When the stagecoach carrying Federal Marshal Chris McQuade is the target of an attempted robbery, the handsome Marshal is left alone with a woman he's been attracted to from the start of the long journey from St. Louis to Wind River, WY. It isn't until they're forced to go on alone together that he realizes he's falling in love with the wife of the man he's been sent to bring to justice. Much to McQuade's surprise, Elizabeth Davis has fallen in love, too, and her husband is out for revenge after witnessing a much-too-intimate encounter between his enemy and his wife...
...The silence lingered for several peaceful minutes, then it was shattered by the roar of gunfire, and the shriek of terrified horses bolting ahead at break-neck speed. McQuade muttered a colorful curse and pushed aside the curtain at the window. Elizabeth was stunned to note that he held his gun in his hand and she hadn't seen him actually reach for it.
"Stay down, Elizabeth!" Chris ordered sharply. She bit back a scream when he opened the door and took hold of the side of the coach. He hoisted himself upward until he was out of her sight.
McQuade glanced down, saw she'd pulled the door of the lurching coach back into place, then he concentrated on what was happening around them. The driver of the stage had been shot. The reins still dangled loosely in his limp grip. Much as he disliked doing it, Chris reholstered his gun, pushed the man off the bench, and brought the horses under control again. He risked a glance back when a bullet whizzed by the right side of his head. He saw three riders, guns badly aimed for the most part, all with faces hidden behind bandanas.
Slowing the coach a little, Chris drew his gun again and turned, using the seat as a poor shield. He took aim and fired off a single shot. One of the men went down with a howl, his horse veering away the instant the rider was tossed from the saddle. McQuade's second shot was equally careful, but he didn't topple the rider this time. The man hung on, though he was definitely out of the game in terms of presenting further danger to Chris and the woman inside the coach. Taking a calculated risk, McQuade brought the horses to a slow halt and set the brake on the coach.
"Stay inside, Elizabeth," he snarled. "And don't do or say anything. No matter what you hear. Is that understood?"
He received no answer and he ground his teeth together in annoyance.
"I'll do as you ask," she snapped pertly.
He allowed the flicker of a smile to cross his face before he climbed down from the high seat of the coach and walked to the side...
Chris McQuade is traveling on his way to Wind River, Wyoming. He is on his way to bring in a dangerous man.
Elizabeth Davis and Mr. McQuade are the only two in the coach. Suddenly, out of the blue they hear a gun shot. The coach, they are riding in is being robbed. Chris and Elizabeth are able to escape. Though, they are now on the run. Chris feels an attraction to Elizabeth. What happens when Chris learns that Elizabeth is the wife of the man, he is to take into custody?
Another Man’s Wife will make you want to scream for more. This short story really packs a punch. The passion between Elizabeth and Chris made me want a tall, cool glass of water. I liked the fast pace of this book. It also helped that I felt a connection with Elizabeth and Chris. If you like Westerns and a sexy hero, then Another Man’s Wife is worth your time.
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