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The Maverick by Lori Copeland
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Dec 27, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Maverick is the 3rd book in the men of the saddle series and a favorite. You get involved with the Claxton men more and more as the baby of the family finds himself married to Susanne McCord by the sherif's convincing rifle in his gut.This story is of a woman and man's journey in growing up and learning what love is in the form of parents love and partners love. they learn that love isn't forced, but earned just like trust.
When he first met Susanne she was having a tantrum in the mercantile and he was ashamed for her behavior, but her hitting him in the face was their first encounter that would tie them together for 6 years, not as strangers, but as married strangers.
Cass dropped Susanne on her Aunt's doorstep and didn't worry about ever meeting up with her again. He thought that she would annul the farce of a marriage...but she never did. She manipulated him then into getting what she wanted and over the past years she'd learned a lot about life when she became informed about what it was like to do without and how blessed of a childhood she had in loving parents who not only met her needs but her wants too and she had taken advantage with no thought of her voiced thanks. She now was responsible for 9 orphans and Cass was the one who could give her what she needed a home for them. With his past experience with her, he didn't want to or believe her tale of needed help and so she concocted another plan to force him to her desire of his help. He ends up helping them safely travel by wagon from St. Lois to Kansas. During the process he learns that neither annulled the marriage and that they are married still but only on paper. They both struggle to behave nicely toward each other, but find that they can't deny the attraction that they find growing as they spend the time in travel. Cass realizes that she has changed for the better, but doesn't know if he can be tied to one woman and the responsibility that she brings with her. Susanne is determined to win him but promises that she won't try to force his decision. He gets them settled and then goes back to business in St. Loise knowing that he is in love with her and the children and missing them terrible. What he doesn't know is that Susanne is pregnant with his child and failed to inform him even if she knew that would get him to stay. Aaron the oldest orphan goes to face Cass and bring his responsibilities to his attention. It didn't take much convincing because Cass was already on his way. He asks Susanne to marry him for real and says he only wants to be with her and their 10 kids forever.
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