THUNDER HORSE HERITAGE
by Elle James
They once exchanged their wedding vows. Now he vows to keep her alive.
She'd been his wife for barely a day and now FBI agent Tuck Thunder Horse was responsible for identifying her body. So he was more than shocked when Julia Anderson turned up very much alive-and on the run. Julia confessed to witnessing a murder and now needs Tuck to help her stay alive...and protect the baby he hadn't known she'd had.
Julia and Tuck's marriage might not have lasted, but there was not time for recriminations with a killer on their trail. As Tuck struggles to put their painful past behind them he can't help but find himself overwhelmed by his love for his little daughter...and his still-burning passion for Julia. Unable to trust anyone but each other, they know working together is the only way to safeguard their child. Could their one-day marriage turn into a life-long adventure?
The thought of her sister lying in a cold, dark morgue brought her back to reality with a dull thud against her bruised heart. No, she had been right to leave and avoid falling deeper in love with the man. Had she stayed with him, she’d have set herself up to suffer the similar heartache of having lost her father and sister to the bureau.
She'd seen what it had done to her mother, watched her as over the years she'd withered away, dying by inches every day her husband was on active duty, and then fading slowly of a broken heart once she lost him.
The sudden buzzing of her cell phone jerked Julia out of her morose thoughts and back to the present. She grabbed for the device and stared at the screen display. Blocked Sender.
Julia sat up and glanced at the bathroom door. Should she answer or let it ring? She wished Tuck would walk out at that moment and tell her what to do. But the shower continued on.
After the third ring, Lily woke and let out a cry.
Her nerves jangled by the evening's events and Lily's cries, Julia couldn't think straight. She pressed the talk button and held the phone to her ear, her heart stopping, her vocal chords frozen in her throat.
"Julia Anderson, everyone thinks you're dead. But I know the truth." The raspy voice growled into Julia's ear. "I also know what your sister sent you, before she died."
"I d-don't k-know what you're talking about," Julia lied.
"I have her cell phone. I know about the video file. If you don't keep the file to yourself, and give me your cell phone, you and your baby will end up just like her."
Julia's hand shook so badly, the phone slipped from her fingers and fell to the floor. As if Lily sensed her distress, her whimpers amplified into wails.
Tears welled in Julia's eyes and she stumbled to her feet, staring down at the device at her feet as if it was a snake coiled to strike.
"What's wrong?" Tuck stood in the now open doorway of the bathroom, a towel slung around his hips, water dripping off his body, pooling at his feet.
"The phone," Julia answered in a stupor.
Tuck's jaw tightened. "Whose phone?"
"Mine." She glanced down at the seemingly innocuous phone at her feet.
"You didn't answer it, did you?"
She nodded, her gaze shifting back to Tuck.
A tick jerked in his jaw, his lips firming into a thin line. "The killer?"
"What did he say?"
"He'll kill Lily and me if I share the video with anyone."
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