Charlotte Maclay

At The Rancher's Bidding


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      If only she could read Cord’s heart

      In her country, if a man discovered her masquerade, he would return her immediately to her brother for fear of political repercussions. The sheikh’s influence was powerful, and so was her intended groom’s.

      Allie knew America was different and far from Munir. But Cord’s neighbors were conducting business with her brother Rafe; the Coleman family might urge Cord to send her home even if he didn’t wish to do so himself.

      Men, it seemed to her, always stuck together.

      Despite Cord’s suspicions, she dared not tell Cord the truth. Not yet. Not until she had no other choice.

      Yet it was her own heart that troubled her the most. The yearning she had felt as Cord caressed her palms. Her desperate urge to place her lips on his.

      To experience for the first time a man’s kiss…

      Dear Reader,

      Heartwarming, emotional, compelling…these are all words that describe Harlequin American Romance. Check out this month’s stellar selection of love stories, which are sure to please.

      First, the BRIDES OF THE DESERT ROSE continuity series continues with At the Rancher’s Bidding by Charlotte Maclay. In the delightful story, a princess masquerades as her lady-in-waiting to save herself from an arranged marriage—and ends up falling for a rugged rancher.

      Also available this month, bestselling author Judy Christenberry’s Randall Honor resumes her successful BRIDES FOR BROTHERS series about the Randall family of Wyoming. Although they’d shared a night of passion, Victoria Randall wasn’t in the market for a husband…and Dr. Jon Wilson had some serious romancing to do if he was going to get this Randall woman to love and honor him!

      Next, when an heiress-in-disguise overhears a handsome executive bet his friend that he could win any woman—including her—she’s determined to teach him a lesson. Don’t miss Catching the Corporate Playboy by Michele Dunaway. And rounding out the month is Stranded at Cupid’s Hideaway, a wonderful reunion romance story from talented author Connie Lane, making her series romance debut.

      Best,

      Melissa Jeglinski

      Associate Senior Editor

      Harlequin American Romance

      At the Rancher’s Bidding

      Charlotte Maclay

       www.millsandboon.co.uk

      ABOUT THE AUTHOR

      Charlotte Maclay can’t resist a happy ending. That’s why she’s had such fun writing more than twenty titles for Harlequin American Romance, Duets and Love & Laughter, plus several Silhouette Romance books, as well. Particularly well-known for her volunteer efforts in her hometown of Torrance, California, Charlotte says her philosophy is that you should make a difference in your community. She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, whom they are occasionally allowed to baby-sit. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached at P.O. Box 505, Torrance, CA 90508.

      Books by Charlotte Maclay

      HARLEQUIN AMERICAN ROMANCE

      474—THE VILLAIN’S LADY

      488—A GHOSTLY AFFAIR

      503—ELUSIVE TREASURE

      532—MICHAEL’S MAGIC

      537—THE KIDNAPPED BRIDE

      566—HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE

      585—THE COWBOY & THE BELLY DANCER

      620—THE BEWITCHING BACHELOR

      643—WANTED: A DAD TO BRAG ABOUT

      657—THE LITTLEST ANGEL

      684—STEALING SAMANTHA

      709—CATCHING A DADDY

      728—A LITTLE BIT PREGNANT

      743—THE HOG-TIED GROOM

      766—DADDY’S LITTLE COWGIRL

      788—DEPUTY DADDY

      806—A DADDY FOR BECKY

      821—THE RIGHT COWBOY’S BED*

      825—IN A COWBOY’S EMBRACE*

      886—BOLD AND BRAVE-HEARTED**

      890—WITH VALOR AND DEVOTION**

      894—BETWEEN HONOR AND DUTY**

      915—WITH COURAGE AND COMMITMENT**

      929—AT THE RANCHER’S BIDDING

      Contents

       Chapter One

       Chapter Two

       Chapter Three

       Chapter Four

       Chapter Five

       Chapter Six

       Chapter Seven

       Chapter Eight

       Chapter Nine

       Chapter Ten

       Chapter Eleven

       Chapter Twelve

       Chapter Thirteen

       Chapter Fourteen

      Chapter One

      She had one chance to experience freedom and a small taste of independence. She intended to seize that opportunity for as long as she could hold on to it.

      The heat of summer pressing down on her, Princess Aliah Bahram hurried across the grounds of the Desert Rose Ranch, following her brother, Sheikh Ashraf. As she ran, the gold bracelets on her arm jingled and her necklaces moved against her throat.

      The sheikh was making his daily visit to the Coleman stables to check on the mare pregnant with the foal he had agreed to purchase. Completely enamored by the award-winning Arabians raised here, he had haunted the ranch since their arrival in Bridle, Texas, which was located in the hill country northwest of Austin.

      But tomorrow they would