A Tarnish Knight by Kathy Otten






The peacefulness of Ryder MacKenzie’s home

settled into her soul with every breath of air she drew,

soothing the restless need to run that had consumed her

since she’d hit Nicholas with the whiskey bottle.

When she wandered back to the cabin, she

expected Ryder to be in bed, but he was still in the tub,

his knees drawn up, pale and knobby, his head resting

on the rim.

She grabbed Beau by the scruff of his neck and

shoved him outside closing the door with a sharp bang.

Ryder jerked upright, sloshing water over the sides.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “I’ll come back.”

“No.” He leaned back and closed his eyes. “I’m

done. I just want to wash my hair.”

“I can do it for you.” Before the words were out of

her mouth, she questioned what part of her brain they’d

come from.

Maybe it was because Ryder was safe, and this was

a chance to physically connect with a man on her own

terms, without fear.

Maybe she needed to satisfy the curiosity that had

taunted her all week, urging her to explore the body of

this man she desired.

But maybe it was simply because he was Ryder

MacKenzie, and in his own determined, unassuming

way, he’d touched her heart and become her hero, and

there would never again be a man she so ached to


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Fleeing her abusive husband, Victoria Van der Beck is captured by down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, Ryder MacKenzie. As she comes to love this man who hides his face in shadows, she wonders if he could be the valiant knight for whom she’s been longing. Is he the champion who would save her from the evil prince, or is MacKenzie just a paid lackey determined to return her to her husband?

Ryder MacKenzie never believed anyone could love him, for he was cursed the day he was born. He only wants to be left alone to live on his ranch in peace. But rustlers have stolen his cattle. He’s been ambushed and his horse killed. Now his one chance to get his life back is to simply return a society princess to her husband. Maybe his luck is about to change. At least she isn’t pretty.

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Cactus Rose) (November 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628300574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628300574


About the Author:


Kathy Otten is a working mom who lives in the open farm country of western NY with a husband and three college age kids.

She grew up in a small Vermont farm town where her parents owned the general store.  Her mom collected antiques and her dad loved the old movie cowboys.  Consequently, she and her brothers grew up watching  Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, and John Wayne on TV, and visiting places like Old Sturbridge Village and the Shelburne Museum.  Always a nut for horses, her parents gave her a Quarter Horse mare and she had horses in her life for the next thirty-four year.

Website: www.kathyotten.com
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Her blog: http://www.kathyotten.blogspot.com/


  • Ashantay Peters

    Love your cover! I hope you’re staying warm and dry in western NY. Here in western NC, we’ve had a ton of cold but no snow – I think I’d like a little white stuff – want to send some down?