Jayne Stoneworthy invests every dime she has to buy an abandoned saloon, intending to turn it into a school for girls. She has no idea it used to be a brothel called "The Wet Beaver."
Burke Youngblood, local bank-owner, pays a visit to Jayne. Acting as a paying customer to try to impress upon her the danger of being there, Burke goes too far. Jayne retaliates by knocking him unconscious. The dialogue between these two is highly entertaining, at times hilarious, as the two become nearly inseparable.
Burke really begins to wonder about Jayne's inherent mistrust of men when he spots a pillow embroidered with - "A prudent woman guards her private furrow, lest she awakes to find it plowed." He needn't have worried, since Jayne is unable to resist the desires he's inflamed in her.
In one of many twists, Jayne deems it necessary to publicly testify to the consummation. Her humiliation superceded by her love for Burke, Jayne knows she will now have to give up her dreams of ever opening the school.
Extremely heartwarming, these loveable characters make for a wonderfully believable story. First-rate subplots of this sensual romance contain suspense, action, mystery and loads of sexual tension. Similar to Jodi Thomas writings, Pat Tracy has become one of my favorite authors. Each book seems (impossibly) better than the last!
Great author, loved this series.
(from the back)
Jayne Stoneworhty knew men only wanted one thing...
Burke Youngblood was no different, mistaking her for a "good-time gal" and insiting she follow his every comand. But she had a stubborn streak wider than the Rockies-and she'd be more than happy to show it to him!
Burke youngblood swore that marriage did not create ties that bind. No,sir. They chafed! But that was before he met the "Headmistress of Morals" Jayne Stoneworthy, a feisty, independent schoolteacher-and the most unlikely woman ever to but a brothel! Besides, if he didn't make an hinest woman out of her, who would?
Best friend Gideon asks Burke Youngblood to check on his wife's friend, Jayne Stoneworthy. Planning to open a school for young ladies in Denver, this naive young woman unknowingly bought a shuttered brothel and started renovations. Both men know that she cannot use the former saloon/brothel but they don't know how to tell her.
Jayne isn't just naive, she's been raised by an aunt who did not trust men. Jayne has many of Aunt Euphemia's platitudes memorized and they are watch words for her life. She has no intention of marrying because men are barbarians, unfit for civilization.
When Burke introduces himself to Jayne, in a totally unique manner, she realizes that she will need help selling the brothel and finding a new property for her school. Reluctantly, she agrees to a business relationship with this overbearing, bossy banker.
From Burke's point-of-view, Jayne is fiercely independent and direct. She's also underwhelmed with the antics of men. The couple are well-matched, but don't tell them that. These are two likable people opposed to marriage on principle -- and in particular.
It took forever to start this book because the cover has to be one of the most appalling in modern printing. I cannot imagine what publishing company exec thought this has a attractive cover. I did not consider the book's cover when rating this book.
1. Beloved Outcast (1996)
2. Cade's Justice (1997)
** 3. Burke's Rules (1998)
4. Hunter's Law (2000)