USA Today & Amazon Top 5 best-selling author Harloe Rae delivers an unforgettable romance packed with heart, emotion, and steam. Meet Rhodes Walsh—a broody single dad/bar owner—while he clashes with Rylee Creed—a grief-stricken single mom determined to fulfill lost dreams—on their road to happily ever after. 

I didn’t expect to see Rylee Creed after her brother’s funeral.
That’s the initial reason my jaw hangs slack when she walks into Bent Pedal a month later.
The loss of my friend hit me hard, but that’s nothing compared to the crash she’s endured.

Grief and misery still shadow her every move.
But she’s not alone.
A little boy about the age of my daughter clings to her side.
Their shared pain is too ripe, salt in my raw wounds.

I assume we’re about to make a deal and go our separate ways.
But this bar was Trevor’s pride and joy.
She wants to honor his final wishes.
How can I possibly stand in her way?

Simple. I don’t.

Our paths collide after that point.
The journey forward is messy and complicated, much like us.
Maybe there’s an exchange to be made after all.
Rylee just has to willingly accept the wager.
Then I’ll trade her broken heart for mine.

About the Author

Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 bestselling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.

She’s a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. She’s always chasing an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.

She writes emotional, heartfelt romance with swoony heroes and sassy leading ladies. Her titles are available on Amazon.


I have been a fan of Harloe Rae’s since her earlier stories published a couple of years ago. Her stories just keep getting better and better. As soon as she announced a new small town romance, I immediately jumped on the train, ready to rip this one open and devour it. One of the best things about Harloe’s writing is her ability to convey words off a page as if her readers are watching events unfold with their very own eyes.

This story revolves around the relationship between Rylee and Rhodes, two adults dealing with the heavy loss of loved ones, but due to their partnership, they are forced to work together. At first, Rhodes is portrayed as the hardened, angry, and bitter alpha male who treats women as a piece of meat. But readers are given the opportunity to explore a different side of Rhodes, and as soon as his personality begins to unfold, let me tell you…SWOON!!

“I absently wonder if this woman was dropped in my path to drive me straight to madness.”

I absolutely loved the banter between Rylee and Rhodes. It is hysterical and there were moments where I literally laughed out loud. The story also uncovers deep and emotional settings which I really appreciated because it provides a sense of meaning to the story instead of heated moments over and over again between the couple.

“When you’re ready, we’ll exchange broken hearts and mend them together.”
“Mine for yours.”

This was a great read and I cannot wait to read more from Harloe!