One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up—in more ways than one. Hired to help him rebuild his ranch, Sonya Tucker ends up helping him put the tattered pieces of his life back together. The capable, all-business accountant is on a mission to get the ranch up and running, but can he convince the temptingly beautiful woman to take a chance on him?
Sonya was dismayed that Austin had lost it all: money, family, respectability. Things she—who’d been raised by her mother at Nevada’s notorious brothel Wild Rose Ranch—only dreamed about. But working with the long, lean cowboy shows her that Austin is honorable to his core. Together they slowly grow to see what the love between them might bring.
But then Austin’s powder keg of a family feud explodes, exposing long-buried secrets, and threatening their new-found love…
She needs the legendary freedom fighter to rescue her imprisoned brother. Instead, she is forced into an arranged marriage of political expediency. Her bridegroom is Rory Forbes, an aristocrat loyal to the crown. A coward at the Battle of Culloden. A traitor to his own people.
To the world he is a fop and wastrel who lives solely for his own pleasure. But the new Marquis of Braemoor harbors a dangerous secret he must keep hidden at all costs. Bethia is the wild card, arousing treacherous desire that could doom Rory’s mission and imperil her life. Sworn to protect her, the most wanted man in Scotland must fight his greatest battle to win the heart of the one woman he desires above all others: his wife.
Named “Storyteller of the Year” by the Romantic Times, Patricia Potter introduces one of her most irresistible heroes, and offers “well-drawn, memorable characters [and] compelling action,” in the first book in her enthralling Scottish trilogy that continues with The Heart Queen and The Diamond King (Library Journal).