In Impending Love & War by Laura Freeman, published by The Wild Rose Press, Tyler Montgomery is a Harvard lawyer looking for a runaway slave. Abolitionists Cory Beecher accidentally shoots him and is forced to care for him.
“Do you think you’re a better lawyer than Mr. Lincoln because you went to Harvard?”
He didn’t hesitate. “Yes.”
“You certainly have a high opinion of yourself.”
“I didn’t go to Harvard to be a worse lawyer.”
She challenged him. “Don’t you have to be a man of high moral character to be a lawyer?”
“I’m only twenty-five. I haven’t had time to do anything immoral, yet.” He added the last word with a glint in his eye.
sight of Tyler’s nakedness had stirred an erotic response she’d never
experienced. But how did a scholar acquire sculptured muscles that
rippled with power at every movement? She wouldn’t obtain the answer
through silent pondering. “How did a Harvard lawyer become so strong?
Carrying books around?” She hoped her witty remark camouflaged her
embarrassment. How could she ask such a personal question? She turned
away and lit a lantern on a peg by the door with her candle.
Tyler grabbed the lamp and whispered in her ear. “They were very big books.”
opened her mouth to argue but had a feeling she wouldn’t uncover the
truth. She looked around.
“Do you think I should take Hiram’s gun?” It
was in the parlor but needed to be reloaded.
“Haven’t you shot enough men tonight?”
“What if there’s an intruder? He could be dangerous.”
“I think I can handle him.”
“Are you going to quote him the law?” She followed him into the dark yard.