The Union Army wants former Confederate Army general Beau Kerry for alleged war crimes, but he’s hiding out where the Yankees least expect to find him: in the United States Cavalry. Beau is fighting Apaches out West and praying nobody recognizes his famous face. But Lieutenant Kerry’s luck changes when he runs into Sergeant Ike Jefferson and says, “The last time I saw you, I had you bent over a barrel and I was whipping you.” Ike is not only Beau’s best friend (or worst enemy, depending on the day), he’s Beau’s former slave — and Ike knows there’s a $5000 price on Beau’s head. Caroline Dietrich has vengeance on her mind. Married to Colonel Wesley Dietrich, the Union fort commander, Caroline believes the best path to getting revenge against the Yankees, her husband included, is seducing her husband’s officers. Especially Beau. From the killing fields of the Civil War to the savagery of the Indian wars, the characters are also battling each other and searching for what it means to be human.
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“Julia Robb creates a masterful tale of friendship, loyalty, cowardice, deceit, and redemption in this fascinating story set in the aftermath of the War Between the States…Not a simple western yarn, this novel will keep you thinking and asking the Big Questions long after you finish reading it.”
Caroline, why did you pick on Beau, to attempt to seduce him?
Caroline: Because he is so handsome. He’s not like the other officers on my husband’s staff. He’s got that head of goldilocks hair and big shoulders, and he walks like the god of sex.
Were you angry when he resisted you?
Lord, no. Let’s just say I was perturbed. He just made me want him even more. None of the others resisted.
Didn’t it bother you that your husband trusted him?
No, honey, that was one of the reasons I found him so attractive. I’m not going to let Wesley keep any of them.
You mean your husband’s officers?
That’s exactly what I mean. I’m going to have my revenge.
Unfaithfulness is revenge?
Not only that. If Wesley thinks he can run this command by his lone self, he’s got another thing coming. Wesley finds out and he transfers the officer.
How can you do this to him?
I will have my revenge.
Julia Robb is a former journalist who writes novels set in Texas. She’s written Saint of the Burning Heart, Scalp Mountain, Del Norte, The Captive Boy, and The Stamp of Heaven. Julia grew up on the lower Great Plains of Texas and lived in every corner of the Lone Star State, from the Rio Grande to the East Texas swamps.