A soldier with a secret. A daughter with a quest. Will their steam-powered chemistry thrive on the frontier?
Kansas, 1870. Buck O’Connor rides a horse named regret. Aimless and alone after a brutal loss to the North, he risks heading cross-country to reconcile with an estranged kinsman by helping in the bloody battle to wreck a new railroad. But after he saves a beautiful widow from an overturned carriage, he’s shocked to discover she’s the wealthy villain he swore to sabotage.
Amy Langford is desperate to fulfill her father’s legacy. And after a series of targeted mishaps, she gratefully accepts the protection of a strapping cowboy against the violent settlers. But she’s up to her neck in the frantic race to finish construction, and she can ill-afford to succumb to her feelings for her new bodyguard.
With Buck falling hard for the determined promoter he’s supposed to destroy, he’s terrified his hidden past will cost him her heart. And as Amy puts everything on the line to honor her father, her guilt demands she cut the handsome stranger loose before he’s the next victim of a cutthroat project.
Will their unexpected love be permanently derailed in the name of progress?
Her Bodyguard is the first scorching tale in the Steam! Romance and Rails Western historical romance series. If you like pulse-pounding suspense, dark deceits, and vivid depictions of the Wild West, then you’ll adore E.E. Burke’s gritty story.
In this first book in the Steam! series, a former soldier with a dark past pledges to protect a young widow to honor a promise and repay an old debt…love will demand more. Award-winning author E.E. Burke brings to vivid life the passion and ambition of the railroad era in a historical romance series with enough steam to power a train.
Praise for the Steam! series:
“Her portrayal of strong, realistic, well-defined characters and meticulous research transports readers back to the American West.”
—Jill Marie Landis, New York Times bestselling author
“Gripping, realistic western writing at its best! E. E. Burke is an exceptional storyteller!”
—Rosanne Bittner, USA TODAY bestselling author