The Buckskin Brotherhood
Book 4

Going once, going twice... sold!

Cowboy Nick Le Grande is thrilled when hairstylist Eva Kilpatrick outbids the competition in Apple Grove’s first-ever bachelor auction, claiming him for twelve hours of manual labor. Now’s his chance to impress her while he flexes his muscles working around her house. Eva captured his heart months ago, but she hasn’t returned the favor. Twelve hours isn’t much time, but he’s determined to convince her he’s the one she wants.

If he gets his way, he won’t be a bachelor much longer.


Eva took a steadying breath. “Which brings us to the moment upstairs when I almost kissed you.”
Nick lowered the ice pack. “It does?”
“I mean, I suppose a kiss is no big deal, but—”
“I disagree.” Heat flickered in his eyes. “We’re not kids playing games. I don’t kiss a woman for the heck of it. Not these days.”
Her breathing quickened. “Then we’re on the same page.”
His mouth curved in a soft smile. “Not yet. But we’re reading the same book. That’s a good start.”
“We’ve established that we’re not indiscriminate kissers.”
“I have a reason for not kissing you a while ago.” She paused. “There’s something you need to know.”
His stance widened and his jaw tensed as he physically braced himself. “Okay.”
“When I had my first physical, I got the same news as Aunt Sally and my mom. I’d seen first-hand how much Aunt Sally enjoyed her life as a single woman. I decided to follow in her footsteps.” She prepared herself for an argument.
His shoulders relaxed. “I can see why.”
“You don’t have a problem with that?”
“Why would I? It’s your life.”
“I’ve had some guys take it as a personal rejection.”
“Sorry to disappoint you.”
“Just to be clear, I’m never getting married.”
His lips twitched as if he might be trying not to laugh.
“Is that funny?”
“No, ma’am.” His blue eyes sparkled with amusement.
“It is. Tell me why.”
“It’s just that I’ve spent so much time working on my proposal, and now—”
“You have not. You’re teasing me.”
“Yes, ma’am. Just a little.”
“I suppose that announcement could seem… slightly premature.”
“A tad bit.” His gaze warmed. “It’s always possible after we kiss for the first time I’ll fall to one knee and pop the question, but it’s never happened before.”
“Then again, it could be the kiss to end all kisses.” She moved closer.
“It certainly could.” The warmth in his eyes became heat.
She took one more step. “Let’s find out.”

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