The day I left Wilder Valley, I swore I'd never return. My dreams were too big for this small town, and I was determined to make it in LA, even if that meant leaving behind the man I loved.
Now I'm back, broken-hearted and publicly humiliated after a colossal breakup live-streamed to the masses. I have no career or money to show for my twenty-three years away. If I could hide out anywhere else on the planet, I would.
Instead, I resort to taking the only job in town. A nanny gig for my high school sweetheart.
Life didn't go as planned for him either.
Ryan Wilder might be running his family ranch and looking like a tall glass of water while doing it, but he's also drowning in responsibility, raising three children on his own, and dealing with the challenges of caring for his aging father.
We strike up a deal to help each other out. He offers me a place to stay along with a steady paycheck. In exchange I keep his teenagers out of trouble while figuring out my next step. Everything is perfect until those pesky little feelings from our youth come roaring back.
This time is different, though. We've experienced life and we know what we want. At least, I thought I did. All the dreams I had for myself existed outside of this town, but the more time I spend with Ryan and his family, the more I question everything. Including my wild heart.
Kacey Shea is a USA Today bestselling author of steamy contemporary romance. She enjoys writing strong and smart heroines, heroes with hearts of gold, and stories that deliver a satisfying, well-earned happily ever after.
When she's not writing, you will find her playing Uber to one of her three children, drinking iced tea by the gallon, or planning her next escape from the Arizona heat.