"Love At Any Cost"
Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?
With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in Love at Any Cost.
When the saga of the O'Conner family was over (Julie Lessman's first two series focused on the O'Conner's of Boston and they are fabulous!) I was really sad. I hated to see them go and I really didn't think she would be able to craft another family that I would care so deeply about. As much as I love Julie's books, I have to admit it was with some trepidation that I opened Love At Any Cost to get started. Yet, in true Julie Lessman style, I was swept away in the first chapter and quickly became engrossed in the antics of Cassidy McClare and her San Francisco cousins. I was thrilled with the storylines that were interwoven throughout the book with Cassidy and her bad run of luck with men and her Aunt and her past catching up with her and how they found a bond in that. The men trying to prove themselves, but are they really so honest as they want the women to believe? And the women maybe not being totally honest and forthright themselves... will love, true love win out? Or will Cassidy settle for safe?
Here is a new breed of family for me to love and follow thanks to Julie Lessman. There is only one bad thing about Julie being so brilliant with her new series... I now have to wait for the next book to come out. Sigh. I have a really funny feeling that it will be totally worth every moment of waiting though, the first book certainly was!
Thank you to Revell Publishing for a copy of Love At Any Cost in exchange for an honest review.***
Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.