In this beloved classic from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster, a Buckhorn man gets one last chance with the woman he's never stopped loving…
Emma Clark is back in Buckhorn. Once she was the girl with too much makeup and a bad reputation…and she tried everything she could to get Casey Hudson into bed. He was the cutest guy in town, and the only one who seemed to really care about her.
As a hot-blooded teen it was hard for Casey to resist Emma. Now, eight years later, it's impossible. But Emma is doing her best to shut him out—and Casey needs to convince her that the attraction that burns between them isn't just leftover teenage lust, but his real love for a real woman…
Originally published in 2002
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Buckhorn Brothers: Casey
By Lori Foster
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Chapter OneThe family picnic had lasted all day, and Casey had a feeling everything that should have been accomplished had been. In fact, even more had developed than he'd expected - like his present uncomfortable situation.
He hadn't exactly meant to pair up with Emma Clark. She had few friends, none of them female, and Casey had just naturally defended her when the others had started sniping.
So now, with nearly every girl in town chasing after him, he found himself behind the garage at the far end of the house with a girl - the one girl he'd been doing his best to avoid - snuggled up to his side. No one else in the yard could see them. They had complete privacy.
How the hell was a guy supposed to deal with that? His father and his uncles had been the most eligible bachelors in Buckhorn, Kentucky. It had been fun for Casey growing up in an all-male household and watching his uncles and his dad deal with all that female adoration. Casey had been proud of their popularity and amused by it all. And pleased by the situation, since he'd gained his own share of adoration as he'd matured. He'd learned a lot from watching them - but he hadn't learned how to deal with Emma.
Like his father and his uncles, Casey loved and respected women, most especially his grandmother and his new stepmother and aunts. But then, they were all so different from Emma.
And that thought had him frowning. Emma was ... well, she had a reputation that could rival his Uncle Gabe's, and that said something since Gabe had been a complete and total hedonist when it came to his sexuality. By all accounts, Gabe had started young; from what Casey knew, Emma had started even younger. At seventeen, she flaunted herself with all the jaded expertise of a woman twice her age. Her bleached-blond hair and overdone makeup advertised her status of being on the make.
Lately she'd been on the make for Casey. For the most part, he'd been able to resist her.
For the most part. Emma's small soft hand began trailing over Casey's chest. His heart thumped hard, his body hardened. Very gently, doing his best to hide his reaction from her, he eased her away. "We should join the others."
In fact, he thought, all too aware of the heat of her young body so close to his own, he never should have been alone with her in the first place. Thanks to his stepmother and her father, he had a great business opportunity coming up. But before he could take advantage of that, he had several years of college to get through. Emma, with her hard-to-resist curves and open sensuality, would be nothing but trouble.
"No." She stroked down his bare chest, but Casey caught her hand before she reached the fly to his jeans. He liked her more than he should have, and wanted her more than that. Hell, to be truthful, he was crazy nuts with wanting her, not that he'd ever even hinted as much. His plans for the future did not include Emma. They couldn't.
Emma had led a very different life from him. Tangling the two up wouldn't be good for either of them. His head understood that, but his body did not. It took more control than he knew he had to turn her away this time.
"Emma," Casey chided, hoping that she couldn't hear the shaking of his voice. He'd only wanted to champion her, but Emma wanted more. She was so blatant about it, so brazen, that it took all his concentration not to give in. Besides, more than anything else, Emma needed a friend not another conquest. And beyond that, Casey didn't share.
"Are you a virgin?" she taunted, not giving a single inch, and Casey laughed outright at her ploy. She was determined, he'd give her that. But then, so was he.
Flicking a finger over her soft cheek, he said, "That's none of your business."
Her incredible brown eyes widened, reflecting the moonlight and a femininity that went bone deep. She shook her head in wonder. "You're the only guy I know who wouldn't have denied it right away."
"I'm not denying or confirming."
"I know," she whispered, still sounding amazed, "but most guys'd lie if they had to, rather than let a girl think -"
"What?" Casey cupped her face and despite his resolve, he kissed her. Damn, it was hard fighting both himself and her. "I don't care what anyone thinks, Emma. You should know that by now. Besides, what I've done or with who isn't the point."
"No," she agreed, her tone suddenly so sad it nearly broke his heart. "It's what I've done, isn't it?"
Thinking about that, about the guys she'd probably been with and the notoriety of her reputation, filled Casey with possessive rage. So many guys had bragged. Too damn many. Ruthlessly, Casey tamped down the urges he refused to acknowledge, and repeated his own thoughts out loud. "I don't share."
"Casey," she said, shyly peeking up at him, her expression tinted with hope, "what if I promised not to -"
"Shh." He couldn't bear for Emma to start pleading, to make promises he doubted she could keep and that wouldn't matter in the long run anyway. He couldn't let them matter. "Don't do that, Emma. Don't make it harder than it already is. Summer break is almost over and I'll be leaving for school. You know that. I won't be around, so there's no point in us even discussing this."
Big tears welled in her eyes, causing his guts to cramp. One of her hands fisted in his shirt. "I'm leaving too, Casey." Her breathing was choppy, the words broken.
Emma leaving? That surprised him. As gently as possible, Casey stroked the tears from her cheeks and then, because he couldn't help himself, he kissed her forehead. "And where do you think to go, Em?" She hadn't finished high school yet, had no real prospects that he knew of, no opportunities. Her home life was crap, and that bothered him too. He wanted ...
No, he couldn't even think that way. "It doesn't matter," she said. "I just wanted you to know."
He didn't like the sound of that, but had no idea what to say. He could see her soft mouth trembling, could smell her hot, sweet scent carried on the evening breeze. Unlike the other girls he knew, Emma didn't wear fragrances. But then, she didn't need to.
Her warm palm touched his jaw. "You're all that matters to me right now, Case. You and the fact that we might not ever see each other again."
Boldly, she took his hand and pressed it to her breast. Casey shuddered. She was so damn soft.
His resolve weakened, then cracked. With a muttered curse, he pulled her closer and kissed her again, this time giving his hunger free rein. Her mouth opened under his, accepted his tongue, gave him her own. It didn't matter, he promised himself, filling his hand with her firm breast, finding her puckered nipple and stroking with his thumb.
She gave a startled, hungry purr of relief, her fingers clenching on his shoulders, her hips snuggling closer to his, stroking his erection, driving him insane.
Casey gave in with a growl of frustration and overwhelming need. He was damned if he did, and damned if he didn't. And sometimes Emma was just too much temptation to resist.
But it wouldn't change anything. He told her so in a muted whisper, and her only reply was a groan.
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Try to get your hands on this book as soon as possible! It is an excellent read, a wonderful love story that will leave you feeling warm and happy. Fans who worried about disappointment after the high anticipation for Casey's story, have no fear! Lori Foster had created the perfect conclusion to the Buckhorn Brothers series. As teenagers, Casey & Emma were hot... as adults they're downright scorching! Casey has grown into a hero whose kind-heartedness is surpassed only by his sexiness. He's a perfect blend of sensitivity and protectiveness, with just the right mix of Alpha male attitude thrown in. I really enjoyed what seemed to me to be a focus on his point of view in the story, getting inside his head and heart. Emma's evolution from a frightened, needy girl to an independent, self- confident woman is a joy to witness, and her acceptance of her sexual past is refreshing to read. Ms. Foster expertly mixes emotions and physical desire, resulting in a fun, yet touching, story. The sexual tension between the two leads is definitely hot, but Foster also shows them as friends who learn to communicate with each other. I enjoyed the peek into Casey's family 8 years later, seeing how they've grown in number and grown closer in love. Little brother Shohn is an utter delight, and I can only hope that years down the line, Ms. Foster decides to tell his story!
If I could give this book more then 5 stars I would. Casey is the long awaited followup to the Buckhorn Series. Casey is the son of Sawyer. He most definetly is a chip off the old block. This books takes you back to the ending of Jordan book when Emma Clark appears at the Hudson family home. You find out what happens to Emma that night and then the story picks up 8 years later when Emma comes back home to Buckhorn. Emma fights it tooth and nail her attractions to Casey. But when she finally gives in to her desires it is amazing. This book will make you laugh, cry and swoon. It is a wonderful read and a fantastic ending to the series.
Lori Foster knows how to make someone happy. Casey is the best book since the other hot young studs that she wrote about.
Oh my gosh! I have been foaming at the mouth for Casey's story and have barely been able to contain my excitement over his story coming out in December. Now here I am reading the reviews of other avid readers! How in the world did you guys get copies of the stories? Will someone please let me know something. I just KNOW Casey's story is going to knock me out!
They say that you can never go home again. However, with Lori Foster's book, Casey, she shows you how sometimes you can go home again and discover romance and a lasting love. This book is definitely a page turner as well as an emotionally satisfying read. The book opens with Casey Hudson and Emma Clark as teens. They're both powerfully attracted to one another, but in the end, Casey's cooler head prevails. When an incident later almost causes grief for both teens, it's Casey's supportive and loving family that offers to help Emma. She steals off in the middle of the night, leaving Casey with an empty void. Eight years later, Emma is back because her father is in the hospital after having a stroke. She runs into Casey and they both realize that the desire and attraction they've felt had never completely abated. As things come out in the open about Emma's past, Casey is there by her side. When he hears how things really were for Emma growing up, he's proud of her and her accomplishments. He realizes that he loves her. When something from her past comes up that Emma feels will make everyone hate her, she tells the truth and with that truth makes a startling discovery about the other members of Casey's family and about herself. Lori Foster is known for her family based romances and dealing with emotional issues with a wonderful sensitivity and reality. CASEY is no exception to this. This book is a hot, passionate love story where a hurtful past is replaced with love and support. Her love scenes are hot and spicy while the emotional moments in this book make you need a tissue and give you a need to hug your own family and friends. Casey's unflagging support of Emma throughout the book is truly an inspiration to men and something women appreciate highly. Emma's growth of learning to handle the past and come to terms with it is something everyone can relate to. Seeing them rediscover their attraction and admit to their feelings made me realize that for some, going home and laying to rest the past and accepting the love of those who care, is sometimes all you need in this life. I highly recommend Casey. If you've read the previous Buckhorn Brother books, you'll see why I think this book is the crowning achievement of them. Well it is unless Lori gives us Shohn's story one day.
When we last saw Casey Hudson, the strapping young son and nephew of the popular Buckhorn Brothers, he was just reaching his adulthood and facing not only his future, but also the possible wrath of Dell Clark, Emma¿s father. As myself and other readers wondered¿. what happened with Casey, Emma and the whole Buckhorn clan? In CASEY we find out. ___ The story opens with an expanded version of Casey and Emma and what happened that night. We find out that she disappeared that night, never to be heard again in Buckhorn Kentucky until now. Now she is back because her father is very ill, but Casey wonders why she still cares for the man she calls her father, when it appears he was mean to her. He also learns what she has been up to in the intervening years and discovers that his attraction to her has never waned. He feels like he has been waiting all his life for her to come back to town and he just has to convince her of the same. He does a very good job convincing her, in bed and out of bed. If you thought the Buckhorn brothers were hot in the bedroom, wait until you read about Casey. Another scorching story for those of us who love a great steamy romance.___ Lori Foster did not miss a beat with CASEY. Sometimes with sequels the promises do not deliver and the reader feels disappointed. Not with CASEY. As I read each page I enjoyed myself more and more as the story zinged for me, and I hated to see it end. Not only do we get to see what happened to Casey and Emma, we revisit with his father and uncles and learn what happened with them and their families. There is also a subplot involving Ceily, the waitress who was friends of the family and everyone in Buckhorn, which fits well with the main story. Storylines are tied up nicely and you revisit Buckhorn and find out if Casey and Emma have a future together. I highly recommend this toe curling and satisfying finish to the Buckhorn Brothers series. ___ Note: although not required, the books below are the prequels to this book. But CASEY can be read as a stand alone.
CASEY is the focus of this story of the same name, and he¿s become a man in the years since we were in Buckhorn! The tale begins when Casey Hudson is a teen and Emma Clark, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks is dumped on his doorstep by her father. She¿s in trouble, her parents have given up on her, and Emma is ashamed for involving Casey and his family in her problems. And oh, is Casey up to his neck in them! (You can read about the rest of the Hudson¿s in Harlequin¿s Once And Again, and Forever And Always, July and September releases, respectively). Emma has loved Casey all her young life, but he¿s resisted her blatant attempts to be more than just friends. Emma thinks that it¿s because she hasn¿t exactly been chaste with other boys she¿s dated, but really, it¿s because she poses a threat to his future. He¿s got college in mind, and Casey cares for Emma far more than he thinks he should. Casey figures they¿ll be able to figure out the mess they¿ve found themselves in come morning. Only Emma¿s gone when the sun comes up, and it¿s like she disappeared without a trace. They try to find her, but to no avail. It¿s not until eight years later, when Emma¿s father is in the hospital with a stroke that she turns up in Buckhorn again. Feelings come surging back for Casey, but things are different this time. Casey finds himself chasing Emma instead of the other way around. And it¿s quite a roller coaster ride! As Casey and Emma get to know each other again, it¿s a reunion as all the Hudson¿s gather for Barbecues and other family get-togethers. Casey shows Emma what she¿s always known; that the Hudson¿s aren¿t judgmental and everyone deserves a second chance at love. Will Emma stick around this time? She¿s grown up and made a life for herself in the big city, can she readjust to life in Buckhorn if Casey asks her to? Does she even *want* to, knowing the reputation she left behind along with her heart? Casey's a hot and sexy man. Can she resist him now? And Emma has a secret about the night she left town. Dare she tell? And what about Casey? Are his feelings for Emma strong enough for him to move away from the small town he loves so much? As she makes plans for her father¿s care in the city, can he simply let her walk away? What if he asked her to stay? Would she? I loved CASEY! Not only does it wrap up the Hudson clan in their pursuit of happiness, But Ceily (a family friend who appears in the other stories) has a romance of her own. A master storyteller using family and honor as her cornerstone, Ms Foster concludes this awesome series with a story of forgiveness, redemption and always, love. A fantastic read!
CASEY is the focus of this story of the same name, and he¿s become a man in the years since we were in Buckhorn! The story begins when Casey Hudson is a teen and Emma Clark, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks is dumped on his doorstep by her father. She¿s in trouble, her parents have given up on her, and Emma is ashamed for involving Casey and his family in her problems, and oh, is Casey up to his neck in them! (You can read about the rest of the Hudson¿s in Harlequin¿s Once And Again, and Forever And Always, July and September releases, respectively). Emma has loved Casey all her young life, but he¿s resisted her blatant attempts to be more than just friends. Emma thinks that it¿s because she hasn¿t exactly been chaste with other boys she¿s dated, but really, it¿s because she poses a threat to his future. He¿s got college in mind, and Casey cares for Emma far more than he thinks he should. Casey figures they¿ll be able to figure out the mess they¿ve found themselves in come morning. Only Emma¿s gone when the sun comes up, and it¿s like she disappeared without a trace. They try to find her, but to no avail. It¿s not until eight years later, when Emma¿s father is in the hospital with a stroke that she turns up in Buckhorn again. Feelings come surging back for Casey, but things are different this time. Casey finds himself chasing Emma instead of the other way around. And it¿s quite a roller coaster ride! As Casey and Emma get to know each other again, it¿s a reunion as all the Hudson¿s gather for Barbecues and other family get-togethers. Casey shows Emma what she¿s always known; that the Hudson¿s aren¿t judgmental and everyone deserves a second chance at love. Will Emma stick around this time? She¿s grown up and made a life for herself in the big city, can she readjust to life in Buckhorn if Casey asks her to? Does she even want to, knowing the reputation she left behind along with her heart? He¿s a hot and sexy man. Can *she* resist *him* this time? And Emma has a secret about the night she left town. Dare she tell? And what about Casey? Are his feelings for Emma strong enough for him to move away from the small town he loves so much? As she makes plans for her father's care in the city, can he simply let her walk away? Or what if he asked her to stay? Would she? I loved CASEY! Not only does it wrap up the Hudson clan in their pursuit of happiness, But Ceily, (a family friend who appears in the other stories) has a romance of her own. A master storyteller, using family and honor as her cornerstone, Ms Foster concludes this awesome series with a tale of love, forgiveness, and redemption. A fantastic read!
Fans have been waiting for Casey's story to come out ever since Jordan ended a couple years ago. I can tell you that CASEY is definitely worth the wait. Who can forget the cliffhanger from Jordan when Emma showed up at Sawyer's door with her irate father. Casey's and Emma's life both changed that night. Sneaking away in the middle of the night, Emma also ends up sneaking away with Casey's heart. Eight years have passed and both Emma and Casey have gone on to have successful careers, but neither one could forget. Back in Buckhorn due to a family crisis, Emma comes back along with Damon a friend who is more like a brother and her faithful dog BB. While on his way home, Casey sees a car on the side of the road. Stopping to help, he feels like he has stepped back in time when he comes face to face with Emma Clarke. I urge you to get Casey as soon as it hits the shelf cause its not going to stay there long. Casey is everything you hoped it would be and solves the mystery of what happened all those years ago. You also get to revisit with Casey's dad Sawyer and his uncles and their wives. I know you will love this as much as I do.