is there and the romance builds nicely. And the conflict is resolved so everyone wins … perfect little afternoon romance read 🙂
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ABOUT REBECCA BROOKS
Rebecca Brooks is the author of contemporary romance novels HOW TO FALL and ABOVE ALL. She lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books.
She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.
Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new—and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing.