Bestselling author Jude Deveraux spins a rollicking story of a mismatched couple who unearth a sparkling, irresistible passion across the rugged West!
Captain Ring Montgomery was handsome, a skilled rider, a crack shot, popular with the men and their ladies. That was reason enough for a jealous, surly colonel to saddle Montgomery with a most peculiar assignment: to escort an opera singer into the Colorado gold fields.
Ring’s plan was to scare the little lady enough so that she’d hightail it for home. After all, a Civil War was brewing! But LaReina, The Singing Duchess—as Maddie was called—didn’t scare easily. And she didn’t intend to explain her reasons for coming West to any high and mighty soldier. Captain Montgomery might be smart enough to figure out that she was no European duchess, and gentleman enough not to take advantage of her. But he’d have to go on thinking she had some insane desire to sing opera to a bunch of ragtag miners—for she didn’t dare trust him with the truth…
The last thing opera singer Maddie Worth, known worldwide as LaReina, needs on her desperate trip to the gold fields of Colorado is arrogant Captain Montgomery dogging her every step. She is used to freedom, a freedom she desires more than ever now that she's been blackmailed into carrying letters between abolitionist spies who hold her 12-year-old sister Laurel captive and are threatening to kill her. But then again, the rigidly authoritarian Ring Montgomery is annoyed to have to shepherd this woman, who seemingly fears nothing and makes a nasty habit of drugging him, running off on her own and even getting herself kidnapped. Actually, the two are very much alike in their single-mindedness; each is exactly what the other needs to open up his/her life. Deveraux ( A Knight in Shining Armor ) fans may find the plot a little thin, but will welcome yet another pair of feisty, independent souls whose conversation crackles with electricity. Less expected is a male character perhaps unique in the romance genre: one for whom love is a prerequisite for sex!