Lynnette Bernard

~Author ~ The Heart Knows What it Needs

Cowboy Mates, Psychic Connections - Book 3



Book 3


Cover Art

by

Christine Kirchoff


Claiming Lainey

Society doesn’t allow for three people to love each other. Lainey Markham knows this and is heartbroken. She has loved Tim Hughes and Spence McKade since she was a child and refuses to choose one man over the other. They call her their bridge. When she touches both of them, everything feels right, but she denies what is meant to be so her men won’t be hurt.

Spence and Tim have finally come to the realization that Lainey is their destined mate. They are determined that it’s about time Lainey realizes it, too. She is the woman who will be their friend, their lover, and the mother of their children. The hell with what society says. They will pursue her with purpose and will not give up until she is committed to them, living in their home, sleeping in their bed, and carrying their babies.


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Excerpt

“Would you like some more tea, Mrs. Emery?” she asked Melanie and Gracie’s mother politely.

“You know, Lainey, it’s really disgusting the way you flaunt yourself at those two men,” she told her coldly. “Don’t you realize that the whole town can see how inappropriate you are?”

“Those McKade brothers are nothing but trouble,” Charlotte Majors spoke up, sneering over her shoulder at the two men who occupied the back booth. “And Tim Hughes has caused his father nothing but heartache and pain. Shame on him.”

Lainey’s spine stiffened. The anger that filled her as these two women maligned her best friends was nearly blinding. She stepped toward the counter, slapped her pad and pencil down on it, and leaned forward.

“Get out of my diner right now,” Lainey told them firmly, barely holding onto the shred of control she had.

The shocked look on the women’s faces almost made her smile. Almost. The anger in her wasn’t going to let anything but pure fire fuel her.

“Well, you’re certainly rude,” Mrs. Emery sputtered.

“No, you’re rude,” DelAnne spoke up from beside Lainey. “Get out before I call the police and have them come and arrest your sorry butts for being disruptive in a place of business.”

DelAnne’s light brown eyes flashed with anger. There was no way she would stand by and allow these two spiteful women to hurt Lainey. And she certainly wasn’t going to allow them to make Lainey feel ashamed about caring for Spence and Tim.

“Lainey Markham, you’ve always been a fresh child,” Mrs. Emery said slowly, her blue eyes cold as she stared at her. “When others have called you a harlot in the past,

Charlotte

and I have come to your defense, but we were wrong. Your actions are sending you down the path of destruction, and you’ll be spending eternity in hell.”

“If Lainey is condemned to hell then there’s something seriously wrong with God’s judgment of her,” DelAnne spoke up. “She’s the kindest, most loving person I have ever met. Unlike you two.”

The two women stood and slowly placed their napkins on the counter. Picking up their purses, they turned and left the diner without another word.

“Thanks, DelAnne,” Lainey whispered, reaching out to squeeze her hand gently.

“No problem,” DelAnne told her, smiling. “I really can’t stand those two old biddies.”

Lainey laughed softly despite her heartache. She agreed with DelAnne, but she also knew that the town would probably condemn her for loving two men. It didn’t really make a difference anyway. She couldn’t let Spence and Tim know how she felt. Damn, but she hated the choices she had to make.

Tim turned to Spence and smiled. “She’s defending me again,” he told him quietly. “She doesn’t have to. I don’t care what people think. And I certainly don’t care about my father.”

Spence nodded and reached out to touch Tim’s shoulder as Tim slid back onto the bench seat. “The only person we need to concern ourselves with is Lainey,” he told him, his voice low. “We’re going to finally get her to understand what she means to us.”

“It’s about damn time, Spence,” Tim told him. “We need her.”

“Yes. We do. And you know what else?”

“What?”

“We’re going to claim her as our mate, and we’re going to make sure that we take care of her pain.”

“How’re we going to do that?” Tim asked worriedly. “She won’t let us take her to the hospital.

Spence smiled as he looked at Lainey before returning his attention to Tim. His smile grew wider as he thought about how they were going to help their woman.

“What do you think about becoming a father, Tim?” he asked him.

The expression of shock on Tim’s face was quickly replaced by a smug smile. Spence nodded at him and folded his thick arms across his chest.

“I think that’s something I’m going to love,” he told Spence honestly. “What about you?”

“I want us to be a family,” Spence answered him honestly. “I want Lainey to be mated to both of us, and I want us to have kids that will look exactly like her.”

Tim smiled, nodding in agreement. “Yeah, I think we’ll make a great family. I want us to be a family, too, Spence. We need to convince Lainey though.”

Spence looked at Lainey and knew that there was no one but her for them. “I think we need to convince her to date us, live with us, and mate and marry us. Then we’ll ask her about having babies with us.”

“I agree,” Tim said with determination. “We’re going to convince her tonight.”

“Think so?”

“Yup.”

“Okay, Daddy. I’m with you.”

Tim just smiled. All he could think of was how beautiful Lainey was going to look with her belly filled with their baby. It was something he was looking forward to.


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