Her Only Hope
Edie Matthews is confident her
ex-husband murdered his first wife. When the authorities
fail to bring him to justice, she will do anything to
protect her stepson from the abusive man, even kidnap
the boy and abandon all that she knows and loves.
Shortly after her arrival in
the small, remote town of Hope Springs, Alaska, Edie
befriends her new neighbor, Buck Washington,. Soon the
local sheriff isn’t just asking questions, he’s asking
her on a date. Despite her resistance, Buck is
determined to help the woman who has stolen his heart
and clearly needs his protection.
Can Edie dare to love again? To
trust in a man…and her new identity? Or will her secrets
come back to bite them both?
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Copyright © 2011 Kat Jones
motion, Edie searched out her shoes and jogged down the steps,
caught off guard when she saw a tall shadow through the etched
glass window of the front door.
Her heart skipped a beat. Doug?
Of course not, silly!
Nice town, very nice people. No angry ex. He couldn’t harm her
or Reece ever again.
herself to breathe, she asked, “Who is it?”
“Your neighbor. Buck. Otherwise known
as Hope Springs’ Police Chief.”
Edie froze in place at that news,
Of all the
“Open up. Now.” The doorknob rattled.
“We need to talk.”
gone and done it. No doubt he intended to arrest her.
Desperately, she considered fleeing.
Attempting an escape. But where would she go? “Buck, I’m sorry
about earlier. Please…just be reasonable….”
What if he’d
discovered the truth about her? What if—
the door. We need to get some matters cleared up between us.”
choice, she held her breath and twisted the knob, coming
face-to-face with a gun barrel.
A loaded Super
Soaker water gun
wielded by Mr. Buck Serious himself.
“Payback!” Buck fired away, his rapidly
squeezing forefinger pumping pressurized water at her. He soaked
her sweater, making it cling to her breasts as little droplets
littered the hardwood floor below.
understood what it was like to be stunned stupid. She certainly
hadn’t seen this coming, not from
Nor had she
noticed how terribly cute his lopsided grin was. Or the way his
raven eyes danced and sparkled.
She supposed that was because he hadn’t
been smiling. But he sure was now. And doling out a well-earned
comeuppance—more than her fair share, in Edie’s opinion.
The water moved upward, hitting her
face. Her recently washed, styled hair.
chuckle filled the air. “Woman, you just gonna stand there?”
Of course she
is Edie, not woman! Stop!” Not wanting a mess in the house, Edie
squealed and fled out the door. Too late to salvage her curls,
she cried, “Stop! I’m not armed, you butthead!”
name-calling wasn’t a good incentive for him to show mercy.
That was it.
“Mercy, mercy!” Hands in the air to
block the water, she squealed the renowned word over and over,
though it didn’t seem to work as well as rumored. “Mercy, mercy!
Where was a
white flag when she needed one?
But even as she pleaded, she didn’t
really mean it. It wasn’t in her to turn down a good water
fight, no matter the person. Or the circumstances.
It felt good
to laugh. Such a relief from the tension her life had been put
She only wished she had her own water
Can beat ’em, join ’em, right? If it
was a fight Buck wanted, it was a fight he’d get. Somehow.
his looming frame, she scrambled down the porch steps with him
hot on her heels, shooting to soak.
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