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To honor her brother’s last request, Barbara Audiss takes on his identity. Letting loose her secret will get her arrested. But keeping it prevents her from giving her heart to handsome sheriff Keith Rakestraw.
Furious at “Judge Audiss’s” latest verdict, Keith discovers she’s a fake and consequences seem easy: toss her in jail. Instead, he finds himself eager to give her his heart.
Barbara choked over the long-nine cigar. A vile habit to be sure, but smoking kept her voice sounding hoarse and her body smelling manly.
The linen strips binding her bosom also contributed to her strangled lungs.
But mostly it was Sheriff Keith Rakestraw, staring at her from the front row and stealing her breath clean away. He was the one man who could get her feeling like a woman.
If she’d been allowed to be one, that is.
The verdict all but gagged her, too. However, Uncle Samuel had died at the hands of vigilante justice. She and Badge had sworn to improve things in the lawless west. Keep things to the letter of the law. Her twin brother’s bad luck, dying on the way to Colorado.
And, her good luck—the chance to put her legal education to use in his stead when everybody back East said no.
Even if it meant acting like a man.
Tanya Hanson loves those cowboys and writes Western romance, both historical and contemporary, both sensual and inspirational. Claiming His Heart, her first full-length inspirational romance is a recent Prairie Rose Publications release.
Writing as Anya Novikov, she is developing a Young Adult series for the Painted Pony line.
She lives on California’s Central Coast with her firefighter husband and considers their son and daughter the best thing she’s ever done. Volunteering at the local horse rescue is a treasured activity.
Best of all are two little grandsons whom she considers the halves of her heart.