From USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman....
(Formerly Midnight Princess)
He swore he was done fighting battles, so it is against his better judgment that Civil War veteran and war hero Christian Marshall agrees to aid in the escape of a mysterious young woman confined to a New York City asylum. When his plans are thwarted by the very woman he is trying to rescue, it is yet another painful reminder that good intentions count for nothing, and that all painful reminders are best drowned in a bottle of good whiskey and the arms of a whore.
It is more by accident than design that Jenny Holland finds her way to Marshall House, but once there, she recognizes it as the respite and refuge she's been seeking from the horror of the asylum. Safety, though, comes at a price, and Jenny knows that
to remain in this sanctuary and guard her life-and-death secrets,
she must find some way to make herself necessary to the dark
and dangerous master of the house. The most difficult part of
serving at the will and pleasure of Christian Marshall is the certain
knowledge that being his mistress will never be enough and that
healing his wounds means exposing hers.
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(Formerly Passion's Sweet Revenge)
She owed him her passion…
Logan Marshall was not looking for Mary Catherine McCleary when he found her, but once their paths crossed for a second time, he was not about to let her go. Here was the girl who had betrayed him during the war, all grown up now, the toast of the New York theatre scene, and using a stage name to hide behind. It did not matter to Logan that the playbill said "Katy Dakota," he knew she was his Katy, an actress even before she learned to make a living at it when she lulled him into lowering his guard and abandoning his common sense, and then sent him to the most notorious prison the South had to offer a Union spy.
He would have his revenge…
She had never forgotten him. He was her first love, the man she had wanted above all others, her knight, her friend…her enemy. Katy Dakota knew what Logan meant to claim from her this time
around, and the revenge he would exact would be as exquisite
as it would be damning. As the publisher of the New York Chronicle,
he could influence her career, her acceptance in society, but that
paled in comparison to his influence over her as a man. She could
run, escape, but was being a prisoner to his passion worse than
what she had done to him? Could it be that in the end revenge
cuts both ways?
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True To The Law
HE WAS ON THE HUNT FOR A RUNAWAY BEAUTY
"Find her" is the only instruction that private detective Cobb Bridger receives from Andrew Mackey. The scion of a wealthy Chicago family, Mackey is desperate to know the whereabouts of the woman who disappeared from his employ, taking with her something of great value. Intrigued as much by what Mackey won't say about the missing item as he is by Mackey's description of the missing woman, Cobb accepts the assignment.
AND THE ONE TRUE LIE THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH
Bitter Springs, Wyoming, has a new schoolteacher who may or may not be exactly what she seems. Upon making the acquaintance of Miss Tru Morrow, Cobb begins to question the guilt of this golden-haired lady—and the protective feelings she stirs in him. His investigation hinges on understanding where the
In this engrossing novel set in 1889 Wyoming, Goodman (A Place Called Home) delivers a lovable and feisty heroine and an upstanding lawman who find each other in highly unlikely circumstances. Gertrude “Tru” Morrow is bereft and at loose ends after the death of her wealthy employer, Charlotte Mackey, in Chicago. She takes a job as a schoolteacher in the tiny town of Bitter Springs, Wyo., but trouble follows her: Mrs. Mackey’s grandson, Andrew, thinks Tru stole from his grandmother and hires detective Cobb Bridger to find her. In the process of checking her out, Cobb falls hard for Tru, a minister’s daughter with a fondness for fine whiskey. All that remains is to figure out who’s lying to whom. Engaging characters and a well-plotted story will captivate the reader all the way to the satisfying conclusion.
~ Publishers Weekly
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The Last Renegade
SHE HIRED HIM TO PROTECT HER TOWN
As the owner of the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel, Lorraine Berry is privy to almost everything that goes on in Bitter Springs, Wyoming—including the bloodshed plaguing its citizens. With all of the good men dying at the hands of a local rancher and his three sons, Raine hires a shootist to be the town's protector. But her handsome new employee is more than a hired hand; he's a man that keeps his guns close and his secrets closer.
BUT NOTHING COULD PROTECT HER HEART
After a chance encounter on a train, Kellen Coltrane travels to the Pennyroyal to carry out a dying man's last wish. But once he meets the hotel's fiery-haired proprietor, Coltrane finds himself assuming the role of the shootist's accomplice and agrees to protect Bitter Springs. And as he learns more about Raine's own
tragedy, Coltrane can't deny his growing desire for the courageous
widow, or the urge to protect her from the threat that draws near…
Multidimensional villains and heroes add humor and drama to a complicated, fast-paced, and deliciously believable story of love, sex, and secrets.
~ Publishers Weekly
"Fans of western romance will be thrilled with this delightful addition to Goodman's strong list."
"Simmering sexual tension, exceptional character development, and slowly revealed secrets make this a book to savor."
~ Library Journal
"The Last Renegade plays out like the best classic western movies. Tension builds steadily as the pages turn, with author Jo Goodman teasingly offering up tidbits that round out the characters and plot as the story winds towards a good old-fashioned western conclusion. Goodman uses beautifully evocative language to set the scene, and her use of physical descriptors and dialogue paint portraits of the characters right down to “cheeks apple red with windburn and excitement.” The Last Renegade …is exceptional across the board, a sheer delight."
~ Reader to Reader
A Place Called Home
When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance,
while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers
him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship.
Thea is far from heartless. She's just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people. Yet the more time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties. There are complications and mis-steps, tears and laughter - lots of it.
And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the
last place she thought she'd find herself could be just where
December 6, 2011
VERDICT Realistic, romantic, and infused with plenty of humor, this brilliantly executed, fearlessly sensual first contemporary title from an author who has made her name in historicals is a stunning success. While this reviewer wouldn’t want to see Goodman neglect the historical arena, another modern-day winner like this heartwarming novel would be more than welcome. Goodman (Kissing Comfort) lives in West Virginia.
~ Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
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Praise For The Novels Of Jo Goodman
"Exquisitely written. Rich in detail, the characters are passionately drawn... An excellent read."
--- The Oakland Press
"Delightful and exciting... Goodman holds the suspense as well as the surprises and never lets up on the passion."
--- Romantic Times