Last week, we met the hero and heroine from Broken Vows, a Western historical romance set in 1878 Fort Worth, Texas. This week’s installment? The Proposal.
Cal Delaney is an ex-bounty hunter who’s hung up his guns. All he wants now is to earn enough stake money to buy land of his own and live in peace. Rachel Girard has received an ultimatum from her father. Find a husband, fast, or risk losing her birthright, the sprawling Elena Rose cattle ranch Rachel loves more than life itself.
Rachel will obey, but on her own terms…
“My father is setting his affairs in order and has insisted that I marry. Otherwise, he’s threatened to leave the Elena Rose to my cousin.” There. It was out. Rachel fought an urge to squeeze her eyes shut and pray. Or run.
There was a hesitation. Two. Very slow. Beats. “Are you saying… you’re looking for a… husband?”
Again, silence, and then, without warning, Cal Delaney began to laugh—uproariously. Too uproariously, and Rachel felt her ire rise. So, he was taking her proposal as some sort of joke, was he? Well, she would throw in the bait and see just how funny he thought it was.
She had to raise her voice to be sure he could hear her over all that guffawing. “I’m talking about a business arrangement, Mr. Delaney! A six-month business arrangement, after which time I would expect the man in question to disappear in exchange for the sum of twenty thousand dollars.”
It worked. He stopped laughing.
Next week . . . the wedding night.
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