Cougars, brush fires, snow storms--rancher Duncan McBride tackles it all without a flinch. But the archeologist who's come to authenticate cave drawings found on his property is the kind of trouble he'd sworn to avoid. Far from the aging academic he was expecting, Raven La Blanc is a stunning woman...and definitely not sticking around this small Montana town once her job is done.
The primitive drawings at Duncan's ranch are Raven's ticket to the tenured position she's worked so hard for back in Santa Fe. But there's no denying the attraction between her and Duncan. Maybe, just this once, she can put her work aside and explore the depths of her own heart and soul? One night may be all it takes for Raven to really find what she's looking for...
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Posted March 02, 2010 by Kim , Houston, TXThis story was wonderful. It is just as intense as Sierra and Blade's story. Very well written and I was unable to put it down. You will love this book. As soon as I finished the book I immediately read it again. I have never done that.
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Excerpt from One Night With You by Francis Ray
Love sometimes needed a helping hand, Ruth Grayson thought as she studied the wedding pictures of her fi ve children on the mantle in her living room. Ruth had taken great pride in seeing that each child found the one person for them to love and be loved by in return.
First, there was Luke, the protector and the oldest. For him, Ruth had chosen Catherine Stewart, a noted child psychologist. Catherine possessed a quiet spirit except when it came to championing abused children or her husband. For Morgan, the defender and Ruth's second born, the ideal match for him had been Phoenix Bannister, a renowned sculptress, who might appear quiet but burned with an inner fire.
Ruth's gaze moved to the third photo, of her middle child, Brandon, the nurturer. The perfect woman for him was Faith McBride. Faith possessed the same warm, caring spirit as the man she adored. Pierce, the thinker and Ruth's fourth son, learned there were no rules in love when he fell in love with Sabra Raineau, a Broadway star.
A smile curved Ruth's mouth upward as she stared at the last photo. Sierra, her youngest child and only daughter, still believed she had chosen her life partner, Blade Navarone, without her mother's help. It didn't matter. The important thing was that Sierra, gifted with a knack of discernment, had captured the heart and soul of Blade Navarone, the only man whose passion matched hers.
As Ruth's fingers touched the smiling faces of Blade and Sierra, she thanked God and the Master of Breath for keeping them from harm when Sierra was kidnapped. Ruth would forever be grateful to Shane and Rio, the two men in charge of Blade's security at the time, for their expertise and help in bringing everyone home safely.
Ruth's gaze moved to the picture of Shane Elliott and his smiling bride, Paige, on the coffee table. After receiving Shane and Rio's help, Ruth had begun to think that they deserved the same blissful happiness that her children had found. It had only taken Paige's mother, Joann Albright, asking Ruth for assistance in keeping Paige from becoming engaged to an unscrupulous man for Ruth to set the wheels in motion to bring Paige and Shane together.
Ruth sighed and thought of Rio--silent, watchful. He would require more in-depth thought and study, but there wasn't a shred of doubt in Ruth's mind that the woman for Rio was out there, waiting. Ruth and her sister-in-law, Felicia, wouldn't rest until they'd brought the two together.
In the meantime, Ruth had another opportunity to possibly give love a helping hand.
She picked up the picture next to Shane and Paige's, a wedding photo of Cameron McBride and Caitlin Lawrence. The picture included the couple's cute and precious son, Joshua; the groom's brother, Duncan, and sister, Faith, and Brandon; and the groom's divorced parents, Paul and Stella McBride, who stood as far away from each other as possible.
Ruth's heart went out to Stella. She'd learned too late that the grass wasn't always greener on the other side. A tough lesson to learn at any age, but particularly daunting for a woman past sixty. Divorcing Paul, as Stella readily admitted to Ruth more than once and again during her unexpected phone call an hour ago, was the worst mistake of her life.
Stella lived with regret each moment of every day. Loneliness, not the man she loved, was her companion. She didn't want the same hopeless existence for her older son, Duncan. While Duncan wouldn't take his ex-wife back on a platinum platter, his unhappy marriage had hardened his heart toward women in general and love in particular. The McBride family curse--successful in business and unhappy in love-- probably wasn't helping him move forward.
Duncan's brother and sister might have beaten the odds, but Ruth could understand that as the oldest, he probably thought, looking at his unhappy parents, that the family curse couldn't be escaped.
Ruth believed otherwise. It wouldn't be easy to make him see the possibilities instead of the pitfalls. It would take a special woman to stand up to a strong, commanding man such as Duncan McBride on his Montana ranch.
The opportunity to do just that had just presented itself. Ruth replaced the photo and moved to the telephone in the kitchen and dialed Raven La Blanc's number. Brilliant, perceptive, and as inde pendent as they came, Raven was a friend and a fellow professor at St. John's College in Santa Fe. She had once told Ruth that she wanted stability and permanence more than anything in the world.
Raven needed to learn that security wasn't always a place.
Ruth straightened. Time would tell if she was able to help another mother's plea to aid her child. "Raven, it's Ruth. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity just presented itself and I immediately thought of you."