The Rancher's Fake Fiancée

By: Amy Vastine

“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?

“You don’t know me.”

“I think I do. I may not know everything, but the Tyler Blackwell I know is a good man with a good heart and way too hard on himself.”

Hadley lifted up on tiptoe and kissed him. He didn’t think anyone could care about him, but the truth was she was beginning to care quite a bit.

His hands dropped to her waist and he was pulling her closer. Her mind should have been spinning but her focus was razor sharp. All she could think about was how good this felt.

The kiss ended, but their embrace did not. Tyler rested his forehead against hers. “I thought we had rules.”

“New rule—no self-loathing allowed.”

“You don’t understand,” he whispered.

“I don’t care what I don’t understand. It’s our new rule.”

“You make the rules and break them,” he said. “What if I want to break them, too?”

Dear Reader,

As the older sister of two brothers, I know all about the love/hate relationship that can exist between siblings. My brothers could be the best of friends or the worst of enemies on any given day. I am also married to an identical twin and have witnessed the incredible bond that exists between them.

I happily used my insights into brothers and twins while writing my part of Return of the Blackwell Brothers. Brothers fight. Brothers tease and know all the right buttons to push. But when it matters, brothers always have each other’s backs. As much as Tyler Blackwell tries to convince the world that he wants nothing to do with his brothers or the family ranch, he’s there when they need him and sucked back into everything he loved about Montana when he returns.

None of this would have been possible without the awesomeness of the four other writers in this continuity: Carol Ross, Cari Lynn Webb, Melinda Curtis and Anna J. Stewart. Their creativity and humor inspire me not only in my writing but in life. They are an integral part of my writing family. Luckily, we have nothing but a love/love relationship. Although...some teasing does go on, especially after we’ve been on the dance floor together given that we are all rhythmically challenged!

Amy Vastine


“FOR THE LOVE of all that’s good in the world, would you please call your brothers back?”

Tyler Blackwell glanced up at his obviously infuriated employee. Tucking her wavy blond hair behind her ears, Hadley Sullivan scowled. That meant she was serious this time.

Tyler’s gaze returned to his computer screen. Regardless of her ire, finishing the presentation for Lodi Organics was a bit higher on the priority list than his bothersome brothers. “Which one?”

Hadley let out an exasperated sigh. “Take your pick. That was Ethan just now, but Ben has bombarded the office with at least a dozen calls this week and Jonathan phoned yesterday while you were at lunch. I know you know this. We put all the messages on your desk.”

Tyler had seen the notes and promptly tossed those slips of pink paper in the recycling bin because he was nothing if not ecologically minded.

“The next time they call, tell them I can only be reached on my cell.”

“The same cell they’ve called five hundred times already?” Hadley paused even though it was a rhetorical question. “They’ve caught on to the fact that you’ll decline their call, Tyler. They’ve resorted to harassing the people in this office who actually answer their phones.”

Clicking Save on the Lodi Organics file, Tyler ran a hand through his thick hair. He’d successfully made himself too busy to return a hundred phone calls from his overreacting brothers but also too busy for a much-needed haircut.

“I’ll talk to Kellen about hiring a real office manager who will help us screen all of our calls.”

Hadley wasn’t appeased. She mumbled something about how she’d love to talk to Kellen.

Tyler wasn’t Hadley’s favorite person at 2K Marketing. He wasn’t sure why that was. He thought she was competent at her job and often asked her to do things for him because he knew she’d get them done. It seemed strange that she was so bothered by his brothers’ constant calls. They weren’t really her problem. They were all his.

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