Dakota Hearts Book 14
Gray and Nina have been planning their wedding for over a year hoping that Nina's father would come around and accept Gray. Moving on had been tough for Gray until Nina gave him a reason to smile and want to think about the future again. They're starting a rodeo school and looking forward to a beautiful life together full of McKinnon kids to add to the growing McKinnon clan. But old wounds sometimes never heal. Family is important to Gray and not having Nina's father's blessing begins to tear at their relationship until the unthinkable happens. Will Gray lose Nina like he lost his first love?
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She loved South Dakota. And she loved the South Dakota sunrise that greeted her every morning.
When she heard the burping of the coffee pot as it finished filling, she pulled her gaze away from the light coming in the window and searched the cabinet for her favorite coffee mug. The tiny house on wheels that they were living in was only temporary until they built their forever home on the land that Gray had purchased from Tessa Rock, her soon to be sister-in-law. The sale had given them a way to jump-start their life together and the dream of opening a rodeo clinic alongside Tessa’s equine therapy school. Today was the first day of making that dream come alive.
She began the morning ritual she and Gray had fallen into since Gray had left working at the family oil company. Coffee first. Then, sitting on the back deck and looking at the pasture. They were talking about the plans for the house they’d build here one day until they saw Tessa in the distance with her daughter as Haley got on the school bus. One day it would be their child getting on the school bus.
She and Gray had been thrilled when Tessa had begun an equine therapy program on her property. But it was quickly apparent to her that she needed a more diverse program to give more attention to the school before she felt comfortable that she had been right in quitting her job. She had been working on the same oil rig as Gray. Needless to say, that hadn’t made Gray’s father or his uncle happy that two people were leaving the family business.
Gray climbed down the narrow stairs from the loft wearing only a pair of sweatpants. He came up behind her and placed his hand on her rear, giving it a loving squeeze. She turned her head and leaned against his chest even as she filled the first coffee mug with liquid, spilling a little of it on the counter. She quickly grabbed a paper towel and wiped it up. Then she turned her head to give him a kiss. She filled the other mug and then handed it to him.
Gray groaned with pleasure. “I needed that.”
She smiled. “The coffee or the kiss?”