Western romance. Originally a Zebra Heartfire Historical Romance entitled Mountain Ecstasy.
"Ms. Sandifer has penned another treasure. You'll laugh, cry, and love every moment." – Affaire de Coeur Magazine
"Readers will adore Linda Sandifer's fun-loving, hilarious romance...a delightful tale." – Romantic Times
She didn't want a husband. He didn't want a wife. They had the perfect relationship ... until love came calling.
Hattie Peyton Longmore hasn't had much of a future since her selfish husband divorced her and set her out in the streets of San Francisco. Struggling to keep a roof over her head, she jumps at the chance to move to her brother's Idaho ranch to help him raise his motherless daughter. But when Hattie arrives, it isn't her brother who greets her, but his best friend, Jim Rider, with the news of her brother's murder. She longs for strong arms to comfort and shelter her in this strange, lonely land, and the handsome cowboy is more than eager to comply. She doesn't have to worry about a rake like him wanting to marry. With him, she's safe. With him, she'll never have to disclose her greatest failure as a woman.
Jim Rider has always been wild and free, but his best friend's pretty sister might just be worth sticking around for, at least for a short-term love affair. Besides, he needs to find Billy's killers--and he wouldn't dream of leaving Hattie out in this empty land alone until she can find some hired help, or a husband. The latter shouldn't be too hard since every available male within traveling distance winds up on her doorstep, something that soon rubs him about as raw as a burr under the collar. It comes as a bit of a shock to his freewheeling mind-set when he realizes he doesn't want anybody in her bed except him, and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent it ... even if it means marrying her himself!
Linda Sandifer is the award-winning author of thirteen novels. Her stories of the West have found fans among the ranks of men and women alike and have been translated into numerous languages throughout the world. She is known for her compelling characterizations, credible detail, and the ability to touch the human spirit. She lives with her husband on a ranch in Idaho. Visit her website: www.linda-sandifer.com