Rae Fox wants nothing more than to run from her past—only she can’t run far, considering she’s on trial for killing an intruder who tried to murder her. She escapes to the small town of King Creek at her cousin’s urging, where she has some anonymity in between traveling to and from Coyote Lake City to stand trial.
Bear McLeod is a country vet, spending his time caring for King Creek’s livestock and pets, and his own menagerie on his ranch. He meets the beautiful Rae when she brings in a dog that had been hit by a car. Later, he runs into Rae at the bar she’s tending in town and is determined to get to know her.
When the trial is over, and she walks away a free woman, Rae plans to run to Albuquerque where she can start life far from any place where she can be recognized. She won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way.
But Rae has stolen Bear’s heart, and he’ll do anything to keep the woman he loves.
Miranda Hawthorne made a new start in the small town of King Creek, Arizona. She’s a horse therapist who works with children and adults with disabilities and is perfectly fine being single and living a fulfilling life helping others. After what her ex put her through, she doesn’t need a man, thank you very much.
A stallion threw Justin McLeod’s daughter, and she hasn’t been able to get back on a horse. On recommendation, he takes his daughter to a horse therapist to help her work up her courage to ride again. The moment Justin meets the beautiful Miranda, he knows he needs to get to know her better. A lot better.
Miranda is determined to keep her distance and stay single. Justin is determined to break down all her barriers and show her she belongs with him.
Kit Beaumont needs a life change. She goes from being the head chef of an exclusive Los Angeles hotel to working as a cook on a ranch in Arizona. She couldn’t have picked anything more different.
As a teenager, Kit was homeless in San Francisco, living on the streets with her mom and sister. Now she’s successful, has a full life ahead of her, and doesn’t want to relive old mistakes and relive the grief and losses of her past. She has secrets too painful to share.
Carter McLeod is sure that the L.A. chef he hired as a cook won’t hang around for long. He’s concerned she won’t want to stay and prepare meals for a bunch of cowboys in the Arizona desert, but he’s hoping she will. The last thing he expects is to fall for the cute blonde.
Kit has no intention of jumping into a relationship with any man, much less her new boss. But what happens between them—she couldn’t have cooked up anything more enticing than Carter.
Kit’s hidden past comes walking back into her life and Carter may never trust her again.