A PROUD, LONELY MAN
Colonel Samuel Shelby, special agent for President Madison, was given the most dangerous assignment of his career as the War of 1812 loomed over the Mississippi valley. Embittered and cynical after the betrayal of his treacherous first wife, Samuel vowed never to love again. But when he met a stunning French émigré, he was bewitched. Yet he shamed her with an offer to make her his mistress, never his wife.
A SPOILED, RECKLESS BEAUTY
Olivia St.Etienne was as fiery as her flaming hair, as headstrong as her aristocratic ancestors. At home in silk and satin, surrounded by fawning suitors, the St. Louis belle hid a secret life until the dark, arrogant colonel accidently uncovered it and ruined her reputation. Fleeing into the wilderness, Olivia--under the tutelage of an old mountain man--forged a new identity as a frontier woman who could ride through a buffalo stampede and outwit a band of bloodthirsty Osage renegades.
From the ballrooms of Washington to frontier St. Louis, up the mighty Missouri and down the great Mississippi to besieged New Orleans, Samuel and Olivia survived a war to share a love as turbulent and...
DEEP AS THE RIVERS.
The threat of the war with England (the War of 1812), together with the break-up of his marriage, makes Colonel Samuel Shelby is more than eager to head west into the wilderness on a secret mission for President Madison. Having sworn never to get involved with another treacherous female, Samuel has conflicting emotions when the headstrong beauty Olivia St. Etienne arrives on the scene to save him from unknown assassins. Despite his vow, he's attracted to the enigmatic redhead, so when her deceitful guardian offers to trade her to Samuel in payment of a gambling debt, Samuel readily accepts her as his mistress. Needless to say, Olivia is infuriated to be traded like so much hardtack and absconds in the middle of the night. When they are accidentally reunited en route to hostile Indian territory, a bitter battle of wills begins. Henke has overloaded her story with so many subplots and secondary characters that the reader loses sight of the love relationship supposedly building between the hero and heroine. So when the romance finally arrives, it's almost too late.