Jesse, Wyatt and Zane McCord are cousins. You couldn’t get any closer than they were. They are home schooled because the closest school is too far away and their parents share a large house with their grandfather, Coot. That is until Wyatt and Zane’s parents have had enough of Coot trying to find the gold his great grandfather lost and leave not only the ranch but Montana.
Now, years later Coot has died and Wyatt and Zane have returned for the funeral. Jesse has been the only cousin that stayed and worked the ranch with Coot so he’s shocked when Coot’s will gives Wyatt and Zane equal shares in it. Angry and upset, he takes it out on them not wanting them even around. If Wyatt and Zane have decide to stay, will they ever be able to live in peace?
Also, showing up at the funeral is Amy Parrish. Amy and Jesse had something special or at least Jesse thought they had something special until Amy disappeared one day and Jesse had no idea of where she went. Unfortunately, no one told his heart that he’s suppose to be over Amy. Jesse’s still attracted to her but she has a job teaching school in Helena. When Amy stays to take care of her seriously ill father, will Jesse dare to open up his heart to her again?
Besides Mr. Parrish being extremely ill, there are some suspicious accidents happening around the Parrish ranch and to Amy! Who could wish them ill or is there something else going on?
This is the first book in a trilogy about the McCord cousins and it’s a great introduction to a wonderful family. You not only get a lot of background concerning Coot and the rest of the family but you fall in love with the McCord cousins and towns people of Gold Fever.
The characters in this story are so life like. There aren’t perfect and their reactions are natural. Jesse is pissed off that he has to share the ranch with his cousins who haven’t visited in all the years that they have been gone. He has the right. But when he’s in a fight, 4 against 1, they immediately step in to help him. After all, they’re family. Amy and Jesse have issues of their own. Each has their own belief of what happened between them but both get defensive when they try to discuss it. There are a lot of hard headed people in this book!
The love story between Jesse and Amy evolves at a pace that you can believe. They don’t immediately fall back into each other’s arms. They do have things that they need to work out. In other words, they are human with all the human emotions that the rest of us have.
I loved this book. The story is so rich with excellent characters and wonderful plots. I’m so glad that there are two more books planned, one for Wyatt and one for Zane. Watching these cousins learn about each other is amazing. The mystery of where the missing gold is merely an interesting backdrop as the hot cowboys and loving relationships are in the forefront. Still, I can’t wait to learn where the gold has been hidden, if it’s found at all. After all, love is worth more than any gold and this love story proves it.
They're the McCords...three rugged, sexy cowboy cousins who'll inherit the family range--if they seek the treasure hidden on it. But even more precious are the women who can tame their wild hearts...
She was the one person who shook Jesse McCord's quiet determination. She was the only one he ever let in, body and soul. Then suddenly Amy Parrish was gone and the oldest McCord cousin devoted his life to the family ranch. Now Amy is back, offering help to Jesse find the McCord gold. Yet Jesse's not about to give her a second chance, and he hopes his pride will protect him from her irresistible charms. But under the wide prairie skies a dangerous, unseen enemy is fast closing in, threatening Amy and Jesse's very lives and the promise of their ...