Sinfully handsome and devilishly sexy, Ben Paradise was a man who loved to gamble, but even he wouldn't have laid odds on the chances of beautiful Lacy Phalen reappearing in his life. When he'd first met Lacy, she was tantalizingly untouchable, heiress to the Puritan Shipping Line and the belle of every ball in Boston. What had brought her to the little town of Paradise, Missouri, and straight into his arms? He wasn't buying her story that she was the new schoolmarm. But if it was the last thing he did, he'd get the truth out of his Ice Princess, even if he had to kiss her senseless to do it.
I really enjoy reading this book. I won't trade it away because the characters are very special to me. The drama and the action are excellent in this story. I didn't expect all the twists and turns this books took. The locations chosen for the settings of this story are quite diverse and show each character in different lights. It's a nice change of pace from some books which never change scenery.
Miss Lacy Phalen is Boston's premier heiress and beauty. But being forced into marriage with is not for her, so after being nearly raped by the man who wants to control her and almost controls her father's shipping line, she ventures out west. Settling in Paradise, MO as the school marm, she meets her savior from the near rape.
Ben Paradise is his own man. In love with Lacy, but she won't let him in. After a brutal beating and another near rape, she is forced to resign as school marm. Having nowhere else to turn, she lives in Ben's house of ill-repute. She serves drinks and not men, until one night she finally gives in to Ben and they begin a torrid love affair that leads them to San Francisco and the gold rush. Even her father shows up at the end to bless their union and save his shipping line.