by Stobie Piel
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Darian Woodward had been a hero in the War Between the States, but somewhere he'd been blown off course. Unjustly ruined by a superior officer, the handsome soldier turned to crime. His blue eyes and daring deeds earned him a name throughout the old Southwest, but bandits sought gold, and this gunfighter's interests were entirely different. Fate had blown in a sexier bounty.
Though she was swept away by it, Emily Morgan was less awed by the mystic whirlwind that carried her into the past than by the handsome desperado who greeted her. Joining the man's close-knit band of outlaws, Emily learned the fun of being bad - but also its dangers. And when the Feds came to capture her Blue-Eyed Bandit, Emily would prove that Western justice had its limits, and true love could break any laws - even those of time and space.
She stared blankly at him for a moment, then exhaled a long, tortured sigh as if he had brought up all the world's ills. "I'm not married because I don't want to be." She spoke proudly, then paused. "Marriage isn't what it's cracked up to be."
"Is that so?" Obviously, Miss Emily Morgan hadn't found the right man. Darian smiled and rode on ahead, feeling comfortable. "Marriage isn't to be entered into lightly, that is true." He glanced back to see her reaction, but her expression was veiled, and seemed more sorrowful than he expected. "I came close to matrimony myself once, but the arrangement ended before it could be transacted."
She eyed him doubtfully. "'Transacted?' Hoe romantic!"
"You may be right. I was not romantic enough to enter into a sacred union, so it is best not to have undertaken the adventure."
Emily frowned, but she didn't look at him again. "Romance, Captain, is an illusion, and it's the last thing you should count on when choosing someone to wed."
Darian stopped his horse and waited for her to catch up. "But what better way than to follow your heart, to be swept up in its most passionate currents?"
She rolled her eyes and snorted. "The only thing those 'passionate currents' will get you is solitude."
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