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Much Ado About Miners
Hearts of Owyhee #4
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Much Ado About Miners
by Jacquie Rogers
Hired gun Kade McKinnon interrupts a bank holdup and is shot by the teller, Iris Gardner, whose victims have a tendency to be the next groom in town. Will he be the groom this time?
Iris Gardner, a smart, independent bank clerk, fell in love with Kade when she was too young to know better. So when he walks back into her life and her bank, it's only fitting that she shoots him ... by accident, of course. But she’s a suffragist now, so his charms can’t affect her...right?
Kade doesn’t know Iris’s company is the one who hired him to escort a bullion shipment, and Iris doesn’t know Kade owns the security company, but they both know robbers are on their trail. Which is more likely to be stolen—the silver, or his heart?
Excerpt set up:
Kade is teaching Iris to shoot, but it's hard for him to keep his mind on his business, especially since she has just agreed to a marriage of convenience to the banker's son. Not that it's any easier for her—she has been in love with Kade since she was eleven years old. But time and circumstances have always kept them apart. Until now.
Kade swept the spent casings into a small bag, mostly to keep himself from kissing Iris senseless. “Why are you marrying that dandy?”
“Because it’s expected of me, and it did get my job back.” She shrugged and brushed the dust off her boots. “Edward’s a nice person—I’ve known him since we attended business college together in Boise City. I was sixteen when we met.”
A nice person, but not a man—not what Iris needed, but that was none of his affair. “You went to college at sixteen?”
“Fifteen. Oreana didn’t have a school when we moved there, so Mama and Aunt Grace taught us. I took the entrance exam for college and passed, so my parents let me go.”
“Did you have lots of beaux?” He could’ve kicked himself for asking, but he didn’t want any man to court her. Now she would be marrying the dandy, but if she weren’t, she’d end up with his brother. He wasn’t sure he could bear seeing Iris and Bram together.
“No, but college was fun. I was younger than most of the students so my restrictions were rather stifling. Edward saved me, though, because he’d take me on carriage rides and such to keep me from going crazy in the dormitory. The college has a big theater department and I joined the drama club, so that kept me busy on the weekends. Mostly, I studied accounting. Not very exciting, but I graduated.”
“Quite an accomplishment.”
“Thank you, but look at all you know about firearms, and I bet you remember how to blacksmith, too.” She stood and gazed into his eyes with a passion that made him want to kiss her right there, on her engagement day. “You know a whole lot of things I know nothing about,” she whispered.
He took a stride toward her. “When you hit your head, you asked me if I’d kissed you.”
“I vaguely remember.”
“Why did you ask that?”
“Be-because...” Her mouth opened a little bit, and she licked her upper lip. Kade had all he could do to keep from sweeping her up in his arms and making love to her the way a man should—the way she deserved to be loved.
“Do you want to kiss me?”
“No!” But she nodded, and Kade stepped closer, to within an inch of her, and it took all his willpower to stop there.
“The way you kiss Edward?”
“I, uh, don’t...” She gazed into Kade’s eyes. “We never...” She touched her forefinger to her lips.
“Just one kiss, then, so you know how to do it.” He pulled her close, so her breasts pressed into him. “Put your arms around me, princess.”
She brushed her hands over his sides and when she caressed his back, he could barely hold back from ravishing her. “Tilt your head back and open your lips just a little.”
As she did, she whispered, “Just this once.”
He’d make her remember “just this once” forever.
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