Dominic liked women who were soft . . . But Veronique, now that she shouldered all the responsibilities for her father's plantation, was becoming anything but. Yet why should she care? Despite her girlhood crush on the handsome Dominic d'Estainville, she had never been included in his wide circle of female admirers. Besides, keeping her home out of the hands of Yankees and creditors was more important to her than love . . . until the day she encountered Dominic in a passionate embrace with the oh-so-soft Melissa!