Saturday, November 18, 2017

Exclusive Peek at Under a Calico Moon

Under a Calico Moon
By Ellie Lynn
Historical Romance
Champagne Books:

When everything you love has been taken, sometimes all you have left is revenge.

He took her hands, kissed her fingertips then stared at them for a long moment. Tilting his head, he smiled at her with a lopsided grin. “You don’t know how to ride?”

She grinned. “Horses. Cowboys are a whole other beast.”

His smile faded, and he grew serious. After he drew her up and onto his lap, his lips touched her hair. “I love your faith in me Lil, but I’m afraid for you. I don’t know who is behind all of this, or even why. How can I protect you when I don’t know what the hell is going on?”

“I—” she started to speak, only to be cut off as Chet’s mouth touched hers.

He pulled his lips away from her mouth. “It isn’t safe, Lil. Until we can draw this guy out into the open, it isn’t safe. That’s why you can’t stay.”

“But I want to stay.”

“I know, and God knows I want you to, but you can’t,” he said. “First thing in the morning, I’m taking you back to Calico, and you’re going to stay there until this thing is settled.”

“I most certainly am not going to stay in town like a good little girl!” Lil snapped and jumped up from his knee. “You may think you are in charge, mister, but let me tell you something—no one tells Lil Kersey what to do. I’ll go back tomorrow because I have a business to run, but I’ll return to check on you in a few days.”

She raised her finger to silence him when he opened his mouth. “Furthermore, I happen to be falling in love with you, you big lunk, so don’t think you can keep me away from you.”

His eyebrows shot up. “You... you are?”

Tugging at her lower lip with her teeth, she smiled sheepishly. “Maybe.”

“Maybe?” he said and got to his feet. Lord, when that man stood in front of her, he was the tallest drink of water this side of the Rio Grande. And she loved it.

“I sometimes say things without thinking,” she said and waved a hand in front of her. “Pay it no mind.”

He grinned, tugging her toward him and lowered his face to hers. The last thing she heard before he gave her another heart- stopping kiss was, “Whatever you say, Miss Lil.”

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