by Thea Devine
Historical Romance, Old West
March 28, 2013
Available in: e-Book (reprint)
If Rake Cordigan knows anything, it’s that women are trouble. Even worse, a woman alone in a buckboard on a backwoods trail, in disguise. As a nun. She’s either running from something or someone, or — likely — both. Not his problem. Except when the boy shows up. Someone she knows. And yet something’s not right, he senses it, she knows it. He can’t leave her alone with just the boy when there are shadow riders poised to attack her.
Rake is no woman’s knight errant, but he knows trouble when he sees it. And he knows he’s only letting himself in for more trouble when he rescues her. It means their being together in close quarters until she’s ready to tell him the truth.
With every minute, he questions that she’s even a nun — her eyes are too desperate, she’s too beautiful and she hasn’t once uttered a prayer.. Give her one thing: disguising herself as a nun is a sure way to keep a man at a far distance. But not here, not with him, not with that sharp tongue, unbelievable story, and lovely face. He promises himself he’ll only keep her until he gets to the truth, but even if she confesses everything, can he really let her go?
Originally published August 1991 by Zebra Books.
She’s the author whose books defined erotic historical romance. Romantic Times calls her “The Queen of Erotic Romance,” Affaire de Coeur: “… the divine mistress of sensual writing …” She’s Thea Devine (yes, it’s her real name), and she’s the author of 18 steamy historical romances (with three more to come), as well as contributing novellas to Kensington Books’ USA Today best-selling erotic historical romance anthologies, CAPTIVATED, FASCINATED, and TAKEN BY SURPRISE. She’s also written a handful of sexy contemporary romantic novellas for Kensington and Leisure Books, and she made her debut in full-length contemporary romance in 1999 with NIGHT MOVES, for Harlequin Temptation “Blaze”. She lives and works in Connecticut (and summers in Maine), but more to the point, she really lives that secret life readers sometimes think she does: for the past twenty years, she’s also been a professional manuscript reader. She was married to John and after 50 years of love and companionship, her husband passed away in December 2016, and has two grown sons, Michael and Thomas; and two sister felines, Charlotte and Emily Bronte Cat; and two dogs: mini-doxie Midgie, who recently joined the family; and the headstrong, stubborn and wilful black lab, Maggie, who has, Thea says, all the qualities of a good heroine.