The Cowboy Earns a Bride
by Cora Setone
Wedding bells are ringing on the Double-Bar-K and Luke Matheson is determined to make his move on his favorite bridesmaid—sweet, sexy Mia Start. Though she's shared his house for more than two months, she's remained elusive. Luke's ready to cross that divide, and win her love for good.
Mia would give anything to marry Luke, but he won't want her once he knows the truth; she’s four months pregnant with another man’s child. It's time to find a real home—and a real job—so she can raise her baby alone.
When a nosy neighbor exposes Mia’s pregnancy at his brother's wedding, Luke sees his chance to finally get what he wants. He lays claim to the baby—and to Mia—but their happily-ever-after lasts barely a day. When Luke's pride clashes with Mia's need for independence, Mia calls the wedding off.
Can Luke convince her to change her mind? Or will these wedding bells sound the death knell of their relationship?
“Mia! Say something!” her mother hissed. “Tell her she’s wrong.”
“I…I mean—” A chill swept over her, followed by a flush of heat. This couldn’t be happening. It couldn’t. Not at Ned and Fila’s wedding.
“See? I was right. She won’t even name the father. You certainly won’t find him in this crowd; I heard Ellis Scranton already left town. Things must have gotten too hot for him here. I bet you gave him what-for, didn’t you, Bart?” Linette looked utterly victorious—she knew as well as anyone else Mia’s father was not the type to confront anyone. Mia had a sudden flash—this was about the Christmas bazaar. Her mother had been nominated to run it this year. Linette’s face looked like she’d been sucking lemons for a week afterward.
“I…it’s—” But what could she say to deflect Linette’s words? She didn’t want it known that Ellis was the father of this child. He was gone and good riddance. But she had to say something, fast. Maybe Ellis was right—she should say it was a one night stand. Just a guy she’d met at the Dancing Boot. Someone she’d never seen again.
But when she opened her mouth to repeat the lie, she spotted Luke watching her. He stood just ten feet away from her and his face showed his feelings. Anger. Disgust. A sob caught in her throat. She needed to leave, now. Before she sank to the ground in a puddle of humiliation.
“Mia Start, you tell me if it’s true!” Her mother’s voice rang out, the finger she pointed at Mia shaking.
Mia jerked. She hadn’t spoken.
But Luke had, and every head in the room swiveled toward them at his authoritative tone. Luke stepped to her side with all the calm confidence of a lion strolling through the savannah, and Mia stifled a wail. Why had she told him about her affair with Ellis? Luke was going to expose her. She’d never live it down.
“Mia is pregnant with my baby,” Luke announced to the crowd at large. “We’re getting married. We planned to make the announcement tomorrow.” He clamped an arm around her, which was a good thing, Mia thought.
Because she was going to faint.
Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.
Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!
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