The Particulars: Harlequin Historical #6 (!), 1988, Out of Print
A dangerous gameIs It In Wendy's TBR?: Nope, it's not. Further proof I don't own every Harlequin Historical ever published.
Defying her Tory father, Samantha Chatham donned a boyish masquerade and joined the notorious raiders tormenting the British in the Carolina swamps. Caught in the trap of her own deception, Samantha struggled with her longing for her ruggedly handsome partisan commander Connor O'Neill -- the one man who must never learn her true identity.
When Connor uncovered the beautiful woman beneath Samantha's shapeless garments, a passion ignited -- one neither of them could control. But his thirst for revenge threatened to destroy their precious bond... for Connor O'Neill had unknowingly fallen in love with his sworn enemy.
Any Reviews?: Looks like Mira reprinted this back in 1995, and you can find three Amazon customer reviews (two 5-stars, one 4-stars) there. Other than that? Not really. Although according to my mad Internet skillz, Potter won a Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Award and an RT Reviewer's Choice Award for this, her debut book.
Anything Else?: Swampfire is a treasure trove of polarizing romance novel tropes. Hero bent on revenge? Check. Chick In Pants With Daddy Issues? Check. But, it's also a colonial, which is a time period that has a loyal (and hungry) following in Romancelandia. Here's the thing I've noticed about that setting: readers either really love it or they're totally indifferent to it. I'm firmly in the Indifferent Camp, admittedly because it's a time period in American history that doesn't really "cook" for me like early frontier (French and Indian War), post-Civil War, and late Victorian/early Edwardian.
The other thing that struck me about this book? The author quote from Elizabeth Kary on the front cover. Who the heck is Elizabeth Kary?!, I pondered. Turns out it's none other than Elizabeth Grayson who is well represented in my TBR Mountain Range. I have officially learned my one new thing for the day.
Potter has had a pretty amazing writing career with a variety of sub genres under her belt. For those of you who lurve her westerns, be sure to look for her first historical Harlequin Blaze title, The Lawman in September.