Adult Contemporary Romance
Release date: October 27, 2013
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Kate Burke is done making bad decisions. Thirty years old and belatedly determined to grow up, the successful travel writer and one-time party girl returns to work at the remote Ponderosa Pines Ranch to reassess her life.
Although her kitchen/cabin staff is lacking and the workload never relents, Kate’s main challenge is Shane Maddox, the ruggedly handsome and doggedly stubborn ranch foreman. Instantly at odds, they battle over everything from ceiling fans to bothersome bats—studiously ignoring the sparks they generate with each confrontation.
They can’t explain their explosive physical chemistry, but after a few frustrated weeks they can’t deny it either. Their solution? Just once. They’ll get past their inconvenient lust and move on.
Kate’s been trying to think with her head instead of her hormones, but is this just another bad decision in a lifetime of careless choices? Has she really changed at all?
Set in the striking and serene hills of southern Colorado, Julianna Keyes’ debut novel offers a sizzling and satisfying tale of unexpected chemistry and the power of second chances. Her characters will get under your skin and into your heart. Just once may not be enough for you either.
From Just Once by Julianna Keyes
Author’s take on the leading lady:
Kate Burke isn’t based on any one person, but embodies all the qualities I admire in heroines: she’s smart, strong, funny, flawed—she’s human. She doesn’t break down under pressure, and always makes things interesting, though that’s not necessarily her intention. One of the things I like best about Kate is that she’s desperately trying to grow up, and this entails trying to turn the insight she’d previously applied to her job to herself, with mixed results.
Kate grew up wealthy, but her upbringing was pretty strict, meaning wild child Kate never really fit in. As soon as she could, she struck out on her own, carving out a successful career as a travel writer. She worked her way up the ranks, soon earning choice assignments and calling the shots. She’s used to first class flights, fine dining, and wealthy, cultured people. She fits into that world and she loves it.
When her careless, free-wheeling lifestyle finally catches up to her, Kate realizes that she’s all alone in the world. She’s spent so much time flitting from place to place that she hasn’t formed any real, lasting relationships. At an all time low, she returns to the only place that has ever truly felt like home: Ponderosa Pines.
Kate’s back at the ranch to work for the summer, and though it’s been a while since she’s been on this side of the equation, she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. Her plans to become “older and wiser” are pretty simple—don’t do any of the things she used to do. Fortunately this remote, rustic ranch offers none of the high class temptations she’s used to, so there’s absolutely no way she’ll fall back into her old, reckless patterns…right?
About the Author
Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She’s been skydiving, bungee jumping, and white water rafting, but nothing thrills—or terrifies—her as much as the blank page. She has volunteered in Zambia, taught English in China, and dreams of seeing pink dolphins in the Amazon. This is her first book.
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