A Bed of Barley Straw (Draymere Hall Series Book 1)
by Sam Russell
Petite, copper-haired Hettie Redfern tends the stables of Lord Melton’s English estate. A traumatic relationship early in life left her emotionally scarred. She’ll be the first to admit she finds horses and dogs more trustworthy than men.
Alexander Melton, second son of Lord Melton, returns to his home after serving in Afghanistan. Years ago Alexander watched his father descend into drunkenness after his mother’s affair. Like Hettie, his experience left him with a deep distrust of commitment. For the rugged, handsome young man, women are a convenient pleasure, to be used and forgotten. He hasn’t talked to his mother for fifteen years.
Two strong-willed, damaged people are about to ignite a firestorm of passion, even as they navigate their deep-seated mistrust for each other. Meeting for the first time in years, the two feel a mutual attraction completely at odds with their antagonistic conversations and attitudes.
As their feelings grow, Hettie and Alexander become ever more conflicted. Unless they confront and overcome their inner demons, they’re going to miss out on something beautiful. Their passion could blossom into a lifelong commitment, but only if they can learn to trust again.
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