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All I Need Is You : Straton Family Series : Book 2 - Johanna Lindsey

All I Need Is You

Straton Family Series : Book 2

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The head strong child of Chandos Straton and Courtney Harte, Casey Straton inherited her mother's eyes and her father's stubborn temperament. Despite her unladylike prowess at roping, riding and shooting, the responsibility of running her late grandfather's ranch was given to Casey's older brother. She's a beautiful young woman of marrying age, Chandos tells his daughter, and she should be looking to settle down—which only infuriates Casey, sending the high-spirited hellion storming away from her Texas home, determined to prove to her family that she can do much more than "woman's work."

Damian Rutledge III has left his home far behind as well. A successful New York businessman, he used important connections to gain a U.S. Deputy's badge.

And now he has come west to kill the man who murdered his father. But despite his powerful physique and unwavering courage, the handsome Eastern "dude" is like a fish out of water in the untamed and unpredictable country. And his inability to handle a shooting iron would have cost him his life at the hands of two desperate outlaws if it weren't for the timely intervention of a half-pint bounty hunter called "Kid"—a youngster whose cool head and lightning-fast draw Damian quickly decides will be valuable assets in his hunt for his father's killer.

But there is more to Kid than first meets the eye. For beneath a large hat and dusty poncho, and behind two blazing six-guns, is a stunningly sensuous young lady: Casey Straton. And despite Casey's resolve to maintain her disguise at all costs, the nearness of this proud, fearless and undeniably masculine gentleman has awakened the fires of her womanly passions and touched her vulnerable, achingheart—which could lead to serious complications on a rocky trail that winds dangerous duty to irrepressible love.

About the Author

Johanna Lindsey has been hailed as one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of "first-rate romance" (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-seven previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.

"Enjoyable...a flowing tale of strong wills and, of course, romance."-- "0maha World Herald""Johanna Lindsey gives you everything you expectand more. She taps into fantasies, adds a large dose of humor, poignancy, adventure and passion to spice up yourreading experience. To read a Lindsey is to add joy to your day.Read "All I Need Is You" and feel wonderful!"-- "Romantic Times"

Chapter One

"I want to do this, and you haven't given one good reason why I shouldn't."

"Then you haven't been listening, little girl," Chandos said, frowning. "You're too young, you're a female that the forty-some wranglers on the Bar M are not going to want to take orders from, and you've reached the time in your life when you should be looking for a husband. You won't be finding one with your nose buried in ranch ac counts and coming in off the range each day sweat-soaked and filthy."

Casey was red-faced by then, most likely from anger, though it was hard to tell. "Marriage again!" she all but sneered. "There hasn't been a man around these parts in the last two years worth my taking notice of. Or do you want me to marry just anyone? If that's the case, I can think of a dozen men who are eligible. I'll go rope me one tomorrow, if that's what it'll take to—"

"Don't be impertinent."

"I'm being absolutely serious," Casey insisted. "You'd let a husband of mine run the Bar M, wouldn't you? You'd find-that perfectly acceptable. Well, I'll have a candidate for you no later than—"

"You'll do no such thing. You will not marry just to get your hands on those account ledgers—"

"I've had my hands on those account books for months now, Daddy. Sawtooth is half blind, if you didn't realize it. Trying to tally the ledgers gives him a powerful headache that actually makes him physically ill."

It was Chandos who was red-faced now, and there was no doubt in his case that it was from anger. "Why wasn't I told about this?"

"Maybe because every time Sawtooth rides over here to see you, you're out on the range somewhere. And maybe because you won'tstep foot on the Bar M to find out why he came over in the first place. And maybe be cause you don't really care about the Bar M. You'd just as soon see it fall to ruin now that Grandpa's gone, just to spite his memory."

"Casey!" This from Courtney in an appalled tone.

But Casey had already blanched. She'd gone too far and knew it. And before her father could blast her for doing so, she ran from the room.

Courtney started to assure Chandos that Casey had just let her emotions run away with her, that she hadn't really meant what she'd said; but, tight-lipped, he marched out of the room right behind Casey. Only not to follow her. He headed off toward the back of the house, a more direct route to the stable, while she'd run toward the front.

Which was entirely too bad. Chandos shouldn't have let the argument end like that, with Casey riddled with guilt now, but still determined to change her father's mind. He should have been more explicit with his reasons. He should have pointed out that he didn't want to see Casey get hurt when she failed, which she was bound to do.

The cowboys on the Bar M might accept her for a while, because they knew her as Fletcher's granddaughter, but inevitably there would be new men, and those who didn't know her and hadn't known Fletcher would start dissension soon enough. It might be different if she were an older woman, a widow or the like, but she wasn't. Most men simply wouldn't take orders from a woman, much less one they considered a young girl.

But Chandos hadn't mentioned any of that, at least not clearly enough. Courtney would have to talk to her herself, though she would give her a day or two to calm down first. Casey was unpredictable when her emotions were riled.

Copyright 1997 by Johanna Lindsey

ISBN: 9780380762606
ISBN-10: 0380762609
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 403
Published: 1st December 1998
Dimensions (cm): 10.8 x 17.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.2

Johanna Lindsey

Johanna Lindsey has been hailed as one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of "first-rate romance" (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-seven previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.

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