--1868, on the Mississippi and 1872, San Francisco--
Brooklyn Hancock, accomplice to her swindling partner and protector, meets her match in Ryland North. When he turns the tables on her aboard a Mississippi sternwheeler, she manages to escape, believing she murdered Ryland.
Four years later, Ryland North is investigating the disappearance of an heiress while also being asked by his aunt and uncle to dissuade their son from marrying a gambling-hall hostess. When he finds the gambling-hall hostess, Ryland recognizes her immediately as Brooklyn and sets about trying to save his cousin from falling for her lies.
When the wedding is called off, Ryland considers his mission accomplished. Until he again encounters Brooklyn only to learn the truth and discover that it's he and Brooklyn that have been deceived and that she's in serious danger.
Now they face a new reality. Ryland struggles to trust the woman who nearly murdered him as Brooklyn's thoughts turn from escape to surrender.
Publisher Note: For new and old fans of Jo Goodman comes one of her classic works, freshly edited by Jo Goodman for today's audience. Fans of Mary Jo Putney, Kat Martin, Jo Beverley, Courtney Milan and Kaki Warner will enjoy this spirited adventure and romance.
“Delightful and exciting…Goodman holds the suspense as well as the surprises and never lets up on the passion.” ~RT Book Reviews
“Goodman is a thoughtful and intelligent writer who can make her characters live and breathe on the page.” ~All About Romance
“A perfect treat for readers who enjoy smart, sensual love stories à la Amanda Quick.” ~Book List
“A tender, engaging romance and a dash of risk in a totally compelling read.” ~Library Journal
“For the pure joy of reading a romance, this book comes close to perfection.” ~Dear Author
Also By Jo Goodman:
THE HAMILTON FAMILY
More Than You Know
More Than You Wished
THE COMPASS CLUB
Let Me Be The One
Everything I Ever Wanted
All I Ever Needed
Beyond A Wicked Kiss
THE DENNEHY SISTERS
Only My Love
My Heart's Desire
Forever in My Heart
Always in My Dreams
Only in My Arms
THE MARSHALL BROTHERS
Her Defiant Heart
His Heart's Revenge
THE THORNE BROTHERS TRILOGY
My Steadfast Heart