The Brixon Agreement (An indelicate proposal)
by Joanna Marie
Bailey McLaine . . . the only home she’s ever known is her uncle’s ranch. Ever since she was a little girl she's worked it right alongside Uncle Daniel. But when a stroke leaves her uncle incapacitated, the responsibility for managing the ranch falls on Bailey's shoulders. She's done quite well, too. Or, so she thought. Until she discovers the loans her uncle took out to keep the ranch afloat during a devastating drought. The first note is coming due and she has no way to pay the debt. She suddenly realizes everything Uncle Daniel has built up over a lifetime could be lost to them forever. The ranch’s very existence is being threatened by one of California’s most powerful men.
Brick Brixon . . . some call him The Midas Man, a man blessed with dangerously seductive good looks, wealth, and power. A man who has it all. Except the one thing he desires most. Revenge against the man who stole his father’s land so many years before. It’s been the driving force in his life for as long as he can remember. But now the deadline is fast approaching for the first of Daniel McLaine’s loans, and revenge is within his grasp. The last thing he wants is to be burdened with the old man’s niece, although she is quite the beauty. But she’s stirred a fire deep within him and the temptation is too great to resist. He must have her, no matter what the cost.
Bailey’s quick trip to San Francisco to renegotiate the terms of her uncle's loans turns into an unmitigated disaster. Brixon rejects her proposal out of hand and offers his own deal instead.
Become his mistress for forty-five days and nights and the debt will be forgiven. A mere nine weeks out of her life. And when it’s over, she can put the whole sordid episode behind her and forget Brick Brixon ever existed. A despicable option, to be sure, but there are no other options. In the grand scheme of things, her virginity seems a small price to pay to save her home.
If she refuses his proposal, Brixon will call in the notes as soon as she defaults on the payment. She and her uncle will lose everything.
If she accepts, her uncle will regain clear title to his land when the agreement is fulfilled.
But can she hold on to her heart? Or will Brixon take that from her as well?
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