Hearts and Ashes
Smoke Montoya… Ex-Navy SEAL. Wanderer.
A man can’t change his past. Yet there Smoke was, forced to deal with the deaths of his parents in the wake of a deadly Texas twister. He no longer belongs at their ranch, the Lost Chaparral; he’s not sure he ever did. Face to face with regret for words unspoken, he plans to sell the place and move out. It’s a solid exit strategy: Get in and get out before the Devil knows he's there. It would’ve worked until that frisky herd of Texas Longhorns shows up.
Jessie West… Super model. New York’s latest flavor of the month.
She’s only come back to Texas to bury her brother Ethan and to sell the family farm before the press catches wind she’s not at the swimsuit shoot in Cannes, France. The only obstacle to her devious plan is the cowboy who lives down the road.The one who started a fire in her belly when she was just a kid in pigtails.
The one who’s as elusive as… Smoke.
The Irishman whose life’s work is going up in flames in Boston. A carpenter by trade, his true talent lies in carving grand nautical figureheads, the lifelike depictions of mermaids, sea legends, and such. The type found in wild defiance at the prows of the mighty, masted sailing ships of yore. Clippers and galleons. Pirate ships.
Only now, that life he’s worked for is all but—gone.
One of America's first female Army Rangers, and the girl who got away. She's only returned to Boston to sell off her family's multi-million dollar business. She doesn’t expect to stay any longer than it takes to sign on the dotted line. Colby has a life to live, a proud life, and she intends to live it—her way. Only now she's wondering why Ash Callahan's nude figurehead of the Irish Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley, looks just like her?