Private investigator Shawn Madden, alias Shawn Larsen, knew right off that there was something odd about this barmaid. It wasn't only that Catherine couldn't keep drink orders straight. She just didn't seem to belong here in this godforsaken dump of an impoverished coal mining town, rubbing shoulders with dirty, roughhewn coal miners. Shawn decided to protect her by telling everyone that she was his woman --- that way, he'd have plenty of opportunity to find out what she was up to. Truth be told, he wouldn't mind if this long-limbed, brown-eyed beauty actually was his woman. Then he could freely sample the tempting pleasures that her seductive body offered.
Karissa Caine, alias Catherine, noticed two things when Shawn Larsen sauntered into the Lucky Choice bar. First, that his name was one which had been mentioned in connection with her wealthy father's murder. And second, that the blue-eyed, hard-muscled Irish coal miner was one of the most attractive men she'd ever encountered. She played along when he claimed her as his woman, because she needed to find out more about the criminals who had killed her father. But now she was caught in passion's sweet spell. Kari knew she should be cautious --- but instead she found herself swooning in this handsome stranger's rapturous embrace, desiring only the bliss of his wild loving!