Her Heart Was Locked Away
Rhyne Abbot is fierce, brave, and used to a life of isolation on her father's spread on the outskirts of Reidsville, Colorado. But when, overcome with sickness, she collapses, she knows she must return to town if she is to have any hope of recovery. Only there is no place for her but the new doctor's home, and he wants more than just to heal Rhyne. He wants her hand in marriage.
Until One Man Found The Key
Doctor Cole Monroe's hands are already more than full with his orphaned little sister to look after, and yet somehow he can't resist the magnetic pull of Rhyne's bewitching eyes--or her tempting kiss. But convincing her to trust him won't be easy. For Rhyne's heart needs as much tender care as her ailing body. And the only cure is the thing she most fears: to let herself fall in love. . .
Praise for Jo Goodman and The Price of Desire
"Once again, Goodman delivers a luscious and sensual romance."
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The delightful denizens of Reidsville, Colorado, last seen in Goodman’s Never Love a Lawman (2009), are back, more feisty and charming than ever. Added to the frontier town’s mix of eclectic characters are Doctor Coleridge Monroe and his teenage sister Whitley. Cole, visiting the outlying population with deputy Will Beatty, gingerly approaches the cabin of local curmudgeon Judah Abbot, who lives with his remaining son, Ryan, nicknamed Runt. As Cole introduces himself to Judah, Will discovers that Runt is bleeding. Cole not only realizes that the person known as a young man to others is really a woman but also that she is miscarrying. So begins a tale of deceit and malice leavened by the healing power of love, told like many westerns, in a good-hearted, ambling manner. As Rhyne (once Ryan) struggles to reconcile herself as a woman with Cole and Whitley’s help, Goodman adeptly explores the parameters of parental and romantic love while giving readers the gritty feel of life in the Rocky Mountains during the 1880s. --Pat HenshawFrom Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. Bestseller Goodman combines history, intrigue, medical science, and family secrets in this winning sequel to 2009's Never Love a Lawman. The year is 1884. Offered a surprise job in tiny Reidsville, Colo., Dr. Coleridge Monroe and his scarred 16-year-old sister, Whitley, pack up and leave New York City, where no one appreciates Cole's research on germs. In Reidsville, Cole meets Rhyne Abbott, who is gradually transformed from a mountain girl to a city girl as she spends more time with Cole. Goodman has a real flair for writing romantic tension and sexy love scenes, and she also gives ample time to exploring the characters' deeper relationships and longings for revenge and forgiveness. Fans of historical and western romances will also appreciate Goodman's witty dialogue, first-rate narrative prose, and clever plotting. (Dec.) (c)
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