A CUSSING, CRUDE, BULLWHIP-WIELDING FEMALE WHO RUNS A SILVER EMPIRE
Laura Davies is known in Colorado as the “silver queen”, the hellion daughter of Rhys and Tory Davies. She has devoted her life to overseeing the family’s vast silver mining empire. Since girlhood, she has preferred the company of rough miners and teamsters to that of polite society, only dressing and acting like a lady when family obligations demand it. Because she has a university degree in mining and metallurgy, most men in southwest Colorado are intimidated by her. Only the heir of a vast Wyoming cattle ranch wants to wed her in spite of her scandalous behavior.
AN ELEGANT, CHARMING ENGLISHMAN WHO TRIES TO ESCAPE A DARK PAST
Michael Jamison is the youngest son of an earl who has resigned from a distinguished career with the British Foreign Office because of his work in southern Africa. In an attempt to escape the demons that give him nightmares, he comes to America. In the grandeur of southwestern Colorado, he sees a rag-tag boy lose control of a silver ore wagon. He scoops the youth from the lead mule, only to find the filthy urchin is really a woman. She expresses fury with her would-be Lancelot using a series of remarkable oaths after her wagon overturns. He is appalled to learn she is the daughter of the man he has come to meet.
THE MOST SCANDELOUS MARRIAGE IN A GENERATION
That night when he arrives at the Davies mansion to put forth a business proposition for her father, he is astonished to see the “termagant” transformed into a breathtaking silver-blonde beauty. During dinner the two engage in a battle of wits. Although Laura curbs her vocabulary, her clever insults and insinuations leave him oddly attracted to her. Likewise, Laura enjoys the sun-bronzed dude’s skill at verbal dueling. Shrewdly, her mother senses the sizzling sexual tension between them.
After her father finds them in a compromising situation, they are forced to marry. But Michael’s recurring nightmares stand between them. Laura insists he trust her with the truth about his haunted past. He refuses, but after she nearly dies during a mining cave-in, he realizes that he must do whatever it takes to win the love of his…