McKettrick's Choice by Linda Lael Miller

By Linda Lael Miller

When information arrived that there has been hassle again in Texas, Holt McKettrick left a mail-order bride and his kinfolk instant. And he by no means appeared again. He simply prayed he'd be in time to avoid wasting the fellow who had raised him as a son and hold his ally from the gallows. He knew he'd come upon rustlers, scoundrels and thieves, yet he'd by no means anticipated to discover a lady like Lorelei Fellows.

Setting fireplace to her marriage ceremony gown within the city sq. most likely wasn't tips to stand her floor. yet Lorelei had had sufficient. She used to be ill of fellows and their schemes. All she sought after was once to stake her declare on her personal little piece of Texas. And with Holt McKettrick as a neighbor, issues have been commencing to search for. the guy was once a directly shooter with a powerful will, a gradual target and a hungry heart.

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Lizzie stared into his face, looking, perhaps, for the half-truths people tell to children, or even a bold-faced lie. Finding only truth, she straightened her shoulders and hoisted her chin. “All right, then,” she said. ” He smiled, cupped her chin in one hand. “Don’t eat too much cake,” he said. Her eyes glistened with tears. “Don’t get yourself shot,” she countered. And that was their farewell. Lizzie was a woman-child, with the run of one of the biggest ranches in the Arizona Territory. She could already ride like a pony soldier, and Kade’s wife, Mandy, a sharpshooter, had taught her niece to handle a shotgun as well as a side arm.

Sexton asked anxiously, standing up again. Even on his feet, he was knee-high to a burro, but he was still steaming along. ” Holt, in the process of turning away, paused. John had already gained the door. “You’ve got more guts than I would have given you credit for, Mr. Sexton,” he said. “Goodbye. ” He joined John on the wooden sidewalk. ” Holt laughed and slapped him on the back. “Let’s collect Tillie and pay Gabe a visit. ” John made a show of taking out his watch. He’d fought on the Union side during the war, and the timepiece, a gift from his captain, was the only memento he’d kept from his days as a Buffalo Soldier, except, of course, for that chunk of cannonball lodged deep in his right thigh.

When he was a Ranger, then an independent cattleman, things had been different. “Maybe you’ve gone soft, Navarro,” he said, “but I’m still meaner than a scalded bear. ” Gabe seemed pleased by this remark, and Holt had the feeling he’d just passed some kind of test. “I’d like to meet your old man,” Navarro said. ” Holt reached between the bars, laid a hand on Gabe’s shoulder. “If I have to dynamite this place, I’ll get you out. ” “I believe you,” Gabe said simply. “Make it quick, will you? ” A bleak expression filled his eyes.

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