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One Way Back to Me (The Wilder Brothers #1)
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan

 

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Praise for Carrie Ann Ryan

 

 

“Count on Carrie Ann Ryan for emotional, sexy, character driven stories that capture your heart!” – Carly Phillips, NY Times bestselling author

“Carrie Ann Ryan’s romances are my newest addiction! The emotion in her books captures me from the very beginning. The hope and healing hold me close until the end. These love stories will simply sweep you away.” ~ NYT Bestselling Author Deveny Perry

"Carrie Ann Ryan writes the perfect balance of sweet and heat ensuring every story feeds the soul." - Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“Carrie Ann Ryan never fails to draw readers in with passion, raw sensuality, and characters that pop off the page. Any book by Carrie Ann is an absolute treat.” – New York Times Bestselling Author J. Kenner

“Carrie Ann Ryan knows how to pull your heartstrings and make your pulse pound! Her wonderful Redwood Pack series will draw you in and keep you reading long into the night. I can’t wait to see what comes next with the new generation, the Talons. Keep them coming, Carrie Ann!” –Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author of CRAVE THE NIGHT

"With snarky humor, sizzling love scenes, and brilliant, imaginative worldbuilding, The Dante's Circle series reads as if Carrie Ann Ryan peeked at my personal wish list!" – NYT Bestselling Author, Larissa Ione

"Carrie Ann Ryan writes sexy shifters in a world full of passionate happily-ever-afters." – New York Times Bestselling Author Vivian Arend

“Carrie Ann’s books are sexy with characters you can’t help but love from page one. They are heat and heart blended to perfection.” New York Times Bestselling Author Jayne Rylon

Carrie Ann Ryan's books are wickedly funny and deliciously hot, with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. They'll keep you up all night!” USA Today Bestselling Author Cari Quinn

"Once again, Carrie Ann Ryan knocks the Dante's Circle series out of the park. The queen of hot, sexy, enthralling paranormal romance, Carrie Ann is an author not to miss!" New York Times bestselling Author Marie Harte

 

 

One Way Back to Me

 

 

The Wilder brothers have retired from the military and as they’re forced to learn a new life, things get interesting fast in this kickoff to a brand new steamy, contemporary romance series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.

 

One dance at a stranger’s wedding. That’s all it took for me to fall for Alexis.

And then? Disaster. Another man—her boyfriend—gets down on one knee and proposes to her.

I never thought I’d see her again.

Years later, I’m in desperate need of a wedding planner—not for myself, but for my company.

My five brothers and I need to get our new Wilder Resort off the ground, and Alexis is the only one savvy enough to help us.

But there’s the little matter that I still have it bad for her. Alexis has changed since the night we met. She’s gun shy. But there’s a spark between us that will not die. We both fight it, until we don’t.

Until history repeats itself. The same guy who took her away from me is back to do more damage. But this time he’ll have to go through me to get her.

 

 

Chapter One

 

 

Eli

 

 

When my morning begins with me standing ankle-deep in a basement full of water, I know I probably should have stayed in bed. Only, I was the boss, and I didn’t get that choice.

“Hold on. I’m looking for it.” East cursed underneath his breath as my younger brother bent down around the pipe, trying his best to turn off the valve. I sighed, waded through the muck in my work boots, and moved to help him. “I said I’ve got it,” East snapped, but I ignored him.

I narrowed my eyes at the evil pipe. “It’s old and rusted, and even though it passed an inspection over a year ago, we knew this was going to be a problem.”

“And I’m the fucking handyman of this company. I’ve got this.”

“And as a handyman, you need a hand.”

“You’re hilarious. Seriously. I don’t know how I could ever manage without your wit and humor.” The dryness in his tone made my lips twitch even as I did my best to ignore the smell of whatever water we stood in.

“Fuck you,” I growled.

“No thanks. I’m a little too busy for that.”

With a grunt, East shut off the water, and we both stood back, hands on our hips as we stared at the mess of this basement.

East let out a sigh. “I’m not going to have to turn the water off for the whole property, but I’m glad that we don’t have tenants in this particular cabin.”

I nodded tightly and held back a sigh. “This is probably why there aren’t basements in Texas. Because everything seems to go wrong in these things.”

“I’m pretty sure this is a storm shelter, or at least a tornado one. Not quite sure as it’s one of the only basements in the area.”

“It was probably the only one that they had the energy to make back in the day. Considering this whole place is built over clay and limestone.”

East nodded, looked around. “I’ll start the cleanup with this water, and we’ll look to see what we can do with the pipes.”

I pinched the bridge of my nose. “I don’t want to have to replace the plumbing for this whole place.”

“At least it’s not the villa itself, or the farmhouse, or the winery. Just a single cabin.”

I glared at my younger brother, then reached out and knocked on a wooden pillar. “Shut your mouth. Don’t say things like that to me. We are just now getting our feet under us.”

East shrugged. “It’s the truth, though. However much you weigh it, it could have been worse.”

I pinched the bridge of my nose. “Jesus Christ. You were in the military for how long? A Wilder your entire life, and you say things like that? When the hell did you lose that superstition bone?”

“About the time that my Humvee was blown up, and when Evan’s was, Everett’s too. Hell, about the time that you almost fell out of the sky in your plane. Or when Elliot was nearly shot to death trying to help one of his men. So, yes, I pretty much lost all superstition when trying to toe the line ended up in near death and maiming.”

I met my brother’s gaze, that familiar pang thinking about all that we had lost and almost lost over the past few years.

East muttered under his breath, shaking his head. “And I sound more and more like Evan these days rather than myself.”

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