I collected Montana Mavericks and enjoyed them. I'm now rereading them and posting the entire series as I read. They are romance with a continuing mystery. Good stories and good Montana descriptions.
Ethan Walker is a loner, a rugged individual who lives on his ranch outside of Whitehorn, Montana. He has one ranch hand, a man called John Mountain, no electricity and he's miles from his nearest neighbor and he likes it that way.
Then on a snow filled, stormy night a prospector named Homer shows up at his door with his younger sister Marilee. Marilee had run her car off the road on her way to Ethan's. She is in labor. Marilee gives birth at Ethan's, then makes Ethan swear that if anything happens to her, that he'll raise the child. Ethan, worried about his sister as she's lost so much blood, promises her he'll do it as an emergency helicopter lands out front. Then, sadly, Marilee dies in the chopper on the way to the hospital.
When he was younger, Ethan had been accused and arrested for murder, but he'd been acquitted. However in the minds of many in Whitehore he was guilty. So things look bad for Ethan when the baby's paternal grandparents decide to sue for custody. Then beautiful Judge Kate Randall has a solution. She'll marry Ethan, in name only of course, and that'll give him the respectability he needs, plus, with a wife, he's sure to win custody. However will he win custody of Kate's heart as well? And can Kate settle this loner down.
"The Law is No Lady" was a nice romance that kept me up for the better part of a Friday evening. Helen Myers put a generous dose of humor (two rugged men dealing with a baby) and suspense (will the grandparents get custody, will the judge and the loner fall in love) in her book and topped it off with a keen writing style. Highly recommended.