by Anna Jeffrey
Ever since a disastrous marriage and divorce at a young age, Pickett Lockhart has kept his emotions under control. He’s preoccupied anyway with learning to be the general manager of the vast Double-Barrel Ranch outside of Drinkwell, Texas. Still, his older brother’s marriage and looming fatherhood has aroused an envy within him to have a wife, kids and home of his own. But he can’t get married, even to a woman he loves who also loves him. His divorce cost him and his family a bundle, leaving him with an overwhelming fear of stepping into another financial trap.
Amanda Breckenridge, swim team coach and English teacher in Drinkwell High School, has been in love with Pic for as long as she can remember. They were high school sweethearts. After he eloped with someone he met in college, Amanda left Drinkwell. Her father’s illness brought her back to town and a revived relationship with Pic. But Pic’s mother has never thought Amanda was good enough for him. She intends to destroy their relationship by sending a friend’s beautiful daughter to the ranch to tempt Pic. Can Amanda and Pic’s bond survive his mother and her schemes? Or the unexpected career opportunity that falls into Amanda’s lap?
“Of course, you know you don’t have to worry about Pic,” Gail added, as if she sensed Amanda’s dismay. “He’s so much in love with you he wouldn’t look at someone else, gorgeous or not.”
“He said his mother sent her,” Amanda said. “You know what that means.”
Gail gasped. “What is wrong with that woman? Why can’t she leave her grown kids alone? You’d think Mr. Nelson telling her off would’ve sent her back into her cave.”
Clyde Nelson was the Drinkwell school superintendent. Amanda’s thought zoomed back to early May when Betty Lockhart had tried to get her fired. The incident was still the talk of Drinkwell, as much as Drake’s wedding. After being put her in her place by the school superintendent, Betty had apologized to him, Bill Junior and both Pic and Amanda and they had all remained on speaking terms.
“I know,” Amanda said on a sigh. She pulled the pendant out of her purse and fastened it around her neck. “But Betty’s a frustrated soul. She couldn’t live with Bill Junior’s wicked ways, but she can’t find a replacement either. I suspect that’s a tough spot for a woman her age to be in. I think she’s lonely. So she amuses herself by trying to live her kids’ lives.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Anna Jeffrey is an award-winning author of romance novels as well as romantic comedy/mystery. She has written 9 romance novels and co-authored 7 as USA Today Bestselling author, Dixie Cash. Her most recent book is “The Tycoon.”
Anna Jeffrey’s books have won the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Aspen Gold, and the More Than Magic awards. Her books have been finalists in the Colorado Romance Writers award, the Golden Quill and Southern Magic as well as the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Aspen Gold and the More than Magic awards. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Dallas Area Romance Authors and PASIC.
Anna is a fifth generation Texan. She was born and grew up in West Texas, where most of her family members were farmers and ranchers or worked in the oil fields. She left Texas for many years and lived in four of the western states, a rich experience she’ll never forget.
She loves most things western, from the customs and culture to the philosophy of life. She enjoys many hobbies, i.e., reading, painting and drawing, crafting, needlework and beading.
These days, she’s back home in Texas. She and her husband currently live in Granbury, Texas, a small town not far from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
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