Five days left until Warming Emerald is released! I’m so excited!!
Set up: Lydia is in one jail cell, Millicent Crankshaw is in the other, and Garrett has arrived to pay Lydia’s fine.
Sneak Peek #3:
“Progress is progress.”
Her incredulous stare became a snort.
“Oh, but it is,” he insisted. “Remember what you said to me the first time we met?”
Her face was still wet with tears, but at least no more new ones were falling. No more were forming, either. “I didn’t say anything.”
“Sure, you did.”
“Are you talking about the first day you came to the Red Petticoat asking for me? You told me your name and I told you to go to hell.”
“Our foreplay has always been interesting,” he allowed, “but I’m not talking about then. I meant the first first time we ever met.”
He nodded. “Yes, ma’am. The brawl.”
“I didn’t say anything,” she insisted.
“But, you did.”
Her brow furrowed. “No…”
“You spoke with your eyes.”
Her frown deepened now too. “I did not,” she said, insulted.
She had no idea how cute she was when she glared like that.
“You did,” Garrett promised. “You gazed up at me, pouring all that new-green loveliness deep into my eyes, and I distinctly heard it when they said, ‘Help me.’ ”
Lydia stiffened. “They never said that.”
“‘Love me,’” Garrett persisted.
“They absolutely never said that.”
“‘Take me,’ they cried, ‘and make me your own.’ ”
“You’re a lunatic,” she huffed.
She is the ‘savage’ of the Red Petticoat Saloon, a white woman raised by Indians only to be ripped from her adopted family by enemy soldiers and—with her half-breed son in tow—forced back into a life she does not remember or want. She does not smile; she does not trust, but she will, for a few extra dollars, put her buckskins on before taking a man to bed. Called Emerald, she has bitten more customers than she has forgiven. It never once occurred to her that anyone would find that treatment enamoring… until the day of the Great Brawl when the eldest Drake brother stormed the Red Petticoat in his vengeful hunt for Gabe and the youngest, Garrett, tackled her to the floor. She’d lived up to her reputation that day, grinding her teeth into the palm of his hand until she tasted blood, and forever won herself the erstwhile affections of a man who refused to understand the concept of ‘get lost’.
No one knew how to hide behind a smile like Garrett Drake. Haunted by a past he would never honor with words, he knew the soul-biting pain of incorporeal scars when he saw it. And from the moment he clapped eyes on Emerald—and she clamped her sharp little teeth on him, painting her lips with his blood—Garrett recognized his suffering soul’s long absent mate. She was prickly, temperamental, tense… afraid… what about that could draw him as intensely as it did, he had no idea, but the more she insisted he go away, the more impossible he found it to leave.
And then soldiers came to Culpepper Cove with orders to remove Emerald’s very young son to a reservation in which she could not go. After that, leaving ceased to be an option. Armed with an off-kilter joke and a smile, Garrett allied himself to the woman he loved…whether she wanted him to or not. Because she was warming to him, by God, and that right there made everything he was about to do worth it.
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Like all the Red Petticoat Saloon books, Warming Emerald is a standalone story. That means you don’t have to read them all to understand what’s going on in this book. However, you might want to read them all simply because, like Pringles potato chips, it’s hard to stop at just one!
About The Red Petticoat series:
The Red Petticoat Saloon series is a collection of books written by #1 and USA Today bestselling authors. Each book tells the unique story of a different woman, ‘a gem’, who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers a continuity as they learn about the women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.
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If you missed any of these great stories, it’s not too late!
His Sweet Amber by Sue Lyndon
Having known nothing but heartbreak and betrayal in Culpepper Cove, Callie Smith seeks refuge at The Red Petticoat Saloon. To the young widow’s utter shock, on her first night working upstairs, former love interest Pastor Lawrence Black bids an ungodly amount of money for an evening with her. After his dominant lovemaking leaves her breathless, he stuns her with a marriage proposal. But how can a soiled dove become a pastor’s wife? Despite her stubborn refusal, he insists she’s become his wife-in-truth and returns night after night, not allowing any other men to touch her.
As time goes on, Callie finds it increasingly difficult to ignore her growing feelings for the stern but kind, handsome widower who issues firm commands in the bedroom and doesn’t hesitate to spank her bare bottom when she disobeys. Truth is, she’d be proud to call Lawrence her husband, but surely her reputation would hinder his calling to become the town pastor. Will he succeed in convincing Callie she’s meant to be his wife?
Crystal’s Calamity by Stevie MacFarlane
Clementine McKay finds out she’s a lot more than a demure little school teacher from the foothills of the Appalachians when her father gets Gold Fever. The dangerous trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains not withstanding, she soon learns that despite her small stature and youth, she’s a force to be reckoned with. When tragedy strikes she becomes smarter, stronger and more determined than ever to find her father’s murderer.
As Crystal, the most sought after whore at The Red Petticoat Saloon, she parlays her skills in a way no one else could have. Now, if Jasper Montgomery would only stop snooping around and interfering in her plans she might just get what she wants most… revenge.
Jasper Montgomery lives and gambles in Culpepper Cove for one reason only. It’s his home. Great wealth allows him to do exactly as he pleases and when the dirty little miner’s daughter arrives at The Red Petticoat he takes pity on her. He’ll be her first paying customer, educating the poor virgin on the skills necessary to please a man. In his mind, there was no sense letting a rough miner ruin her. Yes, he would spin a web of passion and pleasure for her that would endear him to her forever.
Never in a million years did he imagine he was the fly and not the spider.