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In Too Deep is book #2 in the Kincaid Brides series.
This is Ethan and Audra’s story. Ethan, the middle child, the shallow charmer who blames himself for a terrible accident in a cavern on the Kincaid property, that hurt his little brother and broke their family apart.
Here’s a little bit about In Too Deep
In 1866 Colorado, Ethan Kincaid agrees to a marriage of convenience with the same casual disregard he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland, young mother of two, accepts his proposal because she wants to stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.
And suddenly both of them are in far deeper than they’d planned.
Ethan doesn’t expect Audra to affect him so profoundly, and when she begins to, he’s terrified of the pain he’s felt before when someone he loved was seriously injured on his watch. He’s determined that his new wife will do as he says so he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on their ranch.
Audra has been cared for all her life by one man or another–and they’ve done a poor job of it. Now she’s planning to stand up for herself. And her new husband had better agree or get out of her way!
What will it take to transform two wayward hearts fearful of getting in too deep into two trusting hearts ready to risk falling deeply in love?
“Ethan! Where’s Maggie?”
Ethan’s head snapped up at Audra’s sharp tone. “What?”
Audra, rounding a boulder, just coming into view, dropped an armload of kindling. With the baby, Lily clutched to her chest, she charged forward calling, “Maggie!”
“I thought she stayed with you?” Ethan rose from where he crouched by the morning fire and turned in a circle, searching for the toddler.
No sign of her.
“I thought you took her.” Audra’s voice rose in agitation. She’d been gathering sticks while holding her baby. The confounded woman refused to just sit and rest and watch the children while Ethan got a meal.
“Maggie? Honey where are you?” She raised her voice, did her best to sound playful, when under it Ethan heard panic. Audra turned, looking frantically, her eyes wide with fear.
“Maggie.” He tried to copy Audra’s easy-going tone. Scaring the toddler wouldn’t get her to come in.
“You’re sure Rafe and Julia didn’t let her ride along with them to Rawhide?” He charged toward a clump of aspens and shoved his way into see if she’d crawled behind them.
“No. I was holding her when they rode off. Maggie was running after them. I told you I was going for firewood.”
“You said you were taking the babies.”
“I said the baby. Not babies. Maggie was sitting under those aspens, playing with your hat when I—” Audra’s voice sharpened. “Ethan, where’s Seth?”
Audra strode around to the back of the boulder she’d just circled. “Maggie? Maggie, come to mama.”
Mentioning Seth made Ethan’s gaze swing to the cave opening. Ethan’s hat lay on the ground by the entrance. A knife of fear slashed Ethan’s chest as he looked at that black opening that led downward forever.
“My hat! Over there!” Ethan started running. “Maybe she went in the cave. Maybe Seth went after her. Seth!”
“Maggie, honey, come to mama.” Audra’s falsely chirpy voice faded as Ethan left her at the camp. He dashed into the cold tunnel and stumbled to a stop. The dark was like a choking hand. His throat closed. He forced himself to drag in a breath.
“Seth! Where are you?” He forced each word out, forced his feet to move forward. Each step a battle of wills. His eyes went to a torch stuck in a crack. He pulled out a tin of matches.
“Maggie! Maggie, come back.” Audra caught up and passed him.
“Wait outside for me.” He was talking to her back. Fumbling with the tinderbox, he struck a match and it snapped in half. With shaking hands he tried again and got the torch lit.
Audra rushed deeper in, Lily cradled in her arm. The baby was just days old. Where was Rafe when Ethan needed him?
“Don’t bring the baby in here. It’s cold.” And dangerous, but he didn’t say that out loud. Audra vanished around a curve. Ethan’s torch cast flickering shadows that grabbed at him.
“Maggie!” Audra’s voice echoed from ahead. Ethan hurried to catch up.
“Audra wait!” Ethan got to the split in the tunnel. One went down a long, long way, he saw Audra moving down it. No lantern. Was the woman crazy?
The other led to a larger cave. A hole in the ceiling let sunlight in. “Let’s check ahead first.” Ethan’s breathing sped up. He imagined Maggie going down that slope. She’d fall. She might slide a long way. If she wasn’t too badly hurt, she’d get up and be so lost. So lost in the dark.
“Seth had to bring her.” Something flashed across Audra’s expression. Pure mama grizzly bear.
“Go look around outside.” He wanted her out of here for her own good, but also so she didn’t see him if he shamed himself with his fear. “I’ll hunt in here. Lily shouldn’t be in this cold place.”
Audra gave him a look of pure contempt. “I’m not going to stop looking for Maggie.”
She wrapped the blankets tighter around Lily. “Let’s look ahead, before we go down.”
Heaving a sigh of relief at not being left, even as he wished she’d get out, Ethan forced himself to lead the way to the place they’d found Seth’s bedroll. “If she’s alone she can’t have gone far. If she’s with Seth, she’s all right.”
I hope—considering Seth is half-loco.
The three Kincaid brothers are very different from each other.
In book #1 Out of Control, the oldest brother Rafe is a tyrant.
In book #2 In Too Deep, the second brother Ethan is a shallow charmer.
In book #3 Over the Edge, the third brother Seth is crazy.
To get your name in a drawing for a signed copy of In Too Deep, pick one.
If you had to choose, would you rather be married to:
A tyrant who will protect you with his last breath…of course he’ll be issuing orders with that last breath,
A shallow man who won’t admit to feeling anything, most especially he won’t admit to falling in love.
A lunatic…but he’s coming around slowly…and he’s so vulnerable…and cute.
Which would it be and why?
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Trailer for In Too Deep: http://youtu.be/SskpS2SoiB4