Waltz Back to Texas (Lost in a Boom Town)
Author: M. J. Fredrick
Publication Date: April 21, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Welcome to Evansville, a sleepy Texas town on the verge of a boom.
After growing up in a dying town, with only two restaurants, no movie theater, and no future, waitress Cassidy Simon wants out. For once, luck is on her side when the oil boom comes to South Texas. She’s determined to use it for her advantage, starting up an RV park for the oilfield workers to add to her escape fund. She’s never been out of Texas, and she’s itching for adventure.
Grady McKenna couldn’t get away from his family’s ranch fast enough when he was a teenager, but a tour in the Air Force in the Middle East is enough to convince him there’s no place like home. He’s seen the world, had his adventure. Now he’s ready to contribute to his family’s legacy in Evansville.
Naturally, the woman who draws his attention is the one intent on slipping through his fingers. How can he convince her life with him will be all the adventure she needs?
When Cassidy came out of the kitchen with another order, Sage was gone, and Grady was waiting by the table, head bent over the bill.
“Something wrong?” she asked, crossing and taking the slip of paper from his hand to inspect it.
“Yeah, I’m going to get fat coming in here, and not getting an answer to my question.”
She took a step back, releasing the receipt when he lifted those twinkling blue eyes to her. “Which is?” she asked, her mouth suddenly dry.
“Will you go out to dinner with me?”
“Why?” she blurted.
He laughed softly. “Why not?”
“Grady, trust me, we are not suited. And I’m not dating, anyway.”
“Sage told me what happened with Mason, and I get that, but you can’t let him have that power over you.”
Heat flooded her face. Sage had told him about Mason? How humiliating.
“I don’t have for dating now that I have two jobs.”
“Bullshit. The RV park can’t take all that much time, and you don’t work here every day, do you? Dinner, Cassidy. Maybe some dancing.”
God, she hadn’t been dancing since Mason left. She loved dancing, and she and Mason had been good at it. Could she even dance with anyone else?
Grady shifted, the corner of his mouth kicking up. “You’re thinking about it.”
“I don’t date.”
“Okay, we’ll call it something else. Dancing. I haven’t been dancing since I’ve been back in the states. Think of it as your patriotic duty, going dancing with a soldier returning home.”
She fought back the swell of pleasure at his teasing. She had too much on her plate to allow for a good time. “You can have any girl you want to dance with you.”
“Clearly not.” He leveled a look at her, as if willing her to agree.
She shook her head. “Sorry. I can’t.” But the regret that rose in her was unexpected as she turned away.
MJ Fredrick knows about chasing dreams. Twelve years after she completed her first novel, she signed her first publishing contract. Now she divides her days between teaching elementary music, and diving into her own writing--traveling everywhere in her mind, from Belize to Honduras to Africa to the past.
She's a four-time Golden Heart Award finalist, and she won the 2009 Eppie Award with Hot Shot and the 2010 Eppie with Breaking Daylight.
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