by Bobbi Smith
GENRE: Historical Romance
Destiny Sterling had to get away from St. Louis. Otherwise, she’d never escape her stepfather’s hideous plans for her. Her only hope was to pose as a mail-order bride named Rebecca and travel to Texas to marry a rancher.
Running From the Law
Dan Cooper was as low-down a man as they came. He took pride in his gang’s rough reputation…and the string of successful robberies they’d pulled off. His ace in the hole was a remote Texas ranch where he planned to lie low if things got too hot.
Running the Show
Texas Ranger Lane Madison knew the Cooper gang would show up at the Circle D Ranch sooner or later. All he had to do was play the part of its new owner…and wait. What he didn’t count on was having to marry a vulnerable young beauty to keep up the role, or the inescapable attraction that made any secret between them impossible.
Destiny awoke just as the Eastern sky began to brighten. She was nervous, and she had to admit, excited. This was her wedding day. It wasn’t what she’d always dreamed of, but it was her wedding and she wanted to look her best.
She wasted no time getting out of bed and gathering what she needed to bathe and get ready. It was early, so she didn’t wake Gertrude. She would wake her when she was finished.
All was quiet as Destiny made her way to the kitchen. Without thought, she went to the washroom door and opened it.
Lane hadn’t worried about heating up water for his bath. He’d taken the time to shave and then had filled the tub with cold water and made short order of scrubbing himself clean. He had just stood up and grabbed his towel to start drying off when the door opened unexpectedly and he found himself face-to-face with his intended.
“Oh, my—!” Destiny froze in the doorway, shocked by her first-ever glimpse of a naked man. She remained unmoving, staring at the magnificent specimen of manhood standing before her. She took it all in—his broad-shouldered physique, his hard-muscled, tanned chest and powerful arms, still shimmering with the glaze of water he had yet to dry off, his lean waist and… Heat burned her cheeks.
Lane was as shocked to see her as she was to see him. Embarrassed to be standing before her so unclad, he reacted quickly, wrapping the towel around his waist.
Lane had cautioned himself ever since he’d come to the ranch to be on guard every minute. He’d warned himself to constantly be on the lookout for trouble. He’d never thought trouble would come in the form of this beautiful innocent walking in on him just as he’d finished his bath.
Seeing her distress, he said wryly, “Good morning.”
“I-um-I didn’t know you were in here.” Realizing how ridiculous she must look standing there blushing, she forced her gaze to the ground. “I’ll wait outside.”
She backed out and closed the door. As she glanced at the closed door again, she had to smile to herself as a vision of him standing there naked before her played in her mind. He was a handsome man, there was no denying that.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.
Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million copies of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List and the Wal-Mart Best Seller List.
The rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Russia and Sweden. Bobbi has also written two faith-based contemporary novels – Haven and Miracles – using the pseudonym Julie Marshall.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
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