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Queen of HeartsNo stranger to responsibility, Queen was the one who cared for her younger sisters when their errant dad was otherwise occupied. Now that the girls are all grown up, Queen is finally free to pursue her own dreams. And she knows they're bound to take her farther than the Tennessee hills...some day.
Cody Bonner loves being the father of three young boys, though raising them on his own is a handful. Then Queen shows up. From the very start Cody knows this fiery, flame-haired lady is much more than just a housekeeper. Her remarkable heart and passion move him in ways he's never felt before. The proud, handsome widower's got a love in him that could make Queen Houston happy for the rest of her days. All he has to do is convince her restless royal highness that the sweetest dreams of all wait just inside his door...
someone ever care for her? The euphoria of having quelled the Whittiers’ frontline attack faded, and along with it went Cody’s appetite. His moods swung dangerously, and Donny watched his father with a nervous eye, alerting Queen to the fact that Cody’s behavior was not normal. One day everything and everyone got on his nerves, the next day the house could have blown away and he’d never have noticed. Queen watched until she felt she could no longer remain a silent observer. It had been a
rip, then.” The dispatcher began to read verbatim the fax that he’d just pulled off the wire. “Virgil Stratton, white male, fifty-four years of age, six feet three inches, two hundred and forty pounds. Brown eyes, gray hair, and balding. Identifying marks: spider tattoo on his left cheek below his eye. Escaped from Denver while en route to another holding facility at fourteen hundred hours yesterday. Believed to be traveling south. Survivalist background. Must be considered armed and dangerous
outside his bedroom, listening for her voice should she call out in need, and then saw Donny slip out of the boys’ bedroom and come toward him. “I thought you guys were asleep,” Cody said. “I just couldn’t, not yet. Dad, are you sure she’s going to be okay?” Donny’s voice cracked on the question, and he stuffed his hands in his pockets and tried not to cry. Cody pulled his son into his arms and hugged him. Somehow, tonight, he’d been unable to stop holding the ones he loved, because for a time
his lips toward hers. “You have made every darn one of us very happy.” Queen inhaled Cody and tears, all at the same time. Wrapped in a swirl of love and White Diamonds, they sealed the bargain with a kiss. Cody hustled her into the Blazer, and they headed for town. Queen leaned against him in satisfied silence and was all but mute until they pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant. “Do they know?” she asked. Queen’s hesitant question came just as he braked and parked. Cody grinned.
deck and in the backyard, staring with increasing panic at the single pair of small footsteps leading into the thick wooded area beyond the house. He started to follow without thinking, and the wind sliced through his sweater, reminding him that he was not dressed for the weather. He turned and ran back up the steps, burst through the back door of the house, and ran through it, passing the others who had assembled in the kitchen. Queen quickly handed J.J. to Donny and ran after Cody. “What?”