This week I'm continuing on from the excerpt I shared last week ... if you missed that post, check it out here.
She could hear the beat of Davey’s heart as he wrapped his arms tightly around her in a protective embrace, pounding in an erratic rhythm, getting faster and faster as the fight wore on. She didn’t need to see the fight to know what was happening – she could hear it in the groans of the men. She could feel it in the grip Davey had on her, the grip that kept getting tighter and tighter even though she remained still.
The minutes ticked by. She could hear blows landing, accompanied by muffled grunts. Davey’s arms held her tightly. She was clutching his shirt in one hand, her other fist was stuffed into her mouth to stifle her screams.
Suddenly, Davey loosened his grip. Something was happening! Cautiously, she peeked back over her shoulder just in time to see Woody passing Mr Jordan a knife, the blade small but sharp. She breathed a sigh of relief. Now the fight was even, and Cal hated fighting under those odds. Mr Jordan had taken a beating – blood oozed down his arm, it stained his shirt, his face was swollen and bruised, one eye was partially closed already. How much more of a punishment could one man take?
She closed her eyes again, pressing her face back into Davey’s shirt, clutching the fabric tightly in both hands. She couldn’t watch.
Then there was silence. “It’s over,” Davey whispered in her ear, spinning her around so she could see.
The Code of the West is the standalone sequel to The Ways of the West. And now both books are now available in one paperback volume: The Heart of the West
In the years since the tragic death of her parents, Jedda-Lyn Cross has given everything she has to keep the family ranch running. She has grown accustomed to getting no help at all from her alcoholic brother, but when his violent, sadistic friend tries to make Jedda his wife against her will, it is the last straw.
Her attacker is the son of the richest family in town, and with the corrupt sheriff ready to do his bidding Jedda is desperate to leave town in a hurry. With no money and no horse, her best chance of making her escape comes in the form of a soon-to-be-departing cattle drive led by the famous trail boss Wes Jordan. But a young woman has little hope of gaining employment on a cattle drive, so drastic measures will be required…
Wes is none too pleased when he discovers that the new drover he hired is actually a beautiful twenty-two-year-old woman disguised as a boy, but after hearing Jedda’s story he promises to protect her. As he quickly realizes, however, that will be easier said than done. Jedda is sassy, headstrong, and in serious need of a good, hard, bare-bottom spanking, and when her reckless disregard for her own safety finally pushes him too far, Wes takes her firmly in hand.
After a painful, humiliating punishment from the handsome trail boss, Jedda is left with her bottom burning and her mind set awhirl. In spite of everything, she aches for Wes to take her in his arms, and when at last he does the pleasure of his skillful, passionate lovemaking nearly takes her breath away. But with her obsessed former suitor and his hired guns still after her, can she bring herself to accept the fact that, for a man like Wes, risking his life to protect the woman he loves is just part of what it means to live by the code of the west.
Publisher’s Note: The Code of the West is an erotic romance novel that contains sexual scenes and spankings, including domestic discipline in a historical setting. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
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