Elizabeth Matthews manages to escape her cruel husband and the clutches of the law, but they’re both in hot pursuit. Struggling to survive on the run, she finds herself in the last place she wants to be, the marshal’s office in the town of Porter, Texas, dragged there by an overzealous shopkeeper who accuses her of theft.
Marshal Grover Huntley can see that the destitute young woman draped in rags and trembling in front of his desk needs protection, and he feels the stirrings of compassion, as well as the desire to hold the frightened young lady in his arms. The more he questions her about her predicament, however, the more she lies, and he can’t do much to help if he doesn’t know what she’s afraid of.
A spanking over his knee proves to her that he not only demands her honesty, but also that he cares enough to do more than send her on her way or throw the book at her. She tells him of her fears, but it’s what she doesn’t say that changes the course of their lives.
Will the marshal be able to help when he learns of her connection to an enemy of his past, and will Missy learn to trust him as he works to save her from the mounting troubles that threaten both her freedom and her life?
Although this is the 3rd book in the series, I haven’t read the previous books and had no problem whatsoever following along with the story.
Now, onto this review. I did enjoy the story quite a bit. It ended up shocking me and keeping me interested in the story.
I really liked Missy’s character, it was great to get to follow along and watch as she learned to trust Grover. From the start of the book where she was a scared young woman, to the end where she bloomed and became a confident woman.
I do have to say though on that part, it was a bit difficult to believe that after everything she had been through that she had no problem whatsoever with trusting Grover. I mean, I do understand an instant connection, but with everything that had happened to her the fact that she could just forget all of that and it had no play in her life currently was a bit much for me personally.
Overall though, I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre.