By Linda Howard
Big apple occasions bestselling writer Linda Howard units a story of energy, suspense, and fervour within the savage New Mexico Territory. simply real love may possibly redeem.... Victoria Waverly, noble daughter of the war-ruined South, is offered in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and delight support her undergo lifestyles as a spouse in identify basically yet not anything can quench her forbidden hope for employed gunman Jake Roper. His gaze is difficult, yet tenderness he cannot disguise supplies to unveil to Victoria the mysteries of affection. in basic terms real love can destroy.... Jake curses his burning desire for Victoria, for he desires not anything to face within the approach of his force to reclaim Sarratt's country -- the ranch that's his legacy and obsession. yet historical wrongs and blazing passions will bind jointly the aristocratic attractiveness and the strong cowboy. In a bloody land battle, they're going to struggle for Jake's birthright...and grab in any respect charges the affection that's their future.
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She didn't want to see this, couldn't bear it— But her legs still wouldn't work. Her muscles were frozen, and she could only stare helplessly, taking in details she didn't want to see. The woman was naked except for her skirt, which was twisted around her waist. Victoria could tell that much, even though the shadows cast by the single lamp covered the lower halves of their bodies. Roper's shirt was off, revealing a powerfully muscled torso that glistened with sweat as he moved over his partner, the muscles tightening and flexing with his movements.
The beefy man transferred his chew again, eyeing the mare in question. "I don't know, ma'am. " Jake looked at the mare and his eyes narrowed with interest. No doubt about it, that was a damn fine horse. She was big for a mare, as big as most stallions, and she had fire in her eyes. She was strongly built, but her lines suggested speed, too. He rubbed his jaw. " "Three. " "Too wild looking," McLain announced. " Victoria pressed her lips together and looked away. Jake realized she wouldn't argue with McLain, just as he realized she badly wanted the mare.
He'd never considered it before, but once he and Ben had the kingdom back, it would be time to settle down anyway. Jake figured Victoria would do for him, circumstances being what they were. Victoria sat upright with a jerk, clutching the sheet to her chin while her body went cold. The Major stood in the open door, outlined by the light coming from his room. Dear God, she couldn't bear it again… "I been thinking," he announced, his words slurred, and with horror she realized he was drunk. She could smell the stench of alcohol from across the room.
A Lady of the West by Linda Howard