Rocky Mountain Desire by Vivian Arend
Hope Meridan is working long hours to hold on to her new quilt shop, going it alone since her sister/business partner ran off. Sex? Right, like she s got the time. Not that she doesn t have the occasional dirty fantasy about Matt. Fat chance he d dream of knocking boots with her the younger sister of the woman who dumped him. Nope, she ll just have to settle for the F-word.
"Friends" would be far easier if there wasn t something combustible going on between them. And when casual interest starts to grow into something more, their tenuous bond strengthens in the heat of desire. But it may not survive the hurricane-force arrival of the last person either of them ever wanted to see again.**
In the other books we see Matt and his struggles with his ex girlfriend, Helen. He wants to settle down, have kids and live forever with her. She feels smothered. So she acts out, drinking a lot and then she asks Matt for a threesome. In hindsight I'm sure he noticed that was the beginning of the end. He arranges it for them, and he hopes that it will be enough. It's not and he finds out she's cheating on him and not just the one time. He's devastated, she was his first everything and he had hoped his last. Now he's single again. At his brother's bachelor party he becomes infatuated with one of the dancers.
Hope is trying to keep the store she's always dreamed about afloat. When her sister, Helen, skipped town she didn't just leave Matt behind. She left Hope and all their plans of running the quilting shop together. She danced when she was in college and now she needs money desperately, so she takes the bachelor party she's offered not knowing it was a Coleman family party. Matt was there and all she'd ever wanted was him to notice her as her and not as Helen's sister.
I enjoyed watching Matt and Helen work through everything and find something that was real and not just something that is expected because of obligation. I can't wait to read more from the Six Pack Ranch! Check it out!