Star Valley Winter
Outlaw Hartes Book 1
February 11, 2019
Available in: e-Book (reprint)
Single father Matt Harte learned the hard way not to trust women. His wife left him because she couldn’t deal with ranch life—so the last thing he wants to do is plan the annual Valentine’s Day dance. His daughter, Lucy, has plans for her father; she’s determined to get him to fall for beautiful vet and recent Salt River transplant Ellie Webster.
Ellie knows that Matt doesn’t want her in his town, let alone on the too-small dance committee of two. It’s not as if she wants to spend all that one-on-one time with the rugged rancher, imagining what it would be like to be his partner—for real…
Originally published February 2002 as The Valentine Two Step in Silhouette Intimate Moments #1133 in mass market paperback and January 2018 in the 2-in-1 The Valentine Two-Step and The Color of Courage in mass market paperback and eBook.
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