A Rancher's Pride
by Barbara White Daille
His Whole World Is In Her Hands
Sam Robertson's life just changed. In one short day, he found out that he's a daddy; that his beautiful little girl, Becky, is deaf; and that her aunt, sign language teacher Kayla Ward, intends to fight him for custody.
There are plenty of reasons Sam shouldn't fall for Kayla. A city girl like her has no place on his ranch, particularly when she's his ex-wife's gorgeous sister. But thanks to the judge's orders, Sam's spending a lot of time with Kayla, trying to give Becky the stable home she's never known.
Despite their ongoing custody battle, Sam and Kayla's love for Becky brings them closer than they ever expected, and Sam knows that no matter who wins in court, he could still lose—Kayla or his daughter.
One note about the action in the following clip. Sam realizes he's on the verge of losing his battle to keep his daughter because he can't communicate with her. To this point he has resisted being taught by Kayla, who's fluent in the language Becky understands: sign language.
Here's the peek....
Sam picked up one of Becky's crayons and held his hand out to Kayla.
"How do you sign blue?" he asked, looking directly at her.
Kayla glanced down. "That's not a blue crayon."
"I was talking about your eyes. They're very blue…and your cheeks are suddenly bright pink." Sam smiled and leaned closer. "I can learn all my colors," he murmured, "just by looking at you."
Her heart thumped. She wanted to lean back but couldn't. She should get up and walk away. Somehow, she couldn't do that, either. "There are more signs than just colors, you know." Her voice cracked on the last word.
He smiled. He knew just what he was doing to her. And darn him, he was enjoying it.
"True." Sam smiled again. "How do you say I?"
She pointed her index finger at herself.
"And how do you say want?"
She hesitated then held both palms up and crooked her fingers as she pulled her hands toward her body.
He leaned even closer. "And how do you say a kiss?" he whispered against her ear.
A Rancher's Pride is available in Australia in e-book format!
Currently at Mills & Boon: http://www.millsandboon.com.au/product/9781460839836
Coming May 2015 to Harlequin Australia http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/
It can also be found in e-book format in the U.S. at:
Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ranchers-pride-barbara-white-daille/1100382659?ean=9781459202337Harlequin http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=36983
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny U.S. Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven't gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
When she was very young, Barbara learned from her mom about the storytelling magic in books—and she's been hooked ever since. She hopes you will enjoy reading her books and will find your own magic in them!
Upcoming for Barbara is a brand-new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, about a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series debuts in April 2015 with The Cowboy's Little Surprise, followed by A Rancher of Her Own in July and a third as-yet-untitled book in December.
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