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The Bachelor Tax
Carolyn Davidson

The Bachelor Tax
Carolyn Davidson

Rancher Gabe Tanner was content to ride herd on bachelorhood forever. And if it hadn't been for that blasted bachelor tax, he would have. Even if every glimpse he had of Rosemary Gibson, the preacher's daughter, warned him he didn't have a prayer of remaining single…!Life's usual dreams–love, home, children–would always elude Rosemary Gibson, or so she thought. Until the day Providence mixed the devilish Gabriel Tanner, two angelic kids and one prim yet passionate parson's daughter into a most unusual ready-made famil…!

“You’re pretty sassy,” he said in her ear.

She spun to face him. “I’m your cook, Tanner. We decided I’d make a better employee than a wife, remember?”

He shook his head. “No, I still haven’t figured out the whys and wherefores.”

“Changed your mind?” she asked breathlessly.

He was too close, his eyes were too knowing as they scanned her. Her heart missed a beat and fluttered. Pressing her lips together, she dared a glance at his face.

His jaw was taut, his nostrils flaring just a bit. And his eyes, those dark orbs that seemed to seek out her thoughts, were fastened on her face.

“No, I haven’t changed my mind, honey,” he whispered. “I want you to know what you’re gettin’ before I marry you.”

“That’s not part of our bargain,” she countered.

“I’m not sure what kind of a bargain we struck,” Tanner said softly….

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Harlequin Historicals, Harlequin/Silhouette’s only historical romance line! We offer four unforgettable love stories each month, in a range of time periods, settings and sensuality. And they’re written by some of the best writers in the field!

Carolyn Davidson is one of those writers. Her Americana stories are meaningful, morally rich and surprisingly sensuous—and they almost always feature tall, dark and handsome heroes. Continuing in that vein is The Bachelor Tax, an endearing marriage-of-convenience story about a least-likely-to-marry “bad boy” rancher who tries to avoid a local bachelor tax by proposing to the one woman he’s sure will say no—the prim preacher’s daughter….

My Lady Reluctant is a thrilling new medieval novel by Laurie Grant about a Norman lady who must travel to court to find a husband. En route, she is attacked by outlaws but rescued by a mysterious and handsome knight…. Rising talent Liz Ireland returns with a darling Western, The Outlaw’s Bride, in which a reputed Texas outlaw and headstrong “nurse” fall in love—despite the odds against them!

And the ever-popular Deborah Simmons returns this month with The Gentleman Thief, a Regency tale about a beautiful bluestocking who stirs up trouble during a season at Bath when she investigates a jewel caper and finds herself scrutinizing—and falling for—an irresistible marquis.

Enjoy! And come back again next month for four more choices of the best in historical romance.

Sincerely,

Tracy Farrell

Senior Editor

The Bachelor Tax

Carolyn Davidson

www.millsandboon.co.uk (http://www.millsandboon.co.uk)

Available from Harlequin Historicals and CAROLYN DAVIDSON

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To the women who share with me one Saturday

afternoon a month, who attend my book signings, buy

my books and then tell me how wonderful I am, this

book is gratefully dedicated…. Without their support and

affection, I would be lost! Thanks to all of you, members

of the Lowcountry Romance Writers of America.

And as always, and especially for the trials and

tribulations I put him through during the writing of this

story, I dedicate this work to Mr. Ed, who loves me.

Contents

Chapter One (#u8e83533e-84d1-5122-a036-89b04c6eb9b5)

Chapter Two (#u3b6e5d2b-3e28-5144-864c-ee67a0032dc9)

Chapter Three (#u319055fc-f168-55be-b660-d05e6b6d2497)

Chapter Four (#u33385f43-f840-553b-9ed4-0ebd4431674b)

Chapter Five (#u169e377c-d24a-5b47-a6f4-cf960480a573)

Chapter Six (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Seven (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Eight (#litres_trial_promo)
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