A Creed in Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller

By Linda Lael Miller

When unmarried legal professional Steven Creed turns into mum or dad of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city legislations enterprise for a ranch close to his McKettrick relations within the close-knit group of Stone Creek, Arizona. taking good care of little Matt and solving up his run-down ranch residence with its previous barn loosens anything tightly wound within him. but if Steven takes at the professional bono safeguard of a neighborhood youngster, he meets his fit within the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan. it will take one grieving little boy, a candy followed puppy and a lady who by no means anticipated to win any man's center to make this Creed in Stone Creek understand he is really chanced on home.

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Yeah,” Steven said in belated answer, getting out and rounding the truck to open the door and help Matt out of his safety gear. The pickup was too old to have a backseat, but Steven had a new rig on order, one with an extended cab and all the extras. “Ms. ” “And you offered to help her,” Matt said. That kind of confidence was hard to shoot down. In fact, it was impossible. The reminder made Steven sigh. “Right,” he said. Then he lifted Matt down out of the truck, and they started for the house.

Steven thought of his expensive condominium in Denver and wanted to laugh. There, he’d had a fine view of the city, skylights and a retractable TV screen that disappeared into the ceiling at the push of a button. What a contrast. “It’s not so bad,” Matt decided, taking in the results of years of dedicated neglect. Steven rubbed his chin, considering options. “I guess we could go back to town and buy ourselves a tent,” he said. “The weather’s good, so we could take baths in the creek. Carry our own water, cook over a campfire, sleep under the stars.

She remembered the child, his ebony hair a gleaming contrast to Creed’s light-caramel locks. “The boy must take after his mother,” she mused. P. echoed, sounding puzzled. Then a light seemed to go on inside his head. “Oh, yes, the boy,” he said, shifting around on his chair. “His name’s Matthew. ’s youngest daughter, Elaine, had moved back to Stone Creek after a divorce two years before, and opened a private, year-round preschool called Creekside Academy. Of course. Creed must have enrolled the child in advance—and Elaine had passed the juicy details on to her father.

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