Readers who enjoy classic plots with an extra dose of heat will like this story. The central theme of family is a nice touch that works well with the reformed-bad-boy plot. This is a quick read with fun dialog. However, the action in the book revolves around the couple being kidnapped and forced to go on an adventure. These scenes drift into slapstick at times, and verge on unrealistic. Messy secondary characters and back stories contribute to the overall unorganized feeling of the novel.

Elizabeth is a practical rancher's daughter with a talent for numbers who believes she’s meant for spinsterhood at 21. When a naked man knocks on her door only to pass out, she knows her life is about to change. Vaughn is a con man who tried to hustle the wrong people. When he wakes up after nearly dying, he’s faced with the most plainspoken woman he has ever met. Strangely he doesn't mind. In fact, the more time he spends around her, he realizes he can't deny his attraction. But she is not the kind of girl you can play around with, and Vaughn will have to figure out if love is enough to make him into the kind of man Elizabeth deserves. (SELF-PUBLISHED, Aug., 216 pp., $10.80)

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Eve Polak