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An Unlikely Place for Love
by Ruth Ann Nordin   

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Publisher:  Outskirts Press ISBN-10:  1432725386 Type: 


Copyright:  2008 ISBN-13:  9781432725389

Kate Tanner saw who killed her parents. Now she's on the run for her life. She dons the disguise as Billy Ingram and works at Chad Walker's farm. If only she wasn't attracted to him...and if only he knew she was a woman.

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Kate Tanner is getting more than she bargained for in this "woman disguised as a man" romance.  Fleeing from her parents' killers, she disguises herself as Billy Ingram and leaves the big city Virginia life to work on a remote farm out in the middle of nowhere, North Dakota where the handsome, but aloof, Chad Walker hires her as a farmhand.  Between trying to prove that she can handle the more demanding farm chores and trying to fit in with the other farmhands, she has her work cut out for her.  Then, one morning, Chad discovers she's a woman, so she quickly makes up the excuse that "Billy's" sister, Kate, decided to come by for a visit.  That's when things really get interesting.  Lacy Montgomery is in love with "Billy" and nothing disgusts the woman.  The farmhands are in love with Kate.  She's in love with Chad who may or may not love her back.  Her brother, the real Billy, shows up and she's forced to don on another female disguise to ward off Lacy altogether.  Among the laughter and constant costume changes, Kate might discover that the most unlikely place for love is the perfect place after all.


The next morning, just as the sun was rising, Chad decided to collect the eggs so he could make scrambled eggs. He put three eggs into his basket. He wondered how many eggs Bob wanted so he decided to climb the ladder to ask him. When he reached the top, his jaw dropped for he saw a beautiful woman sleeping in the loft. Bob was nowhere in sight. The woman had long blond wavy hair that was spread over the pillow. She was also naked, and the blanket only covered the lower half of her body. He forced himself to action and quickly went back down the ladder. He took a moment to regain his composure.
“Where is Bob?” he finally yelled so he would wake her up.
He heard her stir.
“Where is Bob?” He asked the question louder this time.
He heard her gasp. She peered over the edge of the loft and looked down at him. She looked as shocked as he felt.
“Where is Bob?” he repeated.
She seemed to be struggling for an answer.
“Can you speak?” he demanded.
“Bob is at the outhouse,” she replied. “He’ll be back soon. If you go back to the house, I’ll tell him to talk to you there.”
He decided he wouldn’t give her a lecture about sleeping with Bob on his property. “While you’re at it, get dressed,” he ordered before he left for the house.
He forced himself to calm down. He didn’t know what was worse. Knowing Bob was lying to him about sleeping around or the fact that he was so aroused by seeing the woman in the loft. It had been almost a year since he had any interaction with a woman, and the fact that she was naked only made it that much more difficult to forget how turned on he was. He didn’t recognize her. Was she new in town? He hadn’t been to town in ten months.
Five minutes later, Bob ran into the house, looking overwhelmed.
Chad was sitting at the kitchen table. His jaw clenched. “I do not approve of immoral behavior on my property. Send her home and don’t bring her back.”
“It’s not what it looks like,” Bob quickly argued. “I’m not sleeping with her.”
“You expect me to believe that?”
“Yes. She’s my sister.”
Chad scoffed. “Then what was she doing sleeping naked in the loft?”
“You saw her naked?” Bob’s eyes grew wide. Then he asked, “Did you like what you saw?”
He shook his head. “What kind of question is that?”
“Just making conversation.”
How could Bob make light of this situation?
Bob sat across from him. “Look, she came here late last night. I had to let her stay here. She has nowhere else to go. I slept in the space under the loft, so we weren’t sleeping in the loft together. That would be gross.”

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