Crooked Hearts

Crooked Hearts

by Patricia Gaffney
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Crooked Hearts by Patricia Gaffney

Two con artists team up in 1880s California for the score of a lifetime—but end up fighting for their lives instead In a stagecoach en route to San Francisco, Grace Rousselot is posing as a nun to drum up “donations” from fellow travelers. Across from her, Reuben Jones is faking blindness to prey on unsuspecting travelers. Both grifters are surprised to learn that they have competition, and even more surprised when their stagecoach is ambushed and robbed, leaving them both flat broke. Not keen to discuss the robbery with the police, Reuben and Grace decide to work together to recoup some of their losses. Soon enough, what starts out as a practical partnership evolves into something more. And with the Chinese mafia hot on their heels, neither is sure just how far they can trust a man—or a woman—with a crooked heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453237519
Publisher: Open Road Media Romance
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 603,751
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Patricia Gaffney is the bestselling author of more than a dozen historical romance novels. She studied literature at Marymount College, the University of London, George Washington University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before becoming a court reporter. Gaffney lives with her husband in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania.

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Crooked Hearts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Bluesapphire0 More than 1 year ago
Delightful,fun read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GHott More than 1 year ago
Although I really enjoyed the writing style of Ms. Gaffney, I didn’t realize how much con artists posing as a nun and a blind man would bother me. Hopefully, you’ll have a better time of it. More… Author: Patricia Gaffney Source: Open Road via Netgalley Grade: DNF
srkromer More than 1 year ago
Crooked Hearts is a Must Read! I absolutely loved Crooked Hearts by Patricia Gaffney.  The concept of this novel was fresh and new; nothing like any other romance that I have read in the past.  The writing of this historical romance was awesome.  It transports you into the story so it’s like you are right alongside the characters investing you into the story so you cannot wait to find out what happens next. The story starts out with you meeting a nun who is travelling to collect donations on a stagecoach.  Sitting across from her is a blind man, Reuben Jones, who is preying on unsuspecting travelers. However, they are both con artists trying to con money out of travelers to pay off debts that they have accrued.  When their stagecoach is robbed and they lose all the money they have collected, they decide to work together to get their money back.  The hardest part of this arrangement will be to trust each other since they are both lying to each other and are really good at cons.  This story takes you on wild rides meeting other con artists and many adventures ensue.  But will they be able to pull off the perfect scam before they lose everything? This novel was supposed to be taking place in the 1880s. The one downfall that I found in this book was that to me it did not seem to stay “in character” for the whole novel.  Parts of it seemed like it took place in the 1800s but for the most part it seemed like it was happening now.  However with that being said, I do not feel like this took anything away from the story itself, I just found I had to keep reminding myself that it was in the 1800s.  Overall, I highly recommend reading this book if you like romance and you want to read a storyline that hasn’t been overdone. 
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willaful More than 1 year ago
It’s wonderful to see Patricia Gaffney’s historical romance becoming available as ebooks; she writes some of the best prose in the genre and shouldn’t be missed. You never know quite what you’ve going to get from Gaffney, in terms of period, characters or style: Crooked Hearts, the story of two charmingly larcenous characters in late 1800’s California, is one of her funniest books, as Rueben and Grace try to outwit each other, are forced to join forces, and wind up falling in love. There’s just something irresistible about romances in which both characters are on the shady side; I'm still smiling at how both of them find themselves willing to give everything up for love, despite neither trusting the other an inch. If you've never read Gaffney's romance and are wary of the "old skool" elements in some of her books, this would be a great place to start; it hasn't dated at all.