Captain Ring Montgomery was handsome, a skilled rider, a crack shot, popular with the men and their ladies. That was reason enough for a jealous, surly colonel to saddle Montgomery with a most peculiar assignment: to escort an opera singer into the Colorado gold fields. Ring's plan was to... read more
A general of the U.S. Army has assigned a young officer as escort to famous opera singer. When he dies the head of Fort Breck. Colonel Harris, has been assigned the task of replacing this poor soldier and he knows just who to put on a task that is just about as embarrassing for a self... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
A general of the U.S. Army has assigned a young officer as escort to famous opera singer. When he dies the head of Fort Breck. Colonel Harris, has been assigned the task of replacing this poor soldier and he knows just who to put on a task that is just about as embarrassing for a self respecting officer of the U.S. Army as one can get. Colonel Harris has had it with the young ambitious C.H. Montgomery undermining his authority or at least embarrassing him with his acts of honor and chivalry. So this is one way of getting him out of his hair at least for awhile - and an indefinite while for that matter.
C.H.Montgomery is completely annoyed with his commanding officer whom he almost out ranks - and by all rights should as he's the most incompetent person he could think of that could possibly be placed in such a position. Well, he has decided to strike some fear into this young opera singer who seems hell bent on wasting the Army's time with an escort in a place she has no business, and probably wouldn't appreciate her sort of singing anyway. At that, he'd be doing her a favor keeping her permanently out of unnecessary danger - at least in this part of the country. Yes, he would make her see reason and that would work, then he could get back to doing more important duties for his country.
"LaReina"aka Maddie Worth has been duped into a dangerous task by some unknown people to perform in a place that is not known for its appreciation of opera. Anything besides lewd, gaudy, sexual forms of entertainment would do. But she will do anything to keep her sister safe and to find a way to rescue her. Besides, she was mysteriously approached by Gen. Yovington who somehow knew what her plight was, and he told her not to tell anyone, that he'd help her keep her sister safe. He'd hired people to watch out for her as well as send a military escort. Capt. Montgomery made quite an impression on her with his overt and rude attempts to bully and the false name of 'Satan' for his beloved stallion. She wasn't intimidated, nor would she have been, even if her sister hadn't been a motivation. Montgomery and the illustrious "LaReina" have much to learn about each other and the
good Capt. intends to learn as much as possible about this stubborn, hardheaded woman who seems really out of her element and yet doesn't seem to know it.
There are many attempts at drugging him to make Maddie's rendezvous with the person who has her 12 yr old sister captive (a sister she hasn't seen for years). After resisting the growing urge to just completely lean on this strangely persistent and overbearing man she realizes that she is falling in love with him. He seems to be very hard to read but he seems to be falling for her too. The whole mating ritual is very confusing to her as she has put romance out of her life and her talent/career at the forefront. She isn't sure she can have both and music is her first love.
After Maddie finally relents and completely breaks down and tells him her whole story, he rescues Laurel. His brother introduces himself earlier as a robber when Maddie and he were "handcuffed" together up the mountain after another one of her attempts at drugging him to go meet one of the men who had Laurel. with the promise of getting to see her this time.
By the time 'Ring had brought Laurel back Maddie had totally forgiven him and realized that she wanted nothing more than to be with him. After 3 days in a cabin they finally emerge both realizing that
they had found their true love. They still find that they have things to work out. Capt. Montgomery has a debt to pay and wants to see justice. And Maddie wants to be allowed to freely sing while she still can. Each has to come to a compromise but so far neither is willing to. They both find their good sense and find each other once again.
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