This story was drawn out way too long. I grew frustrated with the constant push and pull between the two main characters, Walker and Charlotte, much of which stemmed from their very stubborn natures. Only two things kept me reading to the end: that Charlotte had a traumatic childhood (I was curious how that was going to be resolved) and that it was a historical western. Sure there were tender, romantic moments, but they were overshadowed by the many stupid choices they made. Unsatisfying read.
Charlotte swore no man would ever touch her, but then captivated by his raw masculine virility, she hardened her will. She swore to resist as his eyes undressed her.
This is a very average book from a very fine author. The story starts on a high point -- Charlotte Butterworth stops a hanging from taking place in her front yard.
The unwilling victim is Walker Reed. While the Sheriff waits for conclusive proof that Walker is who he says he is, the court assigns him as free labor to Miss Lottie.
Then follows 200+ pages of slow-moving dialogue. The last 100 pages move quickly to a final resolution.