The Gate to Eden
By Cathy McDavid
Historical Romance, Western
Audiobook, 10 Hours and 33 Minutes (also in Paperback and ebook)
January 12th 2019
Expert crackshot Maddie Campbell will do whatever it takes to survive in this female Robin-Hood-of-the-Old-West story - including evading bounty-hunter-for-hire Scott McSween who's intent on bringing her in.
Not your ordinary thief, widow and mother Maddie Campbell likes to think her wealthy victims are merely "donating" to herself and the hundreds of other widows and children left abandoned by the mining company after a devastating accident took the lives of their menfolk. Maddie's secret excursions are quite successful...until ruggedly handsome former lawman Scott McSween arrives in Eden to investigate the recent string of crimes.
Despite her efforts to throw him off track, they can't resist each other. He knows she's somehow involved and is determined to draw out all her secrets in the most exquisite ways - with soft caresses and passionate kisses. But when finally confronted with the truth - that Maddie is actually the thief he's been hired to hunt down and bring in - will Scott choose the woman he loves or his duty to the law?
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Because of his conversation with Otis Tarrington, Scott knew that Eden was the settlement of widows and children outside of town. Maddie must have lost her husband in the accident last year. She obviously needed a job. Badly, if she tolerated such poor treatment from her boss and customers like Mrs. Newlin. Unusual that she hadn't remarried, thought Scott. A pretty woman like her would have no problems finding a husband in a town populated with so many men, even with a small daughter. But then, there was that stubborn pride of hers to take into consideration.
"That'll be ten cents," the store manager said, handing Scott the paper sack containing his licorice rope.
He was disappointed not to see Maddie by the canned goods on his way out. When had she left? But then he spotted her standing by the door, dusting a display.
Once again, their gazes connected. Scott's reaction was more sudden than before and every bit as intense. Surprising himself, he paused and held out the paper sack. "Here. Take this home to your daughter."
Her chin lifted ever so slightly. "Thank you kindly, but I can't." She spoke with a hint of Southern accent.
"Please. It's only a rope of licorice."
"I know what it is."
So, she'd been watching him, too. "Then why won't you take it?"
She didn't hesitate in answering, and her voice contained no apology. "There are almost two hundred children living in Eden. It wouldn't be fair to bring home a treat for one and not the rest."
"I understand." He didn't really. But then, he could tell even after such a short acquaintance that Maddie was a complicated woman. Complicated and far too interesting. He reminded himself he didn't need any distractions. Not if he accepted the job Thaddeus Newlin offered. "Good day to you, then." Scott tipped his hat and took his leave.
Outside, he stepped down off the boardwalk and onto the street. Checking the sun, he decided he had enough time before dusk to make one or two more stops. The saloon and Otis' promise of whiskey beckoned, but Scott decided against it. He preferred to be clearheaded when he met with Newlin in the morning and not nursing the lingering effects of strong drink.
About the Author
As a sophomore in high school, NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid won a local writing competition with her self-illustrated children’s book. Who knew that small triumph would eventually lead to a career writing contemporary romances with over 1.3 million books sold? With forty-seven titles to date, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins recently married her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world four years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking men who ride the range or fight fires or hunt creatures all while sweeping the girl off her feet. It’s a tough job but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.
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