The New York Times bestselling author of The Cowboy, The Texan, and The Loner weaves her seductive magic once again as she journeys back to the lawless frontier of Nineteenth-century Texas to bring us the story of two warring hearts and a seduction that began amid the fires of passion and treachery...
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December 31, 1988
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Excerpt from Texas Woman by Joan Johnston
Republic of Texas
"I see you've taken your brother's whore for your woman, Don Cruz. Is she as hot-blooded as Antonio boasted she was?"
"Keep your tongue to yourself or I'll cut it out, Alejandro."
Sloan Stewart blanched at the malicious words that had been spoken by the grizzle-faced Mexican bandido bound hand and foot in the stinking San Antonio jail cell, and the equally savage retort from the tall, lean Castilian Spaniard who stood rigidly at her side. Humiliation drew the skin tight over her cheekbones as she restrained the bitter denial that sought voice. Yet what could she say in her defense?
She could not deny that she had been Antonio Guerrero's lover. In fact, she had borne Tonio's bastard son. Nor could she deny that Tonio's elder brother Cruz desired her, and had sought--without success so far--to possess her. But it was a hideous thing to hear her relationship with the two brothers put in such contemptible terms.
She laid a hand on Cruz's arm and felt the corded muscles of a feral animal tighten and form beneath the layers of fashionable cloth.
A narrow strip of sunlight flashed off the wide silver-and-turquoise bracelet Alejandro wore on his right wrist, drawing Sloan's attention once more to the man before them. "Are you sure this bandido is the same man who murdered Tonio four years ago?" she asked Cruz.
"Antonio Guerrero was a traitor and a fool!" Alejandro snarled. "If I had not shot him, the Texas Rangers would have hung him for plotting with the Mexican government to overthrow the Republic."
"You are going to hang, Alejandro. If not for murdering my brother, then for stealing my cattle and my horses and for raping the women of my pueblo," Cruz said.