MOST ELIGIBLE TEXAN – Jules Bennett
Texas Cattleman's Club: Bachelor Auction , Book 2
Harlequin Desire #2617
Contemporary Series Romance
Royal, Texas – Present Day
Matt Galloway slips away to his childhood hometown of Royal in order to escape the hounding press after he's dubbed Texas's most eligible tycoon. To his surprise, he runs into Rachel Kincaid, who is the widow of his best friend, Billy. Matt wishes he was the first one who had asked her for a date when they met, but Billy squeezed in ahead of him and soon married her. Meeting Rachel again stirs old feelings for Matt. Could he have a second chance with her?
Rachel had little time to grieve for Billy because she was pregnant. Now the mother of an eleven-month-old, she's trying to rebuild her life. She came to Royal on a visit to escape her suffocating in-laws and she's helping out an old friend with the planning of a bachelor auction. Matt is single and very eligible. Maybe she could convince him to be one of the bachelors up for auction? He reluctantly agrees but imposes a condition: she must be the one to take his publicity photos. However, Matt didn't tell Rachel that it'd mean being whisked away to a remote island for a sexy shoot. Sparks fly and soon they're giving in to some fiery hot passion.
Rachel was swept off her feet by Billy and they'd barely settled into married life when problems started. Billy wanted the advantages of both marriage and a single life. After she found out she was pregnant, their fights escalated. While she's sad that Billy didn't get to see their daughter Ellie, she wonders if their marriage would've lasted. Her in-laws have been making noise about having Ellie live with them permanently, so Rachel figures it's time for some space away from them. The upcoming Texas Cattleman's Club bachelor auction proves to be time consuming for Rachel but she loves doing it. Running into Matt has her with conflicted emotions. He was Billy's best friend but he also dropped their friendship when he died. Matt tries to explain why. How can he tell her it was because he wanted her for himself?
The old friendship is soon back on track, but after their trip to the island it turns sexual in MOST ELIGIBLE TEXAN, the second book in the Texas Cattleman's Club: Bachelor Auction series. While Matt is still deeply attracted to Rachel, he can't promise her anything more than great sex. Rachel can't decide if she can trust him when he abandoned her after Billy's death. What she isn't aware of is that he has some knowledge about Billy that may hurt her memories of the man she married. As they wrestle with their feelings for each other, love soon creeps in to muddle things. Falling in love means being susceptible to imagined hurts. Will Matt's secret prove to end up hurting Rachel…and putting their relationship in jeopardy?
MOST ELIGIBLE TEXAN is a spicy tale of friends to lovers and one that readers won't want to miss.