Arizona Territory, 1876: All alone on her ranch with the exception of her infant son, widow Rose Colby comes face to face with a wounded and desperate Apache half-breed named Latigo. Rose tends his wounds at gunpoint when she learns that he has been accused of murder. While he is undoubtedly dangerous, the information that Latigo gives Rose about her dead husband and his involvement in a group called the Indian Ring is even more so. Was her husband's death really an accident? Is it possible that the man she considers her late husband's best friend is actually a sinister enemy beneath his concerned façade? And will Rose be able to resist her growing feelings for Latigo, which will endanger both her life and the life of her infant son? A well-developed plot, strong characterization, and a colorful setting contribute to the impact of this emotional story.
Although dead, John Colby's character was definitley in question.
Rose Colby was married to John for near on nine years and was running a ranch that didn't seem to have many riders near by.
Bayard Hudson was certainly a pushy, ambitious man and was very sure that he could have Rose for his wife. I wonder what he planned to do with her son, Mason?
"Latigo" was thirty three and half Chiricahua Apache and in dire need of John Colby's help. He knew he was taking a chance in approaching John's ranch but it would be hard to survive in the desert wounded as he was.
Rose was not sure that she should befriend "Latigo" as there was no one around to protect her and Mason. She did prove to be a stubborn woman
Burford soon showed up with his vigilante riders and accused the half-breed scout of murder. Rose was already forming her own opinion on whether she should help John's rescuer or not. And Burford sure didn't leave Rose with any good opinion of him when he tries to force her to agree to marry him. Yuck!
The plot thickens when "Latigo" hints at the dangerous "Ring" and that John may have had some connection with it. Rose had to know the truth for the sake of her son and thereby begins an appealing romance.
Cover does not do "Latigo" justice. Does'nt look like a half-bred Native American. Surely the book companies could scout around and find some decent, rugged looking Native Americans to use on their covers.
Definitely RECOMMENDED - you will enjoy the story line and the characters and tidbits of Native American folk lore.
A great plot to go with the romance.
(from the back)
A dangerous man lay at Rose Colby's feet-
and though logic told her to flee instinct whispered a different tale. Latigo was a worthy man who desperately needed her help-and her heart...!
The brave young woman made Latigo yearn for what he knew he could never have-acceptance, family...and love. Such things were not for the likes of him. For he was a renegade Apache, the white man's posse claimed, and could only bring the widowed Rose Colby more greif....