A Heart So Wild
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"Courtney Harte is certain her missing father is a alive, lost somewhere deep in Indian territory. But she needs a guide to lead her safely through this dangerous, unfamiliar country, someone as wild and unpredictable as the land itself. And that man is the gunslinger they call Chandos.
Courtney fears this enigmatic loner whose dark secrets torture his soul, yet whose eyes, bluer than the frontier sky, enflame the innocent, determined lady with wanton desires. But on the treacherous path they have chosen they have no one to trust but each otheras shared perils to their lives and hearts unleash turbulent, unbridled, passions that only love can tame.
When it dawned on her that she was the one prolonging the kiss because she was holding on to him so tightly, she thought of letting go, pulling back, but she didn’t do it. Ending the kiss was the last thing she wanted to do. But all good things eventually come to an end. Chandos finally released his hold on her, then even went so far as to set her at arm’s length, which caused her to lose her hold on him. Meeting the intensity of his sky blue eyes, Courtney was bemused. It was a bit late to
over at Jim, who was just mounting up. “We heard no shots, señor. What have you done with Chandos?” “Not a thing,” Jim replied. “Didn’t have to get near him. She was down by the river.” “You mean he don’t even know we got her?” This from a long-faced fellow with an even longer red handlebar mustache. “I like that! He’ll be hanging around waiting for her to return, and she won’t!” He laughed. “Breeds ain’t smart. Wonder how long it’ll take him to figure she’s gone.” “You are wrong,” Romero said
that intrigued her and made her always available when he came to town, no matter who else she was bedding or pursuing at the time. And Chandos always came to her. He stayed at her mama’s house, too, which was convenient. Chandos didn’t like hotels, and the first time he came to Alameda, he’d talked Mama into renting him a room. Mama liked him. She didn’t like Calida’s other men, but she liked Chandos. And there were empty bedrooms in the house since Calida’s brothers had grown and left home.
restaurant. The saloon was a success because Mario’s liquor was good and cheaper than his competitors’. Mario was Calida’s lover when Calida felt generous. He’d have married her in a minute, as would several other men, but Calida didn’t want a husband. Certainly she didn’t want Mario. He was handsome enough, with velvety brown eyes and a pencil-thin mustache that made him look like a Spanish grandee. And his brawny strength was impressive. But at heart Mario was a coward. Mario would never fight
asked,” he said, pulling up a chair and sitting in it. “It’s not surprising that Kane didn’t want me to know he was near here. When he took off, four years ago, I sent my men out after him to bring him back. They never caught up with him, of course. He led them a merry chase for nearly three weeks, playing with them, I think, before he got tired of it and lost them. “He’s got no reason to think I wouldn’t try to keep him here again. That’s probably why he didn’t want anyone to know he was close