Keegan Quinn watches the passengers disembark wondering where his mail
order bride is. All he sees is a woman with a husband and child. Upon
approaching the young woman, he discovers she is his bride, and she has a
daughter she never mentioned. As they cross the street, the little girl
screams for her daddy and points to the man who accompanied them on the
Rancher Keegan Quinn is furious. The married woman swindled him
into paying passage for her and her child. It was fool hardy to think a
mail order bride would want him. He rides out of town as fast as he can,
vowing never to look back. It’s a loco dream to think he can have a
family while constantly looking over his shoulder.
Addy has no idea why Peg calls the new sheriff daddy. It cost her,
Keegan, the man she hoped to make a life with. She has many secrets, but
the sheriff is not one of them. She needs Keegan to keep her safe from
her past in Boston. Once he learns the truth, he’ll send her back, but
it’s a chance she’s willing to take.
Can two people who have so much love to give, realize they actually love each other?
Excerpt: Tears filled her eyes. “I didn’t know what you’d do when we both showed up.”
“You’re here now. It’ll be fine. Here let me take her.” He eased the
baby out of Addy’s arms and held her close. “What’s her name?” “Peg.”
A terrible shriek filled the air as Peg woke up. Startled he almost
dropped her. She looked wildly around until she saw the man from the
stagecoach. She pointed and yelled, “Daddy!” The world slowed as
Keegan turned toward the man, only to have Peg shriek yet again.
Something wasn’t right and he wasn’t about to be fleeced of all his hard
earned money. “Hey, Mister, come get your child.” He put Peg back into
Addy’s arms and walked away. He hurried best he could to his horse,
mounted and headed out of town. He didn’t look back. The longer he
rode, the madder he got. He pulled lightly on the reins and slowed his
horse, Strike to a stop. It would be one thing if only the woman was
involved in cheating him, but the man with her needed to take a few
lumps for his part. Keegan had worked too long and too hard to allow
anyone to cheat him. Damn! What was he supposed to do now? “The hell
with it!” he yelled into the hot, dry Texas wind. He didn’t need
complications. Right now he had cattle to take care of and it wasn’t
easy starting a ranch alone. He’d been on his own too long.