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The Reward (The Malloy Family Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Beth Williamson
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Book Description

His family thought him dead. Returning home to confront his past, the bastard bandito, Hermano, finds a future he never dared to hope for.

The Malloy Family, Book 3

Hermano is more than the bandito you met in The Bounty.

He’s Malcolm Ross y Zarza half-Spanish, half-Scottish bastard son of a Texas hacienda owner who has hidden in the guise of a Mexican bandito for half his life. Malcolm left home at eighteen fueled by rage at his half-brother Damasco and the abuse he received at the hands of Damasco’s mother, Isabella.

Hermano returns home at age thirty-five hoping to find his mother, the Scottish cook that fell under the spell of Don Alejandro Zarza. But instead he finds his childhood friend, Leigh Wynne, a widow and owner of the neighboring ranch.

Leigh is in heaven and hell. She finally has a chance to be with Malcolm, the man she’s always loved, but someone is deliberately trying to destroy her ranch, and take her life in the process.

Together, Leigh and Malcolm forge a bond to find out the truth behind the treachery and murder. Bullets will fly, and Malcolm and Leigh must stand and fight, for their love, their lives, and their future.

This book has been previously published and repackaged.

Warning: This title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, some violence.

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About the Author

Beth Williamson holds a B.F.A. in writing from New York University.

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  • File Size: 385 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (September 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars STEAMY December 16, 2006
That's the best way to describe this book. Combustable from the word go. I really love the way Beth tells a story. She sure doesn't leave anything to the imagination in this one. Very good book. You'll enjoy it. Have a cold beverage handy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Rewarding Read September 29, 2008
Beth Williamson's Malloy Family series takes a bit of a detour in this third instalment as we follow Nicky Malloy's favorite bandito, Hermano. Homesick and lonesome, he decides that 15 years of rough living have taken their toll and that now is the time to revert to his real name, Malcolm, and to return home to make peace with his father. Dad's ineffectual parenting had left Malcolm at the mercy of his virago of a stepmother, and her no-good son, Malcolm's sadistic half-brother, Damasco.

Meanwhile, Malcolm's childhood friend, Leigh is also finding life to be no bed of roses. Having taken control of her late husband's ranch, she continually has to ward off Damasco's unwanted attentions, certain in the knowledge that he is responsible for the loss of her cattle, leading her toward financial ruin.

I must admit to being a little apprehensive at the thought of reading a book largely about Hermano/Malcolm. His previous appearances in this series had not left me enamored, mainly, and this is not a criticism of the author but rather my own lack of forbearance, because of the repetitive utterances of Spanish words and phrases that litter his speech and thoughts. I suppose several years posing as a Mexican bandit is difficult to shake off. He accidentally loses his accent a couple of times in front of Nicky's husband. I just wish he'd lost it entirely for the start of this novel.

The romantic aspect is handled neatly and, as she has done in previous titles in this series, Beth Williamson employs the effective device of rapidly changing the point of view of the leading characters so that both male and female perspectives are explored. The erotic content is sizzling hot. My only complaint is that there was not more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reward July 10, 2008
By MNix
Hermano has spent the last 15 years running from who he is and where his roots are. It is now time for him to return home. The outlaw Hermano is actually Malcolm Ross y Zarza, the illegitimate son of a Spanish rancher and his Scottish cook. Malcolm had to leave his home, Rancho Zarza, fifteen years ago in order to escape his father's vindictive wife and her gopher, his half brother Damasco. Figuring it is time to exercise his demons, Hermano/Malcolm heads towards home to find his mother and have it out with his father. It is also time to claim Leigh Wynne, the woman he loves; the woman he left behind.

Cattle rustlers, thieves, and other parties wishing her ill are slowly driving Widow Leigh Wynne O'Reilly bankrupt. Almost at her wits end, Leigh notices a new ranch hand. Malcolm, the only man she has ever loved, is back after 15 years! Leigh welcomes him back with open arms. She enlists his help with her ranch and to find out who is behind the attacks. What they find changes their relationship and lives.

With Leigh and Malcolm working as a team, things come a head and an all out range war is imminent. Will they be able to handle the fight on their own or does Leigh have something, or rather a certain family up her sleeve?

The Reward by Beth Williamson is the story of Hermano/Malcolm, Nicky Malloy's outlaw friend from the two prior Malloy family novels, The Bounty and The Prize. Thrilled beyond words that Malcolm had his own story, I was not disappointed. Lovable as an outlaw, Malcolm is scorching hot as Leigh's lover and protector. Leigh's character was strong yet tender and I adored how Malcolm loved her.

As the third book of the Malloy Family series, The Reward truly delivers. I finished The Reward with a happy heart for a story well told. I can't wait for The Treasure, the next book about this wonderful Malloy Family!

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Hermano was born as Malcolm Ross y Zarza. An incident fifteen years earlier had forced him to leave his home and everything that he treasured. Roja made Hermano realize the importance of family and so he's returning home with the desire to see his mother that he hasn't contacted since he left Millerton and the Zarza ranch.

Leigh Wynne O'Reily took over her husband's ranch after his death two years earlier. She's been plagued with incidents, accidents, and unexplainable events that threaten to ruin her and the ranch. Amidst all her frustration she wishes for the friend she's missed over the past 15 years. Malcolm had been her best friend and her first and only love. Her husband, Sean, had been a friend, a friend who'd married her in order to protect her, but they'd never loved each other.

Hermano snuck out of the Calhoun's home. Nicky, the sister of his heart whom he affectionately calls Roja convinced him of the importance of family and he can see by watching hers just how important they all our to each other. Longing for his home and mother that he hadn't seen in fifteen years, Hermano is going home to Texas, besides, Wyoming is just too cold. It isn't until two days later that Nicky's husband, Tyler catches up with him. Nicky sent him out with a saddlebag full of the things he would need plus a few extras. Tyler is a bounty hunter and he's picked up on Hermano's slip ups in his speech when he's accidentally "lost" his accent. Before the two men part to head their separate ways, Tyler wheedles Hermano's real name and destination out of him.

Leigh inherited the Circle O ranch when her husband, Sean died. She has a fierce pride in owning the ranch and had angered neighbors and even a few ranch hands by treading where few women would dare to tread.
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More About the Author

Beth Williamson, who also writes as Emma Lang, is an award-winning, bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her books range from sensual to scorching hot. She is a Career Achievement Award Nominee in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times Magazine, in both 2009 and 2010, and a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

Beth has always been a dreamer, never able to escape her imagination. It led her to the craft of writing romance novels. She's passionate about purple, books, and her family. She has a weakness for shoes and purses, as well as bookstores. Her path in life has taken several right turns, but she's been with the man of her dreams for more than 20 years.

Beth works full-time and writes romance novels evening, weekends, early mornings and whenever there is a break in the madness. She is compassionate, funny, a bit reserved at times, tenacious and a little quirky. Her cowboys and western romances speak of a bygone era, bringing her readers to an age where men were honest, hard and packing heat. For a change of pace, she also dives into some smokin' hot contemporaries, bringing you heat, romance and snappy dialogue.

Life might be chaotic, as life usually is, but Beth always keeps a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a cowboy on her mind.

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