The Marine’s E-Mail Order Bride
by Cora Seton
If Gunnery Sergeant Zane Hall wants to save his family’s ranch, he’ll need to fix up the buildings, stock the spread with cattle—and find a wife. The first two are easy with the help of his brothers, but getting hitched is proving more difficult. When he meets mountaineer Kenna North through an online ad, she seems like the perfect fit—at least in her e-mails. She wants the same thing he does: a temporary marriage to secure an inheritance. But when Zane meets Kenna, she’s nothing like he expects, and Zane finds himself changing his priorities, fast.
If Storm Willow wants to save her family’s seaside cottage, she’ll have to keep her boss happy—which means taking Kenna’s place and marrying Zane when Kenna is detained out of the country. As long as Storm acts her part, no one will know that she’s an imposter. But when she falls for the handsome Marine, Storm begins to wonder if holding onto the cottage is worth giving up on love.
Can a fake marriage lead to real happiness? Or is disaster just a heartbeat away?
The knock came again.
“I’ll probably end up in jail,” Storm said finally.
“You won’t end up in jail. Let me make this simple for you. Marry the cowboy or lose your job. I’ll get in touch when I can.” Kenna cut the call.
Storm lowered the phone slowly and faced the door, her thoughts too tangled to make sense. A fake marriage? Six weeks? Thirty thousand dollars? As she debated her options, a single image came into her mind—her mother and sisters standing in the doorway of the seaside home they loved so much, waving good-bye as she left in a cab for the airport. She knew what Cheyenne would want her to do. Marry the man and get the cash.
Storm wasn’t wired that way, though. She was law-abiding. She did things honorably. That’s why she hadn’t skipped out on her mother even when friend after friend told her she was crazy to stay at home and help raise her sisters instead of leaving and starting her own life when she turned eighteen.
She’d always taken the high road and she wasn’t about to change that now. Storm squared her shoulders. Kenna would have to come home after all. She’d tell the cowboy her boss had been delayed and call Kenna back and demand she get on the first flight out of Nepal.
She pulled open the door, and the words she had prepared to say died on her lips. Outside stood the most handsome man she’d ever seen. He was six foot two, she estimated, with shoulders wide enough to support a world of cares. His features were strong, his hazel eyes frank but intelligent. He wore jeans that were worn to a comfortable fit, and a forest green, button-down shirt layered over a white T-shirt. As she stared at him, transfixed by his easy smile, the strong line of his jaw, and the flash of interest in his eyes when he saw her, he touched the brim of his cowboy hat. “Hi, I’m Zane Hall,” he said in a voice that held just a hint of a western twang.
“Hi,” she heard herself answer. “I’m Kenna North.”
Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.
Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!
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