Visiting in her fiancée's home, Marina Scott is suffocating under the watchful eye of her future mother-in-law. While the family enjoys a siesta, Marina goes for an unaccompanied ride and loses control of her mount. A handsome cowboys rescues her. She and Ward Dillon fall in love at first sight. The only problem is Marina is engaged to Ward's brother, Ramon! Marina calls off the wedding but an obsessive and jealous Ramon takes matters into his own hands. Luisa Dillon, who loathes Ward as much as she loves his brother, is a brilliant strategist. She concocts a series of lies that drive Marina and Ward apart. Ward flees to the war, leaving his new bride behind. He has no way of knowing his family's dark secret, the source of his mother's hatred, or that Marina is pregnant.
Seven years later Marina comes to the Maxwell ranch to convince Ward to give her a divorce so she can remarry and give her son a father. All the old pain and anger resurfaces, each feeling betrayed by the other. Believing Marina's son to be his brother's child, Ward refuses to give her a divorce because he wants the boy to have his rightful name. Unable to convince Ward that Tanner is his child, Marina wants a complete break from the family that came so close to destroying her life. But it's Tanner, the little boy who longs for the return of a father his mother told him is a hero, who helps tear down the barriers between Ward and Marina.
Reviews of Ward ...
"Leigh Greenwood is one of the top writers today of the western romance. WARD will enhance the great writer's reputation for exciting, angst-ridden historical romance. The lead characters are superb and the support cast feel so real that readers will believe they are in the old west visiting them. Another classy tale by one of the genre's best novelists."
Harriet Klausner, Affaire de Coeur
"Leigh Greenwood's second book in The Cowboys series, WARD, is a story that has been told many times, but never with that special Greenwood touch. The beautiful relationship between father and son, between friends and husband and wife will hold readers' attention and tug at their heartstrings." - Kathe Robin, Romantic Times
"WARD is the kind of book one closes with a sigh of, "AH! Now THAT was a good book!"
Merry Cutler, Annie's Book Stop, Sharon, MA