Daniel Aragon knows trouble and torment when he sees it, and the flirtatious beauty standing on the San Francisco pier is both. The niece of a land commissioner, Harmony Russell is strictly off-limits. The Aragon family land grant review must go off without a hitch.
But Harmony isn't about to let business come between her and the handsome stranger who dared to steel her heart with one dark glance. Casting aside propriety, she sets out to seduce the hot-blooded Californio and gets snagged in her own trap.
Surrounded by scandal and forced to marry, the Aragon family land hangs in the balance as the pair face a difficult choice: drop their prideful ways and join forces or surrender to a loveless, and landless, future.
Romantic Times, 4 stars!
HEARTS OF CALIFORNIA, in series order
Hearts of Gold
No Sweeter Ecstasy
Tempt Me With Kisses
Also by Phoebe Conn...
THE HEARTS OF LIBERTY, in series order
The plot is lightweight, and the heroine has more petticoats than brains, but Conn's ( No Sweeter Ecstasy ) mid-19th-century romance amuses as it dabbles in an episode of California history following the state's entry into the Union. When Harmony Russel arrives in San Francisco with her uncle, Fletcher Duncan, she promptly loses her heart to a stranger who is tall, dark, handsome and off limits: Daniel Aragon, a half-French, half-Spanish Californio, whose pre-statehood land grant is being examined by Fletcher on behalf of the U.S. government; social contact could compromise the proceedings. But the determined Harmony eludes her uncle's watchful eye to meet Daniel in secret. He mistakes Harmony's flirtatiousness for experience, and the young woman finds herself pregnant. She tries to leave California quietly, but Daniel insists on a quick wedding. Disillusioned and caught in a marriage apparently ruled more by desire than by love, Harmony struggles to cope with her new life while Daniel and his family combat the legal challenges as well as some deadly threats to their home and security.