The Lady’s Arrangement
by Colleen L. Donnelly
GENRE: Historical Fiction
Neither Rex nor Regina wants a spouse, but they do have needs.
Ranger Rex Duncan needs a false identity—just long enough to uncover a ring of Kansas ranch thieves. Answering Regina’s ad for a temporary husband, he leaves his beloved red dirt of Oklahoma to assume that disguise. But the most obstinate woman he’s ever known confounds his assignment, and with hair the red color that has always made his heart beat a little faster.
Regina Howard needs a new Mrs. in front of her name—just long enough to reclaim her deceased husband’s ranch, since Kansas law won’t allow women to own property. When Rex answers her ad for a husband who can take orders as part of a brief business arrangement, she finds this stubborn man ignores her every command. Yet a good man is far more than just a name…
I held her there, held and beheld a face crowned with a mane of red. Red. My favorite color. I ran a finger over her cheek. “Regina, are you with me?”
Her skin was soft, so soft I traced a line the length of her jaw, her face smoother than anything I’d ever touched. Her hair spread over her features and across my legs—so much red, like the sky during an Oklahoma sunset. I hooked my finger around a long strand and pulled it aside. I wanted to touch more of it…all of it…draw it through my fingers the way I did Walter’s mane. “Doggone it all, anyway. This is why I never got married. It’s too confounding.” I laid the reins across the seat to my left and pinned them under my thigh. With both hands, I raised her up, held her close, and patted the palm of my hand against her cheek. “Regina, wake up.”
Her eyes fluttered. Green hit me in the late afternoon light. Her lashes lined that green, beautiful strokes like a painting again, arching around what was now my second favorite color. I propped her close and cupped her face in a hand. Those lashes closed, then opened, until at last recognition set in…a stormy sunrise…eyes widening and lashes shooting up. She shrugged out of my arms and looked around at Walter, at the passing scenery, and finally, at me. “Did I fall asleep?”
“No,” I dragged the reins from under my thigh. “You fainted.”
“Fainted?” She stared at Walter’s rump. I watched our wedding come back to her, a new sort of dawning, a crimson blush where it rose. “Oh, my.”
I flicked the reins. Walter hied it a bit more. She laid a hand on my forearm. “No, wait.”
“Whoa,” I said again, this time to Walter. He stopped. The three of us sat, the wind in our faces, the grasses bowing our direction.
“We’re married now?”
“You going to faint again?”
She shook her head.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Born and raised in the Midwest, Colleen earned a four-year degree in Medical Technology and used it to travel and explore other parts of the country while working in the field of science.
Outside the laboratory she delves deeply into literature, both reading and writing, her interest piqued by tales involving moral dilemmas and the choices people come up against.
A lover of the outdoors as well as a comfy living room, Colleen is always searching inside and out for the next good story.
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