A stunning western historical romance from USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman, one of today's “premier western romance writers.”*
As the owner of the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel, Lorraine Berry is privy to almost everything that goes on in Bitter Springs, Wyoming—including the bloodshed plaguing its citizens. With all of the good men dying at the hands of a local rancher and his three sons, Raine hires a shootist to be the town’s protector. But her handsome new employee is more than a hired hand; he’s a man who keeps his guns close and his secrets closer.
After a chance encounter on a train, Kellen Coltrane travels to the Pennyroyal to carry out a dying man’s last wish. But once he meets the hotel’s fiery-haired proprietor, Coltrane finds himself assuming the role of the shootist’s accomplice and agrees to protect Bitter Springs. And as he learns more about Raine’s own tragedy, Coltrane can’t deny his growing desire for the courageous widow, or the urge to protect her from the threat that draws near...
Goodman (Kissing Comfort) strikes a balance between tight plotting and solid character development in this romance set in 1888 Wyoming. Kellen Coltrane encounters a fatally wounded stranger, Nat Church, on a train, and agrees to convey his dying words to Pennyroyal in Bitter Springs, Wyo. At the Pennyroyal Hotel and Saloon, owner Raine Berry awaits the hired gun she s employed to take on the Burdicks, a father and three sons who own half the town and have killed many people in the area. Kellen delivers Nat s message and decides to stay until he discovers Nat s murderer. When Kellen meets independent, redheaded Raine, sparks fly. Multidimensional villains and heroes add humor and drama to a complicated, fast-paced, and deliciously believable story of love, sex, and secrets.