Nellie

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Miss Nellie in the Prisoners of Love series is the former brothel owner who at the request of her long-time friend, Marshal Jones, chaperoned four young ladies on a wagon train trip from Dodge City to Santa Fe to be mail order brides. She's done her job, the girls are all happily married. Is it her turn now? Would anyone want a soiled dove? Then the newly retired Marshal of Dodge City arrives in Santa Fe.

Upon his arrival, Miss Nellie seems happy to see him, but can he convince her that he doesn't care what she was before; what matters to him is what he wants her to be now.

His.

Excerpt:

"Are you visiting Santa Fe?"

He looked wonderful. Many times she'd thought about him, especially when they were writing back and forth. She'd kept him informed about the girls and even when the last one married, they continued to write, but she never thought to see him again.

The first obvious thing was the lack of stress on his face and how he held his body. Marshal of Dodge City had been a tough job.

"No. I plan to settle here."

"Why?" She took a deep breath. "I mean, why here?"

"Why not? I have no family anywhere else. As you pointed out, Dodge City was getting crazy. I've saved some money over the years. I'm thinking of buying a business."

Still stunned by his appearance in her office, the words Eve had said earlier suddenly returned to her brain. She cleared her throat and took on her professional demeanor. Pulling out her notepad, she picked up the pen from the inkwell and looked up. "Eve says you're looking for a wife."

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Lordy, did those words hurt. Why the devil did he have to come here to look for a wife? Santa Fe was certainly a big enough town, and growing all the time, but nevertheless, she would surely run into him and his wife if he settled here.

Dane leaned back in his chair and rested his booted foot on his knee. "That's right. I think it's time for me to settle down. Marry. Maybe have children. All the things most other men do when they reach a certain age." He winked at her. "Younger than me, but I'm still capable."

"I see." She glanced at the notepad and blinked furiously at the tears welling in her eyes. This was stupid. Dane was merely another client. He would make some woman a wonderful husband. She gulped. Perhaps one of the young women who'd written to her recently.

She smiled and looked up at him. "I will be glad to help." She took a sip of her coffee with a shaky hand. "I need to know what your requirements are."

Dane cupped his chin with his thumb and forefinger. "Well, actually, I know precisely what I want in a wife."

"That will be helpful." She looked up at him, her pen poised above the page. "What are they?"

Dane stood and paced. "She must be beautiful. She must not be young, perhaps close to forty years. She must be independent, and able to handle the ups and downs of life. She should be pleasant, cheerful, willing to help others."

Nellie wrote furiously, amazed at how well Dane had thought this out. "It sounds as though you have already selected a woman."

"I have."

She dropped the pen and leaned back in her chair, her elbows resting on the arms of the chair. "Then why are you here?"

"Because the woman I want is you."

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Reviews:Tina Ullrich, Goodreads on Goodreads wrote:

I am not one to read western romance but do occasionally. I did however, very much enjoy this one. Callie gives you her usual witty banter and firey women to fish out the come-uppance deserving to the men they are dealing with. This story she has included some great revealing secrets the women are hiding and how the men help the telling and fixin! Add in a dash of intriguing mystery, suspense, and a dash of justice and you get a well-designed romance that will have you hollarin "HE HA" !

Chotsn on BookBub wrote:

I absolutely loved this book! I have not read a western romance in many years. I didn’t know what to expect or how I would feel, but it’s such a beautiful second chance romance! The heroine MIss Nellie has a past in her current city. So when Marshal Dane asks her to chaperone 4 young ladies to Santa Fe she agrees.
While in Santa Fe she starts a new life for herself owning a Boarding house for ladies and at the same time she has a mail order bride service. Then one day Dane shows up and tells her he has always been in love with her and wants to marry her!
She is surprised and happy and what a wonderfully written storyline this book has! So much attraction and wooing for his lady! Then some things come up and the suspense of it all made for a captivating page turner. I loved this book, the characters and setting. I look forward to reading more from this series.


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