A legendary gunfighter brings big trouble to a frontier town, and ignites the passion of a local saloon owner When Jesse Gault saunters into Paradise, Oregon, with a gun on each hip, the town is instantly abuzz. What could a legendary gunslinger want in Paradise? And what will the townsfolk have to do to keep his trouble from becoming their own? Cady McGill, proprietor of the Rogue Tavern, thinks she may know what Gault has come for, and she doesn’t like it one bit. Cady’s ongoing battle with Merle Wylie, who has been buying up or burning down properties all over town, is coming to a head, as Wylie tries to get his hands on her tavern and her dried-up gold mine. Hiring a gunfighter like Gault would be just Wylie’s speed. But Cady senses something else behind Gault’s mysterious façade, and as the two grow closer she learns that his closely guarded secrets could spell life or death for the town—and for Cady herself.
Mean-looking gunfighter Jesse Gault rides into the peaceful gold-rush town of Paradise, Ore., past Swensen's Good Eats & Drinks and Noble Fir Street and lots of other places with homespun names worthy of Lake Wobegone. Dressed all in black with a patch over one eye and spurs that make a fearsome sound when he jangles along, he shakes up the population without having to fire a shot--which is a good thing, because Jesse can't hit the broad side of a barn. He is a fraud and a con man who pretends to be a killer so that people with something to hide will pay him not to shoot them. Underneath is a sweet guy dying to raise horses and whose dreams intersect with those of Cadence "Cady" McGill, the owner of Paradise's Rogue saloon, who herself dreams of taking off her corsets and tending an orchard. Gaffney (To Love and to Cherish) is a fresh, funny voice in romance and in Cady she has created a spunky heroine who finds herself a hero and a happy ending without being reduced to a cloying cliche.