Lisa Culpepper McAllister is a widow living a lonely life on the farm she hoped would be the home to build a future on. Her husband shortly after their wedding went off to fight in the Civil War and never returned. She is alone with her son and trying to figure out what foot goes in front and take the next step.
There are two men who would like to take those steps with her. One is a childhood friend that has chosen to run with an outlaw group and assumes he has a right to her now that her husband is gone. The other man, Jared Tanner is a freelance gunslinger who keeps the trains safe and the thieves at bay. Lisa knows she does not want to take any steps backwards but she is not sure if going forward with Jared is going to work either. He lives the code of the west with guns and violence both of which she abhors. But the draw to his arms is so strong and the gentle kisses he provides are warmth on a lonely night.
As the months roll away one after another and Jared becomes more of a fixture in Lisa and her son's life the less likely she is to let him go. She fights the attraction and pushes away the desire but like any other woman drawn to a man regardless of his profession the passion usually wins out.Lisa and Jared are strong, independent and well developed characters who show a true picture of the west in the post-Civil War era. There was enough rough and tumble world to add conflict and these two know how to keep themselves safe and sound. Everyone will enjoy this book.