This week, my selection is from A Cowboy to Keep, Book One of my Cowboys of Black Mountain series.
“Please listen,” she said. “That’s not true.”
He snorted. “Sure it is. I heard you and Cody talking about—” His face flamed hot red. “—sex. I heard him say he wouldn’t do it with you, because you might get pregnant so he couldn’t rodeo anymore. Just like you did to Dad.”
Laney went hot then cold. As if she watched someone else react, her hand flew out and slapped Justin’s cheek. The crack resounded through the room like a clap of thunder. For a moment, neither moved nor spoke.
Tears came to his eyes, but he didn’t let them fall. Laney dropped her hands to her sides, mortified. She had never struck her son in his life. “Oh, Justin.”
He spun away from her. “I’m out of here.”
“Wait!” she called as he slammed the door behind him.