by Thea Devine
Historical Romance, Old West
March 28, 2013
Available in: e-Book (reprint)
It was a year to the day her husband had died, and all Maggie Colleran can think about is Logan Ramsey, her dearest friend, whom she hasn’t seen in months. But this day, Logan has come to town with the express purpose of asking her to marry him. It will not be so straightforward: Maggie’s brother-in-law Reese suddenly appears in town and has invited himself to live with Maggie. And Dennis Coutts, Maggie’s trusted lawyer, has begun a subtle campaign to seduce her. And now Logan, for whom Maggie didn’t know she had stronger feelings than friendship.
She is confused about what she wants and with whom. But she has a newspaper to run. And a cause to fight. She has no time for men, even less time for romance. And besides, her short-lived marriage to her husband Frank taught her that men don’t like independent women and that love is fleeting, love can’t be trusted, love doesn’t last.
Until Logan begins his sensual assault. He’s waited far too long, and he’s determined to have Maggie this time. But forces are at work to narrow her choices and hem her in: a trusted colleague is shot; her business is torched; her valuable range land is set on fire, things Logan can’t protect her from. Things so insidious, she almost doesn’t dare to try to root out the truth.
Originally published November 1989 in mass market paperback Zebra Heartfire Romance.
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.