Last week, I introduced you to Emery, the heroine of Catching the Cowboy, the first book in the Summer Creek series. Today, I’m excited for you to meet Hudson Cole, the hero.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, Summer Creek is the blending of two ideas I had for new books. When I first began imagining a new ranch series, I knew the hero of the first book was going to be burly and a bit surly (but that just hides his marshmallow heart). Hudson Cole is a combination of that character with the one I dreamed up when I began thinking about this series.
Hud is a cowboy, a rancher, a father, a grandson, a brother, and a good friend. Those who make their way past that serious exterior find a good, honest, hardworking, loyal person. He’s grown up in Summer Creek, knows everyone there, volunteers when he’s needed and often before he’s asked, and does his best to help others.
Summer Creek Ranch is his home. The ranch has been in his family for generations. He lives there with his grandmother, Nell, and his precocious daughter, Cricket, who Hud thinks is six going on thirty. While Hud can be a bit standoffish to strangers, he is a big softie when it comes to his little girl.
When I was envisioning Hud, what he’d look like, who he would be, the first image that popped into my head was of Henry Cavill.
You know – Henry of the Superman and Justice League movies? That Henry.
Not only is he incredibly handsome, he’s just perfect for how I pictured Hud in my head. Those blue eyes, that dimpled chin…
Even though this isn’t one of my historical romances – I’m still saying swoon!
Henry really is exactly how I picture Hud. I think there is a sweetness about him, a softness in his eyes, that I envision Emery seeing in Hud, in spite of how much he tries to hide it, especially from her.
Here’s a little excerpt from when Hud first sets eyes on Emery:
Unexpected visitors rarely showed up at the ranch, and certainly not in cars that cost more than he’d make all year. The possibility existed that his grandmother had invited someone and forgot to mention it to him. It wouldn’t be the first or last time.
As he approached the house, Hud observed a driver getting out of the car, then two older men exiting the backseat. One of them looked familiar, but he couldn’t place why. A slim young woman slid out and stood between the men. His breath caught for a moment as he watched the afternoon light create a halo around her, making her skin glow and her hair sparkle like each strand was spun with gold.
Painful recollections from his past, of another golden-haired woman, slapped over him with the force of a tidal wave. He brought a gloved hand to his chest, rubbing at the ache that suddenly began to throb in the region of his heart. Determined to ignore the tumultuous feelings generated by his thoughts, he shoved the memories back down in the fortress buried deep in his soul where he kept them.
Don’t miss out on Emery and Hud’s story. Order your copy today for just $1.99. The book releases June 9!