Hawk's Way: Faron & Garth: The Cowboy and the Princess\The Wrangler and the Rich Girl
  • Hawk's Way: Faron & Garth: The Cowboy and the Princess\The Wrangler and the Rich Girl
  • Hawk's Way: Faron & Garth: The Cowboy and the Princess\The Wrangler and the Rich Girl

Hawk's Way: Faron & Garth: The Cowboy and the Princess\The Wrangler and the Rich Girl

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by Joan Johnston
     
 

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THE COWBOY AND THE PRINCESS

Faron Whitelaw had some nerve calling Belinda Prescott a princess. A nearly bankrupt ranch was hardly a castle, and Faron, an ill-tempered cowboy who'd inherited half her kingdom, was certainly no prince. Faron became spitting mad when Belinda informed him about the truth of his parentage: he wasn't one of the Whitelaws of Texas.

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THE COWBOY AND THE PRINCESS

Faron Whitelaw had some nerve calling Belinda Prescott a princess. A nearly bankrupt ranch was hardly a castle, and Faron, an ill-tempered cowboy who'd inherited half her kingdom, was certainly no prince. Faron became spitting mad when Belinda informed him about the truth of his parentage: he wasn't one of the Whitelaws of Texas. He wanted to believe that she was nothing more than a gold digger, but all she seemed to want was him….

THE WRANGLER AND THE RICH GIRL

Garth Whitelaw couldn't understand why a rich Texas debutante like Candy Baylor would want to train horses. But she looked darn sexy in worn jeans with hay in her hair, so who was he to judge? Candy had no idea why Garth was suddenly so agreeable, but she wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Besides, her instructors in school had never been so ruggedly handsome as this wrangler…and she wouldn't mind engaging in some horseplay!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781460305225
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Series:
Hawk's Way , #2
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
160,411
File size:
958 KB

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He was a man who loved women. Blond or brunette, freckled or dimpled, witty or shy, Faron Whitelaw made it his business to discover the facet of each woman that made her uniquely beautiful. Needless to say, women found Faron irresistible. Even if he hadn't been handsome, which he was, they would have loved him for the innate thoughtfulness that always made him give as much as he took. Any woman who passed through Faron Whitelaw's life-whether in bed or out- received a gift that would remain with her a lifetime: the knowledge that she was a very special, desirable human being.

In fact, Faron had never known a woman he didn't like. Until now. At the age of thirty he had finally encountered the exception to the rule. He not only didn't like Belinda Prescott, he was prepared to hate her with a passion. Because, despite the fact he had never laid eyes on her, the woman was personally responsible for turning his life upside down.

"Want some company?"

Faron looked up at his eldest brother from the chair where he sat slouched with a whiskey in his hand. "Not particularly."

Garth snorted. "Too damn bad." He poured himself two fingers of whiskey and took the chair opposite Faron's in front of the stone fireplace. He put his feet up on a sturdy rawhide-covered stool that had held generations of Whitelaw boots. "I can't believe you're making so much out of this."

Faron's gray-green eyes narrowed. His lips twisted into a bitter smile. "You're not the one who just found out he's a bastard."

Garth laughed. "Hell. I've been called a bastard all my life."

"That's how you act. It's what I am."

Faron's voice was stark as he asked, "How could Mom have done such a thing? Having an affair with some rich sonofabitch…. Did Dad know?"

Garth's lips flattened. "He knew." He paused and added, "So did I."

Faron stared into his brother's dark eyes, stunned by the realization that Garth had lived for years with this awful knowledge. "How long have you known that I was only half your kin?"

Garth looked away into the fire before he answered. "Since you were born."

"And you treated me like a real brother?"

"You are my brother!" Garth snapped. "Nothing's going to change that. Dad's name is on your birth certificate. He raised you. Nothing else matters."

Faron sneered. "You haven't read any of those letters from the widow-my stepmother-asking when I'm coming to claim my inheritance from my father."

"Forget it," Garth advised. "There's plenty of Hawk's Way for both of us. You can stay right here in Texas, and we'll keep on raising and training quarter horses, just like we always have."

Faron shook his head. "I've got a mind to meet Belinda Prescott. The lawyer said she was the one who talked my fa-Wayne Prescott into putting me in his will. Said she insisted I get half of everything. Otherwise, I might never have known what Mom." Faron's voice trailed off as his throat tightened up on him.

He had been feeling too much since he had found out that his beautiful mother had indulged in a tawdry affair with a millionaire rancher visiting Texas from Wyoming and had borne a bastard son. It was a stunning revelation to Faron that he was only related on his mother's side to his older brothers Garth and Jesse and to his younger sister Tate. He felt bereft, wrenched from the bosom of his family. An outsider. And it was all that Prescott bitch's fault.

"I never figured the money would mean so much to you," Garth said in a quiet voice.

Faron's gray-green eyes turned cold. "It's a good thing I grew up knowing how distrustful you are of everybody's motives. Otherwise I'd have to stand you up and knock you down for saying that. I'd have given anything not to know the truth. I don't want half that old man's fortune. I just want things to be the way they were."

The way they never would be again.

Garth swallowed half his glass of whiskey. But he didn't apologize. Faron hadn't expected him to. He began to understand a little better what had made Garth so cynical about women, why his older brother refused to trust the species, let alone love one of them. Faron might have felt the same way himself, if he had grown up knowing his mother had betrayed his father.

Both his parents were dead now. His mother had died giving birth to his sister, Tate, when Faron was seven. His father had broken his neck coming off an ornery bronc when Faron was fifteen. He felt ill equipped to deal with this secret that had been kept from him for so many years.

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Meet the Author

Joan Johnston is the top ten New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 50 novels and novellas with more than 15 million copies of her books in print. She has been a director of theatre, drama critic, newspaper editor, college professor and attorney on her way to becoming a full-time writer. You can find out more about Joan at her Website, www.joanjohnston.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joanjohnstonauthor

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The Temporary Groom Joan Johnston writes people. This book was originally written in 1996 and has been incorporated into the dual Harlequin book Hawk’s Way Rebels in 2011. It is paired with The Virgin Groom. Joan’s characters become your friends and/or your enemies. You wait for the next episode. Who but Joan knew that two characters such as Billy and Cherrie would be a perfect match? Yet she presents them so that no other outcome is possible. Joan doesn’t generally skimp on any character traits, including the sexual relationship between her characters and these two are no exception. If you are interested in real characters that develop a real relationship, this is a book for you. If you are not interested in a book where the sexual relationship is explored, then I advise you to bypass this one.
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Great book! Couldn't stop reading it
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