A Lady of the West by Linda Howard

By Linda Howard

Big apple occasions bestselling writer Linda Howard units a story of energy, suspense, and fervour within the savage New Mexico Territory. merely real love might redeem.... Victoria Waverly, noble daughter of the war-ruined South, is offered in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and satisfaction support her undergo lifestyles as a spouse in identify simply yet not anything can quench her forbidden hope for employed gunman Jake Roper. His gaze is tough, yet tenderness he cannot disguise can provide to unveil to Victoria the mysteries of affection. basically real love can destroy.... Jake curses his burning desire for Victoria, for he wishes not anything to face within the approach of his force to reclaim Sarratt's country -- the ranch that's his legacy and obsession. yet old wrongs and blazing passions will bind jointly the aristocratic attractiveness and the robust cowboy. In a bloody land conflict, they are going to struggle for Jake's birthright...and grab in any respect bills the affection that's their future.

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He rubbed his jaw again and motioned with his head for McLain to walk a little bit away with him. "That mare is a fine-looking piece of horseflesh. Just look at her. Tall and strong, and full of piss and vinegar. " McLain thought and looked at the mare again. His eyes gleamed. "That's an idea, Roper. " "Why not give this one to her? She's in love with the horse. " "Hell, that's no problem. I can have her settled down in a couple of weeks. " McLain pursed his lips, watching the mare toss her head.

What did he care if Garnet got in the little sister's bloomers? He'd never have interfered if Victoria hadn't tried to face Garnet down, but she had, and he hadn't been able to stand by and let Garnet abuse her. He was the one man on the ranch Garnet wouldn't stand up to, but now he'd have to watch his back every minute. All for a woman. He'd had women since he was fifteen, but they were always casual encounters that had never meant more to him than the temporary easing of his sexual needs. He loved women, though he'd never been in love; he loved their softness, the sweet musky scent of their skin, their lighter voices and smaller bodies, the clinging of their hands around his strong neck and the way their legs locked around his hips, their soft cries as he gave them pleasure.

General Kearny hadn't concerned himself with the small, bloody wars being fought all over the vast new territory for control of huge tracts of land. McLain was as smart as he was murderous; first he'd killed the Sarratts, then legally filed on the land. It was supposed to have been just as simple for the Sarratts. Kill McLain and take over the land. He'd had no heirs; the land would have reverted to the government and been available for filing. This time it would be the Sarratts doing the filing.

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