Which will triumph his love or her revenge?
Pampered and privileged then betrayed and disowned, Elise Van Demer hides in plain sight and plots her revenge on the men who destroyed her life. With her goal in sight, she encounters a lawman from her past. Boyd Alvarez could ruin everything, and the last thing she needs is wanting some man who only wants to protect her.
His family dead and without a home, Boyd Alvarez rides the range and hunts bounties for a living. When he stumbles on Elise Van Demer his only thought is to keep her safe. He can outgun just about every man, but can he protect her from her own plans of revenge? Can he teach her that loving a man is a better dream than destroying her enemies?
Nowhere Wyoming, Late July 1876
“I saw Skinner Robelard’s rig over to the stable,” said one of the yahoos at the bar, as Boyd Alvarez paused inside the front door of the saloon. He spotted his quarry at the far end of the bar then headed for an empty table near the man. He motioned to the barkeep, ordered one shot of Redeye neat, and settled with his back to the wall to watch Zachariah Jackson—the meanest, dirtiest, claim jumper, this side of the Snake River—whoop it up with some friends. Given some luck, Jackson would drink himself into a stupor, and Boyd could haul the man over to the sheriff’s office with little or no problem.
“Ain’t never see’d Robelard m’self,” Jackson said.
“Well y’ can see ‘im now,” one of the friends remarked and tilted his head toward the door Boyd had passed through. “Just came in.”
Jackson stood on his toes and craned his neck to see over the crowd. “Where? Man with as big a legend as Robelard’ oughta be big enough to see easy.”
The friend grinned. “He’s standing smack in the middle of the doorway. Ain’t Skinner’s size what got ‘im ‘is reputation; it’s his luck. Why I hear’d tell that he’s half rattler and half eagle. He’s faster’n lightning and never misses.”
“Afternoon, fellas.” The voice was rusty as barbed wire but surprisingly deep and musical, like church bells, but with the rhythm of a mama rocking a baby, the combination was oddly soothing.
Boyd supposed a man who coaxed critters to haul heavy loads over long distances would need such a voice.
Booted tread followed the greeting, and the crowd of men around the bar made room. Boyd watched a scruffy figure stride through. Something besides the skinner’s voice struck Boyd as odd. He couldn’t decide exactly what. As he considered, Robelard stepped into a spot at the bar bedside Jackson, right between Boyd and the claim jumper.
“Whisky, neat,” said the barbed wire croon.
Boyd was still mentally cursing the luck that put an innocent between him and a one hundred dollar bounty when he finally figured out what bothered him. How in Hades have all these men failed to notice that Skinner isn’t a man.
The Wildfire Love Series
Passion strong enough to burn the mountains down
The Alden sisters are each on a mission to reunite their family and escape their grandfather’s horrific will. Three men find unlooked for love when each encounters a one of these determined women. From San Francisco, to Wyoming Territory, to the factories of Boston. Each couple has a unique adventure linked by love and family to the other two adventures.
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The Legend of Skinner Robelard – Legends Book 1
One Moment’s Pleasure – Wildfire Love Book 1
One Night’s Desire – Wildfire Love Book 2
One Day’s Loving – Wildfire Love Book 3
About Rue Allyn
Award winning author, Rue Allyn, learned story telling at her grandfather’s knee. (Well it was really more like on his knee—I was two.) She’s been weaving her own tales ever since. She has worked as an instructor, mother, sailor, clerk, sales associate, and painter, along with a variety of other types of employment. She has lived and traveled in places all over the globe from Keflavik Iceland (I did not care much for the long nights of winter.) and Fairbanks Alaska to Panama City and the streets of London England to a large number of places in between. Now that her two sons have left the nest, Rue and her husband of more than four decades (Try living with the same person for more than forty years—that’s a true adventure.) have retired and moved south. When not writing, enjoying the nearby beach or working jigsaw puzzles, Rue travels the world and surfs the internet in search of background material and inspiration for her next heart melting romance.. She loves to hear from readers, and you may contact her at [email protected]. She can’t wait to hear from you.
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