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"Your mother could handle men better than anyone I've ever met. She knew exactly what she was doing. You don't."
"I can learn."
"Can you?" He came at her with that lean-hipped walk she found so intimidatingly masculine. "What are you going to do the first time a man stalks up to you and puts his hand on you like this?"
At his touch she went rigid and sucked in an audible gasp of air. "What if he backs you up against a wall?" He pinned her against the soft velvet of the door curtain.
"You have made your point, Mr. Hays. . . ."
When Gabrielle Antoine arrives in the rough mining town, the convent-bred beauty is shocked by the decadence she finds there--and stunned to learn she has just inherited a bordello from the mother she never knew. Worse, her mother's business partner, Jordan Hays--a rugged, cynical loner--embodies everything Gabrielle fears . . . and secretly desires. Determined to transform the house of ill repute into an honorable enterprise, Gabrielle soon locks horns with an unscrupulous rival. And as Jordan seeks to shield her from this unexpected danger, Gabrielle finds herself swept away by a passion as tempting as sin itself. . . .
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What's a girl to do?! When the mother she never knew bequeaths a boomtown bordello and a too-sexy, too-cynical business partner to convent-bred beauty Gabrielle Antoine, she does what any sensible woman would do--she plays the piano in the parlor while her "girls" entertain their "guests." Determined to send the virtuous Gabrielle scurrying back to New Orleans, her new partner, gambler Jordan Hays, embarks on a mission to open her eyes to the seamier, steamier side of life found on the frontier, shocking her to the core with his fiery kisses and caresses that stir unfamiliar, but far from unpleasant feelings in Gabrielle. Much to everyone's surprise, especially Jordan's, Gabrielle refuses to sell out to the unsavory rival who operates a string of gambling dens and whorehouses under deplorable conditions and who murdered Gabrielle's mother to get his hands on Celeste's Place, the grandest brothel in Central City, Colorado. Now in danger, Gabrielle finds herself under the protective wing of Jordan, the loner whose heart has been locked away since experiencing unspoken atrocities during the Civil War. But Gabrielle's innocence and determination stir Jordan's long-lost sense of chivalry, while her beauty stirs his slumbering libido. And Gabrielle is swept away by the depth of her passion for the rugged Jordan. The gambler and the ingenue join forces to fend off a hostile takeover and to search for a lost gold mine, falling in love along the way. The historical accuracy and detail of The Bequest place Candice Proctor in the same category with romance author Susan Johnson, whose attention to non-fictional detail makes every novel a learning experience. Proctor's follow-up to her well-received debut, Night in Eden, is another knockout! --Alison TrinkleFrom the Publisher:
This is the second book we've published by this fabulous author, but it was actually written before "Night in Eden" which is Candice's debut novel. The setting of Colorado in the late 1800's is more traditional than the Australian setting of "Night in Eden," but this book still has a lot of the elements that I loved about Candice's first book and that I love about historical romance in general--a strong, intelligent heroine, a sexy and mysterious hero, a lot of emotion, passion and action. And I have to say, the villain in this book is about the meanest, most evil villain I've ever encountered in romance. This book proved for me that one of Candice's greatest talents as a writer is an ability to make the reader feel like she is actually there. So if you've ever been curious about what it would be like to live in a brothel, check out "The Bequest!"
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Book Description Ivy Books, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0804118272
Book Description Ivy Books. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0804118272 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0377109