In 1870s San Francisco, the fierce rivalry between a former gunslinger and a woman running from her past turns into a passionate, undeniable attraction in award-winning author Patricia Potter’s sexy and suspenseful historical romance
Marsh Canton, the scion of a wealthy Georgia family, spent four years fighting the war of a divided nation. When he returned home, he found his family gone and his way of life destroyed. Turning his back on his heritage, he struck out for the west, achieving notoriety as a stone-cold gunslinger. Now, reinventing himself yet again, he arrives in San Francisco to take over the saloon he won in a poker game.
Natchez born-and-bred Catalina Hilliard is haunted by her violent past. Dubbed the Ice Queen, she sleeps with a Derringer under her pillow and runs the elegant Silver Slipper saloon. With the help of the local law, she keeps a monopoly on the trade by running all her rivals out of town. She’s about to meet her match in Marsh Canton, who has also spent a lifetime running. But they can’t run forever, and the passion igniting between them has just changed the stakes. Even with the odds against them—and a dangerous man gunning for Marsh—it’s their last chance to make things right and choose love.
Marsh Canton is the meanest gunslinger in the West until he decides to settle in San Francisco in 1879 and run the Glory Hole, a saloon he won as settlement of a gambling debt. Catalina (Cat) Hilliard owns the saloon across the street, the Silver Lady, and has run all of the Glory Hole's previous owners out of town with the help of loyal personal connections, including police captain Delaney, and her shrewd business tactics. With their fierce and highly publicized competition for customers as a backdrop, Cat and Marsh struggle to overcome their tainted pasts (she was a prostitute, he is gentry turned gunfighter in the wake of the Civil War) and make honorable lives for themselves and their devoted employees in post-Gold Rush California. Eventually a romance whose intensity is matched only by that of their feud ignites, forcing Cat and Marsh to learn to trust one another and to face their pasts. Potter's ( Renegade ) smart dialogue and constant action keep the narrative moving at a rapid pace, and the tensions she establishes between the characters make potentially trite moments work.
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Really good western! Good to the end.
FABULOUS CHARACTERS, EXCELLENT STORY.
A REAL WINNER.