LOVE AT ANY COST
He's looking to take care of his family. She's looking to take care of her heart.
Trouble is . . . love's looking to take care of them both.
Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Jilted by a fortune hunter, Cassidy travels west hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. Can love prevail when Jamie discovers that Cassidy is poorer than he is? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?
Bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the delectable Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Join your favorite romantic storyteller as she moves to the hills of San Francisco for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations.
Someone should report Julie Lessman for Cruelty to Characters! She certainly knows how to put them, and subsequently her readers, through the wringer. But that's what I love about the whole Julie Lessman experience -- emotional overload with a happy ending. Though, let me tell you I couldn't predict how that could even be possible in this book! Lessman throws a few major curve balls into the plot that left me with heart palpitations and gasping for air! I love when an author surprises me like that!
Cassidy is such a fun, spunky, wonderful heroine. Loved her from the minute I met her and lived every second of her story right along with her. Not always a comfortable ride, but exhilarating nonetheless.
Jamie is the perfect flawed hero -- a man who doesn't grasp that what he perceives as weakness is really strength until it is very nearly too late.
Warning -- you might want to wear asbestos gloves while reading Love at Any Cost because sparks fly from Cassidy and Jamie's first meeting and continue to sizzle right to the very end. I'm sure the author wouldn't want any of her devoted fans to get singed!
Lessman captures the essence of the time period with vivid descriptions that propel the reader through time. She has an amazing gift for painting pictures with words while not bogging the story down with details. Words flow, pouring out a compelling plot that will keep you distracted from the real world until you are done. Be prepared for a marathon read.
And, as with all Lessman's books, a profound inspirational message lies at the heart of the story. It touched me as I am sure it will all her readers. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in this new series...and have to admit to being heartily relieved to discover that I adore the McClares just as much as I do the O'Connors.
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