By Linda Lael Miller
When unmarried legal professional Steven Creed turns into father or mother of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city legislations company for a ranch close to his McKettrick family members within the close-knit neighborhood of Stone Creek, Arizona. caring for little Matt and solving up his run-down ranch condo with its previous barn loosens whatever tightly wound within him. but if Steven takes at the professional bono protection of an area teenager, he meets his fit within the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan. it will take one grieving little boy, a candy followed puppy and a girl who by no means anticipated to win any man's middle to make this Creed in Stone Creek understand he is actually came across home.
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Losing Jillie had been a terrible blow, knocking Zack for the proverbial loop—he’d gone wild and finally died when, driving too fast down a narrow mountain road, he’d lost control somehow and laid his motorcycle down. ” the boy asked, his voice even smaller than he was. “I might not like day camp. Anyhow, it’s summer. ” Steven sighed and got to his feet. “Lots of kids do,” he said. ” He extended a hand. “Come on, Tex. Let’s get you back to bed. ” Matt reached for the stuffed skunk, and wound up in the now-tattered blanket he always kept close at hand.
Melissa is my sister,” Brad said, obviously enjoying the exchange. ” Matt made it sound like the eighth wonder. He was an only child, of course, and so was Steven. Did the child long for a sister, the way Steven himself had, growing up? Brad crouched, so he could look directly into Matt’s face. “Actually,” he said, “I have three sisters. There’s Olivia—she’s a veterinarian and she can talk to animals. ” Steven felt a pang at the mention of twins, the way he always did when the subject came up.
Steven thought of his expensive condominium in Denver and wanted to laugh. There, he’d had a fine view of the city, skylights and a retractable TV screen that disappeared into the ceiling at the push of a button. What a contrast. “It’s not so bad,” Matt decided, taking in the results of years of dedicated neglect. Steven rubbed his chin, considering options. “I guess we could go back to town and buy ourselves a tent,” he said. “The weather’s good, so we could take baths in the creek. Carry our own water, cook over a campfire, sleep under the stars.