Bachelor Cowboy by Roxann Delaney

Bachelor Cowboy
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  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Category/Subject: Fiction
  • Formats: PDFA
  • MNETID: 39778791


"Keep your hands where I can see them, and back on down that ladder real slow." The voice was soft and low. Distinctly feminine. And definitely not joking. Freezing at the command, one foot above the other on the metal steps of the combine ladder, Dusty McPherson stopped breathing. An ominous click shattered the silence, and he knew without a doubt that the woman had a shotgun in her hands, cocked and ready. Breathing again, but careful not to startle her, he didn't question her as he eased back down the ladder. Beads of sweat broke out on his forehead, even though the late May Oklahoma morning sun hadn't begun to heat the day. A woman with a gun could be dangerous. "Okay, that's good. Now turn around, but don't make any sudden moves," she said when he reached the ground. "And keep your hands up." Dusty made his turn slow and smooth, his nerves taut and ready in case she had an itchy trigger finger. Knowing he could meet his maker in the blink of an eye, he faced his opponent. His eyes zeroed in on the tip of the steel barrel pointed directly at a spot any man would protect. He could only hope he'd be quick enough if there was any indication he'd be shot. He might want to be a daddy someday. Slowly raising his gaze to her face, Dusty found himself staring into eyes the color of a clear blue mountain lake. It was all he could do to keep from sucking in air at the sight, but he managed to control himself. The blue eyes widened for an instant, but just as quickly narrowed, hard as granite. "Just what do you think you're doing, cowboy?" The urge to check out the rest of her was strong, but tempered by the fact that it could be the end of him if he did. Not wanting to spook her, he kept his voice low and even. "Put the gun down and I'll tell you." "You must think I'm crazy." Her gaze never left his. She took a step closer. "What are you doing messing around my machine?" "I'm here about the job," he answered with a calmness the clippity-clop of his heartbeat denied. "Agatha Clayborne hired me." Her lips formed a perfect pink oval. "Oh... well..." Dusty noticed her finger ease up on the trigger and allowed himself to relax a little. But he didn't let down his guard. Only a man with scrambled eggs for brains would do that. Eyes narrowing again, she tightened her grip on the gun. "How do I know you're not just saying that?" "You needed some harvest help, right?" Her chin dipped a fraction of an inch in a noncommittal nod. "But I expected somebody younger. Like one of the kids from the high school." "And I expected to get this wheat cut." He watched her consider his statement. "Mind if I put my hands down now?" Hesitating, she finally lowered the shotgun. "Aunt Aggie mentioned she'd put some fliers around town. Maybe you should have come up to the house first and introduced yourself." Before he could answer, she turned around, giving him a view of her backside and the long, copper braid that reached past her waist. The end of it swung between a set of slim but well-curved hips encased in a pair of tight blue jeans. Something about her was familiar, but he couldn't put a finger on what it was. And he was sure he wouldn't have forgotten the woman if he had met her before. "You might as well come on in," she tossed over her shoulder. "Breakfast should be on the table." Two strides brought him up next to [...]
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