by Thea Devine
Old West, Historical Romance
March 28, 2013
Available in: e-Book (reprint)
For years, Julianne, the indigent cousin of the wealthy Rosalind, has fed on Rosalind’s fairytale letters describing her life and loves in lush detail to the one person she’s certain she’ll never see again.
Now Rosalind is to be married to the rangy, obdurate, plain-spoken Sam Garrison, a copper baron from Montana, and the last thing Rosalind wants is Julianne at the wedding. But family will talk — so she’s vastly relieved when Julianne proves to be mannerly, and presentable, even beautiful, in her dowdy clothes. There is even something about her that pricks Sam Garrison’s interest as well — to the point where, when Rosalind balks at walking down the aisle, and Sam swears he’ll marry any of the wedding guests who will have him — Julianne steps in and accepts the offer.
And now Sam, who didn’t expect anyone to take him up on it, now must cope with the furious father of the bride who won’t hesitate to kill him; a lucrative business deal gone sour, a jilted bride seeking vengeance, and a beautiful burden who could easily tempt him beyond all restraint and become his Montana mistress for real.
Originally published June 1990 by Zebra Books.
She’s the author whose books defined erotic historical romance. Romantic Times calls her “The Queen of Erotic Romance,” Affaire de Coeur: “… the divine mistress of sensual writing …” She’s Thea Devine (yes, it’s her real name), and she’s the author of 18 steamy historical romances (with three more to come), as well as contributing novellas to Kensington Books’ USA Today best-selling erotic historical romance anthologies, CAPTIVATED, FASCINATED, and TAKEN BY SURPRISE. She’s also written a handful of sexy contemporary romantic novellas for Kensington and Leisure Books, and she made her debut in full-length contemporary romance in 1999 with NIGHT MOVES, for Harlequin Temptation “Blaze”. She lives and works in Connecticut (and summers in Maine), but more to the point, she really lives that secret life readers sometimes think she does: for the past twenty years, she’s also been a professional manuscript reader. She was married to John and after 50 years of love and companionship, her husband passed away in December 2016, and has two grown sons, Michael and Thomas; and two sister felines, Charlotte and Emily Bronte Cat; and two dogs: mini-doxie Midgie, who recently joined the family; and the headstrong, stubborn and wilful black lab, Maggie, who has, Thea says, all the qualities of a good heroine.