McCain Brothers, Book 2
Her Man of Honor
Caroline Whitten has never met a man like Eli Coltrane. From the first moment he touched her, Caroline knew there was something special about him. But is she being honest with herself? Have her feelings for Eli grown out of love, or out of gratitude because the Texas Ranger rescued her from a dangerous man?
She knows that Eli has resisted getting close to anyone – including his three half-brothers – since he was young. He’s the forgotten son, unacknowledged by his father, and unwilling to think of Jake, Beau and Caleb McCain as his blood. Caroline helps him change his mind, so he can find out what it means to be part of a family. But it’s what she learns from him along the way that is completely unforgettable…
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“If I can knock you down, you have to talk to your brothers.”
Eli raised an eyebrow in disbelief. “You can’t knock me down. I’m much stronger than you. And I’m not fighting a woman.”
Caroline put the boxing gloves on. “Are you chicken, Eli? ”
He stood. “I’m not fighting you.”
“Didn’t Pa settle all your fights and disagreements this way? Put the gloves on.”
He shoved his hands into the gloves and held them up. She danced in and out, taking jabs at his stomach, but he didn’t move or respond. This was going to be so easy. She moved close to him, her body touching his.
Glancing up into his stubborn blue eyes, she placed her right foot in between his feet, then she wrapped her arms around his waist. Eli tensed. Caroline raised her right foot, turned it, and hooked his left leg and jerked. He leg slid out from under him and he was on his butt in a split second.
He burst into laughter. “That was a trick,” he said, taking off his gloves. “You knew exactly what you were doing.”
“But a deal is a deal – and you’re a man of your word, right?”