A Creed in Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller

By Linda Lael Miller

When unmarried legal professional Steven Creed turns into parent of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city legislations enterprise for a ranch close to his McKettrick relatives within the close-knit group of Stone Creek, Arizona. taking good care of little Matt and solving up his run-down ranch residence with its outdated barn loosens anything tightly wound inside of him. but if Steven takes at the seasoned bono safety of an area youngster, he meets his fit within the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan. it will take one grieving little boy, a candy followed puppy and a lady who by no means anticipated to win any man's center to make this Creed in Stone Creek be aware of he is actually came upon home.

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I’m a good citizen, an elected official. I vote in every election. I pay my taxes. On top of all that, I fulfill my civic duty by keeping the town—and the county—safe for democracy. ” She paused, sucked in a deep breath. ” Tom blushed a little. ” Again, Melissa thought of her siblings. Olivia, a veterinarian and a regular Dr. Doolittle to boot, apparently able to converse with critters of all species, through some weird form of telepathy, oversaw the operation of the local state-of-the-art animal shelter, and directed the corresponding foundation.

Melissa accepted her change and her breakfast and turned on one high-heeled shoe, consulting her watch in the same motion. Her meeting with Judge J. P. Carpenter was due to start in just fifteen minutes, which meant she’d have to gobble down the sandwich instead of savoring it at her desk while she listened to her voice mail, as she usually did on Fridays. Even without looking, she knew the stranger was watching her leave the café she could feel his gaze like a heartbeat between her shoulder blades, feel it right through her lightweight green corduroy blazer and the white cotton blouse and lacy bra beneath.

CHAPTER TWO QUICKLY—BUT NOT QUITE quickly enough, as it turned out—Steven pursued Matt through the open doorway, scooped him up from behind and immediately locked eyeballs with the certifiably hot woman he’d checked out while he and the boy were having breakfast earlier that morning, over at the café. When their glances connected, his-meets-hers, there was an actual impact, it seemed to Steven. He half expected things to explode all over the place, walls to tumble, ceilings to collapse, founts of fire to shoot up out of the floor, as in some apocalyptic action movie.

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