The Proposal (Westmorelands Series) [NOOK Book]

Overview


The moment he met Bella Bostwick, Jason Westmoreland wanted her—and the land she'd inherited. With one convenient proposal, he could have the Southern beauty in his bed and her birthright in his hands. If only Bella would say yes….
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
The Proposal (Westmorelands Series)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$4.25
BN.com price

Overview


The moment he met Bella Bostwick, Jason Westmoreland wanted her—and the land she'd inherited. With one convenient proposal, he could have the Southern beauty in his bed and her birthright in his hands. If only Bella would say yes….
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459205604
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Westmorelands Series , #2089
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 34,743
  • File size: 297 KB

Meet the Author

Brenda Jackson


Brenda is a die-"heart" romantic who married her childhood sweetheart 37 years ago and still proudly wears the "going steady" ring he gave her when she was 15. Because she began believing very early in the power of love and romance, she can't help but write stories with happy endings. She is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 70 romance novels and looks forward to increasing that number. She and her husband live in the city where they were born, Jacksonville, Florida, and have two sons. She has a B.S. in business administration and recently retired after thirty-seven years from a management position with a major insurance company.

She loves to weave love stories and it is the highlight of her day. She and her husband spend time together traveling and discovering romantic places she could use as settings in her books.

Brenda would love to hear from her readers.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt


"Did you hear Herman Bostwlck's granddaughter is back in Denver and rumor has it she's here to stay?"

Jason Westmoreland's ears perked up on the conversation between his sister-in-law Pam and his two cousins-in-laws Chloe and Lucia. He was at his brother Dillon's house, stretched out on the living room floor playing around with his six-month-old nephew, Denver.

Although the ladies had retired to the dining room to sit at the table and chat, it wasn't hard to hear what they were saying and he thought there was no reason for him not to listen. Especially when the woman they were discussing was a woman who'd captured his attention the moment he'd met her last month at a charity ball. She was a woman he hadn't been able to stop thinking about since.

"Her name is Elizabeth but she goes by Bella," Lucia, who'd recently married his cousin Derringer, was saying. "She came into Dad's paint store the other day and I swear she is simply beautiful. She looks so out of place here in Denver, a real Southern belle amidst a bunch of roughnecks."

"And I hear she intends to run the ranch alone. Her uncle Kenneth has made it known he won't be lifting one finger to help her," Pam said in disgust. "The nerve of the man to be so darn selfish. He was counting on her selling that land to Myers Smith who promised to pay him a bunch of money if the deal went through. It seems everyone would love to get their hands on that land and especially that stallion Hercules."

Including me, Jason thought, as he rolled the ball toward his nephew but kept his ears wide-open. He hadn't known Bella Bostwick had returned to Denver and wondered if she remembered he was interested in purchasing her land and Hercules. He definitely hoped so. His thoughts then shifted to Kenneth Bostwick. The man's attitude didn't surprise him. He'd always acted as if he was entitled, which is probably the reason Kenneth and Herman never got along. And since Herman's death, Kenneth had let it be known around town that he felt the land Bella had inherited should be his. Evidently Herman hadn't seen it that way and had left everything in his will to the granddaughter he'd never met.

"Well, I hope she's cautious as to who she hires to help out on that ranch. I can see a woman that beautiful drawing men in droves, and some will be men who she needs to be leery of," Chloe said.

Jason frowned at the thought of any man drawn to her and didn't fully understand why he reacted that way. Lucia was right in saying Bella was beautiful. He had been totally captivated the moment he'd first seen her. And it had been obvious Kenneth Bostwick hadn't wanted him anywhere near his niece.

Kenneth never liked him and had envied Jason's relationship with old man Herman Bostwick. Most people around these parts had considered Herman mean, ornery and craggy, but Jason was not one of them. He would never forget the one time he had run away from home at eleven and spent the night hidden in Bostwick's barn. The old man had found him the next morning and returned him to his parents. But not before feeding him a tasty breakfast and getting him to help gather eggs from the chickens and milk the cows. It was during that time he'd discovered Herman Bostwick wasn't as mean as everyone thought. In fact, Herman had only been a lonely old man.

Jason had gone back to visit Herman often over the years and had been there the night Hercules had been born. He'd known the moment he'd seen the colt that he would be special. And Herman had even told him that the horse would one day be his. Herman had died in his sleep a few months ago and now his ranch and every single thing on it, including Hercules, belonged to his granddaughter. Everyone assumed she would sell the ranch, but from what he was hearing she had moved to Denver from Savannah.

He hoped to hell she had thought through her decision. Colorado's winters were rough, especially in Denver. And running a spread as big as the one she'd inherited wasn't easy for an experienced rancher; he didn't want to think how it would be for someone who knew nothing about it. Granted if she kept Marvin Allen on as the foreman things might not be so bad, but still, there were a number of ranch hands and some men didn't take kindly to a woman who lacked experience being their boss.

"I think the neighborly thing for us to do is to pay her a visit and welcome her to the area. We can also let her know if there's anything she needs she can call on us," Pam said, interrupting his thoughts.

"I agree," both Lucia and Chloe chimed in.

He couldn't help but agree, as well. Paying his new neighbor a visit and welcoming her to the area was the right thing to do, and he intended to do just that. He might have lost out on a chance to get the ranch but he still wanted Hercules.

But even more than that, he wanted to get to know Bella Bostwick better.

Bella stepped out of the house and onto the porch and looked around at the vast mountains looming before her. The picturesque view almost took her breath away and reminded her of why she had defied her family and moved here from Savannah two weeks ago.

Her overprotective parents had tried talking her out of what they saw as a foolish move on her part mainly because they hadn't wanted her out of their sight. It had been bad enough while growing up when she'd been driven to private schools by a chauffeur each day and trailed everywhere she went by a bodyguard until she was twenty-one.

And the sad thing was that she hadn't known about her grandfather's existence until she was notified of the reading of his will. She hadn't been informed in time to attend the funeral services and a part of her was still upset with her parents for keeping that from her.

She didn't know what happened to put a permanent wedge between father and son, but whatever feud that existed between them should not have included her. She'd had every right to get to know Herman Bostwick and now he was gone. When she thought about the summers she could have spent here visiting him instead of being shipped away to some camp for the summer she couldn't help but feel angry. She used to hate those camps and the snooty kids that usually went to them.

Before leaving Savannah she had reminded her parents that she was twenty-five and old enough to make her own decisions about what she wanted to do with her life. And as far as she was concerned, the trust fund her maternal grandparents had established for her, as well as this ranch she'd now inherited from her paternal grandfather, made living that life a lot easier. It was the first time in her life that she had anything that was truly hers.

It would be too much to ask David and Melissa Bostwick to see things that way and they'd made it perfectly clear that they didn't. She wouldn't be surprised if they were meeting with their attorney at this very moment to come up with a way to force her to return home to Savannah. Well, she had news for them. This was now her home and she intended to stay.

If they'd had anything to say about it she would be in Savannah and getting engaged to marry Hugh Pierce. Although most women would consider Hugh, with his tall, dark and handsome looks and his old-money wealth, a prime catch. And if she really thought hard about it, then she would be one of those women who thought so. But that was the problem. She had to think real hard about it. They'd dated a number of times but there was never any connection, any spark and no real enthusiasm on her part about spending time with him. She had tried as delicately as she could to explain such a thing to her parents but that hadn't stopped them from trying to shove Hugh down her throat every chance they got. That only proved how controlling they could be.

And speaking of controlling…her uncle Kenneth had become another problem. He was her grandfather's fifty-year-old half brother, whom she'd met for the first time when she'd flown in for the reading of the will. He'd assumed the ranch would go to him and had been gravely disappointed that day to discover it hadn't. He had also expected her to sell everything and when she'd made the decision to keep the ranch, he had been furious and said his kindness to her had ended, and that he wouldn't lift a finger to help and wanted her to find out the hard way just what a mistake she had made.

She sank into the porch swing, thinking there was no way she could have made a mistake in deciding to build a life here. She had fallen in love with the land the first time she'd seen it when she'd come for the reading of the will. And it hadn't taken long to decide even though she'd been robbed of the opportunity to connect with her grandfather in life, she would connect with him in death by accepting the gift he'd given her. A part of her felt that although they'd never met, he had somehow known about the miserable childhood she had endured and was giving her the chance to have a way better adult life.

The extra men she had hired to work the ranch so far seemed eager to do so and appreciated the salary she was paying them which, from what she'd heard, was more than fair. She'd always heard if you wanted good people to work for you then you needed to pay them good money.

She was about to get up to go back into the house to pack up more of her grandfather's belongings when she noticed someone on horseback approaching in the distance. She squinted her eyes, remembering this was Denver and people living on the outskirts of town, in the rural sections, often traveled by horseback, and she was grateful for the riding lessons her parents had insisted that she take. She'd always wanted to own a horse and now she had several of them.

As the rider came closer she felt a tingling sensation in the pit if her stomach when she recognized him. Jason Westmoreland. She definitely remembered him from the night of the charity ball and one of the things she remembered the most was his warm smile. She had often wondered if he'd been as ruggedly handsome as she recalled. The closer the rider got she realized he was.

And she had to admit that in the three times she'd been to Denver, he was the closest thing to a modern-day cowboy she had seen. Even now he was riding his horse with an expertise and masculinity that had her heart pounding with every step the horse took. His gaze was steady on her and she couldn't help but stare back. Heat crawled up her spine and waves of sensuous sensations swept through her system. She could feel goose bumps form on her skin. He was definitely the first and only man she'd ever been this attracted to.

She couldn't help wondering why he was paying her a visit. He had expressed interest in her land and in Hercules when she'd met him that night at the charity ball. Was he here to convince her she'd made a mistake in moving here like her parents and uncle had done? Would he try to talk her into selling the land and horse to him? If that was the case then she had the same news for him she'd had for the others. She was staying put and Hercules would remain hers until she decided otherwise.

He brought his horse to a stop at the foot of the porch near a hitching post. "Hello, Bella."

"Jason." She gazed up into the dark brown eyes staring at her and could swear she felt heat radiating from them. The texture of his voice tingled against her skin just as it had that night. "Is there a reason for your visit?"

A smile curved his lips. "I understand you've decided to try your hand at ranching."

She lifted her chin, knowing what was coming next. "That's right. Do you have a problem with it?"

"No, I don't have a problem with it," he said smoothly. "The decision was yours to make. However, I'm sure you know things won't be easy for you."

"Yes, I'm very much aware they won't be. Is there anything else you'd like to say?"

"Yes. We're neighbors and if you ever need my help in any way just let me know."

She blinked. Had he actually offered his help? There had to be a catch and quickly figured what it was. "Is the reason you're being nice that you still want to buy Hercules? If so, you might as well know I haven't made a decision about him yet."

His smile faded and the look on his face suddenly became intense. "The reason I'm being nice is that I think of myself as a nice person. And as far as Hercules is concerned, yes, I still want to buy him but that has nothing to do with my offering my help to you as your neighbor."

She knew she had offended him and immediately regretted it. She normally wasn't this mistrusting of people but owning the ranch was a touchy subject with her because so many people were against it. He had wanted the land and Hercules but had accepted her decision and was even offering his help when her own uncle hadn't. Instead of taking it at face value, she'd questioned it. "Maybe I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions."

"Yes, maybe you shouldn't have."

Every cell in her body started to quiver under the intensity of his gaze. At that moment she knew his offer had been sincere. She wasn't sure how she knew; she just did. "I stand corrected. I apologize," she said.

"Apology accepted."

"Thank you." And because she wanted to get back on good footing with him she asked, "How have you been, Jason?"

His features relaxed when he said, "Can't complain." He tilted his Stetson back from his eyes before dismounting from the huge horse as if it was the easiest of things to do.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 134 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(61)

4 Star

(37)

3 Star

(24)

2 Star

(8)

1 Star

(4)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 134 Customer Reviews
  • Posted June 5, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    ;0/

    After coming off the high of Silken Thread & A Wife for a Westmoreland I was looking forward to The Proposal. I'm a Huge fan of Brenda Jackson but this one didn't draw me in like the others it was a good read with a good storyline but felt it was missing that spark I get from reading one of the author's books or reading about a Westmoreland.

    Although I love the series of the Westmorelands at one point in the book Jason was telling Bella that the family hired a detective to see if there where any more Westmorelands out there because the story in their family goes that their grandfather had more than one wife, my point is as much as I'm a die hard Westmoreland fan we are not even half way done with this set of Westmorelands after reading about the Atlanta Westmorelands , I don't want to see an over kill of them, I've been there since Delaney's Desert Sheik and at some point would like to see the family come to a close.

    Now as for the book, I read a little at the end of A Wife for a Westmoreland of Jason and what he thought of Bella I got excited thinking it's going to be juicy, but it was just ok. Bella is a Savannah girl who just inherited land from her grandfather she didnt know exist, her family wants her to sell the land but she doesn't, not only that her parents are trying to get her to return to Savannah or there will be a hold on her trust fund. In the mist of things Jason suggested a plan that could benefit both Jason and Bella. Bella is a nice girl, innocent and sweet, Jason he has a good heart as do all the Westmorelands. As I said ok read for me personally but not the best. I do have to admit though after they were married it perked me up a bit, not with just the steamy sex but with the little twists with her family.


    **********************
    Feel free to join my book group on facebook ( Romance Novel Junkies) we have well known and indie authors and avid readers as members who are apart of this group who would love to hear about new books and thoughts also check out our kindle and ebook lending library. We have over 450 members and counting.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 2, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Typical

    I love ms jackson but this book was so predictible. I was so dissapointed. Bella boring and jason is not sexy. I want the old westmorelands back!!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Not recommended

    I am NOT a prude but the sex scenes in this book was toooooooo graffic for my taste. The story line was okay, but the continually graffic sex scenes detracted from the book. I won't be reading any more of Ms. Jackson's books!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 16, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Great Read!!!!

    I was excited to read this book due to me reading all Mrs. Jackson's other books that are based on the Westmorelands Series.....Once again this was a great read. I did not put the book down until it was finished. I read it in one day.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    ;0(

    After coming off the high of Silken Thread & A Wife for a Westmoreland I was looking forward to The Proposal. I'm a Huge fan of Brenda Jackson but this one didn't draw me in like the others it was a good read with a good storyline but felt it was missing that spark I get from reading one of the author's books or reading about a Westmoreland.

    Although I love the series of the Westmorelands at one point in the book Jason was telling Bella that the family hired a detective to see if there where any more Westmorelands out there because the story in their family goes that their grandfather had more than one wife, my point is as much as I'm a die hard Westmoreland fan we are not even half way done with this set of Westmorelands after reading about the Atlanta Westmorelands , I don't want to see an over kill of them, I've been there since Delaney's Desert Sheik and at some point would like to see the family come to a close.

    Now as for the book, I read a little at the end of A Wife for a Westmoreland of Jason and what he thought of Bella I got excited thinking it's going to be juicy, but it was just ok. Bella is a Savannah girl who just inherited land from her grandfather she didnt know exist, her family wants her to sell the land but she doesn't, not only that her parents are trying to get her to return to Savannah or there will be a hold on her trust fund. In the mist of things Jason suggested a plan that could benefit both Jason and Bella. Bella is a nice girl, innocent and sweet, Jason he has a good heart as do all the Westmorelands. As I said ok read for me personally but not the best. I do have to admit though after they were married it perked me up a bit, not with just the steamy sex but with the little twists with her family.


    **********************
    Feel free to join my book group on facebook ( Romance Novel Junkies) we have over 450 members that includes well known and indie authors and avid readers as members who are apart of this group who would love to hear about new books and thoughts also check out our kindle and ebook lending library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Would nor recommend

    This is such a boring book. I am a hugh Brenda Jackson fan so I was very disappointed with this book. She constantly repeats the Westmoreland history, this takes up a lot of the book which leaves very little room for new story line. Jason and Bella's character are so predictable, absolutely no mystery here. Man meets woman falls for her blah, blah blah.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Don't miss reading this book

    enjoyed this book, love having it in my collection of ebooks

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Good Read...

    Definitely one of the books in the Westmoreland series to read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Highly Reccommend

    Once again the Westmorelands did not fail me. Brenda, Great Read. keep up the awesome work

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I love all of Brenda Jackson's books.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Another Westmoreland to love!

    As always there is another Westmoreland to love. Jason and Bella is a love affair any woman would want. A man who loves and will protect you with his life. Great job. Ms Jackson.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Buy It

    i love the whole westmoreland series, theses books got me wanting to be a westmoreland but i do wish the books were longer i read this book in a few hours like

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I loved this book as I do all of Brenda Jackson's Westmoreland series.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Brenda Jackson knows how to spin a tale. I absolutely love her books.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Easy Read

    I have just discovered Brenda Jackson and have read five or six of her books in the last month. This one was not as well written as I would have liked it to be. I am reading the Westmorelands in order and thought that they would get better with each read, but they seem to remain the same. I can predict what is going to happen before I read the passage. I will however give them another chance because I did enjoy reading about Lucia. I can only read in the summer and easy reads are a great way to pass the time.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Nice book

    Love the erotic scenes

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2011

    The Proposal Westmoreland Series

    great book to read

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    Good book!

    I love Brenda Jackson books, but here lately they all seem the same. I enjoyed reconnecting with the previous characters of the Westmoreland clan, but its a little predictable for me now. I'm hoping that Bane's story is off the chain though. The book was still a good read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Huge+fan%21

    The+Westmoreland+sage+continues+and+I+am+so+pleased.+I+am+enjoying+this+series.+Love+discovering+how+each+person+in+this+huge+family+finds+their+true+love.+Bella+%26+Jason%27s+story+touching.+Can%27t+wait+for+the+next+one+in+this+series.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 10, 2011

    A must read.

    Mrs. Jackson has did it again. Another love story for the books, I so enjoyed Jason's story,
    Thank you for a great read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 134 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)