By Becky Moore
Give me a rugged man’s man any day of the week. Not a macho, sexist pig, mind you … but a self-assured, intelligent, humorous and capable man who can heft a kayak one handed up to his shoulder, tie a sturdy knot in his hiking boots, set the correct tire pressure in his road bike, and knows his head from a hole in the ground.
In the real world, my family is great lovers of the outdoors. Kayaking and hiking are tops on the list, as is bicycling. For Mother’s Day two years ago I got a new kayak … my OWN kayak … and we love to take them out on the lake during the spring and fall (summers can be a little too hot in the direct sunlight, and recreational use of lakes often escalates to dangerous speedboats). We hike year-round, as long as it’s dry and above 60 degrees. And when the weather permits, we like to park our cars on the weekend and bike all over town, from the library to the movie theatre, to a fun lunch out to the grocery store. It’s a great way to reduce our carbon footprint, but it’s also a great way to catch up with my husband and son and keep a finger on the pulse of life.
We’re also all big readers, though with different interests, and my taste in romance tends to stick with sexy contemporary tales and pulse-pounding suspense. So it should come as no surprise that my first 1 Night Stand story incorporates my love of the outdoors with a rugged, sexy mountainous setting in the lovely Appalachian Mountains. In The Great Outdoors, you’ll meet Tallulah Murphy, an artist and arts educator working for a museum in Atlanta, Georgia, and Mitchell Weaver, a police detective living in Charleston, South Carolina.
Both are great lovers of the outdoors, and though Tallulah has just come out of a bad relationship, she’s no simpering, spineless wallflower. No ma’am; she’s rugged in her own right, and ready for the clarity that can only be gained from the clean, fresh air … and the wear and tear of a sexy man.