Never Marry a Cowboy

Never Marry a Cowboy

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by Lorraine Heath
     
 

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In his arms she found the greatest joy she'd ever known . . . but his heart belonged to another. Can her love make their marriage real before their time together ends—forever?

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In his arms she found the greatest joy she'd ever known . . . but his heart belonged to another. Can her love make their marriage real before their time together ends—forever?

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Kathe Robin
Never Marry a Cowboy is a stunning example of the very best in Western romance as Ms. Heath’s three-dimensional characters and their moving love story stir something deep within readers’ souls. No one will be immune to the power of her storytelling or the dramatic effect of her prose. This is one for the “keeper” shelf.
Romantic Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380803316
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
409,924
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 4.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Chapter One

Fortune, Texas 1870

Christian Montgomery had no desire to be a hero, but it seemed Fate held little regard for his aspirations.

The crack of a gunshot echoed, through the saloon. The young woman who sat on his lap twitched, and he tightened his hold on her as he slowly brought his glass of whiskey away from his lips.

Standing in front of the bar, a man badly in need of a shave and a bath released a hysterical guffaw before firing into the wooden floor again. The fellow before him hopped and jerked his gangly body, his arms flailing like those of a scarecrow caught in the wind. The cowboy with the pistol laughed louder and shot the floor again.

Christian thought he might never understand these Texans' sense of humor. He cast a quick glance at the faro dealer who owned the saloon. Behind his gaming table, Harrison Bainbridge reached for his cane. Bloody hell.

Tenderly, Christian guided Loma off his lap. "Excuse me for a moment, sweetheart."

"Now don't go gettin' yourself kilt." She pushed her full lower hp into a pout that made him wonder if she might truly care.

He scraped back his chair, stood, and winked at her. "Not to worry."

He strode across the saloon as the cackling man shoved bullets into his gun before spitting a stream of tobacco juice, not even bothering to aim for the polished brass spittoon. Another disgusting habit many of these Texans possessed.

"Let's see some more dancin'," he ordered and pointed his gun between the feet of the poor fool who had been too frightened to move beyond harm's way

"Excuse me," Christian murmured.

The man with the gun jerkedhis head around, his tobacco juice seeping between his lips. With the back of his hand, he wiped his mouth. "What'd you say?"

Imploringly Christian held out a hand. "You must forgive me, but I don't quite. understand why shootIng the floor would make you laugh like a lunatic."

The man darted a glance at the three men who'd accompanied turn into the saloon, men who were alternately flexing their fingers and stroking their guns. Then he grinned, and the tobacco juice once again claimed its freedom. "It ain't the shootin'. It's the dancin'."

He fired a bullet into the floor between Christian's feet. Christian didn't flinch, although he heard Loma's tiny screech and someone else's gasp.

"Hey, Jasper, the fella don't seem to know you was aimin' for his toes," one of the cowboy's comrades shouted, grinning around the thin cigar clenched between his yellowed teeth.

Jasper wrinkled his pug-shaped nose. "I reckon he didn't at that." He aimed.

"Give me the gun," Christian ordered quietly. "I know the couple who own the saloon, and the wife is not going to be pleased that you have marred her floor."

"Think I give a damn?"

"You would if you knew her," he assured the man, but Jessye seldom worked in the saloon, now that she had children to keep her busy He held out his hand. "Give me your pistol."

"Take it from me," Jasper dared with a steely glint in his brown eyes as he jerked up his chin.

Christian plowed his fist into the target the man had conveniently provided. The gun thudded to the floor a heartbeat before Jasper did.

Christian might not understand their humor, but he understood their pride. Cowboys settled everything with a gun. They seldom fought hand to hand because they considered it an embarrassment to take a punch. Bullets and blood they could fathom. Boxing baffled them.

Leaning down, Christian picked up the weapon while Jasper watched, stunned, his face burning a dull crimson.

"About time you took action, Marshal," Harrison Bainbridge said as he limped closer, I heavily on his cane.

Christian gave his friend a warning glare as he readied into his pocket and wrapped his fingers around his tin star. "I had planned to take the evening off.

He pinned the symbol of his authority onto the lapel of his jacket, right over his heart. Then he gave a pointed look to each man who had accompanied jasper into the saloon. "Gentlemen, I'll take your firearms."

"You can't be the marshal. You ain't wearing a gun," the one with the cigar protested.

"I find them cumbersome." He pointed toward his fallen comrade. "But as you can see, I don't require one in order to enforce the law of this town, a law which prohibits the bearing of firearms in the saloon."

"You hit jasper," another man said, his eyes blinking rapidly.

Christian nodded at the scruffy fellow's brilliant deduction. "Shall I hit you as well?"

"That ain't fair," the man pointed out.

"Little in life is. Now, give me your weapons or spend the remainder of the night within the confines of my jail."

Grudgingly, the men unfastened their gun belts and handed them over. Christian gave them a perfunctory nod. "You may retrieve these from my office when you leave Fortune, which I trust will be tomorrow morning after you've finished sanding and smoothing Mrs. Bainbridge's floor."

With Iong, confident strides, he returned to his table, set down the weapons, and sat.

Lorna grinned brightly. "Gawd, you are so brave."

She plopped onto his lap and flung her arms around his neck. He wrapped one arm around her tiny waist to support her precarious position. With his free hand, he removed his badge, slipped it into his pocket picked up his glass, and smiled warmly "Now where were we?"

"You was tellin' me naughty things you done in England. She lifted her bare shoulders to her tiny, delicate ears. "And how you might do 'em to me iffen I wanted."

"Ah, yes. I assure you, sweetheart, that you will Want --"

He scowled as Harrison Bainbridge approached his table, dragged back a chair, and dropped...

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Meet the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA's prestigious RITA®. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

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Never Marry a Cowboy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Historical Romance - Americana Setting: Texas, 1870 This is the third book in Ms. Heath's Rogues of Texas trilogy. Christain (Kit) Montgomery is the second son of a English Earl sent to Texas with two other second sons because of his scandalous ways. Having loved his twin brother's beloved wife and held her as she died, Kit isn't looking for love again. Until his friend David Robertson asks him to marry his dying sister, Ashton, thus granting her dying wish to have a wedding day but not a wedding night, then return to Dallas to die come winter. Ashton has always been a sickly child and is now a woman dying of consumption. Coming to Fortune, Texas with her brother to see a little more of Texas before she dies, she has no idea her brother has read her private journal where the year before she wrote of her love for Kit Montgomery. Standing of the porch of the boarding house watching the sunrise, Ashton meets Kit again. Unaware that her brother has spoken to Kit of the marriage, he tells her he is sorry he can't grant her wish. Ashton is mortified but straightens to apology to Kit for her brother putting him in an such awkward position. After spending a wonderful day with Ashton, Kit does decide to grant her wish. He arranges the wedding for the next evening. But when it comes time after the vows and dancing to leave his wife he can't. He lays with her sleeping in his arms making plans for a wedding trip to Galveston. Now comes a healing of hearts and mending the of a soul. Ashton and Kit walk the beaches, tell each other their dreams, nightmares, and childhood adventures. What most would think would be a heartbreaker is really a heart warmer. NEVER MARRY A COWBOY is the story of two people that have lost their dreams and hopes for the future, discovering that there can be a tomorrow if they allow each other to heal their wounded souls. Kit is a wonderful English southern gentleman who would make any woman want to reach for her dreams of tomorrow. Together Ashton and Kit make readers wish Heath could have found a fourth second son to send to Texas. Debbie Gilbert
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is full of romance, and is lovely I loved and couldnt put it down
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1865 England, Lord Ravenleigh, Christopher ¿Kit¿ Montgomery, watches his young wife Clarisse die with her only regret having left him without an heir. Kit no longer cares about living and especially hates his time with the Ton. He travels to Fortune, Texas in order to escape his past.

In 1870, David Robertson tests the boundaries of Kit¿s friendship with a proposal. He wants Kit to marry his dying sister Ashton so she can have a beautiful wedding and the fond memory of man to cherish before she dies. He chooses Kit because his aristocratic English background allows room for marriages without love. However, the pain of Clarisse still lives inside Kit¿s gut. To his own surprise, he decides to do a far nobler thing than he ever did before and agrees to marry Ashton. As she helps him with closing the pain on his grief that he shared with no one, they fall in love. However, will he adapt to the fact that his beloved may never grow old with him or will he flee from a new set of demons?

NEVER MARRY A COWBOY is an exciting western romance that will enthrall fans of historical tales with its deep-rooted characters and powerfully descriptions of time and place. The story line is filled with action and angst as Kit adapts to going through what appears to be hell for a second time. Ashton is a warm heroine who readers will feel empathy towards and hope for the best. Sub-genre fans are most fortunate that Lorraine Heath continues to provide top-notch entertainment.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was ok, it was written well. A good romance but I just Can't get into all that dying. I mean maybe she will live, but Maybe not? Who knows? I prefer the fairytale to end better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
NEVER MARRY A COWBOY is a wonderful story. Christian 'Kit' Montgomery came to Texas after the Civil War looking for fortune. The second son of an English earl, he fell in love with his brother's wife, who died in his arms. He vowed never to love again, never knowing that fate had a slightly different plan... A sickly child, and dying from consumption as a woman, Ashton Robertson had heard larger-than-life stories of Kit for many years before she met him. Four years after that fateful day, her brother wants to grant her the only wish he can: to be a bride. Asking Kit to marry his sister seems a viable option. Kit, after all, is English, and therefore understands loveless marriages. But it is not his friendship for Ashton's brother that brings about his decision: it is the simple fact that he wishes to bring joy to Ashton's small world. But Kit soon realizes that he is only stepping deeper into a hell of his own creation after vowing not to get Ashton with child, and then taking her on a wedding trip to Galveston, where they stay for many weeks in a very secluded cottage... (I would like to point out that the hero is Christian 'Kit' Montgomery, the second son -- NOT Christopher Montgomery, who is the first son.)
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love this series
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Recommended! If you enjoy a talented author who never fails to develop her characters fully you will enjoy this novel. It is a touching story of growing love that keeps you interested to the very end.
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Didn't want it to end. Should have been a different title. Kit was not a cowboy!!
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This was a mind blowing soul searching book with romance glad i read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time at first getting into it but once i started i couldnt put it down. Loved the suspense & twists & turns. And i definitely fell in love with the characters!! Overall was a different read for me & I was very pleased that i stuck with it till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy historic romance involving compassion, sacrifice, and allowing someone to share your deepest vulnerabilities, this is the book for you!
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Very entertaining
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a wonderful romance and a page turner to boot.