Title: A Fallacious Seduction
Author: Virginia Barlow
Genre: Historical Romance
When the train US Marshal Reese Calhan is riding on explodes, he is one of two survivors. Trouble is, the other survivor is the woman who betrayed him years ago. A woman he thought was dead. This time he will not fall prey to her wiles. He'll see the vixen jailed for her crimes if it kills him. Recovering from a recent jilting and now a train explosion, Shanna Johnston has no idea why the handsome stranger insists he knows her and calls her by another woman's name. His heated looks and knowing kisses spark a fire in her she cannot ignore--even as her own mysterious past is closing in.
“How long have you been this far west?” he asked studying her face. “Why are you here?” He narrowed his gaze on her. “What could you possibly want in the middle of Wyoming territory?” he murmured. His sharp gaze swept over her again. “Tell me what I want to know, and I’ll tell the judge you cooperated. It’s the best offer you’re getting from me.”
Shanna didn’t answer. The man was out of his mind. He wasn’t making any sense. She wiped the perspiration from her forehead and took the opportunity to stare back at him. He was handsome with dirty blond hair, a coating of whiskers, and piercing blue eyes. He wore a dirty blue shirt stretched tight over his broad shoulders. One sleeve was missing, revealing a large, bronzed bicep. Her gaze caught on the bulging muscle. His skin looked as smooth and golden as melted caramel. She licked her lips. He sure is big. Shanna’s gaze traveled over his flat stomach and focused on the missing sleeve tied around his massive thigh. The giant man was injured. The sleeve around his thigh was bloody.
“I’m in the middle of Wyoming Territory because I live here. What I want is to go home. I don’t know why a judge would care where I am or what I’m doing.” Shanna locked gazes with him. “I think you hit your head, or you’ve gone loco in the sun. You’re not making any sense. Now, let me go.”
He glared at her. He didn’t believe her. She could see it in his expression. She got unsteadily to her feet. Every part of her ached. Shanna swayed. She put a hand to her head to stop the dizziness.
“Where are they? I won’t ask again, Jenna,” he said softly.
Shanna shivered. When he spoke soft, it scared her to death. “I don’t know what you’re talking about, mister. I do not know you, and I do not have any men. You’ve got the wrong girl. My name is Shanna, not Jenna. I haven’t done anything wrong.” She hoped she sounded stronger than she felt. As soon as her head quit spinning, she’d figure out what to do with him.
“I know you remember. Quit playing games, Jenna, and answer the question.” He let the hammer down slow on his gun and put it back in its holster. “Tell me what I want to know, and I won’t hurt you.” His voice was smooth as Tennessee whisky. It wrapped around her and settled in her stomach. His blue eyes gazed into hers, and Shanna nearly swooned on the spot. With his gun safely in its holster and no longer distracting her, she realized he was more than handsome. He was perfect.
Her mouth dried, and her palms started to sweat. She must have hit her head hard. She dropped her gaze and sucked in some air. She couldn’t remember what she was saying. This is crazy! Who the hell is this man? “I don’t remember you because I don’t know you.” It was the truth. She would have remembered a man like him.
The man laughed.
Shanna turned away from the husky sound of his voice. It warmed her through. The last time a handsome man paid attention to her, she jumped in with her whole heart and both feet. She almost drowned. Best get some distance between her and the stranger before she did something she regretted.
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A Fallacious Seduction is a historical western with a feisty heroine, Shanna Johnston. She overcomes her traumatic past to create a beautiful future for herself with the man she loves. Shanna is a strong woman. Life in the west was not easy, especially for women. It took strength, courage, and determination. Shanna has all three. I hope my readers enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
My husband came up with the name for this book. He liked the word "fallacious" and thought I should write a book and use it in the title. I admit, I had to look up the definition. Once I did, an idea formed in my mind. It grew a life of its own and pretty much wrote itself. Shanna and Reese dragged me out of bed on numerous occasions to write their story. They gave me many sleepless nights. It was a sad day for me when I wrote the last chapter. I didn’t want to say good-bye to my characters. As soon as A Fallacious Seduction came out, Rose Tanner shook me awake and asked me to write her story, too.
So, in between my other projects, I started the romance of Rose Tanner and Chase Calhan. They have quite a bit of chemistry between the two of them. We’ll see how it turns out.
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I am in my fifties and I love my life. I am a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and best friend. My granddaughter calls me "grandmuddy" so I am that too! I believe in family. I believe in magic and I believe in the power of love. I, also, believe in happily ever afters. My happy times are when I am curled in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a romance book in my hand.
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