A Certain Kind of Hero: Defender\Broomstick Cowboy

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Two rebels find redemption when they become unlikely heroes to two very special women.

DEFENDER

Gideon Defender understands hard choices. That's why he stepped aside and watched Raina McKenny marry his brother. Gideon stayed away when they adopted a baby and created the perfect life he could never offer her. Now, years later, Raina has returned to the reservation a widow with...

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Overview

Two rebels find redemption when they become unlikely heroes to two very special women.

DEFENDER

Gideon Defender understands hard choices. That's why he stepped aside and watched Raina McKenny marry his brother. Gideon stayed away when they adopted a baby and created the perfect life he could never offer her. Now, years later, Raina has returned to the reservation a widow with her teenage son, and Gideon faces the toughest choices yet. Between desire and duty, between fatherhood and honor…and even between life and death.

BROOMSTICK COWBOY

Amy Becker needs a man. Tate Harrison wouldn't have been her first choice…but then, her first choice died, leaving her pregnant, broke and on the verge of losing everything. Surprisingly, Tate's a good father to her children, a tireless worker and far too tempting during those long winter nights. But Tate isn't one for roots; he's hers only until spring. Unless she can convince him to stay.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373606436
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Series: Harlequin Feature Author Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 348,806
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Time and USA Today bestselling author Kathleen Eagle published her first Silhouette Special Edition, an RWA Golden Heart winner, in 1984. Since then she has published more than 40 books, including historical and contemporary, series and single title novels, earning her nearly every award in the industry including Romance Writers of America's RITA. Kathleen lives in Minnesota with her husband, who is Lakota Sioux and forever a cowboy.

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Her name was Raina, but perched on a ladder-back oak chair in the rustic lobby of Pine Lake Lodge, she was all sunshine. She could easily have been the solitary woman in one of those stippled paintings, the kind that seemed to equate fair women, white dresses and blue water with pure serenity. The lodge's big front window framed her quite nicely, with the lake in the background. Streaming through the glass, the afternoon sunlight embroidered her dark blond hair with threads of gold. She wore a flowered sundress and a straw hat with a big sunflower tacked to the band. Beneath the droopy yellow brim, all Gideon could see of her face was pink nose, pink lips and small white chin.

Standing in the dark shadows of the lounge, he tuned out the jangle of the slot machines at his back as he watched her flip through the magazine that lay open on her lap. Her lips moved slightly as some noteworthy bit of information caught her eye. Despite the passage of more time than Gideon had the heart to mark, the sweetly familiar habit hinted of the same old Raina. Soft and yielding, those lips had given him much pleasure the few times he'd been permitted to taste them. But in recent years she had pressed them only against his cheek and only briefly, then smiled and made some polite remark about being glad to see him.

Only snatches of her first words ever registered with him. She had a way of bombarding his senses, and it usually took him a moment to get his mental bearings. But this time he'd gotten the drop on her. This time, much like a time long past, he'd been the one to see her first….

She looked like a fish out of water—a goldfish that had somehow escaped the confines of a giant crystal brandy snifter and fallen into a shot glass. Seated on a stool in the company of two women who were polishing the bar with all four elbows, the lady with the big blue eyes seemed a mite uncomfortable. Gideon knew the other two—Kristy Reese and Charlotte Croix—both seasoned teachers, both single and neither a stranger to the Duck's Tail Tavern. But the young blonde was new to the north woods, and Gideon was an expert guide. He knew all about taking fish out of the water, and he hated watching them struggle.

He felt especially charitable tonight. After he loaded up the jukebox with quarters, he was going to take this one off the hook.

"How's the three-R's business lookin' this fall, ladies?" With a subtle nod he suggested to Charlotte that she move over one stool. "Have you filled up all those little desks yet?"

"Gideon." Charlotte smiled, gave a quick, knowing glance at Gideon's chosen target, then obligingly vacated the stool to give him a clear shot. "It's been a while since we've seen you around here. Did you venture out of the woods just to check up on us?"

"If this is still the same Duck's Tail, I'm not out of the woods yet." He claimed his seat, acknowledging Charlotte's collaboration with another nod, this one more deliberate, more courteous. "Came in to see if we pulled in any new faces this year. Not that it isn't a pleasure to see the old faces, too. Well, not old faces," he amended with a deferential smile. "Returning faces. Friendly faces of old acquaintances who shouldn't be forgot."

"Nor offended when they can introduce you to a pretty new face," Kristy said. "Raina McKenny, meet Gideon Defender. If you ever get the urge for a real wilderness experience, Gideon's your man."

Charlotte's chortle nearly caused her to choke on her drink. She recovered with a rejoinder that got a giggle out of Kristy. "He has an excellent reputation for satisfying all kinds of wild urges."

Charlotte was trying hard to sound like the voice of experience, which gave Gideon his chance for a good laugh. With a mischievous sparkle in his eyes, he nodded in her direction. "This one's hoping I might take a run at hers someday."

The remark drew an indignant scowl, but his order for another round made the proper amends.

"Care to dance, Raina?"

"Well, I…"

Gideon waited while she exchanged meaningful glances with her companions. It wasn't like she was asking permission—after all, this was what they'd come for, right? To meet guys. It was more like, Any last words of warning, girls? Any particular aberrations I should be apprised of before I take the plunge?

When neither of them came up with anything, she slid off the stool and looked up at him.

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    What is this book about

    Have not read this author. How mmany pages.?

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    Highly recommended - a must read for all romantics at heart!!!

    I enjoyed this book so much that I read it twice back to back. Great plots that keep you rooting for the heroes to win the hearts of their loved ones,page after page. Kathleen Eagle has a wonderful writing style and I have enjoyed every book of hers that I have read. I am looking forward to ordering more of her novels.

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