Two More Days! So, So Close!!
I’m so obnoxious. Dancing all over the house and not getting a whole lot of work done. Daddy’s going to have to put his foot down, I’m pretty sure. Two more days and Warming Emerald will be here!
Set up: Lydia is in one jail cell, Millicent Crankshaw is in the other, and Garrett has arrived to pay Lydia’s fine.
Sneak Peek #6:
Take it slow, his head cautioned. But when Garrett opened his mouth, what came out next was anything but. “Marry me.”
Emerald green eyes snapped back to stare at him. Then she laughed, a hard and bitter sound that barely lasted a second before she again stared at him in disbelief. “You really are crazy!”
“You could do a whole lot worse.” He fed her his most beguiling smile.
She tried again to disengage herself from his arms. “I’m going home now.”
He tsked as she turned away, and this time without his pull on her captured wrist, she immediately whipped around and of her own accord, came back to him.
“What?” she demanded, her mouth flattening in a frown even as he took her back into his arms. “What does that sound mean?”
“I can’t let you do that.”
Her tiny left hand was in his, his right was on her waist, her hips were once more swaying in seductive time with his and their feet were moving—slow, small steps—he was leading and she was following, even as she squared herself against him. “Why? Because you haven’t made your example out of me yet?”
“Ah well. I said I would, so I suppose I will. You’ve got to admit though, you have earned a little something for your part in tonight’s misbehavior.”
Her nostrils flared as her green eyes flashed. “If you expect me to say I’m sorry for hitting that old, pinch-faced—”
“Jezebel,” Millicent immediately spat.
“—cow!” Lydia snarled back at her around Garrett’s shoulder.
“All right, enough,” Garrett said, holding up a silencing hand, which they both ignored.
“Then you’ve got a long night ahead of you,” Lydia finished hotly.
“And if you expect me to spank you for that, then you don’t know me half as well as I’d hoped you would by now,” Garrett replied.
(See? Millicent really is in the room. lol)
She is the ‘savage’ of the Red Petticoat Saloon, a white woman raised by Indians only to be ripped from her adopted family by enemy soldiers and—with her half-breed son in tow—forced back into a life she does not remember or want. She does not smile; she does not trust, but she will, for a few extra dollars, put her buckskins on before taking a man to bed. Called Emerald, she has bitten more customers than she has forgiven. It never once occurred to her that anyone would find that treatment enamoring… until the day of the Great Brawl when the eldest Drake brother stormed the Red Petticoat in his vengeful hunt for Gabe and the youngest, Garrett, tackled her to the floor. She’d lived up to her reputation that day, grinding her teeth into the palm of his hand until she tasted blood, and forever won herself the erstwhile affections of a man who refused to understand the concept of ‘get lost’.
No one knew how to hide behind a smile like Garrett Drake. Haunted by a past he would never honor with words, he knew the soul-biting pain of incorporeal scars when he saw it. And from the moment he clapped eyes on Emerald—and she clamped her sharp little teeth on him, painting her lips with his blood—Garrett recognized his suffering soul’s long absent mate. She was prickly, temperamental, tense… afraid… what about that could draw him as intensely as it did, he had no idea, but the more she insisted he go away, the more impossible he found it to leave.
And then soldiers came to Culpepper Cove with orders to remove Emerald’s very young son to a reservation in which she could not go. After that, leaving ceased to be an option. Armed with an off-kilter joke and a smile, Garrett allied himself to the woman he loved…whether she wanted him to or not. Because she was warming to him, by God, and that right there made everything he was about to do worth it.
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Like all the Red Petticoat Saloon books, Warming Emerald is a standalone story. That means you don’t have to read them all to understand what’s going on in this book. However, you might want to read them all simply because, like Pringles potato chips, it’s hard to stop at just one!
About The Red Petticoat series:
The Red Petticoat Saloon series is a collection of books written by #1 and USA Today bestselling authors. Each book tells the unique story of a different woman, ‘a gem’, who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers a continuity as they learn about the women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.
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If you missed any of these great stories, it’s not too late!
Topaz’s Trials by Kate Richards
They are starving…
Marie Therese O’Sullivan, soon to be known as Topaz for her golden brown eyes and hair, is willing to do anything to save her family from the Great Hunger in Ireland, including travel in steerage all the way to faraway America and then by rail and wagon train to the West Coast where a job awaits. If she can earn a little money to send home, she’ll do any job. If only the advertisement had a little more information about what the job required…
The Gold Rush is good for business…
And Dirk Clemens’ business is acting as wagon master for groups of these intrepid travelers willing to face every danger possible crossing the plains, deserts and mountains to have a chance to get their share of the gold. He doesn’t mind the occasional night with a willing woman but avoids innocents like Marie Therese O’Sullivan like the plague. Defiling virgins is not good for business. And this virgin needs rescuing every time he turns around.
A deadly storm throws them together…
And the spark between them flares into flame, making the virgin issue moot. But it’s only the first disaster they face together and from which he must rescue her. The greatest awaits them on their arrival in California where the worst happens. To both of them. Madam Jewel and Gabriel Vasquez of the Red Petticoat Saloon offer shelter to so many orphans of the storm, but Topaz has been through so much. Perhaps her fire has been quenched.
DISCLAIMER: This books contains the spanking of adult women and explicit sexual scenes. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.
Sunny’s Safe Haven by Vanessa Brooks
Stephanie Kendrick is a young woman living in Culpepper Cove. She has been dating her young man, Kelly, for a number of months when she is compromised by him. She soon discovers that she is with child but Kelly, her secret fiancé, immediately disowns her. Desperate to marry him, she confides in her father expecting his support and help with forcing a marriage between her and her erstwhile beau. However, when he turns her out into the street, Stephanie finds her only refuge is the local bawdy house, the Red Petticoat Saloon. She finds support and friendship within the walls of the saloon and when Madam Jewel gifts her with her new gem name after the beautiful sunstone, Stephanie decides to remain there working as a new gem, Sunny.
There have been a number of gold thefts en-route from the co-operative Merit Mine and Patrick Tey, a gunslinger, is hired to protect the shipments of gold being brought down from the mine to the bank. Tey arrives in town unprepared for the sight of a pretty young woman being attacked by her own father. He quickly finds the appealing blonde is on his mind day and night and before long he is smitten. Pursuing her proves problematic. Sunny is convinced her path lies elsewhere; she fully intends living as a Can-can dancer at the Red Petticoat, joining the other pretty gems who work and live in the Californian gold rush town of Culpepper Cove.
Tey has his work cut out for him on two fronts. Uncover the identity of the thieves and convince Sunny that while he adores her dancing skills, he wants to be the sole member of her audience. Will Sunny allow herself to believe she can be loved even though she is a fallen woman—often falling over the handsome gunslinger’s lap?
DISCLAIMER: This book contains the spanking of adult women and explicit sexual scenes. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.