Town Marshal Morgan Avery wants nothing more than to wash away the trail-dust and sleep for a week, preferably with a soft, willing woman by his side. Instead, he gets Abigail Thornton – all one hundred pounds of her thrust at him seconds before a fist connects with his face. Breaking up the fight takes more effort than he wants to admit and when the last man falls he finds Abigail still standing and not looking the least bit contrite.
Throwing her into the town jail for the night would salve his wounded pride and then he will let her go. Or that was the plan. When morning comes he finds himself oddly reluctant to do so. Miss Thornton is hiding something and he aims to find out what, even if he has to bed her to do so. But will one night in her bed be enough?
We are first introduced to Abigail Thornton as she arrives in the town of Willow Creek to marry a man whom she has never met. Upon arrival, she learns that her husband-to-be is no longer available for marriage and decides to leave town immediately. However, the stage coach driver is over at the saloon “taking a break” and even though ladies are not permitted in the building, she bursts through the doors and demands that the bartender fetch the driver. Abigail’s presence in the saloon causes a ruckus as one of the men confuses her for a whore and vows to have his way with her. When she fights off his advances, a full on barroom brawl ensues and as she attempts to escape she finds herself in the arms of the towns marshal.
Morgan Avery has been on the trail of an outlaw for far too long and all he wants is a strong drink and the comfort of a woman. He never expected one like Abigail to just land in his arms the minute he entered the saloon. Nor did he expect that this little lady was the cause for the scene before him. After breaking up the fight, Morgan begins his interrogation with Abigail about why she was in the bar in the first place when she clearly wasn’t supposed to be in there. When she blows him off and storms past him, the marshal decides enough is enough and hauls her off to jail, literally flinging her over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes with her kicking and screaming the whole way. Although Abigail is very upset at first about being thrown in jail, she soon starts to believe that maybe this sudden turn of events is a Godsend and that being under the marshal’s watchful eye isn’t such a bad thing. With some helpful advice from his brother, and his inner conscious nagging him, Morgan decides he can’t leave a lady locked up in the jail cell without proper provisions and invites her to stay in his home. Little does he know though that his simple gesture will change his life forever.
This was a very quick and enjoyable read (it’s only about 12 chapters long). I feel that the story flowed very nicely and didn't give you a chance to get bored. The relationship between Morgan and Abigail was rather amusing at first with the two of them bickering all the time and hiding the undeniable lust they felt for each other the minute they met. On a side note, I’d just to mention that I was pretty shocked at Abigail’s sudden attitude change. During the whole barroom brawl and time spent in jail she keeps going on about how much of a lady she is and denounces the fact that she is a whore. But after her first night at Morgan’s house she practically throws herself at him. I found that confusing at first because upon reading her go on so much about being a lady and all I figured she was a virgin…which she clearly makes known that she’s not. Moving on…the townsfolk’s meddling was a little annoying but made for some humorous and awkward scenarios. I liked how the author played out Abigail’s past coming back to haunt her and was pleased with the final outcome. This is one of those novels that I’d like to see revisited and have the author make it longer because I just didn't want it to end so soon. All in all I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to anyone looking for some light romance reading.