Author’s Note: This is one of the most important, climactic moments of the story, and it leads to big, big trouble for Jake and to some extremely touching scenes between all members of the family. To clarify this scene, Lloyd is Jake’s son, whom he loves beyond measure. Evie is his daughter, Brian is Evie’s husband, and Katie is Lloyd’s wife.
Everyone turned at the sound of the crashing punch bowl.
Brian saw Evie standing speechless, gaping at a man near her. He knew instantly who it was. “My God!” He charged toward her, unaware the music had stopped, or that people gasped and backed away, or that he shoved some of them out of the way as he ran to Evie.
Lloyd was faster. As soon as the punch bowl crashed and he turned to see why, he, too, headed for Evie. Somewhere in the unreal events unfolding, Brian heard Lloyd roar, “Get away from my sister, you sonofabitch!”
Someone else shouted, “Everybody down!” Was that Jake?
Lloyd reached Mike Holt, bolting right over the food table and sending food and punch cups flying.
More crashing sounds.
Brian and Lloyd reached Evie at nearly the same time.
Holt had already drawn a gun that just one second earlier no one knew he even had.
Brian grabbed Evie and literally tackled her to the floor, staying on top of her to shield her. Even as they went down, he heard the loud boom of Holt’s gun…heard people scream.
“Oh my God! Lloyd! Lloyd!” Was that Katie screaming?
More people screamed. People were running out of the room. Brian saw someone duck behind chairs in one corner of the room, and at the same time Lloyd’s body came crashing down close to where Brian held Evie on the floor.
Seconds. How many had passed? Two? Three?
“Lloyd!” This time it was Evie, screaming at the sight of Lloyd lying there with a bloody hole in his chest. He didn’t move. In wide-eyed terror, Brian saw Mike Holt move to stand over Lloyd, preparing to shoot again. “How does it feel to be shot down when you’re unarmed?” he screamed.
A dark figure loomed close then.
“How does it feel to have your head blown off when you are armed?” a voice growled.
The room became dead silent.
Holt froze. “I was told no one could bring guns to this dance,” he told Jake.
“I’m never without a gun, and you are dead!”
Title: Love’s Sweet Revenge
Series: Outlaw Hearts, #3
Author: Rosanne Bittner
Pubdate: September 6th 2016
Their Passion Shaped a Nation
Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they’ve finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-legend to hang up his guns.
Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes…
Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.
USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is known as the “Queen of Western Historical Romance” for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West—and are often based on Rosanne’s personal visits to each setting. She lives in Coloma, Michigan, with her husband and two sons.
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