The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.
When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner for the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.
Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he's in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn't pay a few fines. Laurel's offer might be his only ticket out. Though she's everything he ever dreamed of in a woman, he's determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he's free again.
But when the cattle start dying and Laurel's life is threatened, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. It isn't long before Laurel realizes that Tomas Balker is fare more than just s former soldier, He's a trustworthy hero, and he needs more than just his freedom. He needs her love and care too.
From the first chapter I was hooked on this book. The chemistry between Laurel and Thomas jumped from the book. Thomas seemed to have a "bad boy" demeanor about him and watching him soften around the edges was heartwarming. Laurel is determined to keep her land and is a character that is easy to relate to.
If you are needing a good book before the last few weeks of winter are over, this would be a great one to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of coffee!
***Thanks to booklookbloggers.com for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.