Torn Between a Desire to be Free…
When Laurie Spencer said “I do”, she never realized she’d be trading one pair of shackles for another—until her husband’s unexpected death leaves her with an opportunity to escape her controlling family for good. Determined to be independent, Laurie approaches sexy rancher Jared Smith with an offer she hopes he can’t refuse…
And a Longing to be His...
Jared’s determined to make it in Texas, but with the local banker turned against him, it looks like his dream may be slipping through his fingers. When unconsciously sensual Laurie offers a partnership, his luck may be changing…but when she throws herself in as part of the deal, Jared’s not sure he’ll be able to respect the terms of their agreement and keep his eyes—and his hands—to himself.
There’s something about Laurie that awakens every protective instinct Jared has…and when all hell breaks loose, there’s nothing and no one who’ll be able to keep this cowboy from her side.
In Greenwood's sketchy second Cactus Creek historical western (after To Have and to Hold), inexplicably virginal widow Laurie Spencer is thrilled at the death of her husband of four years. Her parents forced her to marry Mr. Spencer when she was 17 years old, and now she wants independence. But the will says her brother-in-law, a stingy banker, must manage Laurie's inheritance money, and he barely gives her enough to live on. Jared Smith, an Army vet and rancher, came to Arizona Territory looking for his brothers, who were adopted by different families after their parents were killed. He's refused a loan from the banker and doesn't know where he'll get the money to buy a herd of cattle. Laurie seizes the opportunity to trade some secret funds and cooking and cleaning services for half ownership of Jared's ranch. The attraction between Laurie and Jared is immediate. Laurie has vowed that she'll never wed again, but Jared's happy to seduce her while he contemplates marrying another. Unbelievable situations and behavior make this book an easy one to put down.