Can a mysterious beauty win the heart of the most eligible bachelor in San Francisco in this tender western romance?
Jade Douglas is a determined young woman who risks it all to travel to San Francisco in the late 1800’s to learn the truth about her father’s mysterious death.
J.T. Harrington is a handsome, rugged rancher who has just inherited a vast estate. When he finds the radiant beauty on his doorstep, he is tempted to ignore his vow never to love again and offer Jade both his name and his heart.
Before their scandalous wedding can unveil the secrets of the past, J.T. and Jade find themselves torn apart by a dangerous deception, but brought together again by a desire too powerful for either one of them to deny . . .
Jill Marie Landis is the New York Times bestselling author and seven-time Romance Writers of American Finalist for the RITA Award. Long known for her historical romances, Jill Marie Landis also now writes The Tiki Goddess Mysteries (set on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, where she lives with her husband, actor Steve Landis.)
Revolving around the disappearance of a Chinese wizard in 1870s San Franciscop. 22 , Landis's ( Rose ) romance tries to be exotic but comes off as contrived. Jade Douglas returns to San Francisco under unhappy circumstances: her father has been found murdered in the city's Little China section. Jade is determined to recover the Chinese art that her grandfather collected and that her wastrel father used as collateral for his debts. Enter Jade's friend, Babs Barrett, a meddling and stupid woman. To Babs, the solution is obvious: all Jade has to do is meet and marry wealthy J. T. Harrington and have him redeem the collection. The conniving Babs abandons her friend at J.T.'s door. Also short a few gray cells, J.T. decides to teach Jade a lesson, as he puts it, by detaining her at his house all night. Alas, through Babs's further plotting, word of this escapade leaks out, and Jade is ruined. J.T. does the honorable thing but turns surly after concluding that he was trapped. Meanwhile, a mysterious party expresses interest in the Chinese collection--primarily by trying to murder Jade.