Keira desperately wants to belong somewhere
Gideon is haunted by a secret too horrible to share
Fate conspires against them…
Keira Cameron came to Boston from Scotland after the death of her parents. She wanted a job, a husband, and eventually a family. She feels rejected because at almost six feet she’s too tall, Her Scottish burr makes her appear too foreign. She is too pretty for any wife to want Keira working near the woman’s husband. Were her expectations unreasonable? Her cousin convinces her to enter a proxy marriage to his friend, Gideon Ross, who lives in Montana Territory. Out of options, she agrees and hopes her goals will be realized.
Gideon Ross is a large man at five inches over six feet. His business is a smithy and gun repair shop. The war left him with a terrible scar on his face. He wears a beard to try to conceal the scar but still hears people whisper he’s a monster and a giant. Do they think he has no feelings? He’s haunted by the war and has terrible nightmares. Reluctantly, he agrees to wed Keira by proxy.
Outside forces work against the couple. Keira and Gideon must find the key to the attack on their lives. Can they defeat the enemy before they’re too late?
Targeted Age Group:: 18up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Fortunately for me, I was invited to join this multi-author series of Proxy Brides. I was excited to be included and first read several of the earlier books to get the flavor of the series. This inspired me to come up with my own story that was a bit different from the others.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted to write about a couple who at first appeared different but actually had many things in common. I enjoy writing about heroes with a physical flaw and women who can love them enough to overlook the impairment. Gideon is badly scarred but Keira doesn't see that–she sees a hero who saved her cousin's life. Of course, one of the challenges was creating the reason for Keira to be Gideon's proxy bride.
He drained the last of the milk from the jar. “Go ahead and buy what you need. You can’t sleep on a pallet and I can’t take up less room than I did last night.”
A broad smile appeared on her beautiful face. “You’ll sleep better when you can stretch out and not have your feet sticking off the end of the bed.”
He met her gaze, remembering their wedding night. “Aye, and I’d like to hold my wife in my arms all night.”
She blushed and looked down. “I’ll take these back to the house so you can get back to work.”
He held her shoulders. “Keira? There’s no need to be embarrassed because your husband wants to hold you in his arms.”
“I don’t know what to say or do. So much has changed in only a short while.”
He took the items from her and pressed a kiss to her rose petal lips. She leaned into him but didn’t respond for a few seconds. He increased the pressure on her lips and she wrapped her arms around his neck.
The creak of a wagon startled him. Someone called, “Whoa.”
Keira stared at Gideon but her eyes didn’t appear focused. She opened her mouth as if to speak but said nothing. Gideon kept his arms around her.
Bud Palmer came into the smithy. “Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to interrupt.”
Gideon changed so only one arm was around Keira’s shoulders. “Keira, this is Bud Palmer. Bud, Keira is my wife.”
Bud pumped Gideon’s hand. “Congratulations.” He took Keira’s hand. “Welcome, Mrs. Ross. Sure hope you like Haverhill.”
“Thank you, Mr. Palmer. I already like this town.” Once again she picked up the things from lunch. “If you’ll excuse me, I’ll get back to the house.”
Bud stared after her. “You’re a lucky man. I believe that’s the prettiest woman I’ve ever seen.”
Gideon agreed, yet an odd feeling gripped him. He didn’t want Bud gaping at his wife with that appreciative gleam in his eyes. He didn’t want any man looking at her in that way.
Who was he kidding? He suspected every man who saw her would stare no matter what her husband wanted.
He faced his visitor. “What can I do for you?”
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