Amelia Howard cherishes her desert country. The dazzling
colors, white heat, and rough sensuality of west Texas stir
her very soul. But thereâ€™s a serpent in her paradise: King
Culhane. A towering sunburned cowboy with silver eyes that
miss nothing, heâ€™s a man sheâ€™s come to despiseâ€”no matter how
much she had worshiped him when she was younger.
As her father pushes her to secure a marriage proposal from
Kingâ€™s mild-mannered brother in order to marry into the
Culhane dynasty, Amelia assumes the mask of a demure young
lady, always correct and obedient. Itâ€™s a posture that King
holds in contempt. Yet when she reveals the true force of
her feelings, she unleashes a smoldering passion that cannot
be denied. And everythingâ€”propriety, filial duty, even
loveâ€”will be scorched in the wake of such all-consuming desire.