Title: Her Mysterious Cowboy Billionaire
Author: Cynthia Woolf
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Reclusive billionaire Jack Saunders has gone into hiding as a Montana rancher to protect his son. The boy is the only witness to his mother's murder but he hasn't spoken since that day. Gabby Cooper is a kindergarten teacher in Twin Bluffs, Montana. One of her students doesn't speak and refuses to play with the other children. Out of concern for the child, Gabby arranges for a meeting with the boy's father, Jack Saunders.
When Jack and Gabby meet, the air sizzles. Their attraction is instant and all consuming. What will happen when the man who murdered Jack's wife finds them again and goes after Gabby? Can Jack keep her and his son safe?
Laura’s funeral was a private affair, as Travis wanted. Only he, Richie and Mac Cunningham attended the burial in a small Dallas cemetery. The man, Dean Ratliff, who Travis believed paid to have her and Jamie kidnapped denied all responsibility for her death and the man who actually did the kidnapping disappeared. He either left the country or left this Earth, but which of the men had actually killed her, no one knew.
Well, that wasn’t true. Richie knew. Travis’ five-year-old son had watched his mother die and, after telling his father, “A bad man hurt Mommy,” he refused to say anything more or to talk at all.
Nothing Travis did could change his son’s mind and make him talk again.
Richie was determined not to speak.
He was starting kindergarten this year, in just two weeks.
The Marshal’s Service tried to put Travis in the Witness Protection program, but Travis refused because the rules were too restrictive. He would use his money and go underground. He wanted to be apprised of every move Dean Ratliff made and he couldn’t do that in WitSec. He needed all his resources available to him, to fight Ratliff if needed and he couldn’t do that in WitSec either.
So Travis paid to have his new identity in place and the Sagebrush Ranch purchased by the time Richie started school. The ranch was purchased by a shell company of a shell company of a shell company and so far removed from Travis no one would think to go there.
Travis was Jack Saunders now. Everything he did was under Jack Saunders’ name. He got a new Montana driver’s license, a passport and credit cards. He destroyed all his Texas identification and credit cards. He wanted nothing that said Travis McGill on it. With enough money, to the right people, a person could become someone else. He’d gone to a lot of trouble and a lot of expense to become someone new. Now, if he could just keep Ratliff from finding him.
He had a contact in Ratliff’s organization. Someone who would never be found out. Someone who had lots of experience working undercover. This person would tell him what Ratliff was up to by way of a secret email account.
Jack changed his and Richie’s appearance.
Richie now had brown hair instead of his light, golden blond.
Jack wore his brown hair short, with white sidewalls and had a mustache and goatee. He also wore colored contacts that made his blue eyes, brown.
Richie was now Jamie Saunders. James was his middle name so it wasn’t too difficult for him to answer to and he’d gotten better about answering to it now that they’d practiced for a couple of weeks.
Jack, Jamie, Mac Cunningham, his friend and ranch foreman and Rosie Norton, his cook and housekeeper, had finally moved into the ranch house. Jack had wanted it to be fully furnished and ready for them before he actually moved in.
Jack picked up his son. “Hey, little man. How are you?” It’s so hard to look at you. I see Laura in you except for my eyes. And since we dyed your light blond hair brown, you don’t look quite so much like her which makes it easier on me though I don’t want to forget her either.
“Jamie, can’t you tell Daddy how you feel? Are you having a good day?”
The boy nodded.
That was all Jack could get out of him…nods or shakes of his head. If it wasn’t a yes or no question, he just got silence.
“Are you hungry? Rosie’s making your favorite…spaghetti with hot dog chunks.” Luckily, she made regular meatball spaghetti for her, Mac and Jack.
Jamie nodded and grinned, then rubbed his tummy.
“Good. Let’s go get some dinner.” He set Jamie back on his feet and then took his hand and they walked into the kitchen.
They’d moved the furniture into the ranch house just that week but this was their first night actually living there. The house was good sized. Five bedrooms, with dual masters. Four full baths, one three-quarter bath and one half bath.
Rosie had a bedroom and bathroom off the kitchen.
Mac had one of the master bedrooms upstairs.
Jack had the other.
Jamie’s bedroom was next to his father’s.
And the last bedroom was a guest room.
He’d tried to stay in Dallas and had placed Richie in therapy, but there was no progress. In fact, it only made matters worse. He was always sad and sometimes angry afterwards.
A year had passed since Laura’s murder and Jamie had only spoken once since. His eyes were haunted and he jumped at the least little sound.
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Cynthia Woolf is the award-winning and best-selling author of fifty-six historical western romance books, two short stories, two time-travel historical western romances and two contemporary western romances. She has also published six sci-fi, space opera romances, which she calls westerns in space. Along with these books she has also published four boxed sets of her books.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia's father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy, not a bounty hunter, and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now), not the ranch owner. Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her great critique partners for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.
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