Title: New Banker in Town / Happy Endings
Author: Susan Payne
Genre: Historical Western Women’s Fiction
Years of living with his missing leg and this was the first time he felt so ill prepared. A woman waited for him in his bed and he didn’t even know her name.
Closing the door behind him, he turned toward the dresser he knew was there to light the lamp.
A female voice from the bed said softly, “I’d rather you wouldn’t light that.”
To his credit, Paul didn’t jump or swear but, instead, asked just as quietly, “So I have a guest, I assume?” He wondered who would have ordered him a companion for the night. Macgregor didn’t seem like the type and no one else really knew him well enough to present him with such a gift. Could it be, Molly? The sultry voice sounded older than the girl he had seen behind the registration desk would have had.
“I thought you might like a welcome to Sweetwater besides a tour and dinner,” she purred.
Paul could make out the shape lying on the bed with help from the moonlight shining through the window and it was definitely a womanly shape.
“I’ve been told I’m the kind of man who is open to most new things,” he said candidly.
“So, are you trying to tell me that having a woman in your bed is new? So difficult to believe a handsome man as you sleeps alone,” the mystery woman said.
“May I ask the name of my guest?” he teased trying to find out who his benefactor was.
“I would rather not answer that question,” she replied honestly. “Does it matter?”
Not really answering, Paul asked, “Do you mind if I get comfortable? My leg is becoming very painful.”
“Certainly, undress, please. I want you to be at ease. Do you need help?” she asked easily.
“And if I said, I did?” Paul asked as he removed his coat and tie. He wasn’t sure how much more she expected him to remove before she made her move on him if that was how this was supposed to play-out.
“Please, I enjoy watching you undress. Finish then come and join me. I am sure I can help you feel more relaxed,” she assured him.
Pulling down his suspenders, he tugged his shirt out of his waistband, then shrugged the shirt off his wide shoulders, allowing him to push down his trousers as he sat on the bed.
“I have to take off my prosthetic leg to get undressed,” he said waiting to hear the woman’s excuses as she left the room upon finding out about his missing limb.
A pause, then finally she offered again, “Do you need any help?”
Paul relaxed after the hardest part of becoming intimate was out of the way between them. “No, I have a lot of experience with undressing alone.”
She could hear the humor in his voice. “That is a shame. A fine specimen of a man, such as you, should not have to undress himself. If we knew each other better, I would never let you undress alone,” she purred, moving her legs behind his buttocks, nudging him slightly.
Paul fumbled with getting the wooden leg removed. “I find I’m a little clumsy tonight. Must be I imbibed overly much since I didn’t realize I had company waiting for me.”
He finally got the leather straps unbuckled and the prosthesis loose so he could allow the contraption drop to the floor followed by his trousers. He removed his sock. Now Paul had to face his fear and turn to his bedmate with a sense of humor asking, “Do you prefer the right or left side?”
What makes your featured book a must-read?
Although this story focuses on a new banker for the town, it continues explaining how the west grew as entrepreneurs and professionals took lead. How those men and woman who dedicated their lives to building business led the way for the rest. How much a town could benefit from certain of its citizens working toward the betterment of everyone. This book is the seventh and eighth story of a series of eight, but all stories stand alone encompassing the same characters as they grow with the town of Sweetwater.
Enter to win a $45 Amazon (US) gift card
Runs April 20 – April 28, 2021.
Winner will be drawn on April 29, 2021.
A voracious reader her whole life, author Susan Payne loves the written word. When reading wasn’t enough, she decided to allow her mind to take flight and write all the many stories that kept intruding in her life. She blended her love of history and her love of words to create over eighty stories. All historical and centering on couples finding love and a happy ever after together.
Social Media Links: