For a convent-bred beauty, a riverboat rogue was willing to gamble his heart! SYNOPSIS: IN THE ANTE-BELLUM SOUTH, NEW ORLEANS WAS A CITY OF SCANDAL, DANGER . . . AND LOVE From her convent home, Annalisa Montgomery sailed downriver to her wealthy mother, a mysterious woman she had never known. En voyage, a handsome gambler flashed his heart-stopping smile, and with a single touch he filled her with unsettling desire. Chase Masters vowed to pursue this exquisite creature with all his dashing charm. But in New Orleans Annalisa fled, only to discover that her mother's sudden demise had left her a shocking legacy . . . the most gracious house of pleasure in the South's most wicked city! Swept into a maze of corruption and intrigue, Annalisa was saved by the sudden appearance of Chase, ever ready to protect her. With his masterful sensuality he aroused in her a woman's needs, until at last she lost herself in his impassioned arms. But Chase harboured a dangerous secret that could surely shatter their love. One a final mission for his country, he would spin fortune's wheel for their future and for his life!