By Linda Howard
Manhattan occasions bestselling writer Linda Howard units a story of strength, suspense, and fervour within the savage New Mexico Territory. in basic terms real love might redeem.... Victoria Waverly, noble daughter of the war-ruined South, is offered in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and delight support her suffer lifestyles as a spouse in identify simply yet not anything can quench her forbidden wish for employed gunman Jake Roper. His gaze is tough, yet tenderness he cannot cover delivers to unveil to Victoria the mysteries of affection. simply real love can destroy.... Jake curses his burning want for Victoria, for he desires not anything to face within the method 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 attractiveness and the strong cowboy. In a bloody land conflict, they're going to struggle for Jake's birthright...and grab in any respect bills the affection that's their future.
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Her long dark hair was streaming down her back. The plain white nightgown was long-sleeved and high-necked, but his eyes narrowed as he looked her over. He'd been intending to give her hell, but abruptly changed his mind. " he asked in a smooth tone as he approached. " Juana took a step back. "I'm sorry, señor," she blurted. Her dark eyes looked huge in the faint light. " he demanded. " She vigorously shook her head. "No, señor. I—I carried a book back to your study. I read them, sometimes. " "Forget the damn books," he said, his tone becoming thicker.
Victoria buried her head in her hands. God, she was so foolish! Roper was nothing but a hired killer, she had had a few moments conversation with him, had briefly felt his body against hers in an accidental collision, and she was jealous—jealous! But not of him, she fiercely told herself. Never of him! She, a Waverly and a Creighton, was jealous of a tinker's daughter for the pleasure in her life. That wasn't much better, but she could bear that thought easier than the other. She heard the Major moving about in his room, and she froze in dread that the connecting door would open.
For a moment, thinking of the horrible touch of the Major's hands, she felt nauseated again. Then another picture intruded, and the nausea changed to a moan of pain. Jake Roper. His body rippling with muscles in the dim light and his hard face taut with pleasure. That woman's hands clinging to his shoulders, her head thrown back in ecstasy. For all the violence and power of their coupling, there had been a gentleness in the way he'd handled the woman. Victoria buried her head in her hands. God, she was so foolish!
A Lady of the West by Linda Howard