Excerpt from “The Wanting Heart” by Rionna Morgan

Katherine White, a barrel racer from Colorado, lives in a fast-paced world where rhinestones shine, hooves pound, and dreams come true. She plans on winning World Champion Barrel Racer and being with her friends until she graduates from college.

She doesn’t plan on the man who broke her heart strolling back into her life. She doesn’t plan on finding solace in a charming stranger’s smile or falling victim to his knife.

Blake Spencer, the man who broke her heart, is all cowboy—from the hat on his head to the dust on his boots. He thought it’d be easy, coming back to town, bowing his head a little, saying he was sorry, and all would be forgiven. But what he didn’t know, what he didn’t plan on, was that the girl he thought he loved had become the woman he couldn’t have. If he doesn’t succeed in changing her mind, it won’t only cost him Kate’s love—it will cost Kate her life.

Will Kate survive the stalking of a serial killer and find what her heart truly wants?


“It’s late, Blake. I’m tired.” Kate said.

“Not too tired to be kissing that city feller.” Blake could’ve kicked himself. He wanted to talk to her not fight.

“That’s none of your business. You have no right to be spying on me.”

“I wasn’t spying. I was watching Cathy.”

Kate stepped into the full light. “Well, you should have taken her home and been on your way!”

Seeing dark circles beneath Kate’s eyes, Blake studied her. He saw sadness and fatigue. “Jesus, Kate. Did you drive home last night? Have you even been home?”

“What do you care?”

Blake grabbed her arms. “Are you trying to kill yourself?”

“No. I’m living my life.”

“I’ll tell you what you’re doing. You’re going home and going to bed.”

“Don’t use that range boss voice on me. You have no right.”

Blake couldn’t listen to another word. Holding her body, even in anger, was too much for him. Her words were crushed against her mouth as his lips covered hers. He lifted her off her feet, molding her body to his. She’d been nineteen the last time he kissed her. Her body had grown and filled out since then. But, he wasn’t thinking of that. He wasn’t thinking of anything, but how damn good it felt to just hold her, kiss her. Begging for her surrender, he stroked his hands over her hips, up her back and fisted them in her hair.


The Wanting Heart is set to be released on July 9, 2012 by Crimson Romance


Growing up out West, Rionna Morgan followed her love of horses to the rodeo arena and her love of English to the classroom and to writing. She has been looking forward to sharing her stories with you her whole life. Rionna is a founding member of Montana Romance Writers; she reads as much as she can possibly hold, and she loves most of all combing the chilling edge of a knife with the sweet surrender of romance. Rionna shares her home in Missoula, Montana with her husband, her four children and the mountains outside her window. Please be invited to stop by rionnamorgan.com–she loves the company.

Rionna can be found at the following locations. I enjoy the company so please stop by!


2 Responses to “Excerpt from “The Wanting Heart” by Rionna Morgan”

  1. Rionna Morgan Says:

    You are wonderful to work with! I thank you very much for this lovely post.

    All the Best.

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