Author: K.J. Bell
Release Date: October 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
More Info: Goodreads
A battle is fought by soldiers on the ground in a time of war. Or at least that’s what I used to think.
I’ve never had to fight for anything in my perfectly planned life, and I certainly never thought I’d have to fight for love.
I was wrong.
One wild, carefree night, and one stupid dare made me realize you can’t appreciate love until you’re forced to fight for it. I want the complex, sexy bull rider who stole my heart in the middle of a deserted wheat field. But Battle McCoy doesn’t believe in love.
What do you do when you aren’t prepared for battle? When someone you care for becomes your greatest enemy? And your surrender is imminent?
I’m going to fight.
There’s a chance he’ll destroy me, but my heart will go to war to make him mine.
His expression remains flat as he gets out of the car. I do the same and round the front. My stomach twists, forming a giant knot as I reach him. I don’t want this moment. I don’t want to look at him. I want to race out of this driveway and never look back, and I want to do it before I have time to absorb how hurt I feel. I wish I’d never met Battle McCoy.
His hand grips my arm and he hauls me to his chest. “Can I be honest with you?” he asks.
“Yes,” I answer out of breath.
“I do want more, but we’ll never agree on what more should be, and you deserve better. Love and I aren’t on good terms, sweetheart, and we never will be.”
I wonder briefly why that is, but then as the words repeat in my mind, I realize he’s acting like everyone else in my life. If I want him around, it has to be on his terms.
Anger ripples through me, and I shove him back. He called me out earlier on labeling people, and I won’t allow him to label me as some clingy girl, wanting more than he can offer. “That’s weak, and hypocritical. Don’t put me in a box! If you don’t want to date, fine! But don’t put your crap on me.”
His nostrils flare, as he clenches his jaw. “I don’t date, and I’m not lookin’ for a wife. It will never happen. I want to fuck. Simple as that. Is that what you want?”
“What I want is the guy with the open mind, the one who last night believed in surprises and not expectations.”
“That guy is also a realist who lives life with hot blood and a cold heart. That’s exactly who I am, and I have no intention of changin’.”