Ochessa is heartbroken when she finds her brother fatally wounded. His dying words are about a childhood puzzle box, missing legal documents, and a drifter named Nicodemus Breedlove. Ochessa vows to find Will's murderer—and the man Will described.
No stranger to trouble, Nic's only concerns are his Stetson, his mule Sadie, and a long awaited chance at retribution. After gaining Ochessa's trust, and taking the job she offers, life gets more complicated.
Back on the ranch in Colorado, Ochessa works as hard as any man. Then Nick tempts her into playing even harder as a woman—both are consumed by their growing love for one another.
Weathering a stampede, a gully washer, and a pack of outlaws, they locate the killer. As Nic's quest for justice, and Ochessa's vendetta for Will playout, bullets fly...
Not everybody's gonna make it out alive.
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This book was my introduction to Gina Rifkin. I really enjoy the story. If you like historical western stories this book is for you.
Ochesssa Starr is struggling to keep the Colorado family ranch going after the death of her mother. She decides to seek financial help from her brother, Will, and travels to Kansas to meet with him. When she arrives she sees a lone rider leaving his spread and finds Will close to death. He tells her the name of the man riding away, Nic Breedlove. Ochessa decides he is her brother's killer and tracks him down. She kidnaps him and manages to steal the box her brother gave him to take to Denver. Will Nic be able to convince her he is not the killer and the killer may still be after her? Will working together bring Nic and Ochessa closer together? I liked the story and there was plenty of adventure. Ochessa is at times too full of herself and does stupid things trying to prove she can do everything a man can.. On the other hand she frets over trying to be more feminine as she lusts after Nic; she's not much of a cook and doesn't like to wear dresses. Nic tries hard to save her from herself but it comes off as a bit chauvinistic at times. I give this book 4 stars; there were some typos and missing words that are distracting to the reader. This may be corrected in the final edition.. I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.