By Joan Johnston
Manhattan occasions bestselling writer Joan Johnston has written over 13 unforgettable Hawk's method romances. Now benefit from the vintage story that begun all of them. . . sought after: Ranch hand to fix fences--and damaged hearts. . . whilst her first husband, a Texas Ranger, used to be killed at the task, Honey Farrell swore she'd by no means hazard her middle back. She not has time for males, anyway--not with a ranch to run, a dwindling bang account and teenaged boys to elevate. So whilst cowboy Jesse Whitelaw turns up on her doorstep trying to find paintings, he sounds like the reply to her prayers. yet Honey does not comprehend that Jesse's really a Ranger himself, going undercover to damage up a cattle-rustling ring--and as she and Jesse catch up with, the secrets and techniques he is protecting may perhaps smash them either.
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But she was sure a sight for sore eyes. Her hair hung in frothy golden curls that whipped around her head and shoulders as she cantered her bay gelding toward him. She ought to be wearing a hat, he thought. As lightskinned as she was, the sun would burn her in no time at all. He remembered how her pale hand had looked in his bronzed one, how soft it had felt between his callused ﬁngers and thumb. Never had he been more conscious of who and what he was. Jesse hadn’t known at ﬁrst what it meant to 64 HONEY AND THE HIRED HAND be part Indian.
The phone,’’ she repeated. ’’ It was clear he would rather she didn’t. His body radiated tension. Honey stood there another moment staring, her body alive with unmet needs, before she turned and raced inside the house. For a second she thought he would follow her, but from the corner of her eye she saw him whirl on his booted heel and head toward the barn. JOAN JOHNSTON 53 She was panting by the time she snatched the phone from its cradle. ’’ ‘‘Honey? Why didn’t you answer? ’’ Dear Lord. It was Adam.
She allowed his lips to touch hers and it was as pleasant as she remembered. But when he tried to deepen the kiss, she backed away. ’’ ‘‘I’m sorry, Adam. ’’ He looked confused and even a little hurt. But she had tried twice to refuse his proposal and he hadn’t let her do it. Maybe her response to his kiss had told him what she hadn’t said in words. Then he smiled, and she could have cried because his words were thoughtful, his voice tender. ‘‘Good night, Honey. Get some rest. ’’ He would, too. Good old reliable Adam.
Honey and the Hired Hand by Joan Johnston