When Marshal Jake Cranston comes to Cypress Creek, Texas, he’s in for more than he bargained for. Meeting the spitfire of a woman, Ida East, means not only has he met his match, he’s also met someone who makes him question his devoted bachelor notions. Taking up residence in her boarding house only brings him closer to that reality.
Ida East doesn’t have time for men, let alone the handsome new marshal in town. He may like to infuriate her, but he has to get in line. With a business to run and a daughter to raise, her hands are more than full. He may flash his charming smile, but she’s already made up her mind not to notice it.
Life starts to settle down only to throw challenges their way with one incident after the other. Ida faces disruptions to her perfectly ordered life, and Jake starts to find that distraction comes in the form of a petite, raven-haired woman who works harder than any man he’s known.
Will Jake find a way to sneak past Ida’s defenses? And is it possible for Ida to stop working long enough to see what’s right in front of her?