A marriage of convenience turns into a sweetly seductive love-off-the-rails romance in the latest Cowboys of Colorado novel from USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman.
Lily Salt has sworn off men. After finally gaining her independence, the last thing she needs is another man telling her what to do. But the handsome railroad engineer from New York isn't at all what she expected. He's kind, gentle...and tempting enough to make her wonder what a second chance at love might be worth.
A self-acknowledged black sheep, Roen Shepard knows what it means to feel alone. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the reserved widow whose fascinating blue-green eyes have seen too much, and charmed by the warmth of her ready-made family, the two begin an unlikely friendship.
When a complication from his past follows him to Frost Falls, Roen proposes a mad scheme to protect the new life he's built and keep close the stubborn woman he's accidentally fallen for—a marriage of convenience. But Lily has secrets of her own, and the closer he gets to uncovering them, the more he comes to realize that the only truth that matters is the secret to unlocking her heart.
A jilted ex-lover and the railroad bring excitement to historical romance star Goodman's third Cowboys of Colorado tale of romance and intrigue in a late-1890s Colorado town (after A Touch of Flame). Two years after Frost Falls, Colo., resident Jeremiah Salt died in a fire, his widow, Lily, who suffered Jeremiah's drunken violence for years, has quietly carved out a peaceful life for her four children and just wants to be left alone. There is no room in that life for railroad surveyor Roen Shepard, though he charms her children and addresses her with respect. Their sweet courtship is intellectual as well as sexy, as Roen teaches Lily advanced mathematics while showing her what it is like to be treated tenderly by a man. When Lily gives Roen her trust, it's a hard-earned victory. Meanwhile, tensions rise between Roen and Fedora Chen, the descendant of Chinese railroad workers, who endures harassment from several of the white townspeople while making plans to stop the railroad's expansion; and Roen's pregnant, vicious ex stalks him to Frost Falls. Domestic abuse and racism are meaty topics for a historical romance, but Goodman tackles them with sensitivity, aided by the strong plot and appealing cast. Readers will be eager for their next visit to Frost Falls.