Focused on a Cowboy
Ambitious photographer, Marie Turner, returns to Celts Creek, Texas on a freelance job for a land developer and to buy back her grandparents’ farm. She discovers her family land is owned by wealthy cowboy, James MacLachlan—the high school crush who shared her first kiss then broke her heart.
And he’s not willing to sell land to anyone.
James is content running his massive family ranch, training horses, and starting an equine therapy program for special needs children. His greatest frustration is protecting the ranch from a devious land developer. After his mother died in childbirth, and witnessing his father’s pain and destruction at the loss of true love, James sticks to only casual affairs. He vows never to risk that pain for himself. A forever romance is the last thing on his mind—until the girl who got away comes back.
Is a second chance—for both of them—worth the risk?
He invites Marie to stay in her grandparents’ cottage, now part of his 4,000 acre ranch. He assumes she doesn’t plan to have children with her world traveling career goals and she’s a safe option for a part-time relationship.
After disastrous romances, Marie has promised herself she’ll take a hiatus from men and focus on her career. Marriage and the babies she longs for can wait, but she needs to spend time with James to convince him to sell her the cottage. She’s also searching for a way to stop the resort development without revealing she’s the one who photographed his fence lines and that of surrounding ranches. A job she regrets. When old flames ignite, she decides she can live out a short fantasy fling then leave town to pursue her dreams.
But love doesn’t play by her rules. Their passion grows into something real, interrupts Marie’s plans, and begins to heal James’ heart.
Marie finds out she must have children soon, or she might never have the chance. She’s willing to alter her career goals for a family. James takes her to his mother and baby brother’s grave. When they realize their differing opinions about having children, their relationship cracks. The romance shatters when he discovers the secret she’s kept about her connection to the land developer.
She’s crushed he won’t listen to her ideas to stop the resort. She accepts a faraway job with a famous magazine. They’re both miserable, thinking the other got what they want.
James learns Marie bought a pregnancy test before leaving town. He shocks himself with thoughts of a family. It’s time to follow his heart, no matter the risk. He calls and learns she’s been taken to the hospital after clutching her stomach. He rushes to Chicago, thinking she’s losing their baby, or he’s losing her, just like he always feared.
Marie has emergency surgery, but was not pregnant. James declares his love and desire for children. He offers a home and family once she’s done traveling the world.
She’s traveled and photographed exotic places, but it feels empty without someone to share it. It’s time to follow her heart. And it leads home—to James.
They stop the resort development and are pregnant shortly after their honeymoon.