by Sarah Hadley Brook
GENRE: LGBTQ Romance/MM Romance
Wade Dwyer’s life is turned upside down when his father dies and he learns he must marry or he and his siblings will lose the ranch. One last jab of the knife from his father. On top of that, his father’s only friend knows about the stipulation and is determined to own the property by any means necessary.
He’s facing the very real possibility of being the reason his family loses their home when his brother’s best friend, Lance Matthews, offers to walk down the aisle with him. A faux marriage to the man he’s loved for years is a torture he isn’t sure he can endure.
Can he keep the ranch … and the man of his dreams, too?
Over an hour later, covered in dirt and grime and smelling like cattle, Wade walked through the back door into the kitchen and was immediately met by a furious Allyson.
“What the hell? Do you know people are already arriving? The wedding starts in fifteen minutes, Wade.” She stood in his way, her hand on her waist. Her purple dress clung to her small frame, ending just above her knees, and Wade couldn’t help think that Casey was a lucky man. Allyson was beautiful in a wholesome, girl-next-door kind of way. Her auburn hair, more red than orange, hung down in ringlets around her shoulders. Her cornflower blue eyes sparked with anger as he met her gaze and he wanted to take a step back, but refused to cower to someone standing barely over five feet.
He lost the battle and took that step back. It didn’t matter. She took a step forward.
“Cattle got out. I texted,” he explained, his eyes flitting around the kitchen. Something smelled really good, like apples and cinnamon, and his stomach rumbled. He was starving.
“Lance and Casey have already brought everything over from Lance’s and they’ve dressed for the wedding,” she accused, pointing a finger at him. “You know you could have let Charlie handle this.”
His hackles up, he straightened and looked her in the eye. “He’s got some people fixing the fence right now, but no, I needed to handle this. Milton Randle tried to steal some of our cattle. A Dwyer needed to be there.”
Her shoulders sagged a little and she let out a huff. “Fine, but you owe Lance an apology. He thinks you don’t want to do this.”
Wade stared at her. “It’s a fake wedding. Of course I don’t want to do this.”
She pressed her lips into a thin line and looked at him hard. “Go get ready, Wade. And you better think about what you just said. This man is uprooting his life to ensure you and your brothers can keep your land. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never known anyone that kind. Have you?”
No. Definitely not. Properly chagrined, he nodded. “You’re right.”
“Of course I am.”
Wade smiled. She may not be married to his brother yet, but she was already part of the family.
“What?” she asked, obviously not quite ready to let go of the mad.
She blushed and shook her hair. “Right again. Now go get ready. You’ve got maybe ten minutes, tops. Your suit is laid out in Casey’s room. Use his shower—your room is a mess with the move right now. I’ll stall for as long as I can, but you make sure you look and smell good when you come downstairs.”
“Yes, ma’am,” he replied and watched her turn on her heels and leave the kitchen, mumbling something under her breath—something that sounded suspiciously like “idiot,” but he didn’t have time to dwell. He took the back stairs two at a time.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I’ve spent most of my life in Missouri in the Kansas City metro area. Kansas City is a blending of urban and rural areas, with people from all walks of life. Everyone knows we’re famous for our Barbecue (I’m a Gates BBQ lover!), but we are known for the hundreds of fountains through Kansas City. We’re even called The City of Fountains.
We’re also home to the Royals and the Chiefs—and let me tell you, we are all united in our devotion to them! The Chiefs just won the Super Bowl and most of the local school districts, even as far as an hour away, closed one day so families could join in the parade and rally downtown.
I’ve moved a few times in my life, but I always end up back in Kansas City, where my family lives. It’s definitely home.
What do you like to read?
I’m a voracious reader and my tastes run the gamut from romance to science fiction to historical to mysteries to… well, you get the drift! I also read anything political I can get my hands on, but the problem with those is I get so worked up about what’s happening in our world, internalizing it until I feel like I may explode. In fact, my therapist has forbidden me to read more than one political book in a row! Well, not banned, per se, but strongly suggested and so now I alternate, which definitely tends to keep my blood pressure down!
I’ve always enjoyed learning, but I find that desire has increased in my forties. In the last year or so, I’ve found myself reading up on ancient times, space, medieval period clothing, the search for sunken ships, and Antarctica, to name just a few topics!
I’m a huge—did I say huge??—Star Trek Voyager fan and recently downloaded a book written that apparently take place after the series ended, but I’ve had a hard time starting it. I think I’m worried about not liking it and possibly tarnishing my favorite show. Sort of like when you have a favorite movie and there’s a remake that you end up hating. Silly, I know!
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Sarah Hadley Brook lives smack-dab in the middle of the Heartland and is the mother of two wonderful young men, as well as two cats. During the day, she works in the non-profit world, but reserves evenings for her hobby-turned-passion of writing, letting the characters she conjures up in her mind take the lead and show her where the story will go. When not working or writing, she can be found reading, working on dollhouses, trying her hand at new recipes, or watching old movies and musicals. In her ideal world, Christmas would come at least twice a year, Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have co-starred in more than three movies, and chocolate would be a daily necessity to live. She dreams of traveling to Scotland some day and visiting the places her ancestors lived. Sarah believes in “Happily Ever After” and strives to ensure her characters find their own happiness in love and life.
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