Brighter than Gold (Rogues Go West, Book 1)

Brighter than Gold (Rogues Go West, Book 1)

by Cynthia Wright

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Brighter than Gold (Rogues Go West, Book 1) by Cynthia Wright

"Looking for a hero to sweep you off your feet? Look no further..." ~ Kathe Robin, RT BOOK REVIEWS

In 1864 Columbia, California, the goldrush is over. Spirited Katie MacKenzie helps her father run a saloon and writes articles for the local newspaper about the Griffin, a Robin Hood-style highwayman who robs the unscrupulous mine owners and gives back to the townspeople.

Roguish Jack Adams, an adventurer with a dark secret, rides into the sleepy Sierra town one summer day in 1864 and changes everything.

A powerful attraction smolders and burns between Jack and Katie despite their efforts to resist, but when Katie's father is killed by the Griffin during a stage robbery she is haunted by thoughts of revenge.

Can Jack reconcile his life in Columbia with his surprising true identity in San Francisco... and will this couple find their way to happiness in spite of the secrets that separate them? Journey back to Civil War-era California with Jack, Katie, and historical characters like Samuel Clemens for a passionate & adventurous romance you'll never forget!

"BRIGHTER THAN GOLD delivers what Cynthia Wright fans expect from her unforgettable romances – a tender, sweet, exciting, and sensual story of a love that is so strong nothing can harm it. She skillfully combines accurate historical details, brilliantly evoking the post-goldrush era in Columbia and San Francisco, along with an irresistible deception & disguise romance!" ~ RT BOOK REVIEWS

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013937710
Publisher: Boxwood Manor Books
Publication date: 03/07/2012
Series: Rogues Go West , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,984
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Wright is happy to announce that "Rakes & Rebels" unites the intertwining Raveneau and Beauvisage family novels into one captivating 9-book series!

THE SECRET OF LOVE - coming 12/2016

My career as an author began when I was twenty-three, with a phone call from New York announcing that CAROLINE would be published by Ballantine Books. Can you imagine my excitement? I went on to write 12 more bestselling historical romances set in Colonial America, Regency England & America, Medieval England & France, and the American West.

My novels have won many awards over the years, but what means most are readers' messages like this one: "When I read your books, I can't wait to turn the page, but never want the story to end." It's been a thrill to have all my novels published as eBooks (newly edited, with gorgeous new covers!). And, the frosting on the cake is the release of a brand-new Raveneau novel,TEMPEST, in December, 2012.

Today I live in northern California with my husband, Alvaro, in a 1930's Spanish cottage. When we aren't riding our tandem road bike or traveling in our vintage airstream, I love spending time with family, especially my two young grandsons. I also recently received a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant and feel blessed to have two rewarding careers!

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Brighter Than Gold 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathleen and Jack's story was a joy to read. This 798 page story starts out in an old, dying mining town in 1864. We witness the struggles of the time, corruption, a Robin Hood vigilate, and of course, the growing sexual tension between Katie and Jack. The story keeps you so glued you won't be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good read. The book is about 800 pages. I bought it as part of a three book bundle. The male lead was mostly honest but maybe a little too polite. The female lead was headstrong and caused unneccesary problems. The story is adventurous and interesting. You will not be bored. I would have liked more romance and a longer look into their family in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorites & one of Cynthia Wright's best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, I couldn't force myself to read past the halfway point of this book. The writing gets wordy and drags quite a bit. The story itself has interesting points and a promising plot. However, the main character needs a good smack in the mouth. She is a horrid excuse of a woman. She's argumentative, spoiled, bratty, petty, waspish, and downright shallow for 90% of what I actually read of this book. Between the lagging story line and rude main character, I can't recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story but it seemed to drag on at times. I haved enjoyed other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mostly ended up enjoying this story, the descriptive writing, plot and most characters, were quite well done for most part. I will admit tho, about half way through I was quite tempted to not finish this book and read another book instead. The main female character became quite tedious and annoying. Wasnt fun reading when all she did was scream, argue, fight and demand with and of those around her for first 2/3 of the book.Those continuous wasp-ish traits were a complete turn off. I had to take a day or two break to even want to finish reading it. Her character being toned down would be vast improvement and certainly earn higher ratings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Wright is a story weaver extrordinaire. Jack and Kathleen breathed from the pages. Her vivid imagery transported you to another time and place. The Christmas party was described in such delicious detail you could almost taste the food, smell the fresh pine boughs and sip the imported French champagne. I have read 11 of Cynthia's books so far and have never been left wanting. Treat yourself and get lost in one of her stories.
Angela-Kaye More than 1 year ago
Brighter Than Gold is an exciting and fun story! Katie and Jack are fun, sexy , and made for each other. The Griffin is one of those characters that  are made into a hero, but also has flaws. This book has comedy, sadness, mystery, and  a wonderful love story. I'm very happy I went on this journey with Kathleen and Jack! Cynthia Wright is a wonderful writer!! You should definitely get this book and all of her other books!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Really good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book love the characters have a new fan:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up late reading. I loved the characters. Looking forward to your next book. BEV
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like it, really, I grew up getting carsick on the windy road to Columbia and riding the stagecoach, buying rock candy and exploring the small old town feel. But this girl is so was pushy annoying, I couldn't get to page 50 and gave up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book and the story line about western romance.
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mahjchick More than 1 year ago
BRIGHTER THAN GOLD is the first in Cynthia Wright's Rogues Go West (or sometimes called Western Rebels) series. Set in the mining town of Columbia, California in 1864, Kathleen (Katie) MacKenzie works at her father's saloon and writes for the local paper. She meets newcomer Jack Adams and takes him into instant dislike. Katie is more interested in learning the identity of the mysterious vigilante known as the Griffin, whom she sees as heroic. A tragic accident leaves Katie alone in the world and changes her opinion of the Griffin. Jack is torn about what to do with Katie, but the memory of his friendship with her father and her feistiness, intrigue him. Jack does his best to keep her out of trouble, and despite being at odds, their attraction is undeniable. Wright pays close attention to details and the reader gets a strong sense of place. This time, her secondary historical figures are of more a literary bent and we meet the rascally Sam(uel) Clemens aka Mark Twain and his friends Bret Harte and Steve Gillis. Sam's friendship with Jack and Katie coincide seamlessly with his mining/literary/trouble-making activities of the time. I haven't read BRIGHTER THAN GOLD in a long time, but I thoroughly enjoyed my reread. I had forgotten about the Samuel Clemens connection and was intrigued by the historical accuracy. I found Jack was not as much of an alpha male as some of the Beauvisage/Raveneau characters, but had more layers*. I'm not sure if that is more characteristic of the time period (setting) or the time period (copyright, 1990 as opposed to 70s/80s). Whatever the reason, I feel he was a strong, likable character. While BRIGHTER THAN GOLD definitely has a more western feel, Wright's characters, details and historical accuracy makes it another winner for fans and new readers alike. This story is definitely a stand-alone. I could be wrong, but this might be the only story that does not have ties to others in the Cynthia Wright universe. *I really wanted to resist an onion/Shrek reference, but apparently that is impossible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was truly an excellent storyline...the characters within the story were believable, especially, the H/H and to input Samuel Clemens as a young man...absolutely genuine idea. Great story, 317 pages.***vrnb***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the info on Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) and the spirit of the new pioneers in the mid 1800's. I enjoyed the history of the beginnings of San Francisco and the old West. Great read!
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A sweet story There is mystery, adventure, human Interest, romance and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy reading of earlier times. Lots of homework done here. Enjoyable characters
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