The return of the Montana Mavericks: Tough cowboys who you can't help but fall in love with. Enjoy books 5-8 in the series: The Rancher Takes a Wife by Jackie Merritt, Outlaw Lovers by Pat Warren, The Way of the Wolf by Rebecca Daniels and The Law Is No Lady by Helen R. Myers.
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September 01, 2004
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Excerpt from Montana Mavericks Books 5-8 by Jackie Merritt
It was a hot day in August. Melissa Avery opened the front door of her restaurant, the Hip Hop Cafý. The ceiling fans were stirring the inside air, but she hoped to catch a breeze from outside. Her building didn't have air-conditioning, which was a problem she intended to rectify when her expansion plans came to fruition. It was midafternoon, the least busy time of day for the cafý. Melissa turned to one of her waitresses. "I'm going to leave the door open, Wanda." She smiled teasingly. "This heat makes me feel like playing hooky." Wanda merely laughed. Melissa could play hooky any day she pleased, but she rarely did. Wanda had never worked for anyone so dedicated to her business as Melissa was. But it was probably that very dedication that explained the Hip Hop's success. Of course, the town of Whitehorn, Montana had never had a restaurant quite like it before, either. Wanda loved the way Melissa had decorated the place, and so, it seemed, did the Hip Hop's many repeat customers. Melissa returned to the booth she'd been using before opening the door. On the table was a scattering of notebooks, cookbooks and grocery lists. It was at this time of day that she often planned menus and food purchases, enjoying the task with a cup of herbal tea she bought specially blended from a company in San Francisco. Today the tea was in a tall glass, sharing space with a half-dozen ice cubes. There were only a few patrons in the place, and Melissa smiled at the couple seated at a table in the far corner. Picking up her glass, she took a sip of tea and looked at the bright sunlight outside. She really did feel like doing something silly on this beautiful day, like maybe scampering through a field of wildflowers. Shaking her head at the inane image, though with good humor, she set down her glass in preparation for getting back to work.