Desperation—Amanda's happy life was torn apart by her sister’s death. She has been sent from her Boston home to marry the man who caused her sister's death. Alone and penniless, Amanda vows to do whatever it takes to gain her freedom and start a new life in the West. Davis Riley is the man fate leads her to. The dark stranger is imposing and intimidating, even a little dangerous, but he could be her last chance for freedom. Little does Amanda know, his job is to deliver her into the hands of the man she hates. Duty—Davis isn’t used to being a nursemaid to some city girl with no sense. It’s not the kind of job a marshal ought to be doing. He wasn't prepared for the little rich girl walking right up to him and practically demanding he take her to bed. And he wasn't prepared for how lovely she was. He just has to deliver her to her fiancé and he can be done with her—if she would quit running away from him. And if he could stop thinking about how good she would feel in his arms.