The sultry laughter and tantalizing aromas that wafted across the fence from next door were enough to make a grown man cry. Buck Halloran thought-or else climb eight-foot fences! But the renowned mountain climber was confined to a wheelchair, casts on one arm and one leg..how could he meet the woman behind the smoky voice, the temptress who was keeper of the goodies? When Darcy Gallagher caught him stealing a chocolate pie, she was furious, but Buck found her adorable...and irresistible! He had to touch her, searing her lips with kisses that seduced her heart and soul-Darcy surrendered to the potent magic of his embrace. But the handsome wanderer who whispered sexy promises across the hedge at midnight had his eyes on a higher mountain, a new adventure, while Darcy yearned to make a home for children and the man she loved. Could they join their lives and somehow share the dreams that gave them joy?
When a mountain climber falls--he falls fast and he falls far. Buck Halloran has the broken bones to prove it. What he doesn't expect during his convalescence is to fall fast and hard for the woman next door who first attracts him with incredible aromas from her kitchen, then drops out of a tree almost into his lap. She enchants him with her glowing smile and sultry laughter, as well as her voice in the night as they converse from their bedrooms, separated by nothing more than a narrow lane and a maple tree. Darcy Gallagher doesn't want to like the hot-shot, world-renowned mountaineer. She'd rather strangle him than feed him, especially after he scares her half to death by stealing pies and other goodies from her larder, making her think she has an intruder lurking in her house. But still, it's not in her nature to let anyone go hungry, so she prepares his meals and in doing so, discovers she--and he--share a different kind of hunger, one she's incapable of subduing. Feeding it seems only to make it grow stronger. Buck wants Darcy to share his life, but how can she when her deepest needs demand that she stay put in order to become an adoptive mother? With his opposing desire to realize his own ambitions, which will take him far to live a life of danger and adventure, is there any way these two people with completely different agendas can come together while both still having what they want?