After a vicious outlaw murders her father, Laura
Rutherford sees no future beyond running the family brothel and kowtowing to
the local gang. Not even marriage offers escape. No man can compete with the
beautiful women who dance the can-can for her each night…at least not until a
gentle stranger sweeps in and opens her eyes to desires too long denied.
Joe Bascum stumbles into Bitterroot Flats
looking for a place to hide from a gunman out for blood. When the innocent
Madame from the local brothel offers a bed and bath, Joe accepts hoping to show
the buttoned-up beauty just how right forbidden desire can feel.
When danger escalates, can Laura help Joe defeat
the famous Fletcher gang, or is she destined to live a lonely life as the
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About the Author:
Shiloh Saddler likes to do research for her steamy romances
first hand. She has invented a time machine and travels back to the
19th century on a regular basis. There are experimental settings on her
time machine which could propel her into the future and even other worlds. She
believes love and a good book makes anything possible.
Time for the can-can show. My heart palpitated in
anticipation. Shamelessly I watched the four women file on stage in their long
matching red skirts and black stockings. A red feather in their hair.
Mr. Woodson finished the intro music. I gave him
a small smile and nod before returning my attention to the women. I let out a
quiet sigh. They were all beauties. When I was younger I cried myself to sleep
wishing I had their figure; now full grown, I had given up on that dream. I
wasn’t tall and leggy like Lulu. I wasn’t as curvy as Rose. I didn’t have
Amanda’s fiery red hair or Delilah’s flawless complexion. I was just average.
The black silk chokers around their necks helped
draw attention to their faces and lower to their breasts. The ladies grabbed
their skirts and walked to the edge of the stage, swishing their skirts
suggestively and showing off their white bloomers. Many men let out cheers or
said lewd comments. Ash rushed in and grabbed a seat. He leaned back in his
chair put two fingers to his lips and let out a shrill whistle. Like me, he
caught as many performances as he could. The bastard had become a
regular fixture in Bitterroot Flats, easily partaking in the entitlements.
Including murder. He must have had a past with Fletcher. Done jobs together,
maybe even served time together.
I had to put up with him. But I didn’t have to
pretend to like him. I seared his back with a fiery stare, hoping he could feel
I wish I never had to see Ash again. I wish I had
the power to ban him from the Honey Ranch. The power to keep him from Amanda
would be some satisfaction, but the Fletcher Gang owned the town. Ash could do
whatever he damn pleased and I was powerless to stop him.
Ash wasn’t going to spoil the show for me. I
focused on the women, their every seductive move. The dancers turned around in
place before prancing around the stage in a small circle, flashing the
gentlemen big smiles. Their faces, heavily painted with rouge and lip paint,
glowed under the stage’s lighting. A thrill zipped through me when they formed
a line again and started their high kicks. Some of the men clapped, keeping
time with the music. Others tapped their empty beer glasses on the tables. The
rowdy atmosphere didn’t bother me anymore. The scent of beer and whiskey wafted
through the air, mixing with the smell of sweat, horses, and the honeysuckle
perfume the ladies wore. I easily tuned out the men, my attention narrowing to
the women working the stage as if their lives depended on it. How they managed
to dance so well in those high-heeled black boots I’d never know. They helped
show off their legs, though. And I could drool over all those legs. Heat and
desire burning in my belly, I hoped no one could read my dirty thoughts.
I will readily admit that when I finished reading the prologue and found myself
crying like a baby I was a bit nervous about this story… I was so scared that
it was going to have me crying most of the way through that I took some time to
read something else before coming back to it. BUT and that’s a big one… I am so
glad that I did… The story is so enjoyable.
story is a F/F in a time where a relationship like that wasn’t something that
was accepted. I found that the way author wrote Joe was great. Shiloh made the
character blend into her surroundings so well, she caused the character to take
on male characteristics and a persona that helps her disguise her true sex.
the character of Laura, it has to be hard for her to be the madam of a brothel,
watching the women display themselves for all the men in the town knowing that
her sexual orientation. Having to hide her true desire for the women she is
supposed to employ. Her father’s final words to her to be true to herself are