Gold Lust Conspiracy, by Lynda Rees

Seventeen-year-old prostitute Jessie is sold to wealthy Everett Blackstone, offering a new life in exchange for catering to his brutal whims.

He perpetrates an elaborate hoax in 1896:  the Alaskan Gold Rush. Widowed during a violent confrontation in lawless Skagway, she inherits Everett’s businesses and responsibility for the livelihood of many depending on her. It’s dreadful timing for her growing attraction to virile Logan Pace, a lumberjack in her employ.

Can she find belonging, respect and love in a hostile man’s world?