by Merline Lovelace

September 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2075-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Barbara Chamberlain is determined to get her brother released from the transportation prison ship where he has been incarcerated. She hopes to use an introduction to Lieutenant Zach Morgan's mother to further her moneymaking scheme.

Lady Barbara is definitely not the typical heroine; she is a devious conwoman who will lie at every turn to get what she wants. She is prepared to sleep with Zach to get money from him. But she fails to understand that Zach is a shrewd man who isnít so easily deceived. Even knowing her plan doesn't change his desire for Barbara.

This woman will make the reader instantly dislike her, her haughty ways, considering her scheming, will set the readerís teeth on edge.

Now Zach is a gloriously gorgeous hero and the reader will want true romance for him, and will share his motherís dislike of his choice of woman.

The story also explores the history of the changes in the movement of the Native American tribes and the frictions between them. It is a very interesting period and Merline Lovelace has done her research well and it reflects her interest in this period of American history. The reader can feel the atmosphere of the soldiers' camps and the activity surrounding them.

Some interesting secondary characters like Louise and Daniel Morgan, Zachís parents. They add rich colour to the story.

Also there is Hattie, the girl Zach rescues from her protector, who turns out to be a devious, young woman who is determined to win Zach for herself, even if it means killing Barbara.

Barbara, herself, goes through some heart searching as she is torn between her brother and Zach.

Passion sizzles between Barbara and Zach, and the reader gets plenty of hot romance as well as a cracking good read.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Mary.

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