A recluse since her accident, sheltered easterner Bellami James thought she was prepared for the challenge that awaited her in the New Mexico Territory. But when her "charge" turned out to be an embittered ex-deputy, Bellami had to wonder just what kind of mess she'd gotten herself into! Trace O'Bannion was mad enough to spit nails. He'd show his interfering family what they could do with the sharp-tongued teacher they'd saddled him with. He didn't need - or want - Miss Bellami James, especially not when she smelled of lavender and made him remember what it meant to be a man.