You are viewing this site in an old browser or Internet Explorer compatiblity mode.
You can continue to use our site but it may not work properly or display correctly.
add to basket
Successfully added to your bag
Sign up for exclusive offers, news and more!
JOIN

The Cowboy’s Twins

Written by Linda Warren

Chapter Six

The hurt in Jess’s eyes tore at Abby’s heart. Maybe he deserved a lot of things, but this wasn’t one of them. The kids had a toy box by the sofa and she saw the dog leash Lane had found in the front yard. He often tried to rope Lizzie with it, which usually resulted in a lot of screaming.

She got to her feet with the kids in her arms, which took effort now because they were getting so big. She sat on the sofa. Jess stood behind them, looking lost.

Pulling the leash from the box, she said, “Look what I found.”

“That’s mine.” Lane took it from her.

She handed Lizzie a doll she’d carried around since she was a year old. “Miss Dolly’s lonely. I think she needs a kiss.”

Lizzie brightened immediately and clutched the doll. Lane got to his feet and fiddled with the leash, trying to make a loop.

Jess eased a little closer and sat near Lane. “Can I help you with that?”

Lane looked at him, his face one big frown. “It’s my rope. I want to make a loop so I can rope Lizzie.”

“No!” Lizzie sat up from Abby’s lap and within seconds she joined Lane and Jess. “Don’t let him do that.”

Jess took the leash. “I’ll make the loop for you, but you can’t rope your sister.” He got up and went into the kitchen and brought back a chair. “You can rope this.” Sitting on the sofa, he gathered the dog leash and made the loop with a twist and a knot. Lane and Lizzie watched intently. He swung the loop over his head and threw. It landed perfectly on the chair.

“I wanna do it! I wanna do it!” Lane jumped up and down.

Abby sat back and watched as Jess taught their son to throw the leash. From then on both kids were in his face. Lane was getting most of the attention and Lizzie didn’t like it.

She pushed the doll in front of Jess. “This is Dolly.”

“Well, hello, Dolly.”

Lizzie giggled and the resentment they’d felt at first disappeared.

“Time for baths and bed,” Abby said.

The twins scurried for the bathroom. When they were tucked in bed, they both wanted their dad’s attention. He read to them and sat with them until they fell asleep.

Abby watched all of this with a sense of amazement. Jess would make a good father and she regretted now that she hadn’t tried harder to find him all those years ago. But she couldn’t go back. She had to deal with now.

They walked into the living room. “Thank you for helping. I wasn’t sure what to do,” Jess said.

“Kids change their minds quickly.”

The room was dark except for a lamp and the coziness was getting to Abby. It felt like old times, talking to Jess, loving Jess. Once again, she knew they couldn’t go back. She had to decide what was going to happen next and Jess wasn’t going to like it.

“We need to talk.”

Like this? Why not share it

About the author

Since I sold my first book to Harlequin, my life simply hasn't been th...

Read more
Linda Warren

Discover more free stories

View all

The Wedding Secret

Written by Kianna Alexander

Discovering her fiancé’s public and utterly embarrassing infidelity, florist Renata McPherson is left dateless to her beloved client’s nuptials. But meaningful eye contact with one devastatingly handsome groomsman leaves Renata unexpectedly breathless…

As a contractor, Amir Robertson has quite the knack for design. Though he has no plans for rebuilding the gorgeous shop owner’s heart…at first. Their no-strings-attached arrangement could soon fail when a secret that joins them forever is revealed.

His Stolen Desert Bride

Written by Carol Marinelli

One night will never be enough…

Alasdair McClelland has a reputation for sin—since the death of his wife, he has sought to block out his pain with mindless sensual pleasure! But when he interrupts Princess Yasmin al-Lehan mistakenly trying to enter his hotel suite, even Alasdair is surprised by their instant chemistry…

Yasmin is pure, untouched…and temptation personified! Alasdair cannot resist initiating this virgin princess into the world of desire. But one night with Yasmin will never be enough. To claim her again, he must steal her as his desert bride!

Copyright © 2017 by Carol Marinelli

statushh