Eleven years ago on a dusty Wyoming creek bank, Trent McCullough’s lips claimed hers for one mind-spinning moment. But Ainsley Hughes was promised to another man. Now a widow, Ainsley has come to find her family ranch in shambles and a distant, oddly callous Trent in charge. Despite all her time away, his steely gaze still leaves her parched for his former affection.
Everyone knows Cord Donahue embezzled the family fortune and fled, only to drown in the icy waters of Puget Sound. Numb with grief at Cord’s betrayal, Alison Banning sought comfort in his brother’s arms. But three years later Alison is a widow—and the prodigal son has returned, alive and well. Alison longs to believe Cord’s innocence, but how can she ignore the bitter deceits of the past when doing so places her daughter’s future—and her own heart—in jeopardy?