Time is running out for Hannah Turner. As collateral for a debt to Ethan McCabe, she will soon be forced to pay with her body.
Then two strangers, Luke and Jed Daniels, ride into town.
For Hannah the two, sexy cowboys provide a brief distraction from her imminent fate, and with lust running high, she succumbs to their charms. However, Luke and Jed don't intend to lose Hannah to an evil gunslinger and his gang. They're drawn to her plight, determined to protect her from Ethan and give her a dual taste of love and pleasure for a lifetime.
As he squeezed her hand, her eyes, drawn inexplicably to Jed’s strapping physique, roamed helplessly for a moment over his damp torso.
Quickly, she lowered them again. Suddenly, she felt a little shy. She wasn’t used to half-naked men touching her, even though he only shook her hand. Letting her eyes stray over a firm, broad chest and hard, muscular shoulders, invited a hunger she wasn’t comfortable with.
She withdrew her fingers, sliding them slowly from his firm, yet gentle grip. However, the tingle that followed crept sensuously up her arm and across her skin. Such a long time since she’d experienced the gentle touch of a man, the contact startled her. She sucked in a huge gulp of air to steady herself.
“Have you just gotten into town?” she asked politely. She needed to distract her thoughts, away from strong hands and fine-looking bodies.
“A few hours ago,” Luke explained. “We finished a cattle drive a couple of days back. But the town we arrived in was too busy. We decided to come down here for the peace and quiet.” He chuckled. “Don’t look like we found much of that.”
“I’m sorry,” Hannah apologized. “The townsfolk here are good people. It’s McCabe and his men who are the trouble.” She gave a little smile. “Look, you must let me cook you supper as way of thanks for seeing them off.” The men looked as though they might appreciate a good home-cooked meal.
Luke tipped his hat. He’d retrieved it from where it lay in the dust while Jed introduced himself. He smiled kindly at her.
“That’s mighty neighborly of you, ma’am.”
Jed folded his arms across his bare chest. He drew himself up to his full height and winked at her, as he turned to his brother and wrinkled his nose in disgust.
“I suggest you get yourself a shave, a bath, and a change of clothes first, bro,” he said. “We don’t want the lady passing out from your stink.”
Hannah silently agreed. Luke’s scent was more than a little ripe. He’d obviously not had the benefit of a bath as Jed had appeared to have done. They both laughed as he made a deliberate show of sniffing his armpits.
“He’s right there, ma’am. I’m sorry if the smell is offensive. The call of a beer was too much to resist before all that soap and palaver.”
Hannah nodded in understanding but asked impulsively, “Why not take a bath at my place? There’s hot water and I can easily find a change of clothes and a razor for you. I’ll even wash those clothes of yours. It’s the least I can do after your kindness.”
Luke tipped his hat again.
“Why, thank you, ma’am. I might just take you up on that.”
“Good. That’s settled then.” She smiled. “And please, call me Hannah.” She paused for a moment. She had an idea. She didn’t want McCabe and his men following her. That time would come soon enough. “I’m heading home now. Would you like to come back with me now?”
She glanced quickly from one to the other. Relief flooded her bones as Luke nodded in agreement. However, Jed declined to join her immediately. Instead, he looked down at the thin film of dust that now covered his sweaty torso. He ran his palm over his bearded chin and said, “I had to jump from my bath to come give you a helping hand. My shave’s still waiting. I’ll go and finish off. No point in wasting all that nice hot water.” He gave a quick, backward toss of his head in the direction of the saloon. At the same time, he slipped Hannah an easy smile.
The mischievous twinkle in his eyes also told her it was more than just his toilette he was eager to get back to. Knowing exactly what went on in the upper rooms of the building, her heart gave a little flutter. Maybe it was a good thing he had declined her offer. Having lived among cowboys for a while, she knew some men liked nothing more than a good fight to get their juices flowing. Suddenly Jed looked extremely horny. A tingle snaked its way along her spine. She’d not been with a man in a while, so, maybe it was better this way. At least Luke’s stink was enough to divert her sudden, and unwanted, wayward thoughts.
5 Divas and a Recommended Read
Dakota’s Review: This book should come with a warning label! Too Hot To Touch! Honestly, I’m surprised Ms. Crane’s book didn’t melt my computer, let alone my e-reader. While I normally don’t pick up historical, when I saw Hannah’s Gold, I just had to read it. I’m such a sucker for cowboys and ménage a trois books. I have to say Ms. Crane delivered admirably and more than this reviewer was expecting. While this is the first book I’ve read by the delightful Ms. Crane I will be watching for my titles from her.
Now, on to the yummy men in this story. If I’m a sucker for ménage a trois books, I’m even a bigger one for brothers. I don’t know what it is, but having two men who happen to be siblings is just naughty, and I’m all for that! With Luke and Jed you get both the ends of the spectrum. Luke is a pure gentleman outside of the bedroom and Jed is more of rascal, but they perfectly balance each other. Add in to the mix the delightful minx, Hannah, who is much more forward thinking than I would expect for the time period and – whoo-wee – you’ve got the recipe for hot days and nights! Not to mention, Hannah has to possibly be the most adventuresome female character I’ve read in some time. Kudos, Ms. Crane for creating such a delightfully feisty woman for Jed and Luke.
I give Hannah’s Gold Five Delightful Divas and A Recommended Read!
Rated 5 Delightful Divas and a Recommended Read by Dakota!
"This past year, Hannah Turner has been biding her time. When Ethan McCabe, evil cowboy and owner of almost the entire town, wants to collect on her fiancé Jacob's debt by taking his land, home and cattle, Jacob vows to leave his property, strike it rich and return to repay the debt plus interest. Then Hannah steps in and offers to remain on the land for the year Jacob's gone, as collateral...and if Jacob doesn't return with the payment, she'll give herself over to Ethan. Now the year is up and Hannah hasn't heard from Jacob, so it looks like she'll be forced to give herself to Ethan, who's been known to degrade and abuse women. When brothers Jed and Luke Daniels arrive in town, they see Ethan and his cronies harassing Hannah on the streets. Eager to jump to her rescue, the men help her escape. She repays the men by offering them a space in her home for sleep, a home cooked meal, and her company. What none expected was to come face to face with overwhelming sexual attraction between all three and soon, the brothers are doing whatever's necessary to make sure Hannah comes out the winner in this battle so they can claim her for their own. Hannah's Gold is a deliciously complex, thoroughly entertaining historical western ménage love story. It's clear that Jed and Luke have shared women before, as they take to Hannah so easily. But it's also apparent they've never had feelings for another woman the way they do for Hannah and have from the moment they've met. Hannah sure needed a champion. She was getting along granted, but everyone needs help sometime. And it was clear this was her time. Good thing Luke and Jed just happened to mosey into town. The sensuality between this trio was deliciously arousing. Hannah and Luke seemed to have more of a bond than Hannah and Jed. Rather than it being a relationship between the three, it was more of a bond between Hannah and Luke, with Luke allowing Jed to share in some intimate moments ever so often. The dread I felt throughout the story, not only for the seeming eventuality of Hannah having to be subjected to Ethan, but also for his treatment of the other 'working girls' in town. While I wanted Jacob to return to help Hannah, I was also biting my nails wondering how this story would play out with the brothers. And as the ending came around and wrapped everything up, I was delightfully surprised and pleased. Ms. Crane, you've created a wonderfully entertaining story." -- Bella, Fallen Angel Reviews
"Just like all great westerns, Hannah’s Gold has the text book elements: cowboys, bad guys in black hats and damsels in distress. Hannah’s Gold has the added bonus of not one hot hero in spurs, but two brothers that are as passionate about loving their women as they are determined to protect them. Ms. Crane has created a steamy story that had me completely drawn in from the first moment Luke and Hannah meet. Ms. Crane offers up a variety of intense sexual interludes. You’ll be reaching for a fan as well as a glass of ice water to cool yourself down. When it was over I was ready for a cigarette and I don’t even smoke. There are surprises and a beautiful happily-ever-after that built and flowed straight to the end." -- Honeysuckle, Whipped Cream Erotic Reviews
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