COLIN McCRORY runs afoul of the ruthless and deadly Tucson Ring that lures him from his Arizona cattle kingdom by kidnapping his innocent young daughter. During his search for her, he meets a beautiful bordello madam in a small Sonora silver town. A powerful attraction hums between them as he asks her to help him rescue his only child.
MAGGIE WORTHINGTON, half owner of the Silver Eagle Saloon and bordello, can't take her eyes off the hard-looking Scot from the instant he strides into her life. Colin could be her way out of her shame-filled past...and perhaps she might even gain a daughter to replace the one who died years ago. She makes him a desperate offer.
A DEAL HE CAN'T REFUSE: She will help him find his daughter. In exchange, Colin must marry the madam. The hot-tempered Scot is furious. Yet without Maggie he'll never save his daughter. He has no options. But can two lonely people find love in spite of stalking assassins and the shadows that haunt their pasts?
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About the Author
Shirl has been a RITA finalist twice, and has won three Career Achievement Awards, an Industry Award and three Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times.
“I wrote my first twenty-two novels in longhand with a ballpoint pen—it’s hard to get good quills these days,” she says. Dragged into the twenty-first century by her son Matt, a telecommunication specialist, Shirl now uses two of those “devil machines.” Another troglodyte bites the dust. Please visit her at www.shirlhenke.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a double love story. The first set of lovers is Eden McCrory and the half-breed gunman Wolf Blake, the second is Eden's father Colin and Maggie Worthington. The first is sweet, but the second pairing is the more interesting because the couple is more mature and hence more complex. Colin is one of the wealthiest men in the Arizona Territory of the 1880s, but he built his empire with blood money, literally. He started out years earlier as a scalp hunter. Maggie started out as a well-bred young girl who "eloped" and eventually ended up as half owner of the Silver Dollar saloon and bordello in Mexico. Now, the mature Colin is trying to make amends for past sins by helping the Indians he once hunted and this gets him into big trouble. A group of ruthless men, making a fortune using those helpless reservation Indians, is trying to kill him to keep him from exposing them. Another source of trouble for him is Maggie whom he is coerced into marrying. She is refined, intelligent, and beautiful, but he can't seem to forgive her for a past, that eventually comes to realize, is far less sordid that his own. The plot to use the Indian is diabolical and apparently historically accurate. And Henke keeps the story moving with the help of some very colorful characters--Edwina (Ed) a rather masculine and amusing female reporter and Bart, Maggie's mentor (not lover) and former business partner, an English gambler. Although Ed nearly gets herself and Colin burned to toast in a fiery finale, everything turns out well. The villains, a slimy bunch, get what's coming to them. The young lovers are united. And Colin, who almost loses Maggie, finally realizes what a hypocritical b*****d he has been asks Maggie's forgiveness. This was an entertaining romantic adventure with lots of historical color and of course some steamy love scenes.
Where do they get these tacky bookcovers from? That aside it really is a good story. Not just the romance which like all romance is somewhat predictable. It wouldn 't really be a romance novel if in the end the couple decided they weren't all that crazy about each other after all.. What made this above average was the attention to historical detail. It made the story more true to the era and more interesting. Unfortunately like most self published books the writer needed to do a little more editing. It was over 900 pages. No excuse for that. Every single time the couple made love it was described in minute detail. Heartbeat by heartbeat, button to unfastened button, gasp by gasp. And there were two couples. Some of the political drama dragged a bit also. But all in all a good story