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Who doesn’t want to go home? Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey, even Luath, Bodger, and Tao, the three lovable fur-friends in The Incredible Journey, fought against heavy odds to return home.
It’s no different with Brawley O’Dell in Can’t Stop Lovin’ You.
Maggie Sullivan can’t wait to get out of Texas. Luckily, she just got the break she needed to make her big-city dreams a reality. But then Brawley Odell swaggers back into Maverick Junction, looking hotter than ever in his dusty cowboy boots and well-worn jeans. He’s the guy she still dreams of at night. The guy who broke her heart when he left her behind.
Fed up with city life, Brawley jumps at the chance to return home and take over the local vet’s practice—and get back to the smart, sassy woman he’s never been able forget. He couldn’t be prouder of Maggie’s new wedding-dress business . . . until he realizes it may mean losing her all over again. Determined to win her back, Brawley must find a way to convince Maggie that their one true home is with each other.
“Have dinner with me tonight,” Brawley blurted.
Maggie looked down at the floor. “I can’t.”
“Can’t or won’t?”
“Does it matter?” She met his gaze.
“Yes, actually, it does.” A muscle worked in his jaw. It did matter to him. A whole hell of a lot.
Those two words, delivered so succinctly sucker-punched him. Still, he tried. “Maggie all that was a long time ago.”
“Yes. It was. And I need to keep it that way.” She closed the door quietly behind her.
Yep, he’d been right. He’d waited too long to come home.
What is your favorite attribute of the hero and heroine?
I like both to be strong and independent. They can stand by themselves when they need to but are both so much more when they’re together as a couple. I like humor. I like my heroine to be sassy and my hero to have some swagger—with an underlay of gentle. And he has to give good hugs! ☺ Red-headed, hot-tempered Maggie Sullivan and cowboy-strong Brawley O’Dell are all that.
Where do you write?
I get this question a lot. Truth? I can write nearly anywhere. One of my favorites? I’ve run away twice to Nora Roberts’ Inn Boonsboro—and I’m heading back again this summer. The vibes there? Perfect for getting words down on the page. After all, Nora herself has wandered through those spaces, and surely some of that writing magic lingers in the air. I also have a favorite coffee shop I go to when I feel the need to be around people who live outside my head. But the majority of my time is spent in my office on the top floor of our house in northern Georgia. A wall of windows overlook the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the deck, I have an old swing, bird feeders and bath. This is both a blessing and a curse because I swear I have intermittent ADD and on those days when it strikes, I find the birds far more intriguing than my computer. Watching the trees through the season is a constant reminder of Nature’s wonders. When I’m not in Georgia, I write in my office in our Florida home. It’s a peaceful place without nearly as many distractions—unless you count the lure of the Gulf and its beaches.
Here’s a short excerpt from Can’t Stop Lovin’ You, the third book in the Maverick Junction series:
Brawley Odell figured his life wouldn’t be worth one plug-nickel the second he stepped foot inside Maggie’s shop. Too damn bad. He hadn’t driven the thirty miles from Maverick Junction to back out now. He was goin’ in.
After all this time, he’d come home…and she was leaving.
He grasped the brass knob and shoulder-butted the oak door. It flew open, the bell overhead jangling. Maggie Sullivan, all that gorgeous red hair scooped into a jumbled mass, stood dead-center in the room. Dressed in a skirt and top the color of a forest at twilight, she held a fuzzy sweater up in front of her like a shield. Those amazing green eyes widened as he stormed in.
“We need to talk.” He ignored the woman at the back of the store who flipped through a rack of tops.
He held up a hand. “Don’t speak. Not yet.”
Her mouth opened, then closed.
Anger boiled in him, but he needed to find some modicum of control. Taking a deep breath, he held it for the count of ten, then slowly released it. “Did you plan on telling me?”
Her eyes narrowed, but she said nothing.
“You’re invited to New York City for a showing of your new line, and you don’t share that with me? I have to learn about it secondhand?”
“Last I heard this wasn’t about you, Brawley. In fact, my life, my business has absolutely nothing to do with you.”
His jaw clenched. “Anything that affects you is my business, Mags.”
She snorted. “Get real, Odell. You gave up any and all rights years ago.” Her head tilted. “Why are you even interested? You want to attend so you can show off your latest Dallas Cowboy cheerleader? Maybe order her trousseau?”
He shot her a deadly look, one that had made grown men back away.
Not Maggie. She actually took a couple steps toward him. The woman had no survival instincts. Another reason she had no business heading off to New York alone.
She tapped a scarlet-tipped finger on her chin. “Oh, that’s right. There’d be no trousseau for your honey, would there? Maybe a weekend-fling outfit for your date du jour? A one-night-stand set of lacy lingerie.”
“Shut up, Maggie.”
“Make me.” Her eyes flashed.
This time the look in his eyes must have warned her she’d treaded too close to the edge. She stepped back.
“You challenging me, Maggie?”
When she wet her lips, his gaze dropped to her mouth, followed the tip of her pink tongue as it darted out.
“Only one way I could ever get you quiet,” he said.
Her hand shot up. “Don’t even think about it.”
“No thought required. Been wanting to do this a long time now.” He closed the distance between them and dropped his mouth to hers. Fire. Smoke. Hell, a full-out volcanic eruption.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
LYNNETTE AUSTIN, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida’s beaches and Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that’s where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody…and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.
Reviews for Can’t Stop Lovin’ You:
No sooner did I get started with this book then I just knew I had to search out the other books in this series. This book…was like opening a bag of potato chips, you just needed one more. As fast paced a romance novel as I’ve ever read. CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU is an extraordinarily well written story filled with just the right amount of angst to keep you interested from beginning to end. Austin creates a lovely town with intriguing characters who will win your heart. Austin’s lively, witty and engaging dialog rounds out a well-constructed book.—Fresh Fiction Reviews
Don’t you HATE when you read the third book in a series and enjoy it SO MUCH, that you know that NOW, you have to add the first two to that LONG TBR list that you have… That’s how I feel after reading CAN’T STOP LOVIN YOU by Lynnette Austin. I loved the writing, the characters, the plotline and build-up of drama. And Brawley…you just can’t go wrong with Brawley Odell.—A Tasty Read Book Reviews
“Maverick Junction is a perfect example of small-town Texas…Readers will want to visit Maverick Junction again and again.”―RT Book Reviews
“Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” by Lynnette Austin is another sweet contemporary romance in her beautifully written ‘Maverick Junction’ series. –Night Owl Review Top Pick
What a delight to be enveloped by witty dialogue, familiar characters, and a fast-paced plot. Couldn’t wait to return to Maverick Junction—I read it in one day! I want to…eat at Bubba’s, talk with Dottie, see that cute shop, and definitely meet those luscious Texas cowboys! Surely this place exists; it must be on a map of Texas.—Susan S
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