Anora King and her brother Ben had hoped that starting fresh at the farm they inherited from an uncle would be the end of their problems, but they start out on the wrong foot by letting the townsfolk believe they are husband and wife and not kin. Setting eyes upon the new marshal soon set Anora back on her heels and she immediately regretted their mistaken identities, but she’s stayed away from temptation for so long, surely she can stay away from Jesse Quantrill. When Ben refuses to help her deal with a problem, she has to call the marshal, which only leads her farther into turmoil. She is dealt a loss that only the arms of a man like Jesse can help with, until he too shows that a man cannot be trusted, just like all the other men that had come and gone in her life.
Jesse Quantrill had no regrets not following in his family’s footsteps on the wrong side of the law. When he gets the invite to come to Boulder Springs as its new marshal, he decides it is the perfect place to start fresh before moving on again. Letting the intoxicating Mrs. King get under his skin was the last thing he needed, but there was something different about the married woman. Something that he could not keep his hands off of even though he knew she was taken. Caught between doing his job and protecting the woman who captivated him, Jesse must deal with the reality that the man who had been stirring up problems since his arrival might have a more personal vendetta against him. His connection with Anora leaves her an open target.
Wow. This book knocked me for a loop. There are twists and turns and their path to finding a future together is fraught with emotion and excitement. One scene, in fact, had me bawling like a baby. Jesse and Anora butt heads and lose a lot of time that should have been spent in each other’s arms. They push aside the chance of happiness until they are forced to face the truth. I really got into this story. The plot weaves a jagged line through danger, intrigue and betrayal, and ends with a twist I never saw coming.