The Marlboro Man
by Anna Alexander
For years Mark Webber was in love with his best friend’s girl, and it had become well past time for him to move on for greener pastures. Not long after he left, Mark realized the Sprawling A was his home, so now he’s back, ready to leave the past in the dust. While he was gone, there had been some changes at the A, including a new ranch hand who comes with a sister that stirs Mark’s passions in ways he never felt.
Gabriella Montoya has come to the ranch seeking shelter after a failed marriage. Not only is she welcomed with open arms, but she gains six big brothers. But one man doesn’t look at her like he would a sister. Oh, no. Mark gazes at her with a heat and promise in his eyes, and damn if he doesn’t deliver on every one. But Gabriella’s not certain she’s ready to embark on another relationship so soon with a man who has made no bones about wanting forever, especially when both of their pasts rise from the ashes and threaten everything they have.
She tugged hard on his fingers, bringing his attention to his crushing grip. “I’m sorry.” He dropped her hand like a hot branding iron. Red colored his vision for a moment before he shook his head to clear it. “You’re so tiny. I didn’t mean to hurt you. Are you all right?” He searched her face for any sign of discomfort.
“I’m fine.” Her expression was passive, with no indication that she was anything other than all right.
“Let’s get you to where it’s warmer.” He gestured for her to go ahead. He tamped down the overwhelming urge to sweep her up in his arms for protection. As she passed him, his palm brushed the silk
on her lower back to escort her, before he remembered his place and snatched it away.
He had no right touching her or guiding her that way. She didn’t belong to him. She wasn’t his to care for or avenge. Where was this caveman tendency coming from? She was a stranger. How could this little slip of a woman affect him so quickly? Make his blood boil with a few soft-spoken words?
He exhaled through his noise with a harsh breath and chomped down on his gum with more force than necessary. Jesus, he really needed to stop wanting his friends’ women. Ignoring the throbbing below his belt, he kept his focus on the dirt road in front of him and not on the sway of her hips. He’d never thought he would find a tweed skirt so sexy.
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Anna Alexander's literary world changed at age thirteen when a friend gave her a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's "A Rose in Winter." With her mind thoroughly blown, she decided that one day she too would be a romance writer. With Hugh Jackman's abs and Christopher Reeve's blue eyes as inspiration, she loves spinning tales about superheroes finding love.
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