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.
Lane was working in the stable with Steve when he saw a buggy in the distance heading their way.
“We’ve got company coming,” he remarked, frowning.
Steeve stopped what he was doing and went to take a look. “That’s the buggy they keep down at the stable. It’s probably Ol’ Mick driving. I wonder what he’s up to?”
“I guess we’re going to find out.” Lane strode over to meet the approaching buggy.
The sight of the two women in the buggy set Lane to worrying. Seth Rawlins hadn’t had any family, and he wondered if they were kin to the previous owner who’d lost the ranch in the card game.
If the women didn’t know of the ranch’s change in ownership, he knew this could be awkward. If they knew Seth, his false identity was about to be revealed. His mood was grim, but he managed a welcoming smile.
“Afternoon,” he greeted them.
“Hello, Seth,” Ol’ Mick replied and then nodded toward the ladies. “I got a special delivery here for you, Seth!”
“I can see that,” Lane smiled. “Hello, ladies.”
Lane had no idea who they were, but he felt a surge of relief when he saw no sign of confusion in their expressions as they looked at him. They obviously didn’t know the real Seth.
“They came in on the noon stage, and I wanted to get them out to you right away,” Ol’ Mick went on.
“I appreciate it,” Lane said.
“I take it you’re Mr. Rawlins?” Gertrude inquired as she descended from the buggy. She eyed the dark-haired man up and down critically. She had to admit that with a bath and a shave, he might be very handsome. It looked as though Rebecca was going to make out all right on this arranged marriage.
“I am,” Lane replied, puzzled by her manner. It was almost as if she’d been inspecting him.
Gertrude smiled brightly. “Well, it’s good to meet you, Mr. Rawlins. I’m Gertrude McAllister from St. Louis, and this is Rebecca Lawrence, your mail-order bride.”
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.
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