Melody Thompson returns to Cotter Creek, Okla., when her sister Lainie is murdered. Determined to find out who did it, she walks into her sister's townhouse and is surprised to find Hank Tyler. Could he be the killer? Hank is recovering from a tragedy of his own, and he says Lainie was an old childhood friend he had reconnected with. While Hank thinks Melody should leave the investigation to the sheriff, he vows to be there for her as she begins her own search. In this latest addition to the Wild West Bodyguards series, the West family only plays a peripheral role. With Natural-Born Protector (4), Carla Cassidy does a nice job of balancing the developing romance and the murder mystery so that each gets equal time.