“I’m coming home…
With my bride-to-be.”
Tyler Blackwell just announced that he and Hadley Sullivan are getting married. And they’ve never even dated! Now she and her boss are in Montana so Tyler can sell his family ranch. Hadley only agreed to continue the deception in exchange for a promotion. But moving up the corporate ladder pales beside her growing feelings for Tyler. Will his past and Blackwell family secrets sabotage what Hadley wants more than anything—a real wedding?
The Rancher’s Fake Fiancée is the fourth book in Harlequin Heartwarming’s Return of the Blackwell Brothers Series.
Tyler gently placed his hand on the back of Hadley’s neck. The tingling returned. “Hadley and I love Mount Hood and Portland’s eccentricities. We’d never survive in Falcon Creek. Would we, honey?”
“I can’t imagine,” Hadley said. “Don’t get me wrong, this is a beautiful place to visit and family is so important, but I need my Black Rock coffee and Voodoo doughnuts in the morning.”
“Doughnuts?” Both girls came running and squealing.
“Are we having doughnuts?” Genevieve asked as she slid to a stop in the middle of the room.
“The next time you guys come to Portland to visit me and Hadley, we’ll take you to Voodoo Doughnuts. You can get one with Fruit Loops on it.”
“Cereal on a doughnut?” Abby asked with wide-eyed disbelief.
“My favorite one has bacon on top,” Hadley confessed. That was the honest truth. Maple bacon doughnuts were her favorite indulgence.
“Bacon on a doughnut?” Gen couldn’t believe it.
“I thought everyone in Portland was vegan. Last time we were there, I saw a sign advertising gluten-free vegan pizza as if people were in the market for that. I still wonder what it could possibly taste like,” Jon said with his arms folded over his chest.
“It’s actually pretty good.” Hadley had shared one with Maggie before. Maggie was the quintessential Portlandian. If there was a Portlandia cliche, she fit it.
“Maybe we need to eat some chili and cornbread to purge the thought of gluten-free vegan pizza from Jon’s wheat and meat-loving brain,” Lydia suggested.
“Cornbread is actually gluten-free,” Ethan pointed out.
Jon rolled his eyes and invited everyone into the kitchen. Hadley started to follow the family when Tyler moved his hand to her cheek and leaned in to press a soft kiss to her lips.
“You two are so cute,” Grace said with a sigh before following Ethan out of the room.
“You’re so awesome at this,” he whispered.
Hadley couldn’t think straight. Her insides were mush. Kissing was not part of the deal. She had made that clear before she had accepted his insane proposal. Of course, that was back when she thought kissing him would make her uncomfortable. Right now, she wanted to wrap her arms around his neck and kiss him a little harder.
One stupid kiss and she was ready to renegotiate the terms of their deal. Hadley needed to pull it together or she could lose everything—the job and herself in the process.