By Linda Howard
Manhattan occasions bestselling writer Linda Howard units a story of energy, suspense, and fervour within the savage New Mexico Territory. in simple terms real love may perhaps redeem.... Victoria Waverly, noble daughter of the war-ruined South, is offered in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and satisfaction aid her undergo existence as a spouse in identify merely yet not anything can quench her forbidden wish for employed gunman Jake Roper. His gaze is difficult, yet tenderness he cannot cover provides to unveil to Victoria the mysteries of affection. basically real love can destroy.... Jake curses his burning desire for Victoria, for he desires not anything to face within the manner of his force to reclaim Sarratt's state -- the ranch that's his legacy and obsession. yet historic wrongs and blazing passions will bind jointly the aristocratic good looks and the robust 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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Infuriated, strangely shaken, Roper lifted himself from the woman and hitched his pants back up. She was still lying on the straw, her lush breasts glistening with sweat. Those breasts had excited him just a short time ago, but now all he wanted was to get away from her, and she deserved better than that. Damn it, he couldn't even remember her name. She'd made it plain, from the moment the tinker's wagon had pulled in, that she was interested in him. He'd taken her at her word. It was just a little diddling, not meaning anything to either of them except for the physical relief.
The mare was as fierce and arrogant as any stallion, not flashy, but confident in her own strength and speed. She had heart, and Victoria wanted to share in her freedom. When they got back to the ranch she would make it plain that she didn't need any riding lessons. She was still exhausted from the bone-crushing journey, as they had only arrived in Santa Fe the day before. Moreover, they had been invited to a party at the governor's house that night. She needed both to rest and to escape from Roper's company.
Roper. " A corner of his mouth kicked up in a little smile. "You sure got an eyeful, didn't you? " She blushed painfully, and he gave a low laugh. How could she explain that she'd been frozen, unable to move? She couldn't tell him how pain had lanced through her or how fiercely jealous she had been. "I've got a deal to offer you," he said, watching her intently. " He knew the risk he was running by being in her room, but he couldn't pass up the opportunity to have her to himself for just a few minutes.