Gracie Atkinson and her father planned a new beginning out West but when the coach they’re traveling on loses a wheel causing it to roll down into a ravine, she soon learns her father is dead and that she’s the sole survivor of the tragedy. Her only hope is to walk to the nearest town.
Ryan Doyle’s a man with a past but he’s now the sheriff of Grantsville. One night while riding his horse into the nearby canyon he finds a young woman clinging to life. He knows one place where she can recuperate. Maggie McGuire runs the town’s whorehouse but Ryan knows Gracie will be save in her care.
The plan is simple but what he doesn’t count on is falling for Gracie. There’s one problem—he’s too old for her and he was committed a terrible act.
Gracie has her heart set on the sheriff and with the help of Maggie and her girls she’ll find a way to get him to rethink his old fashioned ideas.
Ryan headed up the stairs and along to the left. He heard a few of the girls and men down at the other end of the hallway and hoped they didn’t get louder and disturb Gracie.
He knocked on the door.
“Come in,’ said Gracie.
He opened the door. The room was lit by one lamp and the light it cast made her look so angelic and beautiful. Her hair was now brushed and cascaded down her shoulders.
He wanted to reach out and touch it.
Ryan held the pillow up. “Hope this is it?”
Gracie put her hands to her mouth. “It is, and how can I ever thank you?”
Ryan thought of one thing but scolded himself for making it the first thought that came into his head. She was young and innocent and he was an older man who’d seen lots of bad things. He’d done a bad thing.
“It’s probably not as pristine as it once was.”
He handed it to her and she took it and pressed it into her body before kissing it.
“I also found a photo that I know is of you and I assume it’s your mother.”
He handed that to her as well. “Your mother was a beautiful woman. You’re a beautiful woman.”
“I also found a purse.”
“That’s mine. You are such an angel.”
“I’m afraid there were only two coins in it.”
“Two? I’ll need more money to bury my father. Did you…”
“I’d like to see him one last time.”
“No honey, I don’t think you want to do that. And I can take care of all the arrangements for his funeral and burial. I know people who will do it all for free so you’re not to worry about anything else but getting well.”
“Thank you and please let me know who else I need to thank.”
“I will do that and as soon as Doc says you’re able to get up and around we’ll plan a service for him. I know a nice plot of land just outside of town.”
“If there’s anything I can ever do for you, just name it.”
That comment went straight to his cock and he felt totally ashamed of himself. But there was just something about Gracie that stirred his libido like never before. He had to get out of here and away from her. Well, at least for the time being. She needed to get well.
“I’ll leave you to get a good night’s rest and I’ll stop back again tomorrow to fill you in on all the details for your father’s burial.”
He put on his hat and headed outside. As he got to the stairs he heard a very vocal man screaming out with sheer pleasure. Ryan needed that sort of release too but not with one of Maggie’s girls. His woman of choice was now Gracie.