Empress Jordan is the daughter of a former French count and fugitive. Trey Braddock-Black is the son of a wealthy mine and landowner. When he buys three weeks of her services in a brothel auction, they end up falling in love. An ex-lover of Trey's and corrupt Montana politicians cause problems for the couple.
Entertaining enough read with likable supporting characters. I really felt their love for the first two-thirds of the book, but when they so easily allow a 10 month long separation, it becomes a little less believable. The hero is definitely obsessed, but their stubbornness is ridiculous. In an age when a trip from Montana to Paris is expedited by train and steamship, it's hard to believe that the hero wouldn't have gone after the heroine sooner than 10 months. The week he spent in an opium den would have got him a good deal of the way there.