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One Night with You (Grayson Friends Series #3)
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One Night with You (Grayson Friends Series #3)

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by Francis Ray
 

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Cougars, brush fires, snow storms—rancher Duncan McBride tackles it all without a flinch. But the archeologist who's come to authenticate cave drawings found on his property is the kind of trouble he'd sworn to avoid. Far from the aging academic he was expecting, Raven La Blanc is a stunning woman…and definitely not sticking around this small Montana

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Cougars, brush fires, snow storms—rancher Duncan McBride tackles it all without a flinch. But the archeologist who's come to authenticate cave drawings found on his property is the kind of trouble he'd sworn to avoid. Far from the aging academic he was expecting, Raven La Blanc is a stunning woman…and definitely not sticking around this small Montana town once her job is done.

The primitive drawings at Duncan's ranch are Raven's ticket to the tenured position she's worked so hard for back in Santa Fe. But there's no denying the attraction between her and Duncan. Maybe, just this once, she can put her work aside and explore the depths of her own heart and soul? One night may be all it takes for Raven to really find what she's looking for…

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ISBN-13:
9780312365066
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Series:
Grayson Friends Series , #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Prologue

Love sometimes needed a helping hand, Ruth Grayson thought as she studied the wedding pictures of her fi ve children on the mantle in her living room. Ruth had taken great pride in seeing that each child found the one person for them to love and be loved by in return.

First, there was Luke, the protector and the oldest. For him, Ruth had chosen Catherine Stewart, a noted child psychologist. Catherine possessed a quiet spirit except when it came to championing abused children or her husband. For Morgan, the defender and Ruth’s second born, the ideal match for him had been Phoenix Bannister, a renowned sculptress, who might appear quiet but burned with an inner fire.

Ruth’s gaze moved to the third photo, of her middle child, Brandon, the nurturer. The perfect woman for him was Faith McBride. Faith possessed the same warm, caring spirit as the man she adored. Pierce, the thinker and Ruth’s fourth son, learned there were no rules in love when he fell in love with Sabra Raineau, a Broadway star.

A smile curved Ruth’s mouth upward as she stared at the last photo. Sierra, her youngest child and only daughter, still believed she had chosen her life partner, Blade Navarone, without her mother’s help. It didn’t matter. The important thing was that Sierra, gifted with a knack of discernment, had captured the heart and soul of Blade Navarone, the only man whose passion matched hers.

As Ruth’s fingers touched the smiling faces of Blade and Sierra, she thanked God and the Master of Breath for keeping them from harm when Sierra was kidnapped. Ruth would forever be grateful to Shane and Rio, the two men in charge of Blade’s security at the time, for their expertise and help in bringing everyone home safely.

Ruth’s gaze moved to the picture of Shane Elliott and his smiling bride, Paige, on the coffee table. After receiving Shane and Rio’s help, Ruth had begun to think that they deserved the same blissful happiness that her children had found. It had only taken Paige’s mother, Joann Albright, asking Ruth for assistance in keeping Paige from becoming engaged to an unscrupulous man for Ruth to set the wheels in motion to bring Paige and Shane together.

Ruth sighed and thought of Rio—silent, watchful. He would require more in-depth thought and study, but there wasn’t a shred of doubt in Ruth’s mind that the woman for Rio was out there, waiting. Ruth and her sister-in-law, Felicia, wouldn’t rest until they’d brought the two together.

In the meantime, Ruth had another opportunity to possibly give love a helping hand.

She picked up the picture next to Shane and Paige’s, a wedding photo of Cameron McBride and Caitlin Lawrence. The picture included the couple’s cute and precious son, Joshua; the groom’s brother, Duncan, and sister, Faith, and Brandon; and the groom’s divorced parents, Paul and Stella McBride, who stood as far away from each other as possible.

Ruth’s heart went out to Stella. She’d learned too late that the grass wasn’t always greener on the other side. A tough lesson to learn at any age, but particularly daunting for a woman past sixty. Divorcing Paul, as Stella readily admitted to Ruth more than once and again during her unexpected phone call an hour ago, was the worst mistake of her life.

Stella lived with regret each moment of every day. Loneliness, not the man she loved, was her companion. She didn’t want the same hopeless existence for her older son, Duncan. While Duncan wouldn’t take his ex-wife back on a platinum platter, his unhappy marriage had hardened his heart toward women in general and love in particular. The McBride family curse—successful in business and unhappy in love— probably wasn’t helping him move forward.

Duncan’s brother and sister might have beaten the odds, but Ruth could understand that as the oldest, he probably thought, looking at his unhappy parents, that the family curse couldn’t be escaped.

Ruth believed otherwise. It wouldn’t be easy to make him see the possibilities instead of the pitfalls. It would take a special woman to stand up to a strong, commanding man such as Duncan McBride on his Montana ranch.

The opportunity to do just that had just presented itself. Ruth replaced the photo and moved to the telephone in the kitchen and dialed Raven La Blanc’s number. Brilliant, perceptive, and as inde pendent as they came, Raven was a friend and a fellow professor at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. She had once told Ruth that she wanted stability and permanence more than anything in the world.

Raven needed to learn that security wasn’t always a place.

“Hello.”

Ruth straightened. Time would tell if she was able to help another mother’s plea to aid her child. “Raven, it’s Ruth. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity just presented itself and I immediately thought of you.”

Excerpted from One Night With You by Francis Ray.

Copyright © 2009 by Francis Ray.

Published in November 2009 by St. Martin's Press.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and

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Francis Ray is the New York Times bestselling author of the Grayson novels, the Falcon books, the Taggart Brothers, and Twice the Tempation, among many other romances. Her novel Incognito was made into a movie aired on BET. A native Texan, she is a graduate of Texas Woman's University and has a degree in nursing. Besides a writer, she is a school nurse practitioner with the Dallas Independent School District. She lives in Dallas.

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One Night with You (Grayson Friends Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
king19 More than 1 year ago
How can you tell when the time is right? I know,I know. Some people say you can look at a person and know they are the one. But is it worth fighting or should you let yourself go for it. Now what if they were working on your land and lived in your house? How would that make you feel? This book is a great read for the Grayson fans, so i say get it. If you are not a Grayson fan; i say become one and get all the books because you wont be disappointed. Love in the Caves and heated scepticisim.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thanks to a mutual friend Ruth Grayson, Raven LaBlanc arrives at Duncan McBride's Montana ranch with an opportunity to look at the Native American cave drawings found on his spread. Obsessive with achieving her goal of tenure in Santa Fe, Raven makes it clear she is in Big Sky Country to research the cave dwellings and no more.--------- However Duncan makes it even more clear that he will allow her to conduct her research, but needs the details like the location kept secret because he does not want a flood of academia and tourists; she is here as a favor to Ruth. Raven and Duncan are stunned by their immediate attraction; neither welcomes it. However, a developer with an attorney at the front has ideas for the land that ignore Duncan's desire to keep his ranch as a ranch.----------- Although obviously intended for the Grayson extended family fans, readers will enjoy Ruth the matchmaker's latest connection as she selects a bride for the oldest McBride brother just like she did his siblings (see One Night With You and Dreaming of You). The story line is old fashioned contemporary fun as the archeologist and the rancher fall in love, but the cave paintings stand in their way. Readers will enjoy the Grayson's Friends tale as Ruth (and Francis Ray) scores a hat trick with the McBride siblings.------- Harriet Klausner
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Sweet-Sassy More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Ray crafts another WONDERFUL addition to the Grayson Friends series...I enjoy the main and secondary cast of characters...Rooster and his antics keep me LOL, throughout...and the SPARKS are definitely flying between Duncan and Raven...Raven is a kind, caring, loving, independent and courageous woman...at times I MUST admit I find DUNCAN and his STUBBORNNESS to be quite ANNOYING...but in the end I'm glad they find their way to a HEA...and as usual it's always nice to catch up with the rest of the Grayson clan and their ever-growing circle of family and friends.
Sassee More than 1 year ago
I always love Francis Rays books..She is definetly my favorite author and she really shows love in a respectful and sexy manner...Must read!
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hcbm More than 1 year ago
I read it and it was wonderful. Raven is feisty and intelligent and beautiful inside and out. Duncan is handsome and compassionate and protective. Okay, he is a little slow on what he needs in the romance department but I like him anyway. Te secondary characters are richly portrayed and add depth to the story. Some of those characters are new others are familiar and you feel they are real. I intensely disliked one of them. However I will not give away the plot . I can hardly wait for another book in this series.
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