Heartbreak Ranch (The Sullivan Brothers) (Silhouette Intimate Moments)
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Rancher Jed Sullivan was ruthless about getting what he wanted -- and he'd just set his sights on Julianne Buchanan. The sparks between them had always been kept under Jed's tight control, but now that Julianne had come home, Jed was hungry for something only she could give...Jed knew no woman would ever stick around -- hell, even his mother had abandoned him. The Heartbreak Ranch in Montana was his only home -- the only place he belonged. But it was Julianne's home, too. And until she discovered Jed's secret, Jed planned to take whatever she would give him -- and damn the consequences!
left over for several sandwiches. She knew it would require a plateful to fill up Jed. “Tell you what,” she said, her head still in the fridge, “we’ll have a picnic in your study. You get things ready in there and I’ll make the sandwiches.” “Why aren’t we going to eat in the kitchen?” She balanced the leftover ham, mustard, butter and mayo in a wobbly tower in her arms and headed toward the table. “I don’t know about you,” she said, her voice muffled by the mountain of ingredients, “but I
never seen again. “Your shoulder,” she murmured in understanding. The scars on his right shoulder blade had been a part of him so long he no longer questioned them. When she was a kid, she’d pestered him about their origin until Annie had caught her at it and put an end to her torment. “What with skin grafts and endless infections, I’m told I was in and out of hospitals for almost two years.” Dredging up the past never brought him any measure of comfort, but his words had finally managed to
“You’re trying to do too much. The house, the cooking, waiting on me. You need to slow down.” Working her tired shoulders, Julianne countered, “It’s not too much. It’s no more than you do every day.” A fact that was filling her with more awe by the hour. “I guess I’ve been living too soft if I can’t handle a little dusting and baking.” Annie leaned back against her pillow. “You’ve never been soft, and that’s a fact. It’s just a different kind of activity, one you’re not used to.” Refusing to
and strode to the man who claimed to be his brother. Something inside him dodged admitting to a relationship, any relationship with him. Julianne had spoken of closure, and that’s what this meeting was about. He downed a swallow of the Scotch in one burning gulp. That’s what this meeting was supposed to be about. Sully sipped from his glass, watching him expressionlessly. “Julianne is who I talked to on the phone when I called?” “Yeah.” “Seems like a determined woman.” All his frustration was
Jed’s management. When she thought of how much he had invested in the place, financially, physically and emotionally, she felt the initial tuggings of guilt. She’d never thought about how her plans for coming back here might affect Jed. Even as a young child she’d been aware of Harley’s pendulum of luck. He’d made and lost more fortunes than even he could keep track of. But after years of pestering, she’d gotten his promise that he’d hang on to the ranch for her, and she’d made certain he’d kept