Rumor Has It

By: Maureen Child

(Texas Cattleman's Club The Missing Mogul)

Something to Hide?

Seven years ago, wealthy sheriff Nathan Battle proposed to his pregnant girlfriend. But Amanda Altman ripped out his heart, left town—and suffered a miscarriage. Now she’s back and Nathan has to get over her once and for all. But his plan to seduce her, say goodbye forever and focus on his job isn’t working too well.

Upon returning to gossipy Royal, Texas, Amanda’s determined not to show Nathan how much she still loves him. Yet resisting the gorgeous lawman is impossible. Especially when she discovers she’s pregnant with his child…again.

Amanda Would Not Be Scared Off By A Big, Gorgeous Sheriff With Eyes As Cold As A Winter Wind.

“If you think you’re worrying me, you’re wrong,” she said.

Nathan stared at her. “I don’t want you worried. I don’t want you at all.”

Direct hit, she thought as an icy fist slammed into her chest and squeezed her heart. But she wouldn’t let him see it. “I don’t want you, either, Nathan. I’m not that young girl anymore, dazzled because Nathan Battle noticed her—”

He grabbed her, yanked her close and kissed her with a fierce desperation that was fueled by desire and anger, all twisted up together. She could feel it in him as she felt it in herself. Past and present tangled together and memories as thick as honey on a winter morning.

But those memories were swamped by all of the new sensations coursing through her.

Dear Reader,

It’s always exciting to be asked to be a part of a continuity series. And I’ve always loved the Texas Cattleman’s Club!

This first book in the series introduces new characters to the familiar town of Royal, Texas.

In Rumor Has It, you’ll meet Nathan Battle, town sheriff and a man still holding a grudge against the woman who was once the love of his life. Amanda Altman came back home to Royal to help run her family’s diner, but nothing is easy. Living in her hometown means having to face Nathan again.

Love is still there, burning between them, but the past is close and when gossip and rumors start flying again, can these two find a way to trust each other?

I hope you enjoy Nathan and Amanda’s story. I know I loved writing it! Please visit me on Facebook or drop by my website,!

Happy reading,

Maureen Child


Amanda Altman’s back in town.

It was all anyone could talk about and Nathan Battle was getting pretty damn sick of it. Nothing he hated more than being at the center of a gossip tornado. He’d already lived through it once, years ago. Of course, he’d escaped the worst of it by moving to Houston and burying himself in the police academy and then his job.

Wouldn’t work this time. He’d built his place here. He wasn’t going anywhere. Mostly because Nathan Battle didn’t run. So he’d just have to ride this mess out until the town found something new to chew on.

But that was life in Royal, Texas. A town too small to mind its own business and too big to have to repeat the same gossip over and over again.

Even here, he thought, in the hallowed halls of the Texas Cattleman’s Club, Nathan couldn’t escape the talk—or the speculation. Not even from his best friend.

“So, Nathan,” Chance asked with a knowing grin, “you see Amanda yet?”

Nathan looked at the man sitting opposite him. Chance McDaniel owned McDaniel’s Acres, a working dude ranch and hotel just south of town. The man had built the place from the ground up on property he’d inherited from his family, and he’d done a hell of a job.

Chance’s blond hair was cropped short, but he still couldn’t get the wave out of it no matter how he tried. His green eyes were amused and Nathan shook his head, knowing that he was the source of his friend’s amusement.

“No.” One word. Should be concise enough to get his message across. And maybe it would have worked with anyone else. Of course, Nathan told himself wryly, it wouldn’t be nearly enough to get Chance to back off. They’d been friends for too long. And nobody knew how to get to you better than a best friend.

“You can’t ignore her forever,” Chance mused, taking a sip of his scotch.

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