You know how it is. You start dating this guy, and heâs nice. Well, nice enough.
And maybe youâre a people pleaser sort, who contorts herself to fit. And it
turns out that youâre pretty good at fitting with this guy and his liberal
philosophy on relationships, so much so that you decide that itâs your
philosophy tooâand all that plus a little momentum and thatâs how you find
yourself engaged to marry the guy with the dedication to the open relationship
youâve agreed to be in though youâve never actually taken advantage of it yourselfâŠ
Michaela Townsend is in this exact situation in my new novella for Tule
Publishing Groupâs Montana Born Books Bachelor Auction series. So deep
in it, in fact, that she doesn't even see the problem until she comes face to
face with the bachelor her family buys for her at the small town Marietta,
Montana Bachelor Auctionâthe very surly, very scowly, very smoking hot Jesse Grey.
It will take a road trip back to Seattle and a blizzard (in Montana they just
call it âweatherâ) to show Michaela the error of her ways.
Oh, and Jesse. Because after the betrayals heâs suffered, he has his own
philosophies about relationships. Here are the Top Three:
A Man is Chivalrous
âBe nice,â he growled. âOr Iâll make you carry your own bag.â
She couldnât breathe. Or process that.
âI always carry my own bag,â she informed him, on auto-pilot. âIâm a liberated
woman, thank you. My partner isnât a bell hop. What does that even mean?â
He muttered something that sounded filthy, which Michaela told herself was
further evidence that he was terrible in every way, but that wasnât what that
swirling, heated thing inside her felt about any of this. Definitely not.
âIt means your man is a douche,â he growled at her.
A Man Questions Liberal Philosophies on Relationships
He stood then, and stretched, and that was a whole symphony of unfair. That
long, lean body. The wedge of his lower abdomen that showed when he raised his
arms, packed tight with muscle and dusted with dark hair on its way beneath the
low waistband of his jeans. That amused expression on his face when he caught
her looking. âLet me guess. You have an open relationship that you both agreed
to because thatâs the kind of liberal people you are, but it turns out only he
ever takes advantage of it.â
âThereâs nothing stopping either one of us from âtaking advantage of it,â though
thatâs an unnecessarily dim view of things. Thatâs the point.â
âSo thatâs a yes?â
A Man Makes A Commitment
âI donât need an archaic display of ownership to make other people feel
comfortable about my private, personal commitments,â she gritted out. âAlso, Iâm
not a cow.â
âThat doesnât sound like adulthood,â Jesse told her, though what she saw was
that perfect abdomen of his, that magnificent chest, burned deep into her brain.
Maybe forever more, like the kind of brand sheâd always been so sure she didnât
want. And he wasnât laughing anymore. âThat sounds like BS. A whole lot of
rationalization to explain away not wanting to actually settle down and make a
real promise with real consequences if itâs broken. If you choose to spend the
rest of your life with one person, thatâs the whole point. That person. Only
them. Forever. Or you might as well not bother.â
Our latest bachelor has enough family in Marietta to qualify as an honorary
native, but hails instead from Seattle, WA, which is where heâll fly you for a
glamorous weekend on the shores of the sparkling Puget Sound. Jesse Grey will
treat you the way a local boy turned construction tycoon should: five star
accommodations, gourmet dinners, and celebrated Washington wines. We just canât
promise heâll smile much. Or at all.
Sold to the highest bidder!
Jesse Grey, notorious bachelor and one of Seattleâs foremost construction
tycoons, has been roped into participating in the Marietta Bachelor Auction
thanks to an expertly executed guilt trip laid out by his family.
Michaela Townsend already has a fiancĂ© and certainly doesnât need another man in
her life. So when her family buys her surly, sexy Jesse at the auction and
wrangles him into driving her from Montana to Seattle, sheâs appalled yet
As far as Jesse is concerned, Michaela is forbidden fruit. Even though he knows
her fiancĂ© isnât all he seems, Jesse would never take what didnât belong to him.
But how long can he resist the one woman he shouldnât touch?
Book 1: BOUND TO THE BACHELOR by Sarah Mayberry â Available now!
Book 2: BACHELOR AT HER BIDDING by Kate Hardy â Available now!
Book 3: THE BACHELOR'S BABY by Dani Collins â Available now!
Book 4: WHAT A BACHELOR NEEDS by Kelly Hunter â Available now!
Book 5: IN BED WITH THE BACHELOR by Megan Crane â Coming Friday!
Book 6: ONE NIGHT WITH HER BACHELOR by Kat Latham â Pre-order now!
About Megan Crane
USA Today bestselling and critically-acclaimed author Megan Crane has written
more than 40 books from womenâs fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young
adult novels to Harlequin Presents as RITA-nominated Caitlin Crews. These days
her focus is on contemporary romance, from her special brand of cowboys to sexy
bikers and beyond. She sometimes teaches creative writing classes both online at
mediabistro.com and at UCLA Extensionâs prestigious Writersâ Program, where she
finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the
University of York in York, England. She lives in California with her husband
who draws comics and animation and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.
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