In 1867 bold, passionate Eden O'Rourke marries, not for love or money, but to dupe her influential in-laws into arranging her beloved father's release from a contrived prison sentence. Her new husband agrees to the ruse for it means he can claim Eden's unborn child as his own, thus deflecting his family's pressure to produce an heir.
Eden, cleverly evading those who believe she, like her father, is a smuggler and Fenian collaborator, is determined to free her father from life behind bars and does what she can, what she must, to reach her goal. When legal methods are exhausted she dons a mask, carries a pistol and, after stealing her brother-in-law's ill-gotten gains, robs wealthy citizens to obtain enough money to arrange her father's escape.
Her life grows ever more complicated by the lustful attentions of several men who profess to love her, and the one man--Alex, the father of her child--she loves but dares not trust. As her crimes worsen, culminating in what may be treason, and her enemies grow more dangerous and determined to apprehend her, she must run for her own freedom.
Eden and Alex come together in a glorious, fiery reunion then separate as fortune dictates–she to hide for her own and her children’s safety, he to save his mother from the gallows.
When her outrageous criminal past catches up to her, Eden's newly-invented life falls apart. After a brief marriage she must leave her children in the care of others and sets off in freshly dangerous directions with some possibly deadly companions. In England she continues her quest to have her father cleared of false charges, and returns to the cunning ways that worked for her before. Alex, meanwhile, makes a deal with the devil–his father–and, in exchange for his mother’s continued well-being, contracts to marry a wealthy young woman to replenish the family coffers and breed the next earl.
Will fortune finally smile on Eden and Alex, or will family crises, marriage to others, hot anger, cold pride, deadly secrets, and potentially lethal confrontations, douse the flames of their passionate love?
Just as their fathers messed up a profitable Colorado ranching partnership, ice-maiden Diana Rennie and earthy mystery man Del Russell mess up their first meeting, and when initial animosity becomes runaway desire, the result is a shotgun wedding, a prison sentence for Del, and a burden of guilt that Diana is able to rationalize away.
But, watch out--Del is free and back in Diana’s life with am imposing vengeance, back for his rightful share of the ranch, back to prove he isn't the criminal everyone thought he was, back to finish what the two of them had started four years ago in a passionate daze.
Two strong-willed people with opposing views, they love, fight and, as crisis follows crisis, save each other as vigorously as they save the land they both adore.
On the run from sinister forces, Grace and Connor marry young and travel through 1871 California, remaining in hiding for three blissful years. His father's terminal illness brings the couple back to San Francisco, to the glittering yet deceitful, controlling, demanding society they believed they'd escaped. Things soon begin to fall apart for them, due to pressures beyond their control, and jealousies, blunders and misjudgments they make themselves.
On the day their divorce is granted, Grace goes missing, and as he tries to find her Connor will discover he never lost his love for her. If, no when he finds her,
can he convince her to return with him, both older and wiser, to that magical place they called Love Eterne?
Pampered San Francisco society belle Libby Masters has always wanted to be just like her mother–a selfless care-giver who died accidentally in the jungles of Yucatan while doing missionary work. Her plans are disrupted when a beloved friend is fatally injured defending her honor and she makes him a deathbed promise that she will avenge him. More shattering is the knowledge that her mother actually died of yellow fever in a Louisiana prison where she was serving time for killing the man who murdered her lover.
Logan Cornell has tried to settle down on his brother’s ranch, but rumors surface about his past, that he was the infamous Keller Kid, a teenage gunslinger who ruthlessly tracked down and killed six members of the murderous gang who destroyed his family. Unable to convince his politically ambitious brother that the stories aren’t true, he decides to move on.
Libby, seriously questioning her identity, and Logan, trying to escape his, meet in a small Mexican town where her search has brought her in pursuit of a legendary Mexican bandit leader. Logan is seeking the same man to bring him a shipment of horses. Libby tags along with Logan and a group of opportunists on what becomes a wild adventure–riding with bandits on a raid, capture by Indians and the Mexican army, searching for and finding a fabulous treasure, finding–and losing–the love of her life, only to find him again years later when they both need each other the most.
A contemporary mystery about a young woman who witnesses a murder and vanishes, with police and bad guys in a race to find her. Questions arise: who is the bad guy? Is it the obvious one, is it the police detective, or is it Helena herself?