Colters’ Wife is an extended epilogue that picks up just a few months from where Colters’ Woman left off. Revisit the Colter family just in time for the birth of their first child.
Adam Colter fingered a strand of Holly’s light brown hair as she lay sleeping. Her back was nestled into his chest, her behind cradled in his groin.
He allowed his hand to slide from her hair to her shoulder then down her side and over the swell of her belly. Underneath his fingers, the baby moved, and his chest tightened at the fierce satisfaction that gripped him.
She stirred restlessly, and he pulled his hand away, not wanting to disturb her sleep. She tired easily these days with the baby being due just a few short weeks from now.
With reluctance, he pressed a kiss to her head then carefully extricated himself from the bed. He dressed then went in search of his brothers.
He found Ethan and Ryan in the kitchen eating breakfast. They looked up as Adam entered, their gazes questioning.
“Holly still asleep?” Ethan asked.
Adam nodded. “She didn’t even stir when I slipped out of bed.”
Concern wrinkled Ryan’s brow. “She’s been awfully tired lately.”
Adam took the seat at the bar next to his brothers. “I wanted to talk to you both while she’s sleeping.”
Ethan frowned. “Is something wrong?”
“No. I just wondered if we shouldn’t move Holly to Denver well before her due date. I was thinking two weeks at least. I don’t like the idea of her going into labor early and getting stuck on the mountain.”
“I think it’s a good idea,” Ryan said. “The idea of her going into labor here scares the shit out of me.”
Ethan nodded his agreement. “If you want I can call and book a condo.”
“Do that,” Adam said. “I’ll make arrangements with Riley to take care of the horses while we’re gone.”
A light shuffling sound had Adam and the others turning around. Holly stood in the doorway, her hair disheveled and dark circles under her eyes.
“Good morning,” she murmured as she walked over. She slid into Adam’s arms and turned her face up for his kiss. He covered her mouth, enjoying the taste of her sweet lips.
After a moment, she eased from his arms and turned to Ryan. Ryan folded her in his arms and hugged her tight, his hand going down to tenderly cup her belly.
“Mornin’,” he murmured as he gave her a gentle kiss.
She rested a moment in Ryan’s arms before going to Ethan.
“How are you feeling, doll?” Ethan asked as he slid his arms around her.
“Tired,” she admitted. “Little Bit here has his days and nights mixed up I’m afraid.”
“Kept you up, huh,” Ethan said sympathetically. “Sit down and I’ll fix you something to eat.”
She shook her head. “I’m not that hungry. Thought I’d get some juice and go sit on the front porch for a bit.”
Adam exchanged worried glances with his brothers as she headed to the fridge to pour herself a glass of juice. She waddled back out of the kitchen, and a few seconds later, they heard the front door open then close.
“Book that condo,” Adam said grimly. “We’ll head out after her next check-up with the midwife.”
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