Logan Perry was offered a job caring for an elderly lady a thousand miles from his home in Iowa. Looking for a place to hide, it seems to be the perfect opportunity to escape. So Logan runs to Texas. All he wants is a roof over his head and food in his stomach. So moving into the amazing McFarren Manor he believes is all he needs.
Bradley McFarren is only looking for someone to care for his aging grandmother. Too busy with the family multi-billion dollar real estate firm, he just doesn't have time. With no personal life to speak of, Bradley has kept his heart safe. As long as Gail, his beloved grandmother, is cared for, he thinks it's all he needs.
But what both their hearts truly desire is a place to belong.
So begins the journey of a love that will not be denied; a love bigger than the state of Texas.
What can you tell us about yourself, Mr. McFarren?
My grandmother would call me a workaholic and she’s probably right. I do spend most of my waking hours dealing with McFarren Properties.
Are you married?
Oh no. I vowed early on I would never subject a family to what this business can do to one.
What do you mean?
Like I said, I spend most of my time working on either putting a deal together, working on a pending transaction or trying to handle a crisis of some kind. I just don’t have time for a family. I have enough trouble finding time to see my Grandmother.
What is McFarren Properties?
(Laughs) Well, let me see, how do I put this? We buy and sell real estate all over the world, I guess, is the easiest way to say it. Some of them we keep and manage but most we broker off as soon as we acquire them.
It was at one time. I’m kind of tired of it these days.
Are you regretful you don’t have a child or children to hand the business down to so that you could retire?
Well, I’m only 45 at the moment so I really don’t want to think about retirement yet. But in answer to your question, no. I am not at all regretful I do not have children. I wouldn’t have known them, just like I didn’t know my dad. This business took him away from my mom and me, too, and likewise, his dad away from him. I needed to break the cycle. That’s why I chose the lifestyle I did.
Sounds rather lonely. Do you date?
I have in the past.
Not now? How come?
I… I’m not really sure. I used to see a few women off and on. We would go to dinner or dancing, something to break up the monotony of my life. Going to a restaurant alone is just too pathetic. But now… I don’t know. I don’t feel the need. Instead I hurry to McFarren Manor whenever I can. It’s where I feel most at ease, calm. I can honestly forget about life when I’m there.
You’re very close to your Grandmother.
Yes. But that’s not all of it. I hired a nurse about three years ago. A man. A gay man by the name of Logan Perry. (Laughs) He is a joy to both my grandmother and me. He’s funny, bright, efficient. He even runs the house although that was not his original job. Simply taking care of Gail was plenty but I guess in order to do that he felt he needed to take over the entire house.
Has that been an issue with the other staff?
Oh no, not at all. They all love him. Every one of them. They would do anything for him and I have to admit, I probably would, too.
A gay man, you said? How does that work? Does he date?
(Narrows eyes, rubs chin) No. I don’t think so. I… I’ve never asked him, though, so…
Would that bother you?
That he dates? I… I’m not sure. I think it would. But… I’m not sure why.
How is your grandmother?
Unfortunately, she has a very serious cancer which originally we thought we took care of with surgery. When it came back, she refused all treatment.
So she’s not doing well?
We are all just taking it one day at a time. I try to get there as often as I can. In fact, I received a summons from her so I am headed there right after this interview.
A summons? Sounds serious.
Not sure. She said she has something she needs to discuss with me. (Laughs)
What? Why are you laughing?
She told me she was going to shock me.
Yes. She had something to tell me. Something she said I should have figured out three years ago but I’m too stubborn.
Three years ago? Isn’t that when you hired Logan?
(Eyes go wide) Yeah, it is. Weird. Anyway, I need to get going. I don’t want to keep Gail waiting.
I certainly would like to know what it is she’s planning on telling you.
Oh wow. If it’s about Logan then so do I. So do I.
Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every - single - time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.
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