CAN’T STOP LOVIN’ YOU by Lynnette Austin

Title: CAN’T STOP LOVIN’ YOU

Author: Lynnette Austin

Series: Maverick Junction, #3

On Sale: July 25, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $7.99 USD

eBook: $4.99 USD

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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.

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Excerpt

“You’re staying,” Maggie whispered.

“I am.”

“You’ll be happy here, Brawley.”

“I’ll miss you.”

“You’ve lived without me for a long time.”

“But I always knew you’d be here. That I could get my Maggie fix whenever I needed it with a couple hours’ drive.”

“Brawley—”

“I know.” He held up a hand. “Not fair. I won’t ask you to stay. I know better than that. This is something you have to do.”

“It is.”

“Once you’re in New York, though, if you don’t like it, I’ll be here.”

“That’s not going to happen.”

“Red, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never say never.”

“Fine.” Her heart hammered in her chest. She moved to the leather love seat, her hand stroking it. “This is yummy.”

“So are you.” The thought tumbled out before he could stop it.

She turned, so close he could feel her breath on his face.

He hadn’t meant for it to happen. He hadn’t brought her here to make a move. But damn if he could keep his hands, his mouth, off her.

He’d watched her all day, that gorgeous red hair done up in a tumbled mass, curls escaping and trailing down her neck. He’d itched to pull out whatever pins held it and spill the fiery strands around her. Wanted to run his hands through it, feel the silky softness.

More, he wanted to unzip that swath of silk and let it slide to the floor. Wanted to touch the creamy white skin beneath. Needed to taste her. Her lips, the back of her knees, her stomach.

Needed to know if she still wore the little silver ring through her belly button.

Needed almost more than his next breath to hear her quiet little sighs, her cries of delight as they made love.

His gaze drifted to her red, red lips when her tongue peeked out between them.

“Maggie—”

“Brawley?”

“Yeah?” He raised his eyes back to hers. They always reminded him of a Texas meadow right after a spring rainstorm. What man could resist? Sure as hell not him. He caved. Pulled her to him. Felt her heat.

The first kiss was tentative. After that initial foray, though, he lost sight of his good intentions, of right and wrong.

Soft. So very soft.

His hand moved to the back of her neck, drawing her closer still. Inching into that silken mass of hair, he removed the pins one at a time, sighed when the strands spilled loose over his fingers, his hand, his arm.

His mouth left hers, traced a path along her chin, over her cheek. He buried his face in her hair and breathed deeply. God, she smelled good.

Maggie gave him those little sighs, those moans he’d been craving.

His lips trailed back to hers. When they parted, he slid his tongue inside to dance with hers. He backed her up till she was against the sofa.

Sliding a hand beneath her knees, he scooped her up and laid her on the soft leather, then followed her down. His hands ran the length of her, his fingers trailing beneath the hem of her dress.

He felt her cool hands on his heated flesh. Somehow she had his shirt out of his pants and half unbuttoned. Her head lowered, and she trailed a line of kisses across his bare chest. She stopped at the small scar just above his navel, flicked her tongue over it.

Brawley sucked in his breath. Maggie had been the one to mark him there with a stick when they’d been eight-year old pirates fighting it out with pretend swords. He put a finger beneath her chin and raised her head to taste her lips again.

She had matured, ripened. Was everything the eighteen-year- old Maggie had been and more. Much more.

“Oh, Mags,” he whispered into her ear. “You’re killing me.”

She answered with a long, deep kiss.

He groaned. “I want you so badly it hurts.”

“Shut up and kiss me, cowboy.”

THE MAVERICK JUNCTION SERIES

SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, #1

NEAREST THING TO HEAVEN, #2

CAN’T STOP LOVIN’ YOU, #3

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynnette Austin loves Starbucks, peppermint patties, and long rides with the top down and the music cranked up! One of the great things about writing is that daydreaming is not only permissible but encouraged. She grew up in Pennsylvania, moved to New York, then to Wyoming, and presently divides her time between Florida’s beaches and Georgia’s mountains. She’s been a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest, PASIC’s Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Contest. 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.

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CAN’T STOP LOVIN’ YOU
Lynnette Austin

Can’t Stop Loving You by Lynnette Austin is a second chance at love story and is part of the Maverick Junction series. I have not read the previous books, but did not feel left out. I think they would probably provide more background on the family and friends, but can be read as a standalone.

Brawley Odell and Maggie Sullivan had been friends for a long time and were high school sweethearts. Though Brawley left for college before Maggie, they had plans on making it work. Until it didn’t anymore. Brawley returns one last time to break up with Maggie without any explanation. This left Maggie broken-hearted. But once she pulled herself together, she hardened her heart and moved forward.

Fast-forward years later and Maggie is finally living her dream. After never having gone to college as planned, she built her business from the ground up. And after designing a dress noticed by the right people, she has the opportunity to go to New York and showcase her talents. She is ready to take this next step in her life. But just when everything falls into place, Brawley returns home and decides he wants her back.

Though at times I wanted to hit Brawley, as you read the story and find out why he did what he did, you begin to understand him. But at the same time, you understand the animosity Maggie throws his way. He broke her heart and left her shattered. But at the end of the day, they were both very likeable characters who made choices that changed the course of their lives.

Their journey was one of heartbreak, second chances and loss, but it was also sweet and romantic. Though years had passed since their break-up, their chemistry was always there and hard to ignore. Their banter was fun to experience, especially with a feisty red-head leading the charge. But Brawley was determined to show Maggie they were meant to be.

This was a good read, with romance, angst and second chances. The characters were very likeable and the story intriguing. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

~ Liz

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