Nicodemus Turner needs a favor. Finding out he's a father and only has six months to marry and prove himself fit to undertake guardianship of the six-year-old daughter puts him in a quandary. The only one he would ever consider is the woman he is in love with - - Alewine Jones, his best friend. The problem is Aly is stubborn, her pride almost bigger than her mouth, and she has no interest in marrying him. The only way she would accept his proposal would be if she were obligated by honor. So Nick arranges a poker game with the intention of gaining a wife as the prize.
Aly always kept a promise. So when Nick named his price after the suspicious poker game, Aly reluctantly agreed. Very reluctantly. The outspoken lady freighter had quite a few words to say about it. Used to doing things the way she wanted and when she wanted, she had no interest in being hog-tied, even to her best fishing partner. Besides, when she was around him she turned mushy inside, and when he turned his attentions on her full-force she knew her heart was in danger. How could he really want her, when she had no notion of how to be a proper female?
Can Nick convince Aly he needs her forever? Will Aly learn to trust her woman's heart?
Move over Calamity Jane! Ms. Hunter captures a reader's attention with a tight plot and original characters. Nick's utterly charming manner and Aly's underlying vulnerability cause the reader to really root for the relationship. The subplot of the relationship between Nick's daughter and her mother is wonderfully complex.