Matamoros, Mexico (125 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas) 1846 — Gina felt that his touch so enthralling that she became his willing slave and let him know it . . . Gina Tuiz hid behind the slatted partition and fumed as she watched the tall, lean American colonel seduce his latest conquest. She wished that the handsome Zach Kendall was touching her now instead of the half-naked stranger on his bed. She longed to feel his hands on her body, making her writhe in sweet abandonment, to taste his enticing lips in a kiss that would last forever, quelling all her doubts and promising her a lifetime of passion and desire.