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Biloxi Dutrey grounds her jet-setting photography career and returns to Mississippi when she learns her family home, Fleur De Lis, is headed for financial ruin. She plans to save it by scooping up the job of Keeper. But that means breaking tradition, and her family isn't cooperating.
Veterinarian Nick Trahan is new in town and wants folks to stop matchmaking. He won't settle for just a pretty face. He wants the perfect woman, one who believes in family and commitment–the exact opposite of his parents.
Nick rescues Biloxi during a raging storm, but the squall is tame compared to the tempest between them. Soon they experience the backlash from the long-standing feud between their families. If Biloxi surrenders her dreams for Fleur de Lis and toes the line with tradition, will she also be forced to give up on "forever love" due to the hate their families still harbor?
Page Count: 394
Word Count: 93017
Under the shroud of darkness, minutes clicked away slowly. When the driver's door opened, the overhead light snapped on and startled her. The stranger climbed into the driver's seat. He yanked on a sleeve and started to remove his large coat. Biloxi strained to get a better look at his face.
Just in case she ever needed to identify him.
Like in a line-up.
"Take it off." He motioned to the blanket.
Her mouth gaped. He sounded like a man used to giving orders--and having others follow them, doing exactly as he said. Well, he could wait forever. She didn't take orders from anyone. That's why she worked for herself. Besides, she'd freeze without the blanket.
"C'mon now, you're cold and wet."
He must have read shock on her face. He sighed, but the sigh was tinged with disgust.
"Okay, here goes."
She froze statue still. The man straddled the console, a knee in each front seat, then he faced her. He reached toward her and yanked the blanket.
Clearly he was the stronger one. Their tug-o-war lasted less than a minute. He pulled the blanket away, wadded it up, and tossed it on the floor.
She pulled her legs tight to her body, prepared to fight, kick, even claw. To her surprise, he gently draped his long coat over her. The lingering heat from his body covered her shiver. The coat would protect her, if from nothing else, from him.
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