Penelope Mathews had spent her entire adolescence worshipping the elusive C. C. Tremayne--from afar. Until one night, trying to protect the mysterious loner from landing in a Mexican jail after he had drunk a little too much, Pepi was forced to seek refuge in a wedding chapel--and wound up going one step further by emerging as Mrs. Connal Cade Tremayne!
When C.C. realized what had happened, he was outraged--the last thing he needed was a shy virgin on his hands. The marriage was off; he'd see to an annulment immediately. Yet the more time he spent with Pepi, the more he realized he didn't want a divorce... he wanted forever.
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April 01, 2011
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Excerpt from Connal by Diana Palmer
ecause of the date, Penelope knew she wouldn't find him at the barn. That was where he usually was at this hour of the day. Any other time, C. C. Tremayne was always two steps ahead of his men in feeding the animals, especially with the drought that had turned the grass brown and brittle these past few weeks. The drought had been a bad break for her father. Even with the Rio Grande only a few miles away, water was a precious commodity and wells kept going dry, leaving the tanks they filled empty.
West Texas was usually hot in mid-September, but the wind was up and it was unseasonably cold this evening. Penelope had worn a jacket outside, and now she was glad she had. She shivered a little in the late afternoon chill.
It was just beginning to get dark, and Penelope knew that if she didn't get to C.C. before her father did, it was going to mean another nasty quarrel. Ben Mathews and his foreman had been at each other's throats enough in recent
weeks and Penelope didn't want any more arguments. Her father always got bad-tempered when money was tight. Things couldn't be much worse right now.
C.C. was drinking. She knew it; it was that time of year again. Only Penelope knew the importance of that day in September in C.C.'s life. She'd once nursed him through a flu and a raging delirium and he'd told her everything. She didn't let on that she knew, of course. C.C.--he was called that, although nobody knew what the initials stood for--didn't like anyone knowing private things about him. Not even the girl who loved him more than life.
He didn't love Penelope. He never had, although she'd worshiped him since she was nineteen and he'd been hired as foreman when her father's oldest hand retired. It had only taken one long look at the lithe, lean, dark-eyed man with the hawkish features and unsmiling face for her to fall madly in love with him. It was three years later, and her emotions hadn't undergone any changes. Probably they never would. Penelope Mathews was pretty stubborn. Even her dad said so.
She grimaced when she saw the light on in the bunk-house, and it was not even dark. The other men were out riding herd, because calving was in full swing and everybody was in a mean temper during calving. It meant long hours and little sleep, and it wasn't normal for any of the men to be in the bunkhouse at this hour of the day. That meant it had to be C.C., and he had to be drinking. And liquor was one thing Ben Mathews wasn't about to tolerate on his ranch, not even when it was being abused by a man he liked and respected.