The Highest Bidder
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by Katherine Armstrong
Description: Eliza Jones went to the horse auction with one thing on her mind, buying back the horse her stepfather sold out from underneath her. But the arrogant cowboy she starts a bidding war with has something else in mind. Tilden Collier discovered something much more interesting than horseflesh in the auction barn that night. But outbidding the beautiful cowgirl hadn't made a good impression. Could giving the horse back bring them true love??
eBook Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, 2004 WHISKEY CREEK PRESS
eBookwise Release Date: March 2005
18 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [234 KB]
Reading time: 162-226 min.
"A story that will touch readers hearts and yes prove that there is that special magic that only love can bring to a person. I love this story and feel a bit of Eliza is in all women who can feel such compassion and love no matter what the circumstances. It will leave every reader with a glow that is the mark of a talented writer. Ladies read this one it's great. Overall rating: 5 Hearts, Sensuality rating: Explicit."--Louise Riveiro-Mitchell, The Romance Studio
The interior of the old wooden auction barn felt hot and cramped to Eliza Jones as she stepped inside from the cold February night. The pelting Oregon rain had not let up for hours, causing humid and stale air to linger in the crowded barn. The auction ring was small and surrounded by three steep sides of bleachers. On the fourth wall, a large door let the animals through to the ring. Above the door was the auctioneer's booth. Eliza had been to the Hermiston auction more times than she could remember, but her task had never been so important. She quickly scanned the bleachers for a seat among the other bidders.
Eliza found a seat, nearly at the top, and quickly struggled to take off her jacket, hat, and gloves before the bidding started. Eliza tried to swallow the lump in her throat, knowing this may be her last opportunity to buy back the horse that had been unfairly sold out from under her. She knew Dally would be the next horse through the door, and the anxiety of the moment made her heart race.
"Now this little filly has quite a history to her," the auctioneer proclaimed in a high-strung drawl. "Been a college roping champion and you won't believe her papers..." he continued. "The bidding will start at one thousand dollars. Do I hear one-thousand dollars?" The auctioneer's voice raced through several hundred dollars before Eliza could even get her bearings and understand what was being called. "Eighteen-hundred? Do I hear eighteen-hundred?"