Only You by Elizabeth Lowell

By Elizabeth Lowell

Made determined by way of poverty and loss, Evelyn Starr Johnson sees a golden chance to win again her misplaced prestige via recuperating the treasure map stolen from her murdered foster mom and dad. And with not anything left to bet yet her innocence, the attractive card shark stares coolly at their killers around the poker desk - then stacks the deck and bargains the successful hand to a good-looking, unsuspecting stranger. whilst the beautiful temptress he received at a card video game runs off with remainder of his winnings, sharpshooter Matt ?Reno? Moran vows to seek her down-never dreaming it truly is his future to affix forces with the thieving woman on a perilous look for hidden gold. yet, come hell or excessive water, Reno is set to reclaim every thing that's rightfully his - together with the tempestuous girl who calls herself ?Evening Star?, who Reno dares now not love, yet wishes with all his soul.

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Almost absently he groped in the saddlebag, 26 / ELIZABETH LOWELL searching for the ring. The cool, unmistakable feel of a gold coin brought his full attention back to his search. “Didn’t think you had time to spend anything,” Reno said with satisfaction. “Old Jericho didn’t let any grass grow under his feet before he—” The words ended abruptly as Reno tossed aside the saddlebag and uncoiled in a swift lunge that ended with the shotgun being yanked from Eve’s fingers. The next thing Eve knew, she had been jerked from beneath the covers and was dangling from Reno’s powerful hands like a sack of flour.

After a quick pressure of her mouth against his, she retreated, her heart beating wildly. ” Reno asked. She nodded, because she was too nervous to speak. “I should have guessed you’d cheat with your body the same way you cheat with cards,” he said, disgusted. ” “The way a frightened virgin kisses her first boy. ” “But I—I am,” she stammered. Reno said something beneath his breath, then added in a cutting voice, “Save the wide-eyed act for a pup that’s still wet behind the ears. ” “Then you didn’t learn enough.

She was so close that each word was a separate brush over Reno’s mouth. It was the same when he spoke to her, each word a caress. ” he asked. ” Eve wondered at the ripple that went through Reno, but had no time to think about it, for his arms were sliding around her. She stiffened, expecting to be grabbed and held down once more. But Reno made no further move to force her. He simply held her so that she didn’t have to make any effort at all to stay close to him. Slowly she relaxed, letting his arms support her.

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