BLURB – Court Me, Cowboy
The End…or Just the Beginning?
Gabe Miller’s marriage ended so fast it had hardly begun. Which is why he couldn’t quite believe his luck—or his “ex”—when she returned a few months later with the news that legally they were still husband and wife. And that the child she was carrying was his son.
Gabe feared Marissa would bolt again, making a custody battle his only option—unless he could turn back the clock and woo her the way he should have during their whirlwind romance. But even with his boy’s future at stake, mending fences with a woman—especially the one he loved—wasn’t something the strong, silent type found easy to do….
EXCERPT – Court Me, Cowboy
Gabe put his arm around her shoulders.
And now she couldn’t suppress the shiver of pure wanting that shot through her. Mortified by her own instinctive response to him, she clenched her teeth but managed to force her lips into a smile.
“Huh-uh-uh, Marissa. Not very natural. Looks like you just backed into a prickly pear.”
He slipped his arm to her waist. Even above the loud conversations and laughter flowing around them, she could hear her breath catch.
“C’mon, now,” he murmured. “Gotta convince the neighbors, remember? Show ’em the happy bride and groom?”
“I’ve acted happy all evening.”
“From the other side of the room. I sure can’t play the ever-loving husband with my wife half a house away.”
Now, the truth was out. She had known he had brought her to the party only so he could show her off as his wife. She had expected that. Had braced herself for it.
And, finally, their paths had crossed. Her reprieve had ended. She had made the agreement with Gabe and had to stick with it. But he didn’t have to have it all his way.
“I’ve been socializing,” she pointed out. “You’ve been busy, too.”
“I’m here now. Time to act like the perfect couple. We dressed for the parts, all right.” He caught her left hand and lifted it to his lips. His gaze refused to let hers go, forced her to watch him as he pressed a kiss against her wedding band.
Then he turned her hand over to kiss her palm.
Her heart gave a sickening lurch.
Wrong. All wrong. Acting like her loving husband was just that for Gabe—an act—while she hadn’t the performance skill to hide her reaction to his every glance, his every touch.
To her dismay, he wrapped his other arm around her, bringing their bodies close together.
“Hey, Miller,” shouted one of the men in the crowd, “ain’t your honeymoon finished yet?”
Looking over her shoulder, Gabe called back, “Heck, Charlie, it’s just getting started.”
“The mistletoe’s over yonder,” a woman called.
“See,” he murmured in her ear, “it’s working already.” He took her by the elbow and moved forward.
Unless she wanted to make a scene in front of all these people she already liked and who already seemed to like her, unless she wanted to look like Mrs. Scrooge instead of Gabe’s blushing bride, she had no choice but to move with him.
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara’s new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began in April 2015 with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and continues with A Rancher of Her Own (July) and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal (December).