Lucy Wilson lacks confidence in herself and in her healing abilities. When she saves the wounded town smithy, Lucy’s father sends her to train with an old medicine woman named Gurty Jones in the new Union Colony just northwest of town. There, she learns as she mends her first patient, the handsome Liam Julian, a soldier returning from the Red River War who is haunted by his deeds on the battlefields of Texas.

Liam soon realizes Lucy does not believe in herself. He takes it upon himself and his firm hand to correct her behavior, to help Lucy see herself as beautiful and talented—just as he sees her. Lucy begins to fall for Liam; however, she worries a strong, dashing man like Liam would want nothing to do with her. Just as Lucy begins to see herself as Liam sees her, she seemingly makes a fatal mistake and flees. Can Liam help Lucy develop the confidence in herself to heal her fellow townspeople? Can he forgive his past and conquer a menacing rival who follows him in search of revenge? Can the couple live together in peace?

This is book two in A Woman and her Man series and can be enjoyed independently.

Publisher’s Note: This historical western contains elements of mystery, suspense, action, adventure, danger, sensual themes, and mild power exchange.

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Excerpt

Taking his hand, Lucy led Liam to their bed. Liam, remembering that he owed her his undivided attention, turned back the bedcovers and then gathered Lucy into his arms. Kissing her deeply, he unfastened the long line of buttons on the back of her dress, pulling it away from her shoulders and letting it fall to the floor where Lucy could step out of it. Standing before him in her camisole and petticoat, she slowly unbuttoned his shirt and pulled it free to reveal the toned muscles of his shoulders and arms as well as his sculpted abdomen. As Liam began to loosen her underclothes, she unbuttoned his woolen pants. Once naked, they slipped under the heavy quilt and flannel sheets where they embraced. Both Lucy and Liam deliberately focused on the sensuality between them. The warmth of their bodies together, the earthy smells and the sweetness between them began to work into desire. Lucy felt Liam’s hardness pressing against her, and she moaned quietly as she felt the moisture pooling between her legs. She wanted him like she never had before. She was confident in herself, certain of who she was and what she wanted. Liam, sensing her desire, brushed his hands over Lucy’s back, caressing it, and he slowly moved his hands to knead her shapely rear. Again, Lucy sighed and pressed closer, her desire suddenly flooding him with urgency.

“Oh, I have missed you. I need you, Liam, please!” Lucy pulled him to her, kissing him deeply and passionately as he granted her request and rolled over her. She grasped his pulsing member and assuredly guided him into her. As Liam let himself sink into her tightness, he felt he would explode from the pleasure. As he began to move inside her, Lucy cried as Liam felt her muscles pulsing against him. A flood of both emotion and desire washed over them, but Liam stopped himself.

“Tell me what you are, my love.”

“I’m beautiful!”

“Indeed, you are.” Kissing her deeply, Liam let himself be carried away with her excitement. As their pleasure subsided, both Liam and Lucy fell into the warmth of their bed. The tenderness of their affection for each other tucked them in for a deep and restful sleep.