* AUTHOR'S NOTE. FORMATTING HAS BEEN CORRECTED. AFTER READING SOME COMMENTS i REALIZED THAT A FORMATTING ISSUE HAD MADE IT SO THE ITALICS THAT DENOTED FLASHBACKS WAS NOT THERE MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW WHEN THE STORY'S TIME WAS CHANGING. I THINK I'VE CORRECTED THESE PROBLEMS AND DONE EXTENSIVE EDITING SO HOPEFULLY IT'LL BE A MUCH SMOOTHER READ NOW!
At 12 years old, Zoe Andrews knew the only man she could ever love was Matthew Callahan. But the Oklahoma ranch hand who worked for her father was five years her senior and a million miles away in terms of life experience. Even though his insistence that they could never be together stemmed from his belief that Zoe deserved more than he and Oklahoma could give her, it eventually drove her to New York and a life that included nothing from the ranch she called home. Despite their conflicts, the one thing they had in common was that neither seemed to be able to resist the other. When Zoe's father dies unexpectedly she's forced to return to Oklahoma where they find themselves with an impossible ultimatum. Zoe's father has left them the ranch together, but before they can inherit it they have to stay married for a year.
A year doesn't seem that long, but time apart has done nothing to lessen the attraction between Matt and Zoe. Soon everything they've fought against seems insignificant when compared with the desires that come alive when they're together. And once he's reminded of how much she actually loves the Oklahoma ranch where she grew up, can he find the courage to believe that he and Oklahoma are enough to keep her once the year is over?