The Promise of Gold...

On the heels of her greatest discovery, archaeologist Elysia Carlisle faced her most shattering betrayal. Her fiance absconded with the artifacts she had carefully collected, leaving her stranded and penniless. Gone was the map to an even greater treasure, a find she'd hoped would bring her glory before the imminent end of her career.

Now Ellie was ...
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Touched by Gold

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The Promise of Gold...

On the heels of her greatest discovery, archaeologist Elysia Carlisle faced her most shattering betrayal. Her fiance absconded with the artifacts she had carefully collected, leaving her stranded and penniless. Gone was the map to an even greater treasure, a find she'd hoped would bring her glory before the imminent end of her career.

Now Ellie was left with nothing but a mysterious stone talisman, her only clue to the treasure's location. But someone possessed the talisman's mate -- Matt Devereaux, a handsome and infuriating gambler who also sought the lost fortune.

The Perils of Passion...

Devereaux suggested they join forces, but Ellie feared trusting any man. Yet she needed his skills to pursue her quest on the rugged New Mexico frontier, where the wild animals weren't as dangerous as gold-crazed outlaws.

But even more treacherous to her was Devereaux himself. The reckless rogue aroused her long-denied desire, threatened her good sense, and was growing perilously close to unlocking the secrets of another closely guarded prize -- her heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Kathe Robin
Hang onto your hats as danger abounds from all directions! The exhilarating adventures will leave you breathless. Not only does Ms. Kyle write fast-paced and wildly exciting escapades, but her characters, their motivations and the historical backdrop merge with suspense to grab readers by the throats and never let go.
Romantic Times
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"[Kristen Kyle gives readers] adventure, sweltering passion, and plenty of action."
-- Rendezvous

Don't miss Kristen Kyle's other adventure romance:
The Last Warrior
Winner of the K.I.S.S. Hero Award

"A splendid, fast-paced, and exciting story with sparks and sizzle from the very first page."
-- Romantic Times

"An absolute keeper."
-- Rendezvous

"Ms. Kyle has a special touch bringing her characters to life. Add a dose of humor, a smidgeon of stubbornness, and two people attracted to each other and the sparks begin to fly."
-- The Literary Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307424662
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,143,693
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    Touched by Gold by Kristen Kyle reviewed by Ballston Book House Review

    Get ready to search for and explore all of the mysterious treasures that lie within the pages of this romping historical southwestern adventure. This story, which is loaded with bold action, narrow escapes and sexual tension, will take you on a fantastic journey through both dessert and mountains in search of ancient treasure and mysterious medallions. However, keep in mind that the priceless discoveries that might be found may not be limited exclusively to their place in history. This romance is heavily spiced with sexual tension but the meat of the story remains with the well thought out plot and descriptions so detailed that they put you in the presence of the character. Kristen Kyle has proven time and again that she is capable of delivering an explosive story that does not shy away from the true grit of the setting. Treat yourself to the work of this master storyteller and discover for yourself the treasures that unfold.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exhilarating historical romantic adventure

    In 1897 just outside Mexico City, archeologist Elysia Carlisle, works alone because men refuse to accept a woman of science. Currently, she is carefully excavating an Aztec burial site. Ellie shares every artifact she finds with her fiancé Viscount Peter Wentworth except for the talisman she took off the remains of a priest. Peter claiming he needs the return on his investment, steals everything and deserts his betrothed. <P> Instead of crawling home to her aristocratic father in England, Ellie continues her quest with the talisman she hid from Peter. She locates the companion piece owned by Matt Deveraux. Knowing she needed help and protection even after the way Peter burned her, Ellie joins forces with Matt. While he seeks the thugs who killed his friend Angus, she seeks the legendary Montezuma¿s treasure, but both soon find love changes the dynamics between them. <P> TOUCHED BY GOLD is an exhilarating historical romantic adventure that never slows down for even a paragraph. The story line is sort of a late nineteenth century Romancing the Stone with its action and passion. Ellie is a believable heroine struggling in a sea filled with outraged chauvinists while Peter is the ¿wicked¿ rogue who willingly would die for his beloved. Kristen Kyle provides a vivid description of the time and place to supplement her wonderful lead characters leaving her audience with a wild thrilling ride. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    Oh wow! This is fabulous!

    Elysia Carlisle was an archaeologist from Britain who went to Mexico to search for Aztec artifacts. She was betrayed by her fiancé, Peter Wentworth, when he melted down the gold artifacts she had found for the Mexican government and disappeared with the map for Montezuma's treasure. She fled Mexico in hopes of finding the legendary treasure before Peter did for his own greed. <BR><BR> Matt Devereaux had one of the talismans Elysia needed for her search. He had been given the talisman by a dying friend. Now he was hunting down the Hayley gang, who had killed that friend. He ran into Elysia and the two were forced to become partners, each for their own reasons. But their mistrust and passion for each other kept getting in their way. <BR><BR> ***** Kristen Kyle has written an exciting story that seems to ooze with adventure and romance! Never a dull moment within these pages! *****

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