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Long island occasions bestselling writer Linda Howard units a story of strength, suspense, and fervour within the savage New Mexico Territory. simply real love may redeem.... Victoria Waverly, noble daughter of the war-ruined South, is bought in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and satisfaction aid her suffer existence as a spouse in identify merely yet not anything can quench her forbidden wish for employed gunman Jake Roper. His gaze is difficult, yet tenderness he cannot cover offers to unveil to Victoria the mysteries of affection. in simple terms real love can destroy.... Jake curses his burning want for Victoria, for he desires not anything to face within the means of his force to reclaim Sarratt's country -- the ranch that's his legacy and obsession. yet historical wrongs and blazing passions will bind jointly the aristocratic attractiveness and the strong cowboy. In a bloody land struggle, they are going to struggle for Jake's birthright...and grab in any respect expenses the affection that's their future.

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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. When the seconds passed and the door remained closed, she slowly relaxed and began to get ready for bed. But when she was lying between the cool sheets, she couldn't sleep. She couldn't get the picture of Roper out of her mind; every time she closed her eyes, she saw his muscled body surging rhythmically. So that was exactly what went on between men and women.

But of all those women, he'd never wanted one the way he wanted Victoria. It was more than physical, though God knew that was strong enough and getting stronger. He wanted to see her smile. He wanted to protect her. He didn't know what made her different, but she was. She was also forbidden to him. She was a lady, and the wife of his enemy. He had blood on his hands, and would have more: the blood of her husband. He found that it didn't matter. He thought of the way she'd lifted her chin with evident pride even though she had just been slapped in the face with her husband's infidelity.

Her eyes were alive with it. In that instant Victoria knew she should walk away and return to the house where she was insulated from these people who were so very different from her. A lady would never dream of talking with a woman of ill-repute, which Angelina obviously was or she would never live with a man not her husband. Nor would a lady have confronted one of her husband's employees in the stables, as she had just done. But perhaps she was less of a lady than she'd thought, because she didn't walk away from Angelina.

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