Paramedic Jake McKenna drops to his knees beside the young woman. Beaten, starved, she’s barely breathing, burning with fever. He stabilizes her, but when she opens her green eyes and stares, panic-stricken, into his, he realizes this is only the beginning of their relationship.
Devlin Barre has been through hell. If her uncle finds her, she’s dead. When she looks into the warm brown eyes of the paramedic, she knows deep in her bones she can trust this man with her life. Devlin and Jake grow close, but, fearful of commitment, Devlin runs off to rebuild her life, leaving Jake heartbroken.
Five years later, Jake and Devlin meet again. Neither has forgotten a single detail of their time together. Both harbor the secret hope that they can begin again–this time, for keeps. But Devlin isn’t the only person who ran off. Her uncle still waits for the right opportunity to get the one person who got away.
Anytime Darlin’ is the first romance I actually wrote. By the time I hit the keyboard, the story had been rattling around in my head for quite a while. A young woman nearly dies. Her life is turned upside down and she finds herself all alone in the world, on her own at the tender age of seventeen. In a way I modeled the character, Devlin, on myself. Although my life wasn’t as riddled with tragedy as Devlin’s, I found myself living on my own at seventeen. My experiences helped to flesh out my heroine.
Jake, my hero, is an amalgam, made from people I cherish. He’s one part my husband, one part a former (deceased) boyfriend, one part super hero – in general a 100% plays-his-cards-close-to-the-vest, tough as nails, hard-bodied, fearless Montana rancher. I have such a big crush on Jake I named my dog for him.
The story takes place in the Midwest and Mountain West – my favorite places! Devlin travels from Iowa to Illinois to Colorado and back to Iowa, while Jake moves between his family’s ranch in Montana and his job in Colorado. Finally, his career takes him to Idaho.
The blurb isn’t exactly accurate. Jake and Devlin separate for close to five years, because Jake, at twenty-four, realizes eighteen year old Devlin needs space to live her life and make her own decisions, and he knows she’s developing powerful feelings for him. When their two best friends get married, Devlin and Jake are reunited, with incendiary results. Repressing all those emotions, you know…
Congrats to Penny Watson on today’s release! Sweet Magik!