Five years ago, she left without a word…
Internationally-renowned artist Max Estin is as well known for his million dollar commissions as he is his partying and clubbing. But Max is hiding a secret—for almost a year he’s been completely blocked. Unable to paint. And to unlock his art, and save his career, he’s going to need the one woman he never wanted to see again.
Now, he’s determined to make her pay…
Kira Estin never told Max exactly why she left, or what secrets forced her to return home to Passion Creek so abruptly. So when a chance reunion turns to seduction, Kira is more than a little suspicious. She knows better than to trust Max, but can’t fight the fire that he lights in her body—or her heart. But when everyone is hiding a secret, can even the hottest passion survive?
Visiting Passion Creek—Welcome to the Passion Creek Drug-Mart!
In my old neighborhood, just about half a mile from our house, there was (still is, actually) a True Value Hardware store. It looks like this:
It’s an old-fashioned kind of establishment. When you walk in the front door, there’s someone waiting who asks what you need. They can help you find gardening supplies, a particular-sized screw, or a paintbrush.
When I was thinking about all the shops we needed in our fictional small town of, Passion Creek, Colorado, I knew we needed something like that True Value. But more all-purpose. This is a small town in the mountains, so you need a store where you can find a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, a trashy magazine, and a quart of engine oil. The Passion Creek Drug-Mart’s got all that—plus a nice selection of souvenirs for all those tourists looking for love.
The proprietor of the Drug-Mart is as eclectic as her shop. Here’s the scene where you meet her in Reforming the Playboy:
Taney Lofter was an oversize woman in height, weight, and presence, who wasn’t scared to shop in the big and tall menswear department at JCPenney. With its mix of kitschy souvenirs, household necessities, and seasonal goods, her Drug-Mart was a Passion Creek fixture. This time of year, the decor ran toward giant papier-mâché hearts, red crepe streamers, and huge white teddy bears holding boxes of chocolates.
Taney’s most proud, however, of her souvenirs. Especially the boxer shorts with the Passion Creek logo emblazoned across the butt.
Max gestured toward a shelving unit filled with Passion Creek snow globes, baby onesies with the logo “I left my heart in Passion Creek, Colorado,” and a wide selection of Passion Creek mugs. “You’ve got a lovely store,” he said. “I’ve never seen such a variety of souvenirs. Did you design them yourself?”
Taney glowed with pride. “There’s a little group of us that orders some of the mugs and magnets together, to save on shipping, you know. But I had the idea for the clothing.” She patted the shorts fondly. “These shorts are our best seller. The teenagers love them. They’re a little risqué, but considering some of the things those kids wear, I figure at least they cover their unmentionables.”
To celebrate this stop on the Passion Creek tour, I’m giving away one of Taney’s special Passion Creek mugs, and a pair of Passion Creek boxer shorts!
About Inara Scott: Inara grew up in winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. Consequently, she spent much of her childhood complaining about being cold. To spare the world her whining, she fled the cold climate and eventually wound up in the Pacific NW, where she practiced law for ten years before getting up the courage to quit her day job and write full time. A proud author of fantasy and romance for adults and young adults, Inara firmly believes that great literature doesn't have to be depressing, true love does exist, and everyone deserves a happily ever after. You can find her online at Twitter (@inarascott), on Facebook, and at her website: www.inarascott.com.