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Cowboy in the Crossfire

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Cowboy in the Crossfire

Unjust accusations shattered Blake Redmond's big-city police career--and destroyed everything around him. Now, all this sheriff lives for is keeping watch over his small Texas town...until Amanda...More
Unjust accusations shattered Blake Redmond's big-city police career--and destroyed everything around him. Now, all this sheriff lives for is keeping watch over his small Texas town...until Amanda...More
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  • Unjust accusations shattered Blake Redmond's big-city police career--and destroyed everything around him. Now, all this sheriff lives for is keeping watch over his small Texas town...until Amanda Hawthorne and her five-year-old son come fleeing out of a snowstorm with killers on their trail. The terror Blake sees in the young boy's eyes makes Blake swear to protect him and his injured mother. But winning Amanda's trust is as difficult as resisting the passion drawing him to this beautiful, determined woman. With their every move thwarted and time running out, the only way Blake can clear his name and save this little family is to confront his own dangerous past--no matter what the cost.

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    A wicked gust of winter wind buffeted Amanda Hawthorne toward the front entrance of her brother's home. She wrapped her flimsy coat tighter around her body and lowered her head. Another cold blast nearly knocked her down. Even the weather fought to keep her out of Vince's house. Well, this freak ice storm wouldn't win, and neither would her brother. He'd be furious, but she was staying. Just until she found another job.

    She breathed in, hoping to kill the perpetual French-fry smell that permeated her clothes from her final shift at Jimmy's Chicken Shack. She could have lived with the odor and her aching feet, but she couldn't take his octopus hands, his foul breath or his large body trapping her against the wall in his storage room. She shuddered at the memory. She wouldn't go back. But first, she had to face Vince.

    With a deep breath, she unlocked the door. "Big brother, I've got bad news. You may have houseguests for a while--"

    Her voice trailed off. The photos that had lined the entryway hall lay shattered on the tile floor. The small table near the doorway teetered on its side, crushed.

    "Vince?" Her heart thumped like a panicked rabbit.

    She ran into the living room. The place was in shambles. "Ethan?" Oh, God. Where was her son?

    She rounded the couch and skidded to a halt. Vince lay on the floor in a pool of blood, eyes staring up at her, sightless. A hole in his chest, a gun in his hand.

    Her knees shook and she swayed. No.

    She whirled around the room, frantic, searching. "Ethan!" she screamed. He had to be here. He had to be okay. He was only five. "Ethan, where are you?"

    Deadly silence echoed through the house. Her body went numb. This couldn't be happening. Her son was her life.

    Then she saw it. A small, bloody footprint on the wood floor. Streaks of red trailed across the carpet toward the entertainment center. So much blood. Too much blood.

    "No!"

    A horrified, wounded cry ricocheted through the quiet room.

    The sound came from her.

    Shaking, her mind whirling through unthinkable images, she followed the blood to the cabinet. Sobs clutched her throat as she tossed aside a slew of DVDs dumped in front of the oak furniture. Bracing herself for the worst, she held her breath and opened the door.

    Empty.

    She clutched at the wood to keep herself from collapsing. "Ethan!" Her stomach roiled. She should never have left him. Ever!

    A choked whimper broke from behind another section on the unit.

    "Ethan?"

    She snatched the brass handle and yanked it open to reveal her five-year-old huddled in a ball, rocking back and forth. Alive.

    Amanda's knees quaked with relief. She couldn't stop the tears that poured down her face. Her son was alive. She snatched him from the cabinet and folded him into her arms. She couldn't stop touching him. His arms, his legs, his hair, his tear-streaked face. With a trembling hand, she stroked his blood-stained pants. "Are you hurt?"

    He shook his head. "U-Uncle Vince."

    "I know, little man. I know." She rocked him back and forth, her chin on his soft hair. His small arms clung to her as if he would never let her go. "It's okay. Mommy's here." She repeated the words over and over again, as much for herself as for Ethan.

    She shot up a thankful prayer, then her gaze fell to her brother's body. Blindly, Amanda searched for the cell in her pocket to call 9-1-1. She pulled out the phone and started dialing.

    Ethan grabbed her hand, his eyes wild with panic. "No, Mommy. Uncle Vince...

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  • Golden Heart winner Robin Perini is devoted to giving readers fast-paced, high stakes adventures infused with a poignant love story sure to melt their hearts. Her mission's motto: "when danger and romance collide, no heart is safe." She loves to interact with readers. Visit her website at ...

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