Permanentaly Yours -- Paisley Kirkpatrick

Permanently Yours

Will Hank Hughes get a second chance at love? Temperance Jameson walked into his office looking for employment. She soon proved she could handle herself in his kitchen, her grace and self-assurance sparked a long-forgotten feeling. Will she awaken his heart?

Temperance faced an over-welling task of preparing three meals a day for the huge trading post family, but she'd do anything to please her hard-working boss. After a couple of months, he insisted she sit at the head of the dining table next to him. It not only established her coveted place in the family, but exposed his feelings for her.

Tempie is worried Hank isn't over his grief. When a haunting melody from his dead wife's past turns up, will it draw him back to his memories of his wife or release him to make a new life with her? 

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"I've asked Tempie to take a walk with me this evening. I'm drowning with doubt. Am I crazy to, uh to..."

"It's that serious?"

"Yes, and since you managed to live through your courtship with Genevieve unscathed, I thought you might give me pointers on how to court Tempie."

Big Dog's unbound laughter had Hank shaking his head.

"You want me to help you court our Tempie?"

Hank nodded. "Why are you laughing? You don't think I'm good enough for her?"

"No, no, no, not at all. In fact, I'm wondering what's taken you so long. My God man, the woman is lovely, caring, a great cook, and according to my wife, she's ummm -- fond, no maybe interested, no wondering how to get you to notice her as a woman, not just as your cook."

"What? Are you sure?"

"I don't pay attention to those kinds of things, but Genevieve does. It's a woman thing. We men are at their mercy."

Hank leaned back against the wall. What am I getting myself into? Could Genevieve be right? Had he not been paying attention to Tempie? Not lately with the mess their preacher made and Danielle's wedding to Jax.

"You're being very quiet, Boss. What are you thinking?"

"I've been a blind fool in regards to romancing her."

Big Dog shook his head. "No, you're not any kind of fool. If you want a fool, look at me. How many years did I moon over my wife? I never thought I was good enough to be her husband and what did it get me? Nothing is what. If you're tired of going to bed alone every night, get your act together and court the lady."