From the cover of A Rancher of Her Own, a stand-alone book in The Hitching Post Hotel series:
A REASON TO STAY
Ranch manager Pete Brannigan has no interest in playing tour guide to a city slicker like Jane Garland. But spending a few days with the headstrong photographer is a small price to pay for everything her grandfather has given the single dad. Though Pete’s drawn to Jane’s sharp wit and striking beauty, he won’t hurt his young children by falling for another woman who puts her career before family.
Jane’s seen the world through her camera…and used it to shield her emotions. With Pete, she can finally let her guard down. If only he could do the same. Despite their powerful bond, Pete still can’t trust Jane with his kids or his heart. But if he keeps pushing her away, he may ruin any chance their relationship has to develop.
Excerpt from A Rancher of Her Own:
“You know, if you’d really rather not do this,” she said mildly, “you could send someone else to take your place.”
No, he couldn’t, thanks to Jed.
Damn. He owed the boss so much, yet here he was having inappropriate thoughts about the man’s granddaughter.
He turned and looked up at her on the stepladder. “Just looking out for your safety.”
“Thanks, but that’s not necessary. I’ve been in much riskier places than on a ladder in a hotel room.”
“At the scene of a government overthrow. And undercover in a drug lord’s headquarters.”
She’d made the statements so matter-of-factly, he couldn’t question the truth of them. Her blank expression told him not to pursue this part of their conversation.
He’d heard Jed complain often enough about his granddaughter’s job as a photojournalist. Till now, he’d had no idea of the level of danger involved. He suspected Jed didn’t, either.
“And you’ve gone from that to this?”
She laughed, low and husky, setting off that rattling sensation inside him again. “When Grandpa speaks, I listen.”
He thought of what she had said about her father, another topic she didn’t seem inclined to discuss. “When your dad speaks, you pay attention, too?”
“Something like that.” She swung her leg over the top of the ladder and clambered down the steps, one hand held in front of her to protect the camera on its strap. “I think we’re done here.”
He glanced at the tub. “That’s a waste of hot water. And not to mention all the fun we’d miss out on with the bubbles.”
“Is it your turn to make me an offer?”
“Something like that.” He hadn’t deliberately echoed her words, but they were out before he could stop himself.
“You’re right. Why waste all those bubbles? Why don’t you feel free to jump in—” she raised the camera “—and give me a big smile.”
He stepped forward, reaching out to cover the lens. It put him close enough to see the pure silver-gray of her eyes surrounded by lashes as dark as her hair. “I’ll pass on that offer, too.”
“Why? Are you camera-shy?”
The real answer would take too long and tell her much more than he wanted her to know. “Let’s make things perfectly clear, the way you like ’em.” He tugged gently on her silver chain and watched her eyes darken. “Honey, I’m not shy about anything.”
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About the Author:
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Her latest release is Cowboy in Charge, a stand-alone book in The Hitching Post Hotel series. A larger print reissue of A Rancher’s Pride, the first book in Barbara’s popular Flagman’s Folly series, is now available exclusively from Harlequin, while the e-book version is available everywhere. And at the end of 2016, she begins a new sweet romance series for Entangled Bliss.
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