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RENECADE
Loose Id
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March 2008

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Lawman Cade McKenna moved to Quinten, Montana in order to forget his past, one that left his face half covered in scars. He does his job with quiet authority, but otherwise wants to be left alone.

Ren Boone loves his job as a jack-of-all-trades for Hawkins' Ranch. If only his personal life were as uncomplicated as his work. Ren needs to get over a crush on his best friend, and he has to find a way to tell his father, the sheriff, that he's gay.

When sabotage hits the ecological project Ren is working on, Cade is assigned the case. Suddenly, Cade is fighting an attraction for the boss's son, and Ren starts to see the serious Deputy McKenna, a man who can no longer smile, as breathtaking and beautiful.

As danger mounts, tempers and desires flare out of control. Ren and Cade explode in an act of passion that sends them both reeling. A secret affair begins, one fraught with peril and misunderstandings right from the start. Then Ren makes a catastrophic mistake that almost costs Cade his life. Can Cade forgive him and let Ren back into his vulnerable heart?

   
 

“…ReneCade is sweet and extremely emotional. Cade is a lost puppy I just want to hold and protect, and Ren is a sweet young guy with a heart of gold...The connection between these two is so strong, their sexual want of each other is primal and the love between them is very fragile, but so very sweet - when they finally admit to it…It was obvious to those around them these two were meant to be, but they had to realize it on their own. ReneCade is an absorbing story. On top of the rollercoaster romance of Cade and Ren, there’s also a mystery to solve that has a very surprising outcome...One person who stood out for me aside from Cade and Ren is Jasper. His appearance in ReneCade is brief but he made such impression on me that I hope very much to see him again in Cameron Dane’s next sequel.”
--Ley, Joyfully Reviewed.com

 

“…Wow, Wow, and Wow! This has to be one of the hottest books I have read in a long time. The sex and sexual tension between Cade and Ren burns up the pages and will leave the reader squirming in their seat. Although, I found this to be such a sexual story, it was so much more. It was so emotional, the battle between these two alpha males is at times almost heart wrenching while at the same time so sweet. I have loved each and every book in this series, but this is by far my favorite. Ms. Dane has succeeded where many have failed in that she kept her characters strong and all male from the first page. She managed to show the emotional turmoil of both characters without making them seem feminine. I would highly recommend this one to anyone looking for not only a hot read, but also a sweet emotionally charge story between two equally sexy, hot men. I not only highly recommend this story but this entire steamy series.”
--Sandra's The Romance Studio's 5 heart review

 

“…Ms. Dane has done it again. ReneCade is another great story with likable, well rounded characters whose lives nearly jump off the page from the very beginning. Add in deceit, sabotage, fear of exposure, betrayal, a near death experience and a crazy ‘bad guy' I never expected, and you have the needed elements for a page turning romantic suspense…I also appreciated that Cade wasn't perfect…not just emotionally, but physically. All too often, characters that aren't the epitome of male or female perfection are forgotten or relegated to secondary characters, but thankfully that is not the case in this realistic western. The fact that Ren was able to easily see past Cade's scarring to the good and kind man underneath was both tender and heart-warming. These two men are great together…both in the bedroom and out, and their mutual passion sizzles…”
--Mystical Nymph 4.5 nymphs review from Literary Nymphs Only Reviews

 

“…ReneCade is a story about love, forgiveness and trust. Cameron Dane has created strong believable characters that have both internal and external troubles to overcome…I simply fell in love with both of these characters. Ren is handsome and down-to-earth with a sweet spirit that draws people to him like flies to honey. Cade has had hard knocks and a hard life, but hasn't allowed his past to jade the man he is inside. I could relate to the trust issues brought up in the book, and the stance taken... ReneCade is filled with suspense and scorching sexual play. This was my introduction to Cameron Dane and the characters from this novel, but I plan to go back and read Demon Moon and Falling . Readers will not be able to put this fantastic story down.”
--NeNe from Fallen Angel Reviews, a 5 Angel *Recommended Read*

 
 

ReneCade Excerpt 1: PG-13 to R-ish

ReneCade Excerpt 2: X-Rated

 

Excerpt #1: Ren and Cade's first kiss.

 

"Got it." Ren double-checked the channel on his radio. "I'll let you know either way."

Ren put his horse, Athena, into a full gallop and cut across a deep pasture, half-filled with cattle. He picked up speed, urged Athena on, and jumped a low fence in his path. He and Athena forged through a six-deep barrier of thick trees and brush that separated the grazing land from the paved, public road. Ren walked his horse up to the shoulder, keeping Athena's spirited, prancing hooves steady. His gazed zeroed in on the back of a black SUV about a quarter mile down the road. The truck faced north, half in the ditch on the other side of the pavement.

Goose bumps popped up all over Ren's arms, and cold raced through his blood. With a quick burst of speed, he pushed Athena into a full-on run.

"Dad!" Ren would recognize the sheriff's truck anywhere. "Dad!"

Lightning fast, Ren pulled up alongside the driver's side door. He tugged on Athena's reins, bringing the horse to a fast stop. In one move, he jumped off the animal and yanked open the door. "Dad!" There was no one inside. Ren crawled in and checked the back, hoping to satisfy the frenetic racing of his brain and heart. Nothing. He pulled back out and ran around the truck to the grassy shoulder. "Where are you? Dad!"

"Stop yelling," a whiskey-rough voice muttered. Cade McKenna came into view from the thick trees. "It's not your dad." The big man had a bundle tucked in his arm. "Damn it" -- Cade winced and rolled a massive shoulder -- "that'll have a bruise tomorrow."

"Shit." Ren rushed over to Cade and put an arm around his waist. "Are you all right? Your head is bleeding." Ren eyed the mud-covered, furry little body cradled in one of Cade's big arms and noticed its backside matted with dirt and blood. "Damn, is that a puppy?"

"Yeah," Cade answered. "I almost ran him over."

They made it the short distance to the half-ditched truck, and Cade leaned back against it, clearly still shaken. "Can you open the passenger door for me, so I can set him down inside?"

"Yeah, sure." Ren let go of Cade and rushed to do as requested. Holding the door open, he watched, his insides melting as Cade settled the puppy down on the seat. Looking more closely from over Cade's shoulder, Ren thought the puppy looked like an Irish setter.

Cade straightened and shut the door softly.

Stepping back a bit, Ren eyed the blood trickling down Cade's temple. "Listen, I'm gonna get Hank on the radio and have him come get Athena for me, and then I'll drive you back into town. I don't want you behind the wheel until someone has looked at that cut on your head." Ren reached up and fingered Cade's hair away from his temple to get a better look. At the first touch, Cade jerked away, his dark eyes flashing, and Ren let his hand fall back to his side, unused.

"I'll be fine," Cade insisted. He pressed his fingers to his skull, squeezing his eyes shut for a moment and compressing his lips down to a thin line. It made him look angry and unapproachable. "I already radioed for Mike's to send out a tow truck and haul the SUV back into town. Damn thing jammed up for some reason, and I can't get it to restart. The sheriff won't like that. We have one of the deputy vehicles in the shop already."

"Oh, okay." Ren nodded. "So that's why you have the sheriff's truck, instead of my father."

Cade nodded sharply. "Yeah. Sorry about giving you a scare. The damn puppy was curled up right in the middle of the road, looking like a ball of trash. I was almost right on top of him before he showed signs of life. At the last second, I saw his little head lift up, and when I jerked the wheel to miss him, he ran in the same direction I turned, so I almost ended up hitting him anyway. Damn little bugger took off into the brush and trees."

Ren bit his lip so that he didn't smile. "He probably gave you a heart attack bigger than the one I got when I saw the truck, yet you still got out and searched for him anyway."

"Well" -- Cade pushed his weight off the side of the SUV and paced in the direction of the back of the truck -- "he might be a pet, in which case someone is probably looking for him, and we'll hear about it down at the station. More likely, though, somebody didn't want him and threw him away, which makes it an act of animal cruelty and a crime I will pursue if I can trace ownership of the animal. Either way" -- Cade turned mid-pace and started back toward Ren -- "I needed to apprehend the puppy so I can figure it out."

"Apprehend." A formal word for a straitlaced man. "Riiiighht," Ren drew out slowly. He leaned a shoulder against the passenger side window and peeked in at the sleeping puppy. "Saving the puppy is all about the job for you. Not that you couldn't bear the thought of the little guy dying out here on its own. It couldn't be that you plan to rush him right to the vet, probably already radioed Sarah back at the station and had her put a call in to Dr. Crowley." Cade's eyes darkened, and his face flooded with color, but Ren pushed anyway. "I even bet you've already told Mike you're going to make a stop on the way into town so that you can drop the puppy off at the vet's first, just in case there's something seriously wrong with him." Cade's face turned hard, and his jaw clenched with each sentence Ren spoke, but still Ren couldn't stop. "It couldn't be any of that, Deputy." Ren poked, and he did it knowing that he provoked a bear. "It's just the job, and you're an officer of the law doing his sworn duty. Right?"

Cade moved in closer, looming bigger and taller than Ren's decent-sized six-two frame. Even with Cade's damaged face, Ren could tell he had tested the man's patience. The scars on Cade's face covered and hid a lot, but Ren quickly found they didn't mask his displeasure at being teased.

Cade's jaw ticked visibly. "What are you doing?" he growled. "Why are you pushing me?"

Ren lost his courage, and stumbled. "I…I don't know."

Cade caged Ren in against the truck, pressing the flat of his hands against the black metal on either side of Ren's head. "I'm having a shitty morning, Ren," Cade bit off, "and it's only going to get worse when I have to tell the sheriff about the accident with the truck. After I explain myself, I have to get a new vehicle and finish delivering the bad news to Caleb Hawkins that they didn't turn up a fingerprint match on the cigarette butts we found near the creek. So, I repeat, Ren" -- Cade barked his name like a curse -- "why in the hell are you being a jerk and messing with me? Today, of all days?"

Ren couldn't break away from the fire in Cade's nearly black eyes. More than that, he didn't want to. He blurted the first thing that came to his mind. "I told Tex Bruester he couldn't take me anymore."

"What?" Cade's eyes flashed more of that dark fire. His stare reached out and pushed its way into Ren, setting his blood boiling. Ren watched Cade's jaw tick some more, before Cade pushed out, "What did you just say?"

"I know what you overheard that day." Ren felt his cheeks slash with heat. "I know you know what I am and what I let happen with Tex. Two days ago, I put a stop to it, and I won't let it happen anymore." Ren searched Cade's gaze, one that hadn't so much as flickered away from Ren's face from the moment he'd started trying to explain his crazy confession. "I don't know why I'm telling you, but I wanted you to kn --"

"Stupid son of a bitch." Cade's eyes narrowed, and his scars pulled at half of his face, making him a truly intense sight. "Why in the hell did you have to tell m --"

"I needed you to know," Ren said, almost desperately. He could feel his entire body stringing tight, and God, Cade stood so damn close that their belt buckles touched. "I needed you to know." Ren's chest pounded erratically. "I needed you to know."

"Good Christ." Cade tore his gaze away. "It's surely going to kill me this time" -- his eyes, so fierce looking, came back to Ren -- "but I need this too."

"What?"

"This," Cade growled low, and then crushed his mouth against Ren's. He forced Ren's head back against the truck in a hard, searing kiss. "Christ, I need exactly this." Cade bit, attacking roughly. His fingers slid down Ren's sides and dug into Ren's hips, tugging their bodies into full contact.

Ren legs buckled. He thanked God for the support at his back -- and his front -- as he threw himself recklessly into his first real kiss. As he grabbed Cade's head between his hands, Cade hissed a curse against Ren's mouth, and Ren immediately slid his hands down, locking them around Cade's neck instead.

"Better?" Ren murmured, remembering that Cade had a cut on his head. Cade took advantage of the question and slid his tongue inside Ren's mouth, licking deeply and thoroughly. Ren moaned and held on as his cock jumped to life in his jeans and pressed against Cade in the process.

A purring growl reverberated through Cade. He dug his hands between Ren's back and the truck, pulling at Ren's shirt. Ren arched away and helped, and then, oh God, Cade pressed his palm against the small of Ren's back, no shirt as a barrier. He pushed his fingers down in the top of Ren's jeans and caressed the soft skin at the cleft of Ren's ass.

Ren gasped against Cade's hot mouth and reached back to shove Cade's hand down deeper. Cade swore, almost inhumanly soft and low, and wrenched himself away. His face pulled tight and hard, and he looked just as angry as he had when he'd swooped in with his mouth only moments ago.

"What?" Ren slid his fingertips over Cade's chest. Cade shuddered, and bit his jaw down with a snapping click. Ren pressed again. "What?"

"What nothing, damn it." Cade's voice washed over Ren, cold as ice. "Christ, I can't do this." He wiped his mouth and took a giant step away from Ren. He took another, and then another, almost as if he didn't have any choice in the matter. "Your father is my boss, Ren. My. Fucking. Boss." Cade's face became mask of dark control that Ren didn't yet understand how to read. "I respect Duke; I respect him a great deal. And I've got to tell you, I don't think I'd last too long in this town if he knew I'd spent part of the morning with my tongue shoved down his son's throat."

"Probably not." Some of the passion of the moment started to ebb away from Ren's overheated body. "Not if he didn't know his son liked having another man kissing him, which he doesn't know, if you remember."

"Oh, that's right," Cade responded sarcastically. "He'd not only think me a fag pervert and run me out of town, he'd think I was a molesting fag pervert who'd attacked his innocent, heterosexual son. Even better, because then he'd just kill me on the spot and not have to worry about the potential harassment lawsuit."

Ren rolled his eyes.

Cade stalked up to Ren, getting right back in his space. "Oh, you don't think he would? You don't think your dad loves you more than anything else in this world, and wouldn't take my head off for just looking at you with lust in my eyes?"

"Do you?" Ren's heart constricted with excitement. "Do you look at me with lust in your eyes?"

"What the hell do you think, based on what just happened?"

Ren opened his mouth to speak, but before the first word got out, the walkie-talkie clipped to his belt crackled to life.

"What the hell you doin', boy?" Hank's voice snapped over the line. "Does someone need your help, or are you just pissing away the morning while I do all the work?"

Ren lifted his gaze to Cade's, and after a long, drawn out silent battle, Cade said, "Go on and tell him you'll join him soon. I'm fine." Cade's eyes burned with determination. "Nothing else will happen here today. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever. Do you hear me?"

Shame and humiliation rolled through Ren, and he turned away. He pulled the walkie-talkie off his belt and put it to his mouth. "Everything's fine, Hank. Help is already on the way. It shouldn't take me more than fifteen minutes to catch up to you. I'll see you soon."

"Damn well better," Hank grumbled through the walkie-talkie. "Hank out."

Ren slid the walkie-talkie back on his belt. When he turned around, his eyes met Cade's.

"Well, go on." Cade's tone brooked no argument. "Get out of here and get back to work before you get in trouble, and the sheriff strips my hide for that too."

"He wouldn't do that." Ren defended the only father he'd ever known. The only person who'd ever picked Ren over everyone else. "He's a good person, and he's not prejudiced. He respects Cain Hawkins and Luke Forrester as an open couple. He wouldn't treat you any differently if he knew how you felt; that's not who he is."

"Oh?" Cade crossed his arms tight against his chest. "Is that why you ran home and told him about it the first time you started having feelings for other men? Oh no, wait." Cade's lips flattened, viciously pulling his mouth down at the corner. "You haven't done that, have you? You're still hiding your sexuality from him."

Panic at losing Duke shivered through Ren. "Don't act so smug," Ren charged back defensively. "You're doing the exact same thing. You're hiding, too. Only, you're worse than me because you're trying to deny it to yourself, as well as to everyone else."

"I deny nothing. I just don't choose to do anything about it. Ever."

"You wanted me just now." Ren boldly looked Cade up and down, aggressive posturing covering his fear as he did it. "I felt how fucking hard you were when you pressed yourself against me. Your cock jammed into my stomach hard enough to leave a dent, and you reached for my ass, not the other way around. You wanted me, Cade, just as much as I wanted you."

Cade uncrossed his arms and wiped at his face with his hands. He rubbed vigorously, almost as if with enough effort he could wipe what he felt inside away. Ren suddenly knew Cade never would have let Ren see the gesture if he'd realized how exhausted, vulnerable, and maybe even a little bit afraid he looked, with just that one small movement of his hands.

"I want peace and quiet, Ren," Cade said. Ren watched the truth of the confession wrapped itself around the big man like a cloak. "I just want to do my job and go home every night without worrying that something I do will come down on my head like a sledgehammer. I feel an attraction between us; I admit that. I'm just saying I need to make it clear that we seem like very different people at very different stages in our lives, who probably want very different things."

Hurt stabbed Ren in the gut. "You don't know that. You don't know me well enough to say that."

"I can't afford to know more." …

 

Excerpt #2: This is a small passage that takes place in the chapters where Ren and Cade finally succumb to their attraction and have sex.

 

Good Christ, Cade had never seen anything hotter than the firm globes of Ren's ass, pushed up in offering. Like Ren's sleek, long legs, his butt was a couple of shades lighter than the sun-kissed, tan color of his upper body, evidence that when he worked on the land, he often did it without a shirt. Jesus, noticing such a simple, but fucking personal thing, formed a tightness in the back of Cade's throat, temporarily robbing him of speech.

Ren's back, all beautiful long, muscular lines, stole Cade's very breath away. The deep ridge of his spine just begged for Cade to lean down and lick it from top to bottom, and then keep going until he tasted every inch of skin from neck to hole. Cade wanted to unearth that small opening from where it hid, tucked safe away between Ren's ass cheeks, and discover its color. Cade wanted all of that, but he wanted one other thing much, much more.

Reaching down, Cade clasped his hand around Ren's slim hip -- and Christ, even just touching him in innocence like this aroused his deepest desires to mate -- and turned Ren over until he lay on his back once again. Ren's light, wide gaze reflected in the moonlight, conveying his confusion.

Newness and uncertainty pressed down on Cade's shoulders, but somehow he found his voice. "I want to do it like this." Christ, he found it so incredibly difficult to open up and share a piece of his desires. Swallowing through the thickness, he tried again. "I want to look at you…at your face when I take you…so I can see you…"

Cade couldn't quite make himself say "so that you can look at me, too." That would make him look weak and needy, and ask Ren for too much. Cade's mouth pulled down with tension in that terrible way it did when he couldn't make himself relax, and he hated it. He despised that he couldn't forget about his scars and pretend they didn't exist, even when getting ready to have sex with someone who'd already expressed a clear interest in him. Cade still couldn't let go and just be.

"Cade?" Ren pulled Cade out of his dark thoughts with a touch to his cheek. Cade's ugly, constant-reminder-of-his-reckless-choice, messed-up cheek. Ren asked softly, "Are you okay?" He touched over Cade's scars, his caress so matter-of-fact in its gentleness that Cade had to steel himself not to let out the sob that sat trapped in his chest. "Did you change your mind?"

"No." Cade made the word a statement to himself just as much as a response to Ren. He wouldn't get scared away by his own insecurities again, only to skulk home and take care of the raging boner in his jeans with his own hand. "I want you. I haven't changed my mind."

A wicked smile hitched up the corners of Ren's mouth and sucker punched Cade in the gut. "Good," Ren said mischievously. He went right for the fly of Cade's jeans with his deft, insistent hands. "Because I'll admit it, I've been wondering what you look like naked ever since that day Risa pulled open the door at the shack."

"Really?" Cade's voice squeaked. Ren's knuckles grazed Cade's cock through his jeans, and Cade's breath caught. Before Cade could process that it happened, Ren pushed Cade's jeans down past his hips, freeing his prick, and Cade started to feel a little bit drugged. His cock jutted painfully erect, in sight of a male partner for the first time. Ren circled Cade's cock with his long fingers, smearing Cade's pre-ejaculate all over his rigid length, and then pulled at Cade's cock hard enough to make him fall forward onto his hands.

"Where's the stuff?" Ren ran his hands all over Cade's chest and torso, setting Cade's flesh on fire. "I don't want to wait or go slow. I want you to fuck me right now."

"Oh Christ." Cade groaned as Ren found his nipples and started to play. "I want that, too." Cade reached around to where his jeans bunched up against his knees and grabbed the box of condoms and the small tube of lube, one in each back pocket.

"Give me, give me." Ren snatched the lube out of Cade's hand and clicked open the plastic hinged lid. "You do the condom while I do this."

Damn, having such an openly enthusiastic partner excited Cade, but daunted him, too, and he couldn't quite control the shaking in his hands. He tore open the small box and dug out one of the packets. The tremor in Cade's hands couldn't compare to the hard thumping in his chest as he watched Ren reach between his legs and finger his own anus. Ren's long forefinger delved between his ass cheeks, and Cade's mouth filled with water. Gasping as his finger rubbed the tight ring of his ass, Ren readied himself for sex. Cade held his breath, fascinated, as Ren's butt cheeks clenched and released, and then his finger disappeared into his rectum.

Goddamn it, Cade wanted Ren's ass for himself. So much so that jealousy over Ren's fingers invading that opening hit him hard, even as it turned him on more than he'd dealt with before. He watched, enthralled, as Ren took his own ass with a second finger and pushed more lube inside.

Ren started rolling his butt up against his embedded fingers, clearly working at pleasuring himself. Possessiveness immediately took over Cade's thoughts, and he reached out, slapping Ren's hand away and knocking Ren's fingers out of his pucker. "Tonight" -- Cade quickly tore open the condom packet and rolled the protection on -- "that hole is all mine."

Ren dropped onto his back and folded his knees up on either side of his torso with amazing flexibility, effectively splitting himself wide open for Cade's perusal.

He locked onto Cade's gaze and whispered huskily, "If this is what you want, Deputy" -- he flicked his asshole provocatively-- "come and get it." …

 

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