Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Book Name: Rugged Hearts

Author's Name: Amanda McIntyre

Category: M/F 

Main Characters: Wyatt & Aimee

Series: The Kinnison Legacy #1

Release Date: 04/22/13 

Author's Website: HERE

Buy Links: Nook / Kindle  / All Romance
BLURB:  Rugged, quiet, hardworking, Wyatt takes his position as head of the Kinnison family seriously. But the scars of betrayal by the women to whom he once trusted his heart now prompt his stark, simple game plan, and no one in hell is going to convince him any differently. What matters most, besides the welfare of his brothers, is to manage the ranch left to him and never risk his heart again to something as foolish as love—but after meeting Aimee, Wyatt begins to realize that a man should never say never to a determined second grade teacher.When vivacious, resilient Aimee Worth loses her twin sister in a tragic accident, she makes the choice to live out her sister’s dream of teaching in the small mountain community called End of the Line, Montana, never suspecting she’d meet her Mr. Right in the middle of nowhere—he just doesn’t know it yet. Used to challenges, her spirit shatters the perceptions that have kept him isolated from living life beyond the ranch, proving to him that when it comes to love, the greatest risk is not taking one.

Wendy's Review                                                                                                
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Ever have a character reach out from a book and grab your heart? Well that is what Wyatt did to me. Boy does this man need a big bear hug and some sweet snuggling. Brokenhearted from past deception and loss, he struggles to get on with his life, but never admitting that he is lonely. Oh he makes a big show out of getting through day by day working on his ranch with his brothers but underneath all that hot rugged cowboy exterior is a lonely man with a child's need for love. Home alone on a cold winter night Wyatt never expects everything he needs in life knocking at his door looking for directions. 
Aimee is new to town, she's the new teacher at the elementary school and still doesn't know her way around. So when she becomes lost she doesn't hesitate to knock on the door of the first house she sees with lights on. When Wyatt swings the door open they are both shocked to see what's on the other side. 
Aimee is more interested in Wyatt than she lets on but when their paths keep crossing they come together in an explosive kiss that neither can get past. 
Can Wyatt open his heart to Aimee? Can he let down his guard and be the man she needs him to be or will his strong will and tragic past stand in their way?

Sexy, full-blown hotness, evenly written characters with the perfect amount of emotion that makes your heart swell with love and want. To me Wyatt is the perfect example of a character that is so broken inside and fights what he knows he wants but doesn't think he deserves. Opening his heart before has gotten him nothing but heartache so when he finally gives an inch, Aimee takes it and runs with it, she can see the love this man has to give.  With both of them having past loss and the pain that goes with it they come together to find new love that makes starting a new, bright future together brighter.

Excerpt: “Show’s over, folks. Back inside.” Dusty stood at the top of the steps with his arms folded across his chest. He blocked the way of the troublemakers. “Where do you think you boys are going?”
“Inside for a drink.” One of the men punched his fist into the air.
“You all right, Wyatt?” Dusty called to him.
“I’m fine and sorry about the table, Dusty. I’ll replace it.”
“Damn right, you will. You want to press charges? Sheriff’s just a phone call away.”
“Nope, I suppose in a way I had it comin’,” Wyatt responded.
“And you, dumb ass?” Dusty spoke directly to the bloodied man. He shook his head. Dusty nodded. “Good. Now you boys get on out of here. The rest of you, let’s get back inside and remember the real reason we came here tonight.”
Aimee brushed the snow from her coat.
“Do me a favor, you two,” Wyatt spoke to his brothers. “Could you take care of the cleanup and help Aimee when it’s over?”
“And just where do you think you’re going?” Aimee asked in surprise.
“Home. Where I should have stayed.”
“Hell, no.” Aimee turned and called to Dalton. “Tell Sally I had to leave.”
Dalton waved in response, but tossed a smile at Rein.
She faced Wyatt. “You and I are going to have this out come hell or high water tonight. My place is closer. Take me home.” She breezed past him and climbed into the cab of his truck.
Wyatt drove through town and neither spoke. Aimee wanted to thank him for coming, but she was thinking more about what she was going to say to him when they got alone.
“Do you have some ibuprofen?” he asked, his eyes on the road. He hadn’t looked at her once since getting in the truck.
“Probably,” she remarked and considered she might need it herself before the night was over.
They rode for another few moments in silence.
“I’ll replace your coat,” he offered.
Aimee snorted. “You’ve been gunning for my coat since the first time we met.”
He sighed.
“Take a right, there in the parking lot. I’m the spot on the end.” Only then did Aimee realize and thankfully she’d slipped her phone and keys in her coat pocket. She’d have to call Dusty’s and have Sally get the book bag she’d left behind the bar. She felt his eyes on her as he followed her up the stairs. She hoped to find a gentle way of approaching the subject of Jessie, this woman who’d apparently left a deep scar when she betrayed him and let him know she wasn’t like her. Aimee let herself in, dropped her keys on the counter, and turned to face him as he came through the door. “You can hang your hat over there.”
He took off his hat, tossed it the counter, and grabbed her shoulders, planting a firm kiss on her lips.
“We need to talk,” she cautioned, though the next kiss, gentle this time on the side of her neck, caused her to rethink the idea. She accepted his mouth on hers and released a soft groan. She’d missed the taste of him, but they had things to discuss. Maybe after just one more kiss….
“We can talk later.” He nuzzled the sweet spot beneath her ear and unzipped her coat. It fell to the floor. “When you sang tonight….” His cool hands snaked under the hem of her shirt and she shivered with anticipation. “Was it only Sarah you thought of? Because I burn for you, Aimee. It started the night you showed up on my doorstep, and it’s been building ever since. I can’t get you out of my mind.”

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