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It doesn’t take much to turn Jake from a friendly, affable man to a furious, hardened man no one wants to mess with. A man around their camp fire has insulted Randy for marrying an “outlaw,” and Jake totally lost it, beating the man to a pulp. His son Lloyd had to pull Jake off the man, but he’s equally furious – very defensive of his mother, as any son would be. I chose this scene because it shows that Lloyd is “like father – like son.” He has Jake’s temper, but is a little better at holding it… just a little. And that’s because he was raised in love, whereas Jake had a horribly abusive childhood and never knew love, so it’s easier for him to lose control and he has no feelings for any man who crosses him.
Their Passion Shaped a Nation
Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they’ve finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-le
gend to hang up his guns.
Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes...
Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.
“Jake—” Pepper called his name.
Jake stopped, his back to the men.
“You know damn well that was just a drunk man who’s only heard half-truths and made up the rest. There’s not a man among us who doesn’t realize what a fine woman your wife is. You remember that. If you hadn’t done what you did, we would have."
Jake walked off into the darkness, and Lloyd jerked Clem to his feet.
“No! Don’t hit me again,” the man cried. “I was just jokin’! He took it wrong!"
Lloyd slammed Clem against the cook wagon, enjoying the sight of blood pouring from the man’s mouth. “This is how it is, mister,” he growled. “I should kill you myself for insulting my mother, but I’m in too bad a state right now to make logical decisions, so I’m leaving for a while in order to get rid of this strong desire to blow your head off!” He threw the man to the ground and turned to Pepper, resting a hand on one of his six-guns. “When I come back, I don’t want to see that man! Make sure he gets the message! I don’t want to see him riding in the distance beside us, or behind us, or after we reach Denver, because if I see him again I might not be able to keep from killing him! If my father sees him first, he’ll kill him. I’m trying to stay within the law, but right now it’s damn hard!"
“We’ll take care of it, Lloyd,” Cole told him. “You go see to your pa. I ain’t never seen a man that black-hearted mad in my life."
“You’ve just never seen the dark side of Jake Harkner,” he answered, “until now. He fights it, but it’s there. It’s my mom who usually keeps him from falling over the edge.” He turned to Clem. “Go saddle your horse and ride out!"
“Ride out!” Lloyd roared. He backed away and looked at Cole and Pepper. “Make sure he disappears,” he told them.
Cole nodded. “Sure, boss.”
USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is known as the “Queen of Western Historical Romance” for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West—and are often based on Rosanne’s personal visits to each setting. She lives in Coloma, Michigan, with her husband and two sons.
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