First: If this book had a soundtrack-- and shouldn't all books come with music?!-- here are the songs I'd want for this second-chance, secret child love story:
Claire is a bit of a hot-head, I'm sorry to say! She's says what's on her mind and fights for what she thinks is right and Tanner, waltzing back in her life as though he has any claim to it , or the child she had back when he chose fame rather than a family with her, gets her goat. She's especially fired up when Tanner announces, with his typical cocky attitude, that HE'S going to save HER family ranch. She's done just fine without him all these years... but having him around again is making her wonder if maybe she's been wrong all along. (And Claire hates to be wrong...)
Your Man- Josh Turner
Young Love- Kip Moore
Come a Little Closer- Dierks Bently
Over- Blake Shelton
About to Get Real- Easton Corbin
Bless the Broken Road- Rascal Flatts
Tanner Hayes is a three times PBR champion who was told, growing up, that he'd never amount to much. The only person who believed in him was his first love, Claire. Sadly, after a life threatening injury while barrel-racing, Claire couldn't handle rodeo anymore and when he was offered the chance to tour with the Elite bull-riding group, he had to leave her behind. Despite his success, it's a decision he's come to regret, and plans to make right now that he's back in Claire's life, ten years later, older, wiser, and determined not to lose her again. (And Tanner hates losing...)
Reunited again, Tanner and Claire can't deny that they still have feelings for each other in this scene (one of my favorites :)
“So,” he said softly, “Claire Elizabeth Shelton. Are you going to leave me here? Waste this moment?”
She studied his lower lip.
“No,” she breathed and leaned closer. Laid her palm on the seat between them.
“Excellent answer.” He absorbed the feel of her hand against his hip. Felt suddenly joyous.
He dropped his head and kissed her. He kissed her, and it was a kiss of utter certainty. She tasted like fresh picked strawberries. Drove him just as wild. At her low whimper, he brushed his lips against hers again. Soft. Gentle. The barest of touches, yet everything else went still and static and there was only the rush of his heartbeat in his ears. He wrapped her in his arms and kissed her harder so that she moaned in the back of her throat. Or was that him? He couldn’t tell. Lost his bearings. Lost himself in her as she arched against him.
He traced her delicate jaw with his fingertips, giving in to every impulse he’d held back these past few days. It’d been torture working out with her every day. Laboring close enough to touch her. Keeping himself in check.
No more. Now he unleashed his feelings and gave her a blistering kiss. And she kissed him back. Every bit the firebrand who’d turned him to dust in her arms ten years ago. No one made him feel this strange mix of power and powerlessness like Claire. They commanded each other.
He wanted all of her. More of her. Every bit that she could give he would take. She clutched his shoulders and fitted herself into the angles of his body tighter still, her lips leaving his to nibble on his ear. When her finger dragged across his chest, he caught fire.
He wove his fingers in her silky curls. At last. Claire. Touching. Tasting. Holding her. It felt like coming home. And he’d stayed away too long, he realized. Needed to make up for lost time.
When her head fell back, he pressed kisses from her temple down to the arch of her neck, stopping at the sweet spot at the base of her throat. When his mouth rose to recapture hers, he held her snug, her body soft and pliant. He never wanted to let her go and his heart beat so strongly it felt as if his entire body pulsed.
A long, keening bellow sounded in the pasture behind them and Claire stiffened. When she jerked away, he released her.
Her hands drifted to her hair and touched her lips. Her unfocused gaze settled on him, then sharpened.
“This was a mistake,” she gasped.
“God, I hope not,” he breathed.
What song or songs are a "must" for the soundtrack of your life? Let's make a playlist...