LOVE ME ONLY by Hebby Roman Zebra May 1999; paperback 382 pages Setting: Mexico 1865 Highly Recommended
The trip to Mexico City left Diana McFarland and her mother exhausted, but the news upon reaching their hotel wiped away the dust of their weary travel, replacing it with anguish at the news that their beloved husband and father was dead; and not from a quiet passing in the night, but a brutal murder. Raised as a son, Diana's education equips her to deal competently with Segumn Torres who claimed to be her father's partner. Demanding that Diana sell her father's silver refining formula to him, Segumn knows if the beautiful Americana stays in his country he will be unable to tether the passion she ignites in his blood. Innocent and sexually naive, Diana still feels the powerful draw of Segumn's masculinity; despite reservations she agrees to his offer, unsure of the outcome, knowing only she longs for the security of his arms and an end to the ache that grows almost unbearable in his presence.
Driven by avarice, an evil man lurks in corners as he plots to destroy Segumn's holdings. Willing to sacrifice lives to obtain his goal, Segumn's stepfather slithers from his lair to ride roughshod over the plans and dreams of his family, using anything and anyone in an effort to retain control of his vast holdings.
Hebby Roman writes a novel filled with historical accuracy and fascinating characters. 1865 Mexico teeters on the brink of civil war, and amidst the turmoil of conflict Ms. Roman sets her novel, adding the terror of greed to political unrest which offers the opportunity of a new drama with each turn of the page.