The newest set of brides has arrived in Golden River, and it seems the town is more unsettled
than ever. Convinced she’s mousy and unattractive, Daniella Abcott is terribly worried that
Caleb is no longer interested in her—so much so that she takes matters into her own hands and
misreads Caleb’s feelings for her.
And she’s nothing if not daring.
Caleb, on the other hand, is the strong and strict deputy of Golden River. In love with little
Daniella since the very first time he laid eyes on her stealing his clothes as he swam in the river,
he’s been determined to correct her mischievous streak. Now, however, the town is after him and
determined to push him into marriage. His plan to distance himself from Golden River—and
from Daniella—almost succeeds. Almost.
Will Danny discover the truth about his feelings for her? And can she accept it if she does? Will
Caleb admit his love for her? What happens when she runs away from him right after the ill-fated wedding?
Publisher’s Note: This historical old west romance contains graphic scenes and themes of power
exchange. If this is offensive to you, please do not read it.
Any chance of being reasonable disappeared immediately. The deputy stormed into the
building, grabbed the bolt of cloth out of her hand and slammed it back on the table she had
pulled it from. “Now, listen here, you little brat.” His hands were planted on his hips. The
other women started gathering around to watch the excitement.
“Caleb! What’s gotten into you? I was planning on purchasing that fabric to make—” Danny’s
cheeks tinged with scarlet as she spoke, seeing an audience gathering. Perhaps she didn’t
want any of the brides hearing them having a spat.
“You can forget it. Your little sewing project will wait until I am good and ready to ask.” He
yanked off his hat when he noticed the young ladies watching him. His voice lowered, but
the brides compensated by taking a collective step forward. “Miss Daniella, I think it would
be best for you to head back to the ranch this minute. I will come calling soon. You and I
need to have a very important discussion.”
One the brides sighed loudly. “How romantic, Deputy! You’re about to propose. Though I
think it quite rude of you to settle on whom you want to marry before you get to know the
rest of us. You are in most of our top ten lists, you know. Of potential mates, that is.”
Danny took a threatening step toward the girl who had just spoken. “Well, you can all just
scratch him off, because he’s already taken.”
Caleb picked his little brat up in his arms and moved to the door, setting her down a few feet
away from the group of brides. He scowled at her. “I never thought I would have to give this
warning to women, but public brawling is not acceptable in Golden River.”