The Outlaw's Secret by Stacy Henrie
Christian Historical Romance February 7th 2017
by Love Inspired Historical
Lawman in Disguise
Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn't in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair's plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she'll be fine…right?
Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he's a detective working undercover. And second, that he's not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex's twin brother, Tate Beckett.
“Can I ask you one more question?”
“Just one?” The teasing note in his deep voice made her smile. “For the rest of the trip?”
“No,” she said emphatically. “One more tonight.”
He pushed out a sigh, though he didn’t sound nearly as irritated as she’d expected. “All right, Miss Vanderfair. One more.”
“This is purely out of curiosity. Your answer won’t go into my book.”
She thought she heard him mutter, “That’s a relief.”
“They call you the Texas Titan, but what’s your real name?”
Tension, heavy and silent, radiated from him, erasing the companionship of moments ago. Essie gripped the edge of the blanket tighter, waiting. Would he answer her or not? She didn’t need the information, but for some inexplicable reason, she very much wanted to know.
The scraping of his heel against the dirt preceded his soft answer. “You can call me Tate.”
“Tate,” she whispered.
“But only out of earshot of the others. Understand?”
“Yes,” she said with a nod. “Good night then…Tate.”
“Good night, Miss Vanderfair.”
Her heart beat faster as she opened her mouth and said, “Call me Essie. It’s only fair.”
A low chuckle sounded in her ears. “Try to get some sleep, Essie. We’ve got another long ride tomorrow.”
Smiling in triumph, she closed her eyes, but it was still some time later before she could turn her thoughts from the silent figure guarding the camp. And from the memory of her name on those nice, masculine lips.
USA Today bestselling authorStacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website at stacyhenrie.com.