Dodge the Bullet

(Finalist, 2007 Virginia Romance Writers Fool for Love Contest, titled Second Chances)

Two years after her husband’s death, Sarah Woodward moves her boys away from their fast paced life in suburban Atlanta to small town Hailey, Colorado.  But Sarah doesn’t know a Colorado Senator has earmarked her ranch for purchase and he’ll do anything to get it.  Unwilling to sell, she dismisses his continued offers and moves ahead by improving the land with the help of a sexy stranger.  A.J. Dodge is a man with a past.  He’s returned to his hometown ready to set down roots and make things right with his family and whatever anyone else thinks he doesn’t give a damn.  Until his old friend Tommy Thornton asks a favor, a favor he can’t refuse, and Dodge becomes involved with the beautiful widow Sarah Woodward.  She’s alone with her young sons on a dilapidated ranch she’s determined to get up and running with or without his help.  Under pressure to deliver the Woodward ranch to a land developer with shady connections, the senator sets in motion a dangerous plot to convince Sarah to sell.  Dodge will risk everything to protect Sarah and the boys including his heart.

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