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The Surrender of Lacy Morgan

Suzanne Ferrell

 

When two steely-eyed, lean-hipped
strangers ride into town, Lacy Morgan knows her past has caught up with her.
What she doesn’t know is that the U.S. marshals will do whatever’s necessary to
capture her stepfather and his gang of murdering thieves, including bringing Lacy
to her knees to serve their sexual needs.

Quinn and his blood brother Dakota
are searching for the key to finding the band of outlaws who murdered their adoptive
father. When they confront the sultry stepdaughter of the gang’s leader, they
discover she’s unaware of her natural submissive tendencies.

As they journey to the gang’s lair,
each day the men draw Lacy further and further into a sensuality she’s never
known and a trust she’d sworn never to surrender to again. Using her lusty body
for their combined pleasure, they find themselves ensnared in the same tender
trap.

 

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The Surrender of Lacy Morgan

 

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The Surrender of Lacy Morgan Copyright © 2011 Suzanne Ferrell

 

Edited by Jillian Bell

Cover art by Dar Albert

 

Electronic book publication February 2011

 

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The Surrender of Lacy Morgan

Suzanne Ferrell

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Chapter One

Montana Territory, 1882

 

The men rode into Beaver Run like two horsemen of the
apocalypse, justice on a white horse and war on a red. The few citizens walking
through the muddy streets hurried to get out of their path, while those milling
on the plank walkways stared as the duo passed.

Danger.

Long and lean, both sat their saddles with the ease of men
accustomed to mastering both the beasts beneath them and the world around them.
Their dusters hung to the tops of their boots and were covered in trail dust.
Their hats, pulled low, cast shadows over their faces. Rifles were mounted to
their horses’ saddles and each man had a gun strapped to his thigh.

“Yes, Mrs. Smith, I quite understand my duty as the town’s
schoolteacher…” Inside the mercantile, Lacy Jones sucked in her breath as the
two strangers passed by.

“That is exactly what I’m talking about, Miss Jones.” The
preacher’s tight-lipped wife clucked in disapproval. “You shouldn’t be ogling
those men in public.”

What? I should ogle them in private?
Lacy bit back
the retort. Angering Mrs. Smith or any of the town’s other leading citizens
wasn’t in her best interest.

“As the children’s teacher, you must be circumspect in
everything you do. We want no idle gossip to taint your reputation,” Mrs. Smith
continued in her pinched nasally voice. “It is your duty to set an example of
chastity and the highest moral qualities for our children.”

If she knew the truth about her past, Mrs. Smith wouldn’t so
much as give Lacy—whose real name was Morgan, not Jones—the time of day.

And now these two men appeared in town. As she watched them
slowly ride by, the man in the lead—with golden skin and curly dark brown hair
touching the collar of his coat—turned to stare at her. His piercing blue eyes
looked deep into her soul.

Lacy knew without a doubt they were here to find her. She
subconsciously raised a hand to the choker of gold chains she always wore, even
beneath the high collar of her schoolteacher dresses, and nervously fingered
the strands.

He spoke to his companion and the other man turned to stare
too. The second man’s features were a mixture of Indian and European. His black
hair hung straight to his shoulders beneath his hat, his dark eyes held the
same intensity as his partner’s.

Lacy quickly dropped her hand. She’d done the stupidest
thing yet in her life. Despite her best effort to blend in, in a heartbeat
she’d attracted the men’s attention.

Her past had finally caught up with her.

As soon as the pair rode farther down the main street, she
turned to leave in the opposite direction.

“Miss Jones, we weren’t finished with our conversation,”
Mrs. Smith said in a very irritated voice, gripping her arm. “Do not forget to
whom you owe both your present employment and home.”

Lacy hadn’t forgotten for one minute. Between the woman’s
constant nagging about morality and her preacher husband’s much-too-pious
sermons, Lacy had walked a fine line to keep her respectable job and continue
hiding in Beaver Run.

Inhaling to steady her already-racing heart, she turned back
around and smiled at the old biddy, gently pulling her arm free of the other
woman’s talon-like fingers. “I agree with everything you’ve said, Mrs. Smith. I
assure you, I plan to attend tomorrow’s service and take to heart every word
Pastor Smith speaks. However, you must forgive me as there is something I need
to do at home.”

Turning on her heel, Lacy prayed God didn’t strike her down
for her blatant lie. She had no intention of making the church service. In
fact, she intended to be long gone from Beaver Run and the two strangers before
morning. With the late-afternoon sun behind her, she hurried down the plank
walkway to the church and the small house the town provided for the teacher,
both of which sat at the end of town farthest from the saloon and brothel.

Once inside the small shack, Lacy dragged her carpetbag out
from under the bed, then started throwing her meager belongings inside. Her
traveling dress and good shoes went in, then her hairbrush, lavender-scented
soap and the few undergarments she’d purchased down in Denver. They’d been
frivolous purchases when she’d sold her horse and tried to hide as a
respectable schoolteacher, but a small feminine part of her soul that hadn’t
been beaten out of her craved smelling the lavender and feeling the silky
garments against her skin.

Damn. Now she wished she’d held on to that old horse. What
she wouldn’t give to be able to hop on him and ride out of town like lightning
nipped at her tail.

No, Devil would’ve tracked her by Cesar’s markings—even
accused her of thievery, despite the fact she’d had the old paint since
childhood. Selling Cesar had broken her heart, but her life had depended on it.

She couldn’t ride out of town and she couldn’t wait for the
stage to get to Beaver Run in two days. No, if she wanted to escape the two
strangers, she’d have to go on foot over ten miles to the next town, then catch
the stage to Billings. Luckily she’d been trained to withstand the march.

With a deep sigh, she dragged open the last bureau drawer
and lifted the heavy Colt .45 she’d kept for protection. She opened the
cylinder, checked to be sure it was still loaded, then closed it and laid it in
her bag. Finally, she pulled out her dungarees, leather boots, man’s blue
cambric shirt and long duster.

She’d hoped never to wear the outfit again. Memories of the
last time she’d worn it and the men she’d worn it for filled her mind. She
should’ve burned the outfit, but she was glad she hadn’t.

With care, she removed her button shoes, wiping off the muck
of Beaver Run’s muddy streets before setting them in the bag. Next she removed
her staid shirtwaist, inhaling deeply as her breasts were freed from the
restraining material. Her skirt and petticoats followed suit.

The fashion of respectable women felt so imprisoning. No
wonder women became so cold and mean like Mrs. Smith.

She pulled on the cambric shirt and buttoned it closed,
making sure her necklace was beneath the collar. Then she stepped into the
men’s pants and boots. Just as she reached for the duster, a loud knock sounded
on the front door.

Her heart sank into her gut.

They’d found her.

She glanced around the shack. The only other exit was the
window, from which the black-haired man stared in at her, then pointed to the
door.

No escape.

She straightened her shoulders and opened the door.

The curly-haired man filled her doorway, nearly blocking out
the sun behind him. The other man joined him. Up close they appeared more
handsome and more dangerous than they had riding through town. The white man’s
face was all hard angles and deep lines, his eyes so blue they resembled shards
of ice that hung from the trees in the winter, and they were just as cold. The
duster hid most of his frame, but she’d guess he was whipcord lean, all sinewy
muscle and strength.

The other man—his deeply tanned skin and high cheekbones
spoke of mixed blood—stood just behind the first. His dark eyes scanned the
surrounding area, but she knew without a doubt he was just as focused on her as
his friend.

“May I help you, gentlemen?” She tried to sound as innocent
as the town schoolmarm should. Not one quaver sounded in her voice.

The first man pulled back his duster to show a dented silver
star attached to his shirt. “U.S. Marshals, ma’am. We’re looking for Lacy
Morgan.”

His deep baritone rumbled over her senses like thunder
threatening in the distant mountains. Every nerve in her body awoke, trying to
find a way to flee the ensuing storm.

“I’m afraid you have the wrong person.” She tried to shut
the door, only to have him shove it back toward her.

“Now, darlin’, I’m sure there aren’t two Lacys in this
town.” He stepped inside, his friend following.

The already small room suddenly felt no bigger than a
closet. The men seemed to swallow all the available air. Blue-eyes studied her
from top to bottom, then pulled a paper from inside his duster.

“Tall, octoroon coloring, red hair, green eyes,” he read,
then took a step closer, forcing her against the wall.

The reference to her octoroon heritage set the hairs on her
neck on edge. Devil had loved her mother’s mixed blood. He’d craved more.

Were they truly lawmen? Or using their badges to track her
down for another purpose? Had her stepfather sent them?

No matter what, she wasn’t letting these men return her to
that hell she’d fled in the fall. “If you don’t leave this instant, I’ll—”

“You’ll what? Scream for help?”

She should, but she doubted anyone would come to her aid.
Beaver Run’s citizens didn’t get involved with other people’s problems.

She wished she’d answered the door with her Colt in hand.
Instead it lay useless in the pile of her belongings. “I don’t know who Lacy Morgan
is, and I’d like you to leave my home, now!”

Blue-eyes edged closer, trapping her against the room’s
wood-slat wall, his big body mere inches from hers. Despite being tall for a
woman, she was forced to lift her chin to see his face. A slow smile parted his
lips, his white teeth slightly visible. He reached forward and unbuttoned her
collar, one button at a time. Fear, certainly not this man’s physical nearness,
made her heart jump into her throat and her belly clench down low.

“Stop it.” She batted at his hands.

“Hold still if you don’t want me to rip the damn shirt off
you,” he ordered, grabbing one hand, then sliding his other hand over her
throat, fingers catching in the links of gold pressed against her skin.

“And she always wears a choker of gold filigree chains.” He
sniffed her hair. “Hello, Lacy Morgan. We’ve been searching a long time for
you.”

Damn, she was truly trapped. She should’ve sold the necklace
with Cesar, but it was the last thing her mother had ever given her, telling
her, “The collar’s your inheritance. Never let it out of your sight, dearest.”
And so she would die before parting with it.

Unfortunately, that might be her only choice.

She swallowed hard, her breasts rising and falling against
Blue-eyes’ chest. Her nipples hardened at the contact. “What do you want with
me?”

His hand remained on her throat, almost caressing her over
the choker. “Simple, darlin’. I want you to take us to see Devil.”

“I can’t.”

“You can’t or you won’t?” He applied just a little pressure
over her windpipe.

“I can’t,” she whispered. “I haven’t seen him in six
months.”

Blue-eyes leaned in closer, his tongue stroking her ear.
“But you know where he’s hiding. Don’t you?”

His warm breath sent shivers of awareness over her body.
Nodding, she swallowed hard. “If I tell you, he’ll kill me.”

“Darlin’,” Blue-eyes squeezed a little harder. “Make no
mistake, I’ll kill you if you don’t.”

Her gaze jerked to his cold one. She didn’t doubt him for a
moment. She inhaled again, this time feeling the stranger’s heat all the way
down to the junction of her thighs. She couldn’t escape in this shack. Maybe
she could give them a false lead and they’d leave her. If she could get out in
the open country, all she needed was a few hours to escape.

“He sometimes winters in the Hole-in-the-Wall.”

Blue-eyes stared deep inside her. Was he reading her words
for the lie they were? She forced herself to hold his gaze and willed her pulse
to slow. She’d learned years ago to lie to save her skin.

“Okay. We’ll start our search there.” Keeping his hand on
her throat, he glanced over his shoulder to Dark-eyes. “We’ll need another
horse.”

The other man simply nodded, then left.

“You don’t need me,” she started to protest.

He seared her with his cool blue gaze once more, his hand,
which had relaxed a bit, again pressing slightly tighter on her throat.
“Darlin’, I didn’t ask you to talk.” With his other hand, he turned the paper
so she could see the image on it. Whoever had drawn the Wanted poster had
nearly captured her likeness.

“We know Devil Morgan robbed the Cheyenne Bank six months
ago. But the only person anyone could identify was this woman standing outside,
holding the horses. You were dressed like a man.” He let his gaze wander from
her head to her bare feet. “Seems you fit the description to a T.”

He folded the poster and pocketed it once more, never
releasing his grip on her throat. Blue eyes glinting with cold rage, he leaned
in again until she could smell cinnamon and coffee on his breath. “Let me make
something perfectly clear. You are under arrest for the Cheyenne Bank robbery
and murders. Either you take me to Devil and his gang of murdering thieves or
you hang alone for the robbery and murders committed that day.”

Lacy had known the day would come when she had to answer for
her part in the Cheyenne raid, but she wasn’t ready for it to be today. She had
no choice but to accompany these two lawmen. Her only chance of escape was to
get out onto the open trail.

He squeezed her throat more. “Do you understand me?” he
asked through gritted teeth.

Lacy nodded.

 

The urge to choke the life out of Lacy Morgan soared hot in
Quinn Halliday’s blood. Slowly he eased his grip on the outlaw woman’s slender
throat. Her pulse pounded against his thumb, and he lightly stroked it as he
stared into her lying eyes—the color of fresh grass in the meadow near his
ranch.

He knew without a doubt she’d lied when she claimed to have
no idea where her stepfather and his gang were hiding. Oh, she’d hid it well,
never blinking or breaking eye contact with him. But even a thief like her
couldn’t hide the jump in her pulse he’d felt beneath his hand. Quick, like a
flash of lightning, but he hadn’t missed it.

How far was she willing to go to protect the murderous
son-of-a-bitch?

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