By Jude Deveraux
Captain Ring Montgomery used to be good-looking, a talented rider, a crack shot, well liked by the lads "and" their girls. That used to be cause adequate for a jealous, surly colonel to saddle Montgomery with a so much unusual task: to escort an opera singer into the Colorado gold fields. Ring's plan used to be to scare the little woman sufficient in order that she'd hightail it for domestic. in the end, a Civil struggle used to be brewing! yet LaReina, The making a song Duchess -- as Maddie worthy known as herself on level -- did not scare effortless. and he or she did not intend to give an explanation for her purposes for coming West to any excessive and powerful soldier. Captain Montgomery may be clever adequate to determine that she was once no eu duchess, and gentleman adequate to not make the most of her whilst he'd had the opportunity, yet he'd need to pass on considering she had a few insane wish to sing opera to a number of ragtag miners. She did not dare belief him with the truth....
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She wasn’t going to answer that. “These men,” she said pointedly, “wanted to hear me sing, and for a singer of my quality, abduction is not so unusual. In Russia, after I sang for the czar, the students unhitched the horses from my carriage and pulled it to a dreary little boardinghouse. ” “No. ” After a moment he spoke to her gruffly. ” She hesitated, but she was so tired that she couldn’t help leaning back against him. Her head fit exactly under his chin. ” His voice was still full of anger.
Ring watched Maddie walk ahead of him. His good looks hadn’t seemed to make an impression on her, and he doubted if she’d care one way or the other if he told her of his family’s money. After all, how could money impress someone who’d spent her childhood wearing a little crown and traveling amid her people? He laughed out loud, then regained control when a couple of people stared at him. She was a liar, true, but she was an interesting one and a creative one. Maybe she needed less protection than he’d originally thought, but he was going to stick around her, if for no other reason than to see what happened next.
A little. ” “Not the songs. My voice. ” “All right,” he said, smiling, “then show me. ” At that she stood and smiled down at him. “I apologize, Captain Montgomery, for doubting you. You do have a sense of humor. ” “Oh, I see, you need, what? An orchestra? ” “I could sing underwater if need be, but I sing only when I want to. Were I to sing here for you, just you, it would be a gift of great value. ” “The miners who fork over ten dollars tonight have earned this . . ” “Tonight I will not sing for one man alone but for many.