Aimee is card dealer on the "Dixie Belle" when she loses to macho nick drummond. Her pride stung, she accepts his double or nothing offer, a draw that of course she loses. The "payment" is a night in Nick's bed... He leaves in the morning without waking her. Aimee of course is furious to awake alone and more angry to become pregnant from this first time experience. She disappears
from society. Nick of course is oblivious to both (her virginity and then subsequent pregnancy) but does try to find her, unbeknownst to her. Aimee's anger at all of this causes her hatred for nick to continue throughout the rest of the book (although she enjoys their lovemaking). After 400 pages of her saying "I hate you" you want to tell her to "get a grip". This is the only exception I have to an otherwise excellent storyline. Of course Nick saves her and "pleasures her" over and over, and I wanted to tell him to forget it after awhile.!!
I love civil war based stories and connie mason does that better than anyone else. This book is no exception. My only problem was that Aimee was such a brat and she couldn't "move on"......The love scenes are frequent and graphic. Nick strikes me as the best lover of any book I've ever read but then again it didn't take much with Aimee!