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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Colorado Silver, Colorado Gold by Terry Irene Blain

Colorado Silver, Colorado Gold by Terry Irene Blain
Publisher: Wings ePress, Inc.
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (295 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Masquerading as a widow, socialite Juliette Lawson flees Philadelphia to 'visit' her uncle in Durango, Colorado. At a train stop she literally bumps into a handsome man before continuing on to Durango. For Julie, family is all important and her visit hides a secret to protect her pregnant sister back east.

While family is all important for Julie, it means nothing to Wes Westmoreland, the man she bumped into. An undercover agent for Wells Fargo, Wes grew up in the saloons and brothels of San Francisco. For Wes, his job is all important as he sees it as the only redeeming feature of his life.

What happens when two people begin to fall in love -- while Wes conceals his undercover investigation of Julie's uncle's smelter operation, and Julie must hide the real reason behind her visit?

Gran always said “the Lord helps those who help themselves”; so Julie Lawson takes herself and the secret contents of her black valise far from Philadelphia to Durango, Colorado in her effort to protect her sister Cory.

Even though a well-bred young lady, Julie gets herself in trouble, at times, for acting before thinking. Her loyalty, spunk, straightforward honesty, and her industriousness make her a winsome character to know. Her introduction to a whole new set of emotions as love creeps in makes her even more endearing as she deals with her confusion, often with a subtle humor, as rejection and doubts shake her confidence at times. The one time she seems totally defeated is heartbreaking.

Wes Westmoreland, raised in a saloon by an unloving father and prostitutes, has a low self-esteem concerning his social acceptability but he knows he is good at his job as an undercover agent for Wells Fargo. From Julie’s point of view, he is a masculine beauty. She disapproves of his carrying a gun and frequenting saloons—ha, but he makes her heart pound, her knees weak, her breasts tingle, and her mind stop thinking. He feels guilt about his being associated with her at the risk of her reputation but cannot seem to help himself. He is like a moth drawn to a flame.

Terry Irene Blain’s smooth, tantalizing writing style lets the reader enjoy events as if right there with the action. Her love scenes, especially the one on that rainy day, are sensational. She uses imagery that touches so many of the senses with such phrases as [Julie was] “standing at the entrance to a dark, dangerous cavern where the candlelight revealed a golden treasure [Wes] tempting her to enter.”, “control vanished like a gray cat in the fog”, and so many more. All of them making Colorado Silver, Colorado Gold a marvelous love story to read.