When a man sets out to tame a strong-willed woman, he’d best hang on to his hat.
Will Martinson, the town doctor, already has a heap of troubles on his plate, what with a pregnant whore, an ailing friend and a sheriff with a bad habit of shooting people. The last thing he needs is a strong hankering for a woman who think it’s her duty to turn a man’s life upside-down.
Eliza Jane Carter is a woman on a mission. She’s going to improve the lives of the women in Gardiner, Texas before moving on to the next town. But when her finances take a turn for the worse and her chaperone heads for the hills, Eliza Jane is stranded in a town full of riled up menfolk, a gun-happy sheriff and one handsome doctor who makes her question everything she ever believed about the love between a man and a woman.
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Oh, the hell with spanking. If ever a woman deserved to be shot, it was Eliza Jane Carter.
Will pointed at her, sitting there on the red velvet cushion, thinking she ought to be damn glad it was his finger and not his pistol. “You! Get yourself out of here and leave these whores alone or I will throw you over my shoulder and carry you out.”
She had the gall to smile at him—that smile that made his teeth clench in frustration and his balls ache with their own brand of frustration. “Why, Doctor Martinson, I do believe you asked me to initiate a conversation with one of these ladies.”
“I asked you to discreetly talk to Sadie about getting out of whoring. I did not ask you to talk them all out of whoring! Do you know how temperamental cowboys get when every one of them is riding all day with a cockstand he can’t shake? Adam had to shoot two men just last night.”
Eliza Jane cocked an eyebrow at him. Hellfire, she had pretty eyes. “I regret the need to be indelicate, but there are ways a man can find his own sexual release, Doctor. Neither I nor these women are responsible for their behavior.”
“We’re knittin’ woolens to sell to the cowboys,” Fiona chirped. She was young and none too book smart, but she’d established herself as a favorite among the cowboys…and other men in town. Will was especially fond of how flexible she was. “And iffen our cowboys don’t want ‘em, Miss Carter’s gonna ship ‘em north to sell.”
Will yanked his hat off and ran his hand through his hair in exasperation. “The cowboys don’t pay you to knit, they pay you to fuck.”
Eliza Jane leapt to her feet, unmindful of the ball of yarn that fell and rolled away. “Doctor Martinson, I will not have you use such language in the presence of these ladies.”
“They ain’t ladies,” he shouted. “They’re whores.”
“William James Martinson, you get in here right now!” The woman’s voice came from a back bedroom, and Will groaned.
Then he pointed his finger at Eliza Jane again. “Now look what you’ve done. I told you what would happen, woman. When I’m done here I’m going to bend you over my knee, throw up your skirts, and spank you until your ass is as red as a cherry.”
“I charge a dollar extra for that,” Fiona told Eliza Jane as Will walked like a condemned man down the gaudily decorated hallway.
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