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The Texan's Wager


Jodi Thomas - 2002
    But still, she can't help thinking that something about this strong, silent farmer could be the key to leaving her troubled past behind...and making a worthy wager with her heart.

Comanche Moon


Catherine Anderson - 1991
    But Loretta can only see him as the enemy who has kidnapped her, and she refuses to succumb to his control—or his touch.Despite the hatred between their peoples, Loretta and Hunter gradually find their enmity changing to respect and care. In the midst of such conflict, it will take all the force of their love to find a safe haven.

Colorado Bride


Leigh Greenwood - 1990
    With her smooth skin and creamy complexion, she didn’t belong out in the wilderness. And where was this elusive husband she claimed to have? If Carrie were his wife, he’d never let her out of his sight. And even though Luca knew it could never be, he Couldn’t help imagining what it would be like to make her his beautiful … Colorado Bride.

Allie's Moon


Alexis Harrington - 2000
    Desperate for help, she reluctantly turns to Jefferson Hicks, an ex-lawman who has fallen from grace-a man who unexpectetly awakens her to desire...and to dreams she believes she can never have. Jeff Hicks has fallen as low as a man can. But here at Allie's farm, his silent, numb heart suddenly begins to beat again. Drawn to this woman who is as much a prisoner of the past as he, Jeff discovers the healing power of love. But to claim it, they must confront spiteful enemies determined to keep them apart forever.

Colt


Kate Bridges - 2018
    Don’t miss these steamy love stories! Alaska and the Yukon, 1898 MEET COLT, the strong and silent Mountie who’s forced to escort the beautiful, brainy and talkative Elizabeth through the northern wilderness. Mountie Colt Hunter is on a dangerous undercover mission with his team of Mounties, traveling to Alaska and the Yukon, and the last thing he wants is the delicate Elizabeth Langley joining them. Frustrated at being forced to escort her, Colt orders Elizabeth to go in disguise too—as his make-believe sister. He wants Elizabeth to understand that she needs to follow his orders and step in line with his men. How else will they survive the dangers? And how will Colt survive the emotional battle dueling inside his heart, between duty and passion, every time he looks at her? Elizabeth thinks that pretending to be his sister is ridiculous. But she can fake it as well as he can. She’s not the delicate city woman that Colt believes. Elizabeth is a hardworking doctor, trying to make it to the Yukon in search of answers to a troubling family secret and to meet with her grandfather. When they get to the Klondike, she’ll finally be free of Colt’s bossy attitude, free of his close proximity and free of the way he makes her heart race…. Originally published as Klondike Doctor in 2007. All of the books in this romance series are stand-alone novels. Don’t miss any of the ALASKA COWBOYS and MOUNTIES! Book 1: COLT Book 2: LUKE Book 3: DYLAN Book 4: WESTON Book 5: QUINN Book 6: BRANT coming soon... Book 7: HARRISON Book 8: JAMES Book 9: JOHN

Foxfire Bride


Maggie Osborne - 2004
    Once the most sought-after scout west of the Rockies, she led folks through wild, unexplored terrain–until a gunshot wound ended her guiding career. She’s living a calmer life when a handsome stranger appears with an urgent request to take him to Denver immediately. The gold coins he offers catch Fox’s eye–and so do his sharp good looks. Fox can’t resist the chance to guide again, and can’t ignore the fire that burns in her body whenever she sees this oh-so tempting man.Matthew Tanner has received a startling telegraph: His father is being held for ransom in Denver. With time running out, Matthew must find the best scout money can buy. When the best turns out to be a woman with gritty good looks and a wild mane of red hair, Matthew is both shocked and intrigued. Can Matthew and Fox’s mutual desire and growing love survive the perils of their journey, or will their secrets destroy each other?

Wolf Shadow's Promise


Karen Kay - 2000
    But now that Alys Clayton was a woman grown and ripe for the love of an honorable man, Moon Wolf knew that man could not be him. For she had since been named Wolf Shadow, a warrior pledged to protect his people. A well-born beauty like Alys deserved much more than a revel Indian could give her. And Moon Wolf loved her too much to deny her anything...Alys had long waited for the day when she would be reunited with the darkly handsome suitor who had filled her young heart with yearning. And once in Moon Wolf's tender embrace, she longed to fulfill their vow of love. But Moon Wolf struggled against his passion, stubbornly denying her the one thing that would make her truly his. Now Alys was determined to show the noble warrior that he need not walk alone and that theirs was a love meant to be...

Chase the Wind


Cindy Holby - 2002
    For a poor Scottish immigrant with a gift of talking to horses, it all began with love.A Daring EscapeFrom the moment he set eyes on his beautiful Faith, Ian Duncan knew she was the only girl for him. But her unbreakable betrothal to his employer's vicious son forced him to steal his love away on the very eve of her marriage.A Secret WeddingRunning for their lives, Faith and Ian were married clandestinely, their only posessions a magnificent horse, a family Bible, a wedding-ring quilt and their unshakable belief in each other.A Double BirthWhile their homestead waited to be carved out of the Iowa wilderness, Faith presented Ian with the most precious gift of all: a son and a daughter, born of the winter snows into the spring of their lives. The golden years were still ahead, their dream was coming true, but that was just the beginning.

Holt's Gamble


Barbara Ankrum - 2013
    Talbot, a ruthless saloon owner, until Clay Holt wins her in a rigged poker game. When Clay tries to collect his winnings, he's attacked by Talbot's men and badly injured.Clay never expected Keirin to take him to the wagon train on which he was due to leave, or that she would lie about being his wife and nurse him back to health while on the trail.But, Keirin isn't interested in a man consumed by avenging his wife's murder. She's pursuing her father, who sold her for a ticket to the California gold fields.However, posing as a married couple, spending night after night together, is fanning Keirin and Clay into a different kind of blinding passion that's blazing the way for Talbot, who will kill to have what's his.

Only His


Elizabeth Lowell - 2003
    But she fears this stranger who burns to avenge the wrongs of treacherous men. For Caleb is as wild and unpredictable as the uncivilized land he loves. Yet, though she challenges him at every turn, the spirited southern lady knows this proud, enigmatic loner is her destiny. And no matter what peril awaits, they must face it together -- for Willow has become a fever in Caleb′s blood ... awakening a need so fierce that he would defeat the devil himself to possess her.

The Texan's Bride


Geralyn Dawson - 1993
    Readers will be laughing with delight one minute and falling in love with the hero the next as they follow the adventures of Katie Starr, a fiery young widow who helps run her father's inn.

Texas Tall


Kaki Warner - 2016
    Now he’s found a woman he could love, but she deserves more than a man who makes a living getting shot at. If Ty were honorable, he’d leave her alone. But he can’t seem to stay away....   Orphaned at fourteen, Charlotte Weyland has used her talent for numbers to build enough of a fortune to fund Ty’s dream of owning a ranch…if he’s not too stubborn to accept her help. But when Charlotte’s past catches up to her, she finds herself on one side of the law with Ty on the other. To keep their dreams alive, they’ll have to make compromises, but doing so might cost them everything they have...

Chasing Rainbows


Victoria Lynne - 1997
    . . only to land in his arms.The crowd cheered as the bandit was hanged--until his hat flew off, revealing the truth: the condemned man was a woman.  But the noose was loose, the rope was frayed, and within seconds Outlaw Annie fell to the ground, rescued by the tall, dark stranger who rode by her side as they hightailed it out of town.  She'd never met her match until then, in this disturbing outsider who stirred unfamiliar passions as he tried to tame the wildest woman in the West.Jake Moran couldn't tell Annie the truth: he was a wanted man, using her as bait to lure the infamous Mundy Gang, the only ones who could clear his name.  Jake was a gambler, but nothing could have prepared him for this hellion he'd agreed to escort to a distant town.  She said she wanted to go straight.  But she went straight for his heart, a place no woman had ever touched before, as he battled guilt and desire for the innocent temptress who led him into the most dangerous wilderness of all--love.

Hawk's Pledge


Constance O'Banyon - 2006
    Two missing parents. One man whose hatred had divided a family, whose duplicity ended in murder, inextricably weaving all their lives together in a web of lies that only time could untangle.WHIPHe was a gambler by necessity, a loner by choice. Ever since the orphanage had gone up in flames, Whip Hawk had been searching desperately for what remained of his family. Instead he found Jacqueline Douglas, a rancher in need of a good hand, a woman in need of the right man. Wildly beautiful, she was as untamed as the Texas he loved, and Whip knew that no matter what else life held in store for him, the fiery redhead must be his.

Mountain Woman


Johnny Fowler - 2010
    After the attack, Kate found the wagon master barely alive. He gave her directions to a cabin owned by a mountain man, Homer Manchester, called Man. Kate worried about spending the winter in a cabin alone with a mountain man, but it couldn't be worse than starvation. Or could it?She finds herself trapped in the wilderness, living with a stranger, fighting for her life against Indian renegades and slave traders. She must learn to adapt to a life she never would have dreamed of living and become a ruthless mountain woman to survive.