Trey Dunham, a mid-level cog in the Pendergast Machine during Prohibition, runs 1520 Main, Boss Tom’s most prized speakeasy featuring good booze, hot jazz, and beautiful women. Trey wants to buy the joint and scrapes together every penny he can by running errands, guns, and booze. But Boss Tom likes the arrangement and would never sell the speak at any price, keeping Trey digging graves in Brush Creek and making sure all the dead folks in Jackson County get to the polls. Twice.
Then Boss Tom, seeing an opportunity to avenge an ancient grudge against one Reverend Gil Scarritt, offers 1520 Main as bait. If Trey can get the good reverend’s daughter Marina knocked up in two months without marrying her, Tom’ll give Trey the bar lock, stock, and barrel. If he fails to get her pregnant at all, well… Trey could find himself swimming in the Missouri River.
Trey never samples his own wares and he never bets against the house. But Tom’s an inveterate–and very bad–gambler, and Trey’s got several other reasons to take that bet because he’s only ever wanted two things:
Money and respectability.
And he doesn’t care what he has to do to get them.
But after his bride is murdered on their wedding day, Knox refuses to fulfill the proviso at all. When a brilliant law student catches his attention, he knows he must wait until after his 40th birthday to pursue her—but he may not be able to resist her that long.
Sebastian Taight, eccentric financier, steps between Knox and his uncle by initiating a hostile takeover. When Sebastian is appointed trustee of a company in receivership, he falls hard for its beautiful CEO. She has secrets that involve his uncle, but his secret could destroy any chance he has with her.
Giselle Cox unwittingly exposed the affair that set her uncle’s plot in motion twenty years ago. Because she holds his life in her hands, he’s tried—and failed—to assassinate her. Twice. Then she runs into a much bigger problem: A man who takes her breath away, who can match and dominate her, whose soul is as scarred as his body.
Knox, Sebastian, and Giselle: Three cousins at war with an uncle who will stop at nothing to keep Knox’s inheritance. Never do they expect to find allies—and love—on the battlefield.