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Mathilda Hardwicke, a rebellious artist rejected by her family and New York society, heads west to Gold Rush California to make a new life for herself as a mail-order bride. When fate leaves her at the altar in Paradise Bar–a ramshackle gold camp full of ragtag miners–she’s sure she’s leaped out of the frying pan and into the fire.
But unbeknownst to Mattie, she has a protector. Sakote, a fierce Konkow warrior, is bound by honor to watch over the white woman. And though his tribe is threatened by the encroaching miners, he’s strangely drawn to Mattie, who delights in making pictures of him and whose destiny seems entwined with his.
When a tragedy at the camp forces Sakote to steal Mattie away, she finds herself in an unfamiliar Paradise of savage wonder, and she soon discovers a forbidden love more precious than gold.
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A Forbidden Pleasure…
“Where I come from,” Mattie said, “it’s considered…uncivilized…to act upon our desires. Instead, we keep them leashed, hidden away.”
Sakote pushed up on one elbow and frowned down at her. “And this is civilized?”
She nodded. It truly was silly when you said it aloud.
He broke off the stem of a foxtail, rolling it thoughtfully between his fingers. “So if you have a desire to eat?”
“You pretend you’re not hungry at all.”
His scowl deepened. He brushed the furry tip of the weed lightly under her nose. “What if you have an itch that needs to be scratched?”
She twitched beneath his teasing touch. “You keep a stiff upper lip.”
He tossed the stem aside and let the tip of his finger take over, caressing her mouth with infinite patience, making his tortuous way down her throat, between her breasts, and lower. “And if you wish to feel pleasure?” he murmured.
His soft chuckle was as rich and delicious as cream. “I think I do not wish to be civilized.”
She smiled on a sigh. “Nor do I,” she whispered.
The DetailsPublished: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Glynnis Campbell
Genres & Tropes
Native American Romance, Old West Romance, Historical Romance