Malachi Slater and his 2 brothers (Cole and Jamie) fought for the Confederacy. Cole married into a family of Union sympathizers, including his wife Kristin, sister-in-law Shannon and brother-in-law Mathew McCahy (in the Union army).
The Civil War is over but it is hard to tell with the continued fighting!
This is Cole's second marriage his first wife was killed by a bushwacker while Cole was left for dead. Eventually, Cole found the man and killed him in a fair fight. However, the killer had a powerful and rich father who circulated wanted posters. He has placed hefty prices on all 3 of the Slater brothers heads.
Now, the murder's father has had Kristen kidnapped, to get Cole to rescue her. Malachi teams with his nemesis, Shannon, to get Kristen. Unfortunately, Shannon is worse than no help; she's hot-tempered and speaks her mind. Before long, Malachi has to rescue Shannon too.
This book has plenty of action! The only complaint I had was with Shannon I couldn't imagine why Malachi would want such a loose cannon!
In 2001, this story was published as part of an anthology: DAUGHTERS OF DESTINY.