Outlaw in Paradise (Topaz Historical Romance)
Outlaw in Paradise - Topaz Historical Romance Author:Patricia Gaffney Patricia Gaffney captivated millions of readers with her New York Times bestseller The Saving Graces. Now she sweeps readers into a world of danger and desire, where a woman of courage and a man of mystery risk everything in the name of love... — As the owner of a saloon in Paradise, Oregon, Cady McGill is surviving in a man's world... more ». She can't afford to let her guard down for anyone-especially the man in black who arrives out of nowhere to arouse her suspicions...and her senses.
He calls himself Jesse Gault-an achingly attractive stranger with guns on his hips and a mocking smile on his lips. But Cady has seen her share of swindlers, and she knows that Gault's charms are as deceptive as his name. Yet even as sudden gunfire blazes, desire flares in Cady's heart. Now she must fight her own deepest feelings as a man who is not what he seems awakens a tender, abiding passion that can only be the real thing.« less
When a man dressed in black, riding a black stallion and wearing an eagle-handle gun rides into town, everyone in Paradise believes he's the notorious gunfighter Jesse Gault and their guilty consciousness go into gear.
Jesse takes a room at Cady McGill's saloon and is soon propositioned to take a man's money, claim he did him in and leave town. Jesse complies even though he has never heard the man's name or the name of the man who supposedly hired him. When this happens time and again, Jesse realizes he can be quite comfortable in Paradise.
Cady has more to worry about than a gunman. Ever since she inherited the saloon and an old petered-out gold mine, she's had her hands full with her rival saloon owner and mine owner. She knows he's out to ruin her any way he can and Cady wonders if Jesse's been hired to do the job.
But the sweet-taking outlaw finds Cady just the right kind of woman for him and he begins to find a way to win her trust and her heart. Still, how can a hard-working woman trust a drifter who makes his living by the gun? And what happens when he approaches her arch rival with a deal and then finds himself facing another Jesse Gault?