Ivan is lured by the evil Laveau diViere into acting as foreman on a large ranch won in a card game. All Ivan has to do is run the place for a year and he will then own half of it. Believing this is his chance to earn money to return to Poland and reclaim his position as a prince, Ivan accepts. He is one of the surviving members of the Night Riders and knows diViere’s traitorous past, but he sets aside his suspicions and heads to Overlin.
The fact that Carla Reese’s younger brother gambled away their inheritance doesn’t mean anything until Ivan arrives. Then it is a knock-down, drag-out brawl between her loyalty to her home and her heart. While Carla and Ivan begin to sense that theirs is not a passing infatuation, diViere’s devious plot brings a troop of men — and trouble — to Overlin. By the time they figure out what diViere really intends, it may be too late to stop him. (SOURCEBOOKS, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)