Yellowstone Deception

By: Peggy L Henderson

Book 5 Yellowstone Romance Series




Acknowledgement





Carol Spradling, my critique partner who started me on this journey, and one of my dearest friends now. It goes without saying that, without you, this series would never have come to life. You are ruthless with your opinions, fearless in pointing out my mistakes, yet always available when I need a shoulder to cry on when a page seems impossible to complete.





Shirl Deems, my wonderful beta reader. You give me a no-holds-barred, honest, and up-front opinion from a reader’s perspective on every scene from start to finish. I knew I made the right choice when I asked you to beta read my books.



Thank you, Ramona Lockwood, for creating the beautiful covers for this series! (http://coversbyramona.blogspot.com)





The guys and gals who were gracious enough on the Yellowstone Up Close And Personal Forum to give me their input when I posed the question “if you could go back in time 200 years to change something in Yellowstone then that would have a negative impact on the park today, what would it be?” I’m sure I caused some raised eyebrows, but the answers and suggestions were not only entertaining, but also very educational. You all know your Yellowstone inside and out! Thanks to Randall for mentioning a name I had never heard of, which gave me the idea I needed.





Dedication





This book is dedicated to all my wonderful readers. I wish I could thank each and every one of you personally. Some of you I’ve gotten to know through interactions on forums, facebook, and from emails you send me. Maggie, Hazel, Joyce, Diane. Just to name a few. Thank you for sticking with me through this series, and giving this new author a chance. I wrote Yellowstone Deception because of the many requests I received for Jana and Dan to have their story.





Chapter 1





Jana Evans groaned loudly, and rolled onto her stomach. She pulled the covers up over her head, and buried her face in her pillow. None of her efforts managed to drown out the shrill ring of her cell phone. Reluctantly, she lifted her head and squinted to check the time on her alarm clock. Five-thirty in the morning!

Jana worked her arm out from under the covers, and reached for her phone. Another ring or two, and it should go to voice mail. Other than someone from work, she couldn’t imagine who would call her this early in the morning. Today was her day off. She didn’t relish the idea of being called in if they were short staffed, but she knew she would go to work, if asked. Doctors didn’t like to rearrange their surgery schedules, and nurses were expected to be available at a moments’ notice.

“Hello,” she mumbled, her voice raspy from sleep. Jana rolled to her side, and brought the phone up close to her ear.

“Jana. Jana Evans?” The deep male voice at the other end of the line startled her, and her heart actually skipped a beat. It was not a voice she recognized, but something about him sounded familiar nevertheless. She was instantly more alert. It was definitely not someone from work.

Jana rolled fully onto her back and raised herself to a sitting position. She didn’t know any male co-workers who would be calling her. And she certainly didn’t have a boyfriend at the moment. This had better not be a sales call.

“Yeah,” she grumbled sleepily, rubbing her eyes with her free hand. She scooted backwards on her mattress and leaned against the bed’s headboard.

“I hope this isn’t a bad time,” the man said. Bad time! Of course it was a bad time! Where the heck was he calling from?

“Who is this?” she asked, and scrunched her eyebrows together.

“Dan.” His reply sounded more like a question than an answer. Dan who? Jana waited for him to give his last name. Seconds passed in silence. She frantically searched her mind for any Dans that she might know.

“Jana, it’s Dan Osborne. From Montana.”

Adrenaline jolted her, and her arms went numb. She sucked in a lung full of air. Dan Osborne! She hadn’t thought about him in a while . . . she had wanted to, needed to, forget all about him. She’d put her brief and bizarre encounter with the ruggedly handsome park ranger out of her mind almost immediately after their one and only chance encounter a few months ago. Her chest heaved in a long sigh. Yellowstone National Park. A place that held both fond and bittersweet memories for her.

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