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Tessa Layne is the writer of the USA Today bestselling series "Cowboys of the Flint Hills," and the USA Today bestselling spinoff series "Heroes of Resolution Ranch" and "Roughstock Riders."
Under the pen name TS Layne, she's written the additional USA Today Bestselling spinoffs "The Misters" and "The Titans of Tech."
Known for her "emotionally searing and uplifting" story lines, all of Tessa's books contain strong sexy heroes, smart sassy heroines who don’t pull their punches, and a lovable and entertaining cast of recurring side characters. Set in the heart of the original "Old West" - the Flint Hills - the weather and the rolling rugged landscape play a significant role in her stories as her characters navigate the challenges of ranching and rural life in the 21st Century.
Tessa divides her time between the Flint Hills and the Rocky Mountains, where she lives with her own cowboy hero, two children and two very naughty cats.
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Some FAQs about my books:
Q: What makes the Cowboys of the Flint Hills series special?
Cowboys of the Flint Hills is a contemporary western romance series that embraces small town life in the heart of the wild west. It’s deeply rooted in history and place, and the weather is as wily and unpredictable as some of the characters. In this contemporary western romance series, I highlight everything I love about living in a small town in the west: family, community, kindness, & respect. The setting provides an exciting backdrop to contemporary romances about sexy cowboys with tender hearts and the strong, sassy women who love them.
Q: Who would enjoy these books?
Cowboys of the Flint Hills is a cowboy romance series written for anyone looking for love in a small town. If you love Cora Seton and the residents of Chance Creek, you might fall in love with Prairie. It's a town where everybody knows your name and love always wins! Many of my readers also enjoy the books of Vivian Arend, Lorelei James, Maisey Yates, Kate Pearce & Lili Valente.
Q: What order should I read the books in?
This contemporary western romance series has been written so that each story is a standalone that wraps up with a happily ever after by The End. If you want to read them in chronological order I suggest this:
* Heart of a Cowboy
* Heart of a Rebel
* Heart of a Wrangler
* Heart of a Horseman
* Heart of a Hero
* Heart of a Heart of a Bachelor
* Heart of a Bad Boy
* Heart of a Bull Rider
* Heart of a Rancher
Q: Are there crossovers with other series?
YES!! Be sure to pick up the books in the Heroes of Resolution Ranch series, featuring retired Navy SEALS and Army Rangers who've made their way to Prairie! If you want more Hot Prairie Cowboys, be sure to check out my Roughstock Riders series, which picks up where Heart of a Rancher leaves off.
Heroes of Resolution Ranch
* A Hero's Honor
* A Hero's Heart
* A Hero's Haven
* A Hero's Home
* Ride Hard
* Ride Rough
* Ride Fast
* Ride Tough (coming this year)
Q: What are you working on next?
Another quartet of Military vets who make their way to Resolution Ranch
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**This book was formerly titled Heart of a Hero**
This emotionally gripping, standalone, second chance romance will have you reaching for the tissues at the epic HEA.
He’ll do whatever it takes to win her back
From the moment they first kissed - the night before she stole away to basic training without saying goodbye, Parker Hansen has only ever wanted one woman – Cassidy Grace. Now that she’s back in town, a veteran combat helicopter pilot and his newest co-worker at the fire station, Parker’s not going to let his second chance slip by. No matter what.
She’s got wounds no one can see
Cassie’s determined to keep Parker where he belongs – back in the friend zone. She might still harbor feelings for her old flame, but he can’t protect her from the enemy that stalks her day and night – her memories.
But when Cassie and Parker join forces to face down a wildfire in Colorado, a routine mission goes haywire and the lines between protector and rescued are blurred. And when forever love is on the line, can Cassie & Parker put aside past wounds to make it out alive?
As the CTO of Steele Conglomerate, I work hard, and play harder, if you catch my meaning. I – and the ladies – like it that way.
My mother has other ideas.
For the last six years, she’s been trying to marry me off – because it’s time for grandchildren. She’s even started dropping by my office with prospects — on a daily basis.
But I’m going to beat her at her own game. Not only am I going to convince her I’m getting married, I’m going to pick the last woman my mother would ever choose for me… my crazy, inappropriate-for-me-in-every-way assistant, Penelope Fischer — Penny.
What could possibly go wrong?
I am So. Over. Stockton Ford. Just because he’s the hottest bachelor in Kansas City with the biggest wallet does not make him all that. I should know. Not only do I spend night and day helping him fight cyber bad guys and generally being his Girl Friday, I’m tasked with managing his personal life – his mother, his girlfriends... you get the picture. So yeah, I’m done. Done giving into that megawatt smile, the mischievous twinkle in his eye, and the pleading tone in his voice that somehow I can’t resist.
Until he makes me an offer I can’t refuse, and I say yes for all the wrong reasons.
A fake engagement workplace romp featuring epic pranks, dirty... ahem... and a very happy ending.
**TS Layne is the Alter Ego of USA Today Bestselling Author Tessa Layne. TS Writes Bad Boys & Billionaires. Tessa Writes Alpha Cowboys & Hot Heroes.**
Blake Sinclaire has the perfect plan to reclaim ranchland from his spiteful next door neighbor Warren Hansen. And it doesn’t include Warren’s daughter, Maddie. The brilliant, scrawny little girl next door has grown into a gorgeous temptress with a sassy, smart mouth that drives him to the edge of reason. But thanks to a soul-shattering kiss during a moment of weakness, Blake moves to end their families’ feuding once and for all.
Only Maddie has other ideas, and nothing can convince her to leave her dream job and return home. Especially not the sexy, bossy, grouchy cowboy next-door. Blake is trouble with a capital T and hellbent on waging war with her equally overbearing father. So no one’s as surprised as she when she decides to go along with Blake’s scheme. What’s a little PDA and a fake engagement as long as Blake keeps up a steady supply of toe-curling kisses in private? Because who could catch feelings for their enemy? Let alone fall in love?
And what could possibly go wrong except a posse of meddlesome granny wannabes and a juicy scandal with the potential to ruin everything?
He’s looking for a second chance
Reeling from his best friend’s suicide, former Army Ranger Sterling Walker returns home to Prairie to be foreman at the brand-new Resolution Ranch. His focus should be on putting his life back together—not on the high school frenemy he used to love to hate. But the gorgeous and glaring Emma Sinclaire is just as sassy and smart as he remembers—and Sterling can’t resist a challenge. Especially when it involves Emma.
This time, he won’t give up until she says “Yes”
Sterling is the last person Emma wants to see when she returns to Prairie. Once upon a time, she might have crushed on the town golden boy, but she can’t forget the night her nemesis took things too far. And while Sterling is as handsome and cocky as ever, she’s not falling for his charms a second time.
Their old rivalry rears its ugly head when Emma & Sterling are forced to team up on a fundraiser for the ranch. Only this time, hot kisses and even hotter nights make things much, much more complicated. But there’s no way Sterling’s backing down, not when the stakes are so high - even though he’ll have to face down and slay his worst demons in order to win Emma’s heart for good.
"Tessa Layne manages to pull my heart out, crush it, and then mold it into something new with every book." "I had no idea that this book would emotionally destroy me." "Deeply sensual and rewarding..." "If LOVE is enough, you won’t put this book down." "Buckle up for an emotional ride filled with sizzle and told entirely from the Hero’s POV" One look was all it took to bring me to my knees… I don’t believe in love at first sight. And I don't believe in love at first kiss, either. But Emmaline Andersson is a study in contradictions, and her hot, sweet mouth has me rethinking everything after just one kiss. Her wicked ways consume me, and leave me wanting everything. Her body, yes, but more importantly, her heart. But the more I chase her, the farther she runs. And when I discover that my deep dark secrets are nothing compared to hers, it’s up to me to convince her that love bears all things. Even death. **TS Layne is the Alter Ego of USA Today Bestselling Author Tessa Layne. TS Writes Bad Boys & Billionaires. Tessa Writes Alpha Cowboys & Hot Heroes.**
They say redemption comes from unexpected places… But when you’ve been an asshole your entire life, there’s only punishment for the things you've done. So when Alison comes sweeping into my life half-dressed, wielding a frying pan, and threatening to brain me, begging for mercy is the last thing on my mind. I never knew how much a dirty, filthy mouth pushed my buttons until her sweet lips touched my body. Until her sexy curves drove me wild with every roll of her hips. But Karma is a b*@ch, and when my reckoning comes, I could lose everything- including the woman I can’t live without. **TS Layne is the Alter Ego of USA Today Bestselling Author Tessa Layne. TS Writes Bad Boys & Billionaires. Tessa Writes Alpha Cowboys & Hot Heroes.**
Confirmed bachelor Gunnar Hansen has successfully resisted the matchmaking efforts of Dottie Grace and her posse of granny wannabe’s. There’s no room in his life for love or for starting a family of his own. Not when his hands are full running Hansen Stables and heading up the board of Prairie’s new medical clinic. But everything turns upside down when the socialite who ditched him at the altar years ago turns out to be Prairie’s new doctor.
She's determined to keep her heart locked away...
Four years ago and fresh out of medical school, Suzannah Winslow took a gamble on a sweet-talking cowboy who left her high and dry… and pregnant. With her residency behind her, and an offer to become Prairie’s first and only physician, she can finally provide her daughter with stability she’s longed for. She has no interest in taking a second chance on a silver-tongued cowboy full of empty promises. Even if his smile still melts her panties. But Gunnar has other ideas, and when he mounts a full-scale campaign to win back the woman he lost, will little Lula Beth become his unlikely ally or the wedge that drives them apart for good?
A sexy standalone second-chance/secret baby romance showing what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
As far as Maybelle is concerned, Ty Sloane can go jump in a lake. The cocky bull rider is a thorn in her side, both at the ranch and on the road. But he makes her feel things no man has ever made her feel, and as she learns about his past, she can’t help but develop a soft spot for him.
When trouble finds Maybelle on the rodeo circuit, Ty puts it all on the line for the sweet young woman who’s captured his heart, even though it may cost him his freedom.
Bull riding champion Colton Kincaid is a bad boy cowboy in every way - a beast who’s left a string of broken hearts – and tables – in his wake. Until his old neighbor and one-time crush, buttoned up good-girl Lydia Grace, propositions him at his brother's wedding.
What was she thinking, trying to shed her good-girl image with the baddest boy in Prairie? But now that Colton’s unleashed something wild within her, there’s no putting the genie back in the bedroom bottle. Lydia can’t seem to stay away from the playboy who drives her crazy, and accepts a very indecent proposal from Colton in exchange for his help launching her boot company.
Will the bargain she strikes bring her the happy ever after she’s dreamed of and more? Or did she just make a deal with the devil?
He’s a down-home rancher…
Axel Hansen is a notorious prankster and as fickle as they come, but that wasn’t always the case. Ten years ago, he wanted nothing more than to settle down on the family ranch with his college sweetheart. But his adrenaline junkie girlfriend, Haley, chose her profession over love.
She’s the thrill seeker who broke his heart…
Meteorologist Haley Cooper has devoted her career to facing down tornadoes and saving lives. She’s finally offered the promotion of a lifetime, but it means boarding at the last place on Earth she thought she’d see again and facing down her biggest regret.
Axel jumps at the chance to help Haley with her research, and before they know it, they’re falling for each other all over again. But just like before, Axel’s determined to stay on his family’s ranch, and Haley’s determined to keep her career. When devastating tornadoes rip through the area, will they be able to confront their biggest fears and decide whether their love is strong enough to weather any storm?
Will lightning strike twice for love in this second chance romance filled with smoking hot chemistry and an epic happy ever after? Keep your fire extinguisher ready and your tissues handy.
What’s a girl to do when faced with the worst mistake from her past? Eight years ago, Hope took a chance on Ben and got shot down. Heart broken and mortified, she left town. A fiasco at veterinary school foils her plan to avoid him forever by forcing her to come home to Prairie. When her brothers meddle in her love life by placing a Cowboy Wanted ad for her in the back of Rancher’s Monthly, Ben becomes her unlikely ally. As all her feelings come crashing back, Hope isn’t sure if she can trust him… or herself Ben comes up with a daring plan to win Hope, but when ice storms, weddings, and babies interfere, will it backfire? Or will Hope realize that true love has been waiting right under her nose the whole time?
A spicy hot second-chance romance that will have you staying up all night and cheering for Ben & Hope’s HEA.
A career-ending injury from a bull named Damnation has stopped Cody Hansen’s life in its tracks and sent him home to Prairie to lick his wounds. Refusing to accept his career is over, he limps into the office of physical therapist Carolina Grace. The sweet girl next door is now all woman and Cody can’t deny his attraction. But nothing—not even love—will deter him from returning to the arena.
One chance at redemption...
Carolina Grace is unlucky in love. Two times she’s been left at the altar. Once is a mistake. Twice is a pattern. She really doesn’t want to know what three times would be, so despite the best efforts of Prairie’s well-intentioned matchmakers, she’s locked up her heart and thrown away the key. Until old friend Cody Hansen hobbles into her office. In spite of her good intentions, she can’t help but fall straight into his arms—and his bed. Will the third time be the charm for Carolina? Or will Cody’s stubbornness cost him everything? Even his life?
A sexy standalone friends-to-lovers workplace romance with an HEA from USA Today Bestselling Author, Tessa Layne.