Lucy and Ambrose Quince share fiery passion in and out of bed; they love hard but fight often, both having opinions and tempers. But Lucy mysteriously disappears in 1874, leaving the Double-Q ranch and all she loves behind. Three years later, scarred in mind and body, Lucy is drawn back to Eclipse and the life she’s forgotten—including a snarling, lustful husband.
Although she claims she can’t remember him, Ambrose hasn’t forgotten a damned thing. Lucy left him and he owes her nothing. Trouble is—his heart remembers too, and Lucy’s the only woman who’ll ever own it.
Reader Advisory: This book contains rape and graphic violence.This title was previously published elsewhere as Intimate Strangers, but has been extensively revised for Ellora’s Cave.
Excerpt: (shortened excerpt to retain PG or milder rating)
The devil got in her way again. Lucy had to see Ambrose before she left on her first investigation since he was between her and her horse. When she entered the barn, he straightened from his half-crouch over the feed sack he was wrestling and pushed his hat off his forehead, waiting for her to declare her purpose.
Avoiding his gaze, she announced to the air above his shoulder, “I’m going to town.”
He was sweating, covered with straw chaff and he didn’t look happy at the interruption. They had maintained an uneasy truce since the night she’d cleaned his office and laid him flat with her knee. She’d like to believe Ambrose had learned respect but it was more probable he was plotting another siege.
Alex jumped from the hayloft and dusted himself off. “Water…” He nodded toward the house and skirted them both, clearly unwilling to witness the imminent explosion.
Ambrose said to Alex, “Take a break.” To Lucy he said, “You aren’t going anywhere.” He pronounced judgment as though he was the Almighty.
Anger whooshed through her like fire through dry leaves.
She stepped around him, heading for Sheba’s stall. “I came to Eclipse to find answers, not dally with my former husband,” she told him.
“Former husband, my ass,” he snarled. Charging her, he hooked his arm around her middle, carrying her into the tack room.
Rage blistered the air—both his and hers. For more than two weeks, they’d been circling each other like street brawlers, each looking for an opening.
In the dim light, Lucy wasn’t nearly as confident of her rights as she had been a moment before in the daylight. Ambrose surrounded her, backing her against the wall, blanketing her body with his. Quincy. The name floated through her mind as his mouth claimed hers, stifling any response other than surrender.
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Eclipse Heat-an historical erotic western series centering around a town in 19th century Texas.
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Hello, my name is Gem Sivad. If you’ve seen me on twitter, Face Book or a romance loop, it was probably only a quick glimpse. I lurk a lot, say “hello” to the few peeps I know, read the daily updates from others, enjoy from a distance, and remain silent for the most part.In my personal life, I also have hermit tendencies and live in a country setting near a small unincorporated town with a population of about five hundred (give or take a wild turkey or two). I love the people in my life but books have always been my best friend. Read more about Gen on her WEBSITE.
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