Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.
Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the orphaned girl entrusted to her care. Charlotte promised Lily’s mother she’d keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.
WhenÂ Miss AthertonÂ produces documentation thatÂ shows herÂ to be Lily’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe. Is she villain or victim?
Then a new danger forces Charlotte to trust the man sent to destroy her. StoneÂ vows to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he’s ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte’s heart.
Witemeyer shows great insight into human nature and uses that knowledge to build layered and believable characters, while keeping the story light and active.Â I especially appreciated the way that the twin themes of trust and truly taking the time to see and understand people developed throughout the story.Â While there will be no surprises in this happily ever after tale, it was an enjoyable book and well worth reading.
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