21 years old Chase Dupre won a feisty girl of 15yrs in a hand of poker. Obligation forced him to helped her and decided to bring her home with him. Gem McBride had no where else to go but stay with Chase. It was a warm welcome to be part of a family, a loving one, at that. She became Chase's little cousin only to realized she was falling in love with him. She was however just a "'Lil KID" to him. What makes this book different from others is Chase 5 years seperation from Gem, who awaits his return everyday, hoping they would get married someday.... but upon his return, Chase brought home a wife. Ugh, now that hurts! I didn't ruin this for others because this is actually what the back book description would tell you. I just thought I'd mention it here since there is no book synopsis here in Amazon. I tell you, this book will break your heart to pieces the first half of the book. It will also make you believe in the power of true love. At the same time, it will make you fear it. There are times I wanted Gem to forget Chase and simply move on with her life but then the more you read R.L.H's words, the more you'll see Gem's heart and feel it at the same time. I wanted her to have Chase as badly as she does. No matter how hard she tries, no matter how much she wants to remain honorable, it's her heart and she can't do anything about it. Their love story is truly heart warming!
Heart breaking love story...relief...thrilling mystery suspense...relief....frustrating consequences...relief....then another conflict would come out of no where, surprising you out of your seat! This is another emotional topsy-turvy book you surely wouldn't want to miss.
Awesome historical..kept me enthralled..
LOVED THIS BOOK: INTERESTING PLOT AND HIGH ON RELATIONSHIPS & WESTERN SETTING.
GEM MCBRIDE WAS FIFTEEN WHEN CHASE DUPREE WON HER FROM HER FATHER IN A LUCKY POKER HAND. ONE LOOK IN HIS SAPPHIRE EYES MADE HER YEARN TO BE WOMAN ENOUGHT TO HOLD HIM. LEFT BEHIND AT CHASE'S SPRAWLING CATTLE RANCH, GEM DREAMED OF THE DAY HE WOULD COME BACK TO RESCUE THE FOUR WINDS FOUR WINDS FROM THE TREAT OF RUSTLERS, AND CLAIM HER YEARNING BODY IN HIS ARMS. BUT NEVER DID SHE IMAGINE HE WOULD REUTRN WITH A SULTRY LATIN BEARTY CLINGING TO HIS SIDE. CHASE BELONGED TO ANOTHER WOMAN NOW, BUT HIS FLESH STILL BURNED TO POSSESS THE INNOCENT GIRRL HE HAD ABANDONED, AND HIS HEART LONGED TO AWAKEN IN HER THE HIMMERING ECSTASY OF GEMFIRE.
read this one back in 2005 another great story weaver..